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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: 1 hour 21 min ago

Climate Reality [2016/07-31]

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 8:38pm

Presentation by Rand Schenck about the harmful impacts that result from the burning of fossil fuels. Climate Reality is sobering. Mr. Schenck looks at actions offering us hope -- actions taking place across the planet. He discusses what each of us can do to make a difference. Rand Schenck is an activist leader with 350PDX. He was trained as a climate reality leader last year with Al Gore and his organization.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Scholarship Winners [2016/07-17]

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 6:54pm

Winners of Annual Humanist Essay Contest speak. Topic: Is the Concept of Separation of Church and State good for our country? Why or why not? How does it affect you personally?

Cast: Portland Humanists

Legacy of Neil Postman [2016/07-10]

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:42pm

Presentation by Dave Collamer. Neil Postman was a professor at New York University and social critic from 1969 to 1999. He emphasized the shortcomings in American society in the areas of education, technology, history, and democracy. He published sixteen books including "Amusing Ourselves to Death" (1985). Postman was a humanist who believed that new technology can never substitute for human values.

Cast: Portland Humanists

The Need for New Contraceptives [2016/06-12]

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 6:43pm

Presentation by Dr. Jon Hennebold. On October 31, 2011, the world's population reached 7 billion. High birth rates occur in developing countries where access to family planning services are limited. This presentation highlights the need for developing effective and safe contraceptive methods. Dr. Hennebold is Professor at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) and adjunct faculty member at OHSU. He currently serves as the Director of the ONPRC Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Core.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: World Population and Contraception

Freedom From Religion Foundation [2016/06-05]

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 9:47pm

Presentation by Cheryl Kolbe, president of the Portland chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization that works as an umbrella for those who are free from religion and are committed to the principle of separation of state and church. How does FFRF differ from other secular organizations? How does it take action and with what success? Ms. Kolbe is retired from Portland Community College where she was Student Systems Support Manager.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Freedom from Religion

Scientists Who Changed the Course of Medicine [2016/05-29]

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 2:30pm

Dave Collamer discusses the work of three nineteenth century scientists, working in biology, who have made our lives unbelievably better today. Dave has worked on the surgical floor, in operating rooms, and in recovery rooms of a hospital as an orderly. Later, he was part of a smallpox vaccination team immunizing Ethiopian villagers. After graduate school in public health, Dave also worked as a health educator.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: History of Medicine

Child Sex Trafficking [2016/05-22]

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:29pm

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has written about a website called “” which has been used as a tool used to arrange child rape. Here in Portland, rarely a day goes by when a child is not sold for sex, both online and on the street. Ketzel Levine discusses the effort to disrupt the cycle of demand and supply in child sex trafficking. Ketzel Levine is a former NPR correspondent and a member of Multnomah County’s Speakers Bureau on issues related to the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Cast: Portland Humanists