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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: 4 hours 54 min ago

The Mind of Theodore Roszak [2017/03-05]

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 9:18pm

Presentation by Dave Collamer about Theodore Roszak who was a history professor at California State University and a social critic for over 40 years. Roszak’s view is that people in developed countries have bought into the techno-industrial scheme of life so much that they have lost contact with their inner sources of transcendent vision, and thus are out of balance. Roszak is the author of The Making of a Counter Culture. Dave Collamer is a member of HGP. He retired from teaching high school science and moved from to Portland in 2010. Dave has always been interested in philosophy and history.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: Theodore Roszak and Counter Culture

Notable Women [2017/03-26]

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 10:39am


Date of presentation: March 26, 2017

Coordinated by Helen Christians. Members share their research on influential women of science, politics, exploration and entertainment. Presentations include women who have changed the world but are not well known. Presenters were Anne Henderson, Joyce Lackie, Marsha Abelman, Lenora Warren, Arnie Panitch, Laurent Beauregard, and Carolyn Tomei.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: women's history

The Future [2017/02-26]

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 10:38am

Donald Trump has promised to return jobs to the U.S. workforce. Del Allen discusses how the job market is changing. Many of the jobs Trump talks about have been, or will be, replaced with no humans or with humans from outside the U.S. How is the job market affected as a result of "the cloud"? How should we advise our grandchildren about going to college and obtaining employment? Del Allen is chair of HGP’s program committee.

Cast: Portland Humanists

The Tangerine Tree [2017/02-12]

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 1:04pm

Francesca Piantadosi teaches playwriting in correctional settings. Her students have authored amazing plays that have been presented with professional actors behind bars for the incarcerated youth and their families. Through their “characters” students learn complex thinking and creative problem solving. Ms. Piantadosi is an award-winning playwright whose work has been presented from New York to Bangalore, India. She’s been teaching in correctional settings for over five years.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: prisons and playwriting

Humanists at the Oregon Prison [2017/01-29]

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 1:00pm

Thanks to the efforts of Humanists of Greater Portland and the American Humanist Association, Humanism is now one of the observed religious categories in the federal prison system. Bernie Dehler explains why this was needed, and who the major parties were, to make it all happen. Bernie is a registered Humanist Celebrant. He recently retired from Intel Corporation after working there for 32 years. He is also the current Chairman of Sunday Assembly Portland.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: humanism and prisons

Climate Change [2017/01-22]

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 3:19pm

Mike Berger, an environmental scientist, and Mark Stephan, a political scientist, together explore the science and politics of climate change. They examine how these two approaches clash. They discuss the most important environmental and social issue of our day. Stephan is associate professor of Political Science at Washington State University. Currently he is working on a study on climate change governance. Berger is assistant clinical professor of Biology and Environmental Science. He is a marine ecologist.

Cast: Portland Humanists

Tags: climate change

Relationships [2016/12-11]

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 1:18pm

Ever wonder how some couples stay happy for decades? Kari Carroll presents the Gottman Method of couples therapy. Research is based on work with heterosexual couples in Western countries. Kari will also discuss current research on gay and lesbian relationships. Kari Carroll is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She uses mindfulness, emotion-focused and psychodynamic therapy in her work. Kari has an MS. in Counseling Psychology and a B.A. in Communication and Psychology.

Cast: Portland Humanists