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Rare Diseases
Susan Hayflick & Penny Hogarth

Presentation by Susan Hayflick & Penny Hogarth. We know the cause of a devastating childhood disease. While we can’t yet correct the gene mutation that causes this disease, we have found a way to restore normal function. Moving this promising treatment from bench to bedside has involved fighting the evils of drug company greed. Susan Hayflick, M.D. is Chair of the Department of Molecular & Medical Genetics at OHSU. Penny Hogarth, M.D., is an associate professor of Genetics and Neurology at OHSU.

Justice for Immigrants
Rae Anne Lafrenz

Presentation by Rae Anne LaFrenz. Our shared experience involves dialogue with one another. The organizing work for immigrants’ rights and justice through “inter-dialogue” movements supports political advocacy and transformation of power. It encourages us to profoundly live our human experience. Rae Anne Lafrenz is a political scientist and social activist with twenty years experience in human rights and international law. She currently serves as Executive Director for the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice in Portland.

Open Discussion
Don Baham

The scheduled speaker did not show up, so we decided to have an open discussion. The topic chosen was: “Do religious people have techniques that can help us promote humanism?” To launch the discussion, we viewed a short video presenting a naturalistic theory of religion. This was followed by an discussion among audience members.

Why No Peace in Israel/Palestine?
Joel Beinin

Presentation by Joel Beinin. The United States has been the principal international mediator of the Palestinian-Israel “peace process” since the 1991 Madrid Conference. Has it been an “honest broker”? What do the Palestinians and Israelis expect from a peace agreement? Is there sufficient common ground between them to support an agreement?  Joel Beinin is Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University.