Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute Speaker Series

Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute Speaker Series

The Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at Holy Names University promotes positive peace – peace with security as well as justice and sustainability – through a broad array of activities, including research, publishing, service and civic engagement.

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Past Events

Opera Preview at Holy Names: Puccini's Madame Butterfly

Monday, June 2, 2014

IMAGE_madama_butterfly_posterJoin us at Holy Names University in the beautiful Oakland Hills for a preview of the San Francisco Opera’s summer production of Madame Butterfly  – “Puccini’s heartbreaking tale of innocence, betrayal, and sacrifice.”

Special guests from the SF Opera and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music will perform and comment on musical excerpts from Butterfly. Also, an accomplished scholar will enlighten us about the historical context and dramatic twists-and-turns in the making of this great classic.

The 75-minute lecture & music program will be followed by a reception at which you can meet our performers and speakers. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity! 


* A. J. Glueckert (tenor), Adler Fellow, San Francisco Opera

* Crystal Kim (soprano), San Francisco Conservatory of Music

* Curt Pajer (piano), Opera Program Music Director, SF Conservatory of Music

* Patrick Lloyd Hatcher, Ph.D., Distinguished Senior Fellow, Japan Policy Research Institute; emeritus professor, UC Berkeley 


6:00-7:15 PM  Lecture, musical performances, and Q&A

7:15-8:00 PM  Reception

Presented by the Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI) and Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at Holy Names University, in partnership with the SF Opera and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  

This event marks the start of the new APPSI “Continuing Education” Initiative, which extends public programs into the summer semester and enthusiastically welcomes HNU alumnae/i as well as other residents of the Oakland Bay Area. 

Fair Trade Relationships across the Asia Pacific: Focus on Numi Organic Tea

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Recent decades have witnessed impressive growth of the fair trade market in the United States and throughout the world. Join us at the upcoming Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series event for a conversation with the CEO and the COO of Numi Organic Tea, the largest U.S. brand purchaser of Fair Trade certified and organic teas. They will talk about the challenges of building a successful business dedicated to not only quality but also sustainable values and community development – key among these challenges the nurturing of trading partnerships based on dialogue, transparency, and respect spanning the Asia Pacific and beyond. As a bonus, experts from Fair Trade USA will be on hand to answer your questions about certification processes and supply chain management for apparel as well as food.  

What is fair trade, and how is it connected to social entrepreneurship, ethical consumerism, corporate social responsibility, international philanthropy, community and gender empowerment? What are necessary steps to nurturing fair trade relationships in China, India, Japan, and other parts of Asia? Is fair trade really helping build more resilient communities and fostering better environmental practices in Asia? Can it help do the same here in California? Ultimately, can fair trade be scaled up to achieve global impact? Come join what promises to be a stimulating conversation! 


  • Ahmed Rahim, co-founder and CEO, Numi Organic Tea
  • Brian Durkee, Chief Operating Officer, Numi Organic Tea
  • Diego LaTorre, Supply Chain Senior Manager, Fair Trade USA

Patrick Lloyd Hatcher (Distinguished Senior Fellow, JPRI; emeritus professor, UC Berkeley) and Chiho Sawada (Director, JPRI) will moderate the panel discussion and audience Q&A.


  • 530-545 Registration
  • 545-715 Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
  • 715-800 Reception

This program is part of the Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series presented by the Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI) and the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI).

We at JPRI and APPSI are grateful to Numi Organic Tea and Fair Trade USA for partnering with us to make this program possible. We would also like to thank the following organizations for promotional help and other support: Asian Culinary Forum, Bay Area Council Economic Institute, Epicurean Group, Fair Trade Colleges & Universities, Give2Asia, Not For Sale, Public Policy Institute of California.