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The Tangerine Tree
Francesca Piantadosi

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.

Humanists at the Oregon Prison
Bernie Dehler

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 also served as Chairman of Sunday Assembly Portland.

Climate Change
Mike Berger & Mark Stephan

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.

Kari Carroll

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.