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Former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper



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For over 80 years, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall has remained committed to delivering high-level programming to members and the public, facilitating discussion and debate on the latest domestic and international issues. During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we stood by your side, providing you with a window to the rest of the world through our ongoing series of virtual programming. Now, as rising inflationary costs lead to higher expenses, and post-pandemic audience behaviors result in reduced in-person event attendance, we need your help more than ever. A contribution to a small, mission-driven nonprofit like ours will make a direct impact on the future of our organization.

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ONLY ONE WEEK until we host the unique opportunity to hear former Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper speak about his memoir, "A Sacred Oath."

Explore the state of democracy with us at this evening event on Dec. 5.

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