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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.
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From Citizens to Enemy Aliens [2014/11-23]

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 8:15am

Presentation by Kimberly Jensen. The full title is “From Citizens to Enemy Aliens: Oregon Women, Marriage, and the Surveillance State during the First World War.” Federal legislation in effect from 1907 to 1922 required women who were U.S. citizens and who married men of other nations to forfeit their U.S. citizenship and take on the status of their husbands. During the First World War, some 400 Oregon women became "enemy aliens" as a result of their marriage to German men in the state. Kept under surveillance by state officials, many of the women resisted actions against them and definitions of themselves as enemy aliens. Ms. Jensen is professor of history and gender studies at Western Oregon University.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: history, world war 1 and women

Bridge Meadows [2014/11-02]

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:40am

Dr. Derenda Schubert tells us about Bridge Meadows, a unique and innovative solution to the current foster care crisis. Located in North Portland, Bridge Meadows is a three-generation housing community consisting of homes for adoptive families and apartments for elders 55 and older who act as surrogate grandparents and as mentors to the children who live there. Dr. Schubert is a psychologist with experience in counseling children and in creating and managing programs in foster care, mental health, and developmental disabilities.

Cast: Portland Humanists

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An Appeal From The Heart [2014/10-26]

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:39am

Doug Matheson conducts a rotating oral reading (involving audience participants) of his essay titled "An Appeal from the Heart." Doug grew up a missionary kid in India, and was educated in Christian schools until graduate school. Despite a loving Christian indoctrination he came to realize that, when beliefs and evidence are in contradiction, personal honesty requires that we impose the evidence on our beliefs, instead of attempting to impose our beliefs on the evidence.

Cast: Portland Humanists

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Post Election Analysis [2014/11-09]

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:38am

Jeff Seward summarizes key results of the 2014 midterm elections, analyzes their significance, and makes predictions about their implications for the rest of Obama's second term and for the 2016 presidential election. 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

Water: It's Complicated [2014/09-28]

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:10pm

Presentation by Catherine Howells. Our urban environment is dependent on basic infrastructure (water, sewer, electricity and garbage) for our health and survival. This infrastructure is ignored by most of us because it runs so well that we take it for granted. This talk will look into what it really takes to deliver water to our taps.
Catherine Howells is an adjunct professor at Portland State University where she teaches and researches about urban water systems. She has served on the City Club committee looking at water and sewer rates and is currently a member of the Portland Public Utilities Review Board.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: water and infrastructure

Why Are We Here? [2014/09-21]

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:07am

Presentation by Paul Wathen. Existence can be thought of as a four-dimensional metaphysical space in which human consciousness is the lynchpin. This model has profound implications for discovering who we are, and it also leads to some crucial paradoxes. Unraveling them leads to a new understanding of how we’re all interconnected, and to a powerful way of understanding why we exist at all. Mr. Wathen has worked as an editor, television production manager, and as a certified public accountant for 30 years. Eight years ago, he was diagnosed with cancer. This has made him wonder what it’s all about. His presentation summarizes the conclusions he’s come to so far.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: philosophy

Why Are We Here? [2014/09-21]

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:29pm

Presentation by Paul Wathen. Existence can be thought of as a four-dimensional metaphysical space in which human consciousness is the lynchpin. This model has profound implications for discovering who we are, and it also leads to some crucial paradoxes. Unraveling them leads to a new understanding of how we’re all interconnected, and to a powerful way of understanding why we exist at all. Mr. Wathen has worked as an editor, television production manager, and as a certified public accountant for 30 years. Eight years ago, he was diagnosed with cancer. This has made him wonder what it’s all about. His presentation summarizes the conclusions he’s come to so far.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: philosophy

Reports on Articles [2014/09-07]

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 5:41pm

The program for this Sunday was a series of member reports on articles of interest. Reports were followed by comments from the audience.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: articles of interest

Humanist Video Theater #2 [2008-05/11]

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 2:03pm

This is HGP member David DiNucci's program from May 11, 2008 in which he shows short video clips on a variety of humanist topics from the Beyond Belief conference. A discussion period follows each clip.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Humanism Atheism Skepticism

Humanist Video Theater #3 [2014/08-17]

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:36pm

HGP member David DiNucci reprises his program from years past, where he shows short video clips on a variety of humanist topics, such as from the Beyond Belief conferences, to evoke discussion and thought. A feedback period follows each clip.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Humanism Atheism

From Aristotle to Einstein [2014/08-31]

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 12:16pm

HGP member Laurent Beauregard presents a user-friendly discussion of space and time that begins with Aristotle, goes through Isaac Newton, and ends with Albert Einstein. What was Aristotle’s physics? What did Newton do that overthrew Aristotle? What was Einstein’s relativity all about? Laurent holds an M.S. in physics and a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science. He has taught at U.C.L.A. and at Reed College. He is currently a member of the HGP Web committee and he edits the videos that you find on the front page of our website.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: History, Philosophy and Science

Socrates: The First Humanist? [2014/08-24]

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:15am

Socrates is often regarded as a major contributor to ideas in western civilization, frequently compared in significance to the Buddha and Jesus. Was he a secular kind of guy? If he came to a HGP meeting, would he feel at home? Is he really deserving of the praise he has received for 2,400 years? Dave Collamer has served in the Peace Corps and has worked in public health agencies. He retired from teaching high school science and moved from Oakland to Portland in 2010. Dave has always been interested in philosophy and history. It seemed to him that a talk about Socrates would fit right into what humanism is all about.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Socrates, philosophy and history

Humanist Video Theater #3 [2014/08-17]

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:20am

HGP member David DiNucci reprises his program from years past, where he shows short video clips on a variety of humanist topics, such as from the Beyond Belief conferences, to evoke discussion and thought. A feedback period follows each clip.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: humanist videos

HGP Scholarships [2014/08-10]

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:11pm

Today’s program consists of readings from HGP’s 2014 Scholarship Essay Contest entries. Nathan Potter, Samantha Voeller, Kelly Priest, and Bradley Lewis are this year’s winners. Nathan will attend the University of Oregon next year. He will study political science. Samantha will attend Pacific University in the fall, majoring in Public Health. Kelly will major in French and Mathematics at Lewis and Clark College. Bradley plans to attend Oregon State University to major in linguistics, political science, or business.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Humanist Scholarships