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The Artist and His Work
Jerry Dickason

Presentation  by Jerry Dickason. Why do I paint? What is it about painting that keeps me painting? All art is problem-solving. I have a curious itch to create that begs to be expressed. Mark-making touches that volatile, internal spot that spurs me on to wonder how to solve a notion of fulfillment. Jerry started studying art after retiring in 2002. In 2007 he began painting in academic and private artists studios.

Unpopular Positions
Doug Matheson

Presentation at Friendly House titled, “Fiddling or Being Willing to Advocate for Unpopular Positions -- a look at a key root of the fact/alternative fact phenomenon.“ Doug Matheson considers what happens when we give ourselves permission to believe whatever we want to believe, and then expect to be respected and to not be challenged. Matheson grew up a missionary kid in India. He spent more than a decade trying to reconcile evidence with his beliefs. When he was 37, he “encountered the straw that broke the camel’s back” and