Public speaking events will be posted soon.
August 23, 2014. Tom Nazario was invited to be a guest speaker at a reception in Palo Alto, California, for a community-based organization, AACI, Asian Americans for Community Involvement. He made a short presentation about the work of The Forgotten International and our book Living on a Dollar a Day. Tom signed copies for guests and enjoyed meeting new friends. We thank AACI for the kind invitation and the opportunity to share our work with your guests. All proceeds from the event support AACI’s Center for Survivors of Torture.
July 31, 2014. Tom Nazario was invited to speak to business professionals and industry leaders at the City Club of Los Angeles about "Assuming Leadership on the Toughest Issues." Tom presented images from his book Living on a Dollar a Day which features personal profiles of those in our global community surviving on not much more than one dollar each day. He discussed ways corporations and individuals can take actions, big and small, to help alleviate the causes and effects of extreme poverty which is one of the major issues facing us all. We thank City Club LA for the warm welcome and the opportunity to address their guests.
June 4, 2014. Tom Nazario spoke to a sold-out crowd about "Global Poverty: What Works and What Doesn't" at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco. Many thanks to our host and moderator, Ms. Linda Calhoun, who introduced Tom and also selected from the many questions the audience had for Tom after his presentation. Copies of Living on a Dollar a Day were made available through the Commonwealth Club Bookstore thanks to Ms.Renee Miguel. Tom signed books for guests and even one for the Commonwealth Club's library. Finally, a big thank you to the Commonwealth Club for providing a public forum for dialogue about the important issues of our day since 1903. It was a pleasure to spend an evening with your members.
May 20, 2014. Tom Nazario was invited to speak at the Social Justice speakers series at St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City. Over one hundred guests and parishioners turned out to hear Tom speak about critical issues related to global poverty and the making of our book, Living on a Dollar a Day. Tom took questions from the audience and stayed to sign copies of his book, graciously provided by Book Culture. Many thanks to Ms. Magda Martinelli-Torres for all her help with this event and to Father Ugo Nacciarone for the invitation. Ms. Colleen Pesci volunteered to take photos of the evening. Many thanks to all!
April 29, 2014. Tom Nazario made a presentation to a full house at the San Francisco World Affairs Council entitled, “Global Poverty: What Everyone Needs to Know.” The Council posted the following description: “More than one billion people today live on just one dollar per day. Those who live at this level of poverty often work extremely hard at jobs few in the West would even entertain. They lack basic services such as healthcare and education, a deficit that all too often keeps them and their families stuck in a continuous poverty cycle, often for generations. Professor Thomas Nazario, founder of The Forgotten International, will discuss what he calls ‘the forgotten people of the world’. Often they are those who live in abject poverty, often they are women and children and often they have absolutely no access to any kind of real power or influence. How can one bring more attention to these issues? And what, if anything, can be done to solve global poverty?” Thank you to everyone at the WAC for hosting this important talk. It is available for viewing here.
April 6, 2014. Guests attended a private event in Los Gatos, California, on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. Tom Nazario made a short presentation about the work of The Forgotten International and our book Living on a Dollar a Day. We are thankful to our host for the delicious refreshments and for opening her home to us. Guests received a copy of our book and Tom spent some time signing them and talking with the new friends we met that day.
March 16, 2014. Tom Nazario signed more than 30 books for guests at one of the first private events for our book Living on a Dollar a Day at a beautiful home in Berkeley, CA. Over 50 guests spent a lovely Sunday afternoon eating and drinking delicious, homemade refreshments and learning more about the work of TFI. It was wonderful to meet many new friends, and we are so grateful to our hosts for opening up their home to everyone who came over for the day. Tom made a brief presentation about the making our of book, and it looked as if guests were pleased to go home with their own copy! We hope to have more of such happy gatherings in the future.
February 28, 2014. Tom Nazario addressed high school students at the Viewpoint School in Calabasa, CA, who are active in international issues through the Model UN Club and in community service projects through the schools many service programs. Tom spoke to the students about global issues and had them take a quiz entitled, "How Much Do You Know about the World." The winner of the quiz, who got eight out of 10 questions correct, received a copy of Tom's recent book, Living on a Dollar a Day. TFI hopes to continue to work with the students from this school in the future.
