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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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Humanist Perspective on Religion [2016/05-15]

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 12:11pm

This is a presentation by Steve Jacobs concerning the possibility of adopting a Humanist “Perspective on Religion” intended to help HGP pursue its stated mission. Steve provides an update on grass-roots efforts to generate a position statement. Anyone who, in the end, does not support taking a position will have an opportunity to make his or her arguments to the Board.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Religious Freedom Restoration Acts [2016/04-10]

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 9:59am

Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, which once enjoyed broad bipartisan support, have become lightning rods of controversy over the past two years. In this talk, Jim Oleske discusses how efforts to extend RFRA rights into the commercial marketplace have prompted considerable backlash. Oleske is an Associate Professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to joining Lewis & Clark in 2011, Professor Oleske worked in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. He was the 2014 recipient of an excellence in teaching award. His research focuses on the intersection of religious liberty and other constitutional values.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: law and religious freedom

Antibiotics and Resistance [2016/03-20]

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:26pm

Presentation by Györgyi Nyerges. Before the discovery of antibiotics, arsenic and mercury compounds were used to treat bacterial infections. Since then, the pharmaceutical industry has developed over 10,000 antibiotics. But the overuse of antibiotics, both in human medicine and in agriculture, has given rise to the problem of antibiotic resistance. As an environmental microbiologist, Professor Nyerges investigates the role that cattle and manure play in spreading resistant bacteria. Ms. Nyerges was born in Hungary and completed her B.S. degree in biology and chemistry and her M.S. degree in microbiology in Budapest. She currently holds an associate professor position at Pacific University.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: antibiotics and biology

Health Consequences of Space Radiation [2016/02-21]

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:11pm

Presentation by Mitchell Turker. Among the hazards for manned space travel, such as a trip to Mars and back, is exposure to ionizing radiation. Space radiation has three sources: galactic cosmic rays, solar flares, and trapped radiation belts. The presentation will explain space radiation and how it harms human tissues. It will include research data from the speaker and his collaborators.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: science and space radiation

Public Schools [2016/02-07]

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 2:53pm

Educator and activist Deb Mayer focuses on the forces that are aligning to privatize our public schools. Just as greedy corporations have been incrementally taking over our postal service and prisons for profit, billionaires, foundations, and corporations want to own our public schools. What can we do to protect, preserve, and protect quality public schools?

Cast: Portland Humanists

The Formula of Human Life [2016/01-31]

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 1:32pm

Jeff Strang describes the "formula of human life": what you're given, who you know, what you know, what you do, and any “accidents” (good or bad) along the way. Being born is an accident, and it's the first thing we're given. Supernatural belief falls into the "what you know" category. We’ll discuss this formula of human life, and how it can help put our own and others' lives in better perspective. Jeff has been a member of HGP since the aftermath of 9/11/2001. He has degrees in math, animal ecology, and international studies. He works as an Environmental Health Specialist at Multnomah County. His fascination with formulae led him to an interest in designing better economic solutions to social and environmental problems, which he pursues as chair of Common Ground OR-WA.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Camp Quest [2016/01-17]

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 5:32pm

Presenter's name: Chuck Wolber
Date of presentation: January 17, 2016

Presentation about Camp Quest by Chuck Wolber. Camp Quest is a residential summer camp for the children of non-theistic or freethinking parents and others who hold a naturalistic worldview.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: atheism, children and summer camp