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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: 14 hours 23 min ago

Why Poetry? [2017/08-06]

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 4:01pm

Presentation by Robert Sanford. There's a world packed inside quality poems, but it's pretty crowded in there. Sanford provides tools to open up some poems (crack the concentration code) and discover their truths and pleasures. This is the ninth of his poetry programs; the first eight were very well received. Sanford taught poetry in his first real job: High School English Teacher. Since then he’s been a police officer, professional speaker and trainer, human resources manager, and technical writer. He joined HGP in 1998 where he originated the emcee position, having served as emcee for seven years.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Poetry

Stand Up Comedy [2017/07-30]

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 12:25pm

Presentation by HGP member Todd Kimball. Todd writes: “Laughter has been shown to reduce stress, improve memory, boost the immune system and enhance creativity.” He sees stand-up comedy as an under-appreciated voice of humanism. From Jim Jeffries to the late George Carlin, Todd shows that stand-up comics have the ability to raise questions about religion in a way that other forms of dialogues cannot. Stand-up comics are verbal entrepreneurs. Todd has tips on how anyone can become funnier and find more enjoyment in life.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: humor, religion and humanism

Regional Prospects of Turkey [2017/07-23]

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 3:53pm

Presentation by Osman G. Tanrikulu about Turkey’s relationship with the European Union. Relations between the E.U. and Turkey have been deteriorating. While political figures and contingent events influence Turkey’s foreign relations, it is important also to assess changes in social attitudes, beliefs, and values of Turkish citizens and compare them to those of people living in the E.U. Osman G. Tanrikulu is a political economist who is originally from Turkey. He is a Ph.D. Fellow at the Public Affairs & Policy Program at Portland State University. He co-authored the book Global Power Transitions and Future of the European Union.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Turkey and European Union

Virtual Reality [2017/07-16]

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 1:13pm

Matthew DeMoss presents a brief history of Virtual Reality (VR) technology and demonstrates everyday uses of VR. He provides live demonstrations inside various VR programs for audience members. DeMoss is a 29 year old Portland resident. He has worked for Apple, PowerMax, DWFritz Automation, and is currently employed at Safeway IT. He enjoys exploring new technologies.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Peter, Paul, and Music [2017/06-18]

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 12:09pm

Most of us know the Barkett brothers as our favorite musicians at HGP, but it turns out they can talk too. In fact, they enjoy telling stories about their musical career, the role music has played in their lives, how they became Humanists, and how all of that intersects.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Race Relations in Portland/Vancouver [2017/06-04]

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 3:10pm

Ena Abel shares her research on the experiences of African Americans on each side of the Columbia River after the Vanport flood of 1948. Abel received her bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in Vancouver in May. She specializes in African American history and public history.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Race Relations, Vancouver, History and Portland