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Almost every Sunday, HGP members gather in Portland, Oregon, for a program which is free and open to the public. With the invited presenters' permissions, we record those talks for our members, and with further permission, make them available here. Hovering over a thumbnail below shows its full title and [date] of that program, and clicking it brings it to the top window to view its "Description" and/or video. Most programs start with a very short reading chosen by a member. See http://www.portlandhumanists.org for more info about HGP and our programs. Members also get access to videos not authorized for public release, as well as the HGP library and member-oriented events. Video credits: For most videos, camera is done by Mike Birtchet, audio is done by Bill Maiden, and final editing was done by Dave DiNucci and is currently done by Laurent Beauregard. None of these videos would be possible without the excellent work of the HGP Program Committee to schedule speakers and to carry out the programs, or without the contributed time and effort of the speakers themselves.
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Oregon Climate Declaration Campaign [2015/05-10]

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 8:48pm

Mark Darienzo speaks about fossil fuel divestment and about a campaign asking state and local governments to divest from fossil fuels and to invest in energy efficiency and clean alternative energies.
 Mark has worked as an earthquake and tsunami program coordinator for the State Office of Emergency Management. (HGP does not take responsibility for material presented by our speakers.)

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: climate change and fossil fuel divestment

Oregon Historical Society [2015/04-26]

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:36pm

Scott Calhoun of the Oregon Historical Society provides an overview of Oregon history beginning with the varying lifestyles of the Native Americans prior to Euro-American contact, and then proceeds through the eras of maritime explorers, fur traders, missionaries, and finally the pioneers of the Oregon Trail. He concludes with a brief presentation of the Historical Society itself -- its history, organization, functions, and funding. (HGP does not take responsibility for material presented by our speakers.)

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Oregon history

Artists Respond to Nietzsche [2015/04-19]

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:19pm

Presentation by Dave Collamer. After Darwin's "Origin of Species" in 1859, a later shock for Judeo-Christian beliefs struck in 1882 when philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche declared "God is dead." With a seeming lack of purpose, and unclear morality in the universe, artists, writers, and philosophers attempted to fill the void with alternative purposes and moralities that still draw the interests of humanists today. (HGP does not take responsibility for material presented by our speakers.)

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Nietzsche, artists and writers

The Oregon Encyclopedia [2015/04-12]

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:25pm

Tania Hyatt-Evenson speaks about The Oregon Encyclopedia, a free on-line encyclopedia available to anyone with internet access. Ms. Hyatt-Evenson is Outreach Coordinator for The Oregon Encyclopedia. She holds an M.A. from Portland. Her focus is on environmental and public history.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Oregon history and encyclopedia

Critical Thinking in the Martial Arts [2015/04-05]

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 1:50pm

Matt Thornton discusses material from his forthcoming book: “Violence is Natural: Myths, Realities & Wisdom of the Martial Arts.” Mr. Thornton is a martial arts athlete and trainer in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and boxing. He is well known for his promotion of the concept of aliveness in training. He has taught seminars on martial arts across the world and he runs his own Academy here in Portland. Matt’s recent emphasis has been addressing superstition as it relates to sports training and martial arts. (HGP does not take responsibility for material presented by our speakers.)

Cast: Portland Humanists

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World Community Grid [2015/03-29]

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:02pm

Viktors Berstis speaks about WorldCommunityGrid.org, an IBM philanthropic project which makes use of spare processing power from all kinds of computing devices to function collectively as a supercomputer, helping to find cures for diseases, solve environmental problems, along with other philanthropic research. Berstis is a Senior Software Engineer and Master Inventor at IBM. Currently he is the lead scientist for World Community Grid. His degrees are from the University of Michigan, and he holds over 175 U.S. patents. He is also an accomplished pianist, as you'll see at the end of this video.

Cast: Portland Humanists

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World Trade Center 9/11 Cover-Up [2015/03-22]

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:35pm

Many people consider World Trade Center Building #7 to be the Achilles heel of the official 9/11 narrative. In this talk David Fura provides evidence of a deliberate suppression of truth behind the destruction of Building 7 (controlled demolition). He examines the role of the media in hiding evidence. Fura is a computer engineer who works on the design of computer chips. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. He is co-founder of the Portland Action Group of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. (HGP does not take responsibility for material presented by our speakers.)

Cast: Portland Humanists

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Portland Crosswalk Safety [2015/03-15]

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:27pm

Sharon White, of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, presents a “Portland Walks -- Be Safe!” pedestrian/driver training. This includes viewing an 18 minute film about pedestrian and driver safety, discussing Oregon crosswalk laws, reviewing statistics about pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and sharing tips for drivers and pedestrians to make our environment safer for everyone. The emphasis is on human factors. Ms. White conducts pedestrian safety outreach and education citywide. In 2007, she was awarded the “Golden Sole Award” from “Oregon Walks”.

Cast: Portland Humanists

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Friendly Water [2015/03-08]

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 10:12pm

Presentation by David Albert about the work of Friendly Water for the World. He discusses the use of BioSand Water Filters that can remove up to 99% of disease causing micro-organisms from the water supply. This presentation focuses on work in the Congo and Uganda. Mr. Albert is Board Chairman and co-founder of Friendly Water for the World, an international non-profit organization. He is recently returned from India where he has worked on and off for almost 40 years.

Cast: Portland Humanists

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The Real Origins of Christianity [2015/03-01]

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 6:37pm

Richard Carrier speaks to us about the origins of Christianity. Dr. Carrier is a world-renowned author and speaker. As a professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement, Carrier has appeared across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and on American television and London radio, defending sound historical methods and the ethical worldview of secular naturalism. His books and articles have received international attention. Carrier holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in ancient history.

Cast: Portland Humanists

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Humanist Issues [2015/02-22]

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:59pm

Del Allen hosts a discussion of humanist issues in the light of current events.

Cast: Portland Humanists

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