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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.
Updated: 6 hours 25 min ago

The Tangerine Tree [2017/02-12]

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 1:04pm

Francesca Piantadosi teaches playwriting in correctional settings. Her students have authored amazing plays that have been presented with professional actors behind bars for the incarcerated youth and their families. Through their “characters” students learn complex thinking and creative problem solving. Ms. Piantadosi is an award-winning playwright whose work has been presented from New York to Bangalore, India. She’s been teaching in correctional settings for over five years.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: prisons and playwriting

Humanists at the Oregon Prison [2017/01-29]

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 1:00pm

Thanks to the efforts of Humanists of Greater Portland and the American Humanist Association, Humanism is now one of the observed religious categories in the federal prison system. Bernie Dehler explains why this was needed, and who the major parties were, to make it all happen. Bernie is a registered Humanist Celebrant. He recently retired from Intel Corporation after working there for 32 years. He is also the current Chairman of Sunday Assembly Portland.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: humanism and prisons

Climate Change [2017/01-22]

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:19pm

Mike Berger, an environmental scientist, and Mark Stephan, a political scientist, together explore the science and politics of climate change. They examine how these two approaches clash. They discuss the most important environmental and social issue of our day. Stephan is associate professor of Political Science at Washington State University. Currently he is working on a study on climate change governance. Berger is assistant clinical professor of Biology and Environmental Science. He is a marine ecologist.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: climate change

Relationships [2016/12-11]

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 1:18pm

Ever wonder how some couples stay happy for decades? Kari Carroll presents the Gottman Method of couples therapy. Research is based on work with heterosexual couples in Western countries. Kari will also discuss current research on gay and lesbian relationships. Kari Carroll is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She uses mindfulness, emotion-focused and psychodynamic therapy in her work. Kari has an MS. in Counseling Psychology and a B.A. in Communication and Psychology.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Affordable Housing [2016/10-30]

Sat, 12/10/2016 - 6:06pm

Presentation by Anthony Petchel about REACH and the affordable housing crisis. The mission of REACH is to develop and maintain a permanent resource of affordable housing, promote healthy neighborhoods, and provide opportunities for low-income people through partnerships and community involvement. Anthony Petchel has been involved in strategic planning for over fifteen years.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Portland, Housing Crisis and Urban Planning

Election Results Part Two [2016/11-20]

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 12:11pm

Part Two of an election post-mortem by Jeff Seward. Here Seward looks ahead at the future implications of the 2016 Elections: Will the new President be successful? Will these elections lead to significant reform of U.S. elections or campaign finance? Will the US political system continue to be paralyzed by partisan division? Seward, an associate professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Pacific University, has been a popular speaker at HGP. He teaches comparative politics, political philosophy, political economy, and courses on Latin America. Prior to his academic career, he was a reporter and documentary film producer.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Politics and elections