February 27, 2014. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is presented with his own copy of our book, Living on a Dollar a Day, by TFI Board Chair, Debra Fischer in Los Angeles, CA. His Holiness wrote the Foreword to our book to show his support of its compassionate message and call to action. We are immeasurably grateful for his blessing of our project and hope he likes the final product! Much of TFI's work is inspired by the life's work and teachings of the Dalai Lama. Tom often tells a story about once years ago sitting in the receiving room at the residence of His Holiness as he gives audiences to guests from around the world. You can read that story on Tom's Blog.
October 2, 2013. Tom Nazario was invited to speak at Riverside High School in Greenville, South Carolina, and over the course of his visit made three presentations to the student body and faculty about issues related to global poverty as well as the importance of doing good. RHS math teacher, Anne Snow, is the faculty adviser for the Atlas Club, a student group formed in 2009 that has been raising money for needy schools and orphanages that TFI supports around the world. Tom thanked the students in Atlas and the RHS community for caring about those less fortunate. Many students said they were touched and inspired by the stories and images Professor Nazario shared with them that day. (Photo by The Greenville News) The Greenville News captured Tom’s visit to RHS.
September 19, 2012. The Forgotten International was thrilled to welcome Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for an afternoon reception hosted by the global law firm of Bingham McCutchen at their San Francisco, CA, office. Tom Nazario spoke about the problem of electronic waste dumping by wealthy tech companies in developing countries as profiled in our forthcoming book, "Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World's Poor." He then introduced Mr. Kennedy, one of the country's leading environmental lawyers and activists, who gave an informed and impassioned talk about environmental justice and how the poor are disproportionately affected by irresponsible business practices and corrupt political systems. (Photo by Harry Who)
August 19, 2011. The law firm of Bingham McCutchen hosted a presentation of the Making of Living on a Dollar a Day at their Silicon Valley office in Palo Alto, CA. Author, Tom Nazario, and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renée C. Byer gave a sneak peak of some the stories and photographic profiles that make up the book which was produced by The Forgotten International and published by W.W. Norton and Company in New York. The book will be released in April 2014. (Photo by Paul Kitagaki, Jr.) You can view the article here.
October 13, 2010. TFI was once again fortunate to host His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Bay Area. This time Tom Nazario thought to create an opportunity for young people to be able to ask the Dalai Lama 10 questions after learning about his life and work. Costaño Middle School in East Palo Alto hosted His Holiness in their gymnasium for a Q&A with almost 500 students from the Ravenswood School District, Peninsula Boys & Girls Club, College Track and Spark. Later that day, Tom escorted His Holiness to Ronald McDonald House in Palo Alto. The Dalai Lama offered a blessing and words of hope to the children and families currently staying at the House while receiving treatment for critical illnesses. It was an unforgettable afternoon for all who were there. (Photo by Henry Chang)
Tom Nazario was interviewed for Season 6 of the long-running PBS series, Roadtrip Nation, which originally aired in 2009. Tom was interviewed by three young people who traveled to the U.S. from Australia to talk to inspirational leaders from a variety of professional backgrounds as they seek to "define their own road in life." Camilla, Mariana, and Su-Yin spent some time with Tom at the University of San Francisco School of Law where he teaches courses in Children's Rights and Education Policy, as well as runs a youth outreach program called Street Law. Check out an excerpt of the interview here.
April 26, 2009. The Forgotten International was honored to host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and three Bay Area philanthropists in a moderated discussion entitled "The Joy of Giving" at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, CA. Tom Nazario introduced the Dalai Lama to over three hundred guests and His Holiness and fellow panelists shared their views on the importance of philanthropy and the personal happiness that comes from giving. The guest philanthropists were Ms. Betsy Gordon, Mr. Michael Quinn and Ms. Sejal Hathi, our moderator for the day was Mr. Mark Gonnerman and musicians from the San Jose Youth Orchestra performed classical as well as Tibetan selections. (Photo by Chris A. Johnson) You may view the event in its entirety here.
April 5, 2008. Tom Nazario was the opening presenter at a day-long conference entitled "Global Solidarity, Human Rights, and the End of Poverty" at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. The Aurora Forum joined with Stanford's King Institute to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a program on the struggle for economic justice around the nation. Tom's talk focused on the lives of the world's poor and what they often experience over the course of any given day.
December 5, 2007. Tom Nazario was invited to speak at The Rotary Club of San Jose, CA, about children around the world who live in poverty and the work of The Forgotten International. He often gives presentations to community organizations and foundations in the Bay Area to bring awareness to issues related to global poverty, in particular how it affects women and children. It is the plight of the world's children that is one of his major concerns, and as such he has worked to help enforce the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a United Nations treaty outlining the legal rights of persons under the age of 18.