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Mindfulness in National and International Crises
Jeffrey Proulx

Dr.Jeffrey Proulx explores how mindfulness can reduce the strain of uncontrollable events. The events of 2020 have made many people feel consumed by anxiety with little outlet for coping. This presentation also explores the role of mindfulness practice as part of a global consciousness promoting peace and compassion in response to the disruption, hate, and noise so common today. Jeffrey Proulxis a professor at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University. He earned his Ph.D. at Oregon State University and he has been a practitioner of mindfulness practices for over 30 years.

White Supremacists and COVID-19
Randy Blazak

Elements of the extreme right-wing have taken advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to further agendas rooted in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, racist scapegoating, and a desire for armed revolution. In today’s program, Dr. Randy Blazak focuses on the current threat posed by activists behind anti-shutdown protests. Dr. Blazak is professor of sociology at PSU and works as a consultant on hate crime cases and on diversity issues.

Earthquake Culture
Allison Pyrch

Presentation by Allison Pyrch. The Pacific Northwest is due for a large earthquake and a tsunami. We are not as ready as we should be. Ms. Pyrch shares her observations from earthquakes around the world and discusses what we must do. Allison Pyrch is a geotechnical engineer with more than 17 years of experience. She has been a long-term advocate for better resilience planning in the Pacific Northwest. She was featured in the OPB documentary Unprepared. She was part of the team that developed the Oregon Resilience Plan.

Dismantling White Privilege
Kellye McBride

In the current divided state of America, it’s tempting for whites to see race relations as a matter of interpersonal conflict rather than as a systemic issue that unfairly treats people of color. Kellye McBrideexamines the meaning behind “white privilege” and the misconceptions that get in the way when discussing racial justice. Kellye McBride is a freelance writer, editor, and film instructor from the Portland area. She serves as TV editor for the UK blogSublime Horror. She has written for numerous publications. Her short nonfiction has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Awards by the Horror Writer’s Association.