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The Consciousness Calendar is published bi-weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to:
Consciousness Calendar Jan. 28 to Feb. 11: Featured Is An Information War Discussion, But Also Highlighted Is Police Accountability, Sheriff Joe Arpaio Fundraising, Women of Color In Politics, Citizenship Forum, More


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 28, 2016 — Political and armed conflicts in the new millennium are fought as much  on our televisions and computers as they are on battlefields.

Whether it is in the form of terrorist magazines and YouTube videos or state-sponsored disinformation from authoritarian or democratic regimes, the information war is increasingly seen as the key to “winning.”

In an effort to refine the U.S. response to the information war, The McCain Institute will be hosting, “How Can The United States Win The Information War?” at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix at 4:30 p.m Feb. 11.

“In the global war to dominate the narrative, how can the United States win against the likes of the Islamic State and Russia? With standard approaches lagging as new technology rises, what tools and resources should America consider? From collaborating with the private sector to overhauling the government’s international broadcasting arms to engaging in counter-propaganda efforts, how can the United States effectively communicate its message and defeat Russia and ISIS?,” according to promotional material for the event.

According to the McCain Institute, confirmed speakers include: Matt Armstrong, Broadcasting Board of Governors; David Ensor, Harvard Kennedy School, former director, Voice of America; Alberto Fernandez, Middle East Media Research Institute; and Jeffrey Gedmin, Georgetown University.

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Thursday, Jan. 28

The Future Of Faith from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Arizona State University, 1711 S. Rural Road, Tempe. Harvey Cox has been spotting trends in American religion for more than four decades and his book The Secular City is an international best seller. Cox will be at ASU to discuss the current landscape of religion in the country and what trends he sees moving forward. This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

Friday, Jan. 29

Valley Partnership will be hosting their annual “look ahead” at commercial real estate beginning at 7 a.m. at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix. The panel will feature: Alan Maguire, president and principal economist, The Maguire Company; Sheryl Palmer, president/CEO, Taylor Morrison; and Neil Giuliano, President/CEO, Greater Phoenix Leadership. Moderating the panel will be Kurt Rosene, Principal, NOVO Development. For more information, visit

Saturday, Jan. 30

Audubon Arizona Volunteer Orientation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Audubon Arizona, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. This event is being held in order to help those who have been looking for volunteer opportunities in Phoenix to learn more about how to donate their efforts to the Audubon Arizona. The event will cover what opportunities are available, volunteer expectations and other programs. Those who are interested can RSVP by sending an email to Jamie Cara at For more information visit the event page at

Celebrating The Victories Of Women Of Color at 2:30 p.m. at Macayo’s Depot Cantina, 300 S. Ash Ave., Tempe. Arizona residents are welcome to join Arizona List in celebrating the victories of women of color in Arizona politics. Attendees will be able to engage in discussions with local candidates and elected officials and hear about their journeys to political success. This event is open to the public and admission is $35. Those who have questions or wish to RSVP can email For more information, visit the event page at

Self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, Joe Arpaio, is holding a fundraising event from 3 to 6 p.m. at 12040 N. 133rd Way, Scottsdale, that will feature Ted Nugent singing the Star Spangled Banner. Tickets are required. Cost for tickets, according to promotional materials, are, “early-bird admission is $25 donation, preferred admission $50, VIP Admission with celebrity photo-op $100 donation.” For more information, contact

Monday, Feb. 1

Changemaker Storyteller Series Featuring Clint Smith from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at ASU Memorial Union, 1290 S. Normal Ave., Tempe. Clint Smith is an award-winning educator as well as an acclaimed spoken word poet. He will be on hand at ASU to give a talk on his spoken word poem “The Danger of Silence”. He will pose questions such as what are the consequences of our silence in the face of other’s suffering? How can we move from being bystanders to the world around us, and into active, empathetic citizens? To RSVP for the event, visit For more information, visit the event page at

Thursday, Feb. 4

Citizenship Information Forum 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Unite Here Local 631, 2401 N. Central Ave. Suite 120, Phoenix. The path to citizenship can be very complex and difficult to navigate. CASE and Unite Here Local are hosting a citizenship information forum in order to help those looking to become U.S. citizens get the help and information they need to get the process started. In addition, those needing help getting enrolled with a healthcare program can stop by between 3 and 5 p.m. to get assistance from a healthcare navigator. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event page at

Saturday, Feb. 6

LGBTQ Film Fest: Bridgeroom from 6 to 9 p.m. at Phoenix Pride LGBT Center, 801 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix. As part of the LGBTQ Film Fest, the Phoenix Pride LGBT Center will be holding a screening of the documentary Bridgeroom. The LGBTQ documentary is about love, loss and the fight for equality. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

Feb. 8 to 14

Phoenix Sister Cities, Chengdu and Taipei committees and the Phoenix Chinese Week Committee will celebrate Chinese Week 2016 and Chinese New Year 4714, "The Year of the Monkey" from Feb. 8 to 14, with cultural and educational events at a variety of Valley locations. A highlight of the activities is a free, three-day Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb 13; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb 14; at Margaret T. Hance Park (East), 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit or

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Activists and the city of Phoenix Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee are expected to discuss potential reforms such as requiring all police officers to wear body cameras, creating a civilian review board and more at the city’s council chambers, 200 W. Washington St. first floor, Phoenix. The protest action is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. and the subcommittee meeting will begin at 9 a.m. To visit the activist event page, visit To visit the subcommittee event page, visit

Thursday, Feb. 11

In an effort to refine the U.S. response to the information war, The McCain Institute will be hosting, “How Can The United States Win The Information War?” at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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