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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 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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Rare Diseases [2018/01-14]

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 4:28pm

Presentation by Susan Hayflick & Penny Hogarth. We know the cause of a devastating childhood disease. While we can’t yet correct the gene mutation that causes this disease, we have found a way to restore normal function. Moving this promising treatment from bench to bedside has involved fighting the evils of drug company greed. Susan Hayflick, M.D. is Chair of the Department of Molecular & Medical Genetics at OHSU. Penny Hogarth, M.D., is an associate professor of Genetics and Neurology at OHSU.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: rare childhood diseases

Justice for Immigrants [2018/01-07]

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 1:55pm

Presentation by Rae Anne LaFrenz. Our shared experience involves dialogue with one another. The organizing work for immigrants’ rights and justice through “inter-dialogue” movements supports political advocacy and transformation of power. It encourages us to profoundly live our human experience. Rae Anne Lafrenz is a political scientist and social activist with twenty years experience in human rights and international law. She currently serves as Executive Director for the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice in Portland.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: justice and immigration

Open Discussion [2017/12-17]

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 6:08pm

The scheduled speaker did not show up, so we decided to have an open discussion. The topic chosen was: “Do religious people have techniques that can help us promote humanism?” To launch the discussion, we viewed a short video presenting a naturalistic theory of religion. This was followed by an discussion among audience members. The moderator was Dr. Don Baham.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: religion and humanism

Why No Peace in Israel/Palestine? [2017/12-10]

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 8:12pm

Presentation by Joel Beinin. The United States has been the principal international mediator of the Palestinian-Israel “peace process” since the 1991 Madrid Conference. Has it been an “honest broker”? What do the Palestinians and Israelis expect from a peace agreement? Is there sufficient common ground between them to support an agreement? Joel Beinin is Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: israel palestine

Sources of American Music [2017/11-26]

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:31am

Presentation by Ed Goldberg of radio station 89.9 FM. Music is older than civilization, but civilization has shaped it from its rough roots. Goldberg discusses Africa and Europe as the sources of modern music and how ragtime, string band, operetta, and American music evolved. What we call classical music came from church and folk musics. Ed Goldberg was born in the Bronx in 1943. He has a longstanding interest in music and he has been a journalist and commentator on jazz and theater as well. Guest appearance courtesy of All Classical Portland (KQAC 89.9 FM)

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Music and Sources of American Musics

Freedom From Religion Foundation [2017/11-19]

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 12:13pm

Presentation by Cheryl Kolbe. Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is an organization of nonbelievers whose purpose is to protect separation of state and church and to educate the public about non-theism. She discusses the challenges that arise in our current environment. Ms. Kolbe is founder and president of the Portland Chapter of FFRF and now serves on its National Board.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Religion and Church-State Separation

M. Louise Hunt, World War I Resister [2017/11-12]

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 10:20am

Presentation by Kimberly Jensen. In 1918, Portland librarian M. Louise Hunt refused to purchase a U.S. World War I bond. The immediate public assaults against Hunt led to her resignation. Hunt’s case provides a lens through which to examine opposition to war and claims to civil liberties. Ms. Jensen is professor of History and Gender Studies at Western Oregon University. She is the author of Mobilizing Minerva: American Women and the First World War.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: History and World War I

Making Better Photos [2017/10-29]

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 8:53am

Many people are disappointed with the photos they take of family or vacations. They don’t get the photos they thought they took. Robert Sanford, a serious photographer, shows us simple ways to increase the quality of our photos. Sanford has been a member of HGP since 1998. He served as Sunday Meeting emcee for seven years. He's given several programs for us: some on poetry and some on his travels in India, Turkey, Tunisia, and the Balkans. In recent years, he has also managed four regional free-thought conferences.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: photography