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Understanding the 2023 Hamas-Israel War
Joel Beinin

Presentation at Friendly House. Are Hamas equivalent to Nazis, ISIS, or “human animals” as Israeli leaders have asserted in explaining Hamas’s mass slaughter of Israeli civilians on October 7, 2023? Has Israel inflicted collective punishment on the people of the Gaza Strip after Hamas won a democratic election for the in 2006? Joel Beinin was Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University until retiring in 2019. Joel and his wife lived in Israel from 1970 to 1973. His parents, brother, and sister emigrated to Israel in 1973. His brother’s daughter and her husband were members of Kibbutz Nir Oz when it was attacked on Oct. 7. They have been taken hostage.

Central City Concern
Juliana Lukasik

Presentation by Juliana Lukasik about Central City Concern (CCC) and the services that this organization provides for the homeless and other populations. How can we work together to address challenges in our community relating to homelessness, behavior health challenges, and addiction? Juliana joined CCC in 2020. Her passion is to educate the public about the critical services CCC provides to our community. Before joining CCC, she spent the bulk of her career in the film and advertising industries and as a community organizer.

History of Comics
Steve Duin

Presentation at Friendly House by Steve Duin. He writes: “I've put in my 10,000 hours, more than enough to introduce the medium's most colorful storytellers and unforgettable images … Comic books have provided an unflinching, often unsettling perspective on our heroes, our prejudices, and our desperate relationships with war and romance.” Steve Duin is the long-time lead columnist for The Oregonian. He has written several books,including a history of comics.



Thinking About Inequality
Jeff Seward

Presentation at Friendly House by Jeff Seward. If inequality is a growing problem in the U.S. and yet few, if any, want to eliminate it altogether, how do we think about inequality in order to arrive at a reasonable and acceptable level of inequality? And in what forms? Seward offers some ideas about how to deal with these questions. Jeff has a Ph.D from Stanford. He has had a career in public television as a political reporter, news anchor, andfilm producer. Before his retirement, he was a professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Pacific University.He has presented to us many times in the past.