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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 http://www.portlandhumanists.org 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: 5 hours 53 min ago

Election Results Part Two [2016/11-20]

11 hours 32 min ago

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

Liberal Arts Under Attack [2016/10-23]

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 11:48am

Presentation by Dave Collamer. Over the centuries critics have argued about the usefulness of a liberal arts education, one that emphasizes thinking and reflection about history, philosophy, literature, science, and the arts. And since the Great Recession of 2008, parents and students are wondering whether such an education is helpful in getting a job in this difficult economy, much less worth the incredible cost of a bachelor's degree. Dave takes a look at the assumptions we make and whether the liberal arts have indeed become a frill that students can do without.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Liberal Arts and Education

My Life as a Musician [2016/10-16]

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 9:23am

Bo Ayars will talk a bit about his life as a musician, including his years with Liberace, Elvis and Streisand. Then he will play some of the styles of music he has written and played. He will take questions at any time, as well as song requests. For Bo music is fun, and he plans to keep this presentation on the light-hearted side.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Popular Music, Musical Arrangements and Performances

Albertina Kerr [2016/11-06]

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 9:15am

Presentation by Joshua Goldstein about the history of Albertina Kerr, how Albertina Kerr currently impacts our community and how the organization is preparing to serve those in need for the next 100 years. Joshua has more than 10 years’ experience working for nonprofit organizations. For the past four years, he has served as Albertina Kerr’s Director of Individual and Planned Giving. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Washington State University and an MBA from Willamette University.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Mental Health and Albertina Kerr

Election Results Part One [2016/11-13]

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 9:44pm

Election post-mortem presentation by Jeff Seward. Why did the winners win and the losers lose? What does that tell us about the Democratic and Republican Parties and their candidates? What about third party candidates? What does the election tell us about the state of American democracy? What does the Trump phenomenon tell us about American politics? 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: election and politics

DNA and Human Evolution [2016/10-02]

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 8:41pm

Presentation by Jon Peters. Since the Human Genome was sequenced more than a decade ago, scientists have been mining it for evolutionary relationships. Several new discoveries have confirmed our shared ancestry with the apes, and has confirmed our exit out of East Africa tens of thousands of years ago. Dr. Peters has been active promoting secular humanism and rational thought with the Center For Inquiry (Portland). In 2008 he founded Secular Humanists of East Portland. He has been the recipient of several teaching awards.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: human evolution

Health Care for all Oregon [2016/09-25]

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 12:44pm

Presentation by Cliff Goldman & Larry Steward. We are a coalition of organizations who are fighting for comprehensive, equitable, publicly funded, healthcare. Every year 600 people in Oregon die, and another 8,000 suffer financial ruin all because they lack access to affordable care. We agree with the 77% of Oregonians who believe health care is a human right.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: oregon and health care

Syrian Torture Prisons [2016/09-18]

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 11:57am

Nicolette Waldman discusses human rights violations carried out by the Syrian government against detainees in their custody. Nicolette has a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and English literature from Lewis & Clark College and a law degree from Harvard Law School. She is a researcher for Amnesty International’s Syria team, based in Beirut, Lebanon.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Syria, Torture and Prisons

Age-Related Clonal Hematopoiesis [2016/09-11]

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 2:16pm

As we age, a stunning proportion of us develop clonal expansion of pre-leukemic cells in our blood and bone marrow. Drs. Jeff Tyner and Kim-Hien Dao explore this phenomenon and its implications for our understanding of malignancy, cancer therapies, and aging. Dr. Tyner is assistant professor of cell and developmental biology at the OHSU School of Medicine and is a member of the Knight Cancer Institute. He received an award from the AAAS for research that identifies cancer-causing mutations and finding drugs that target these mutations. Dr. Dao specializes in hematology and oncology.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tax Credits and the Working Poor [2016/08-28]

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 11:11am

Low income tax credits constitute the most powerful antipoverty program in the nation. Yet Oregon has the lowest participation rate among the fifty states. Twenty-five percent of eligible Oregonians do not receive it. Camille McDaniel will discuss access to these credits for working families. Since 2008, Ms. McDaniel has worked for CASH Oregon (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) a non-profit committed to improving the financial health of low-income Oregonians and promoting low-income tax credits.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: tax credits for the poor

Wound Healing: Past, Present and Future [2016/08-21]

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 1:45pm

Presentation by Helen Christians. Until antibiotics were discovered and available to the general public, people died from infected wounds or faced amputation. Natural substances like silver, herbs and honey were recognized for their healing powers but not understood. This presentation will review the biology of wound healing and discuss current medical practices and future treatment. Helen Christians is an occupational therapist with 30yrs experiences working with wound and burn survivors at the Oregon Burn Center.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: medicine and history

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