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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: 15 hours 58 min ago

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

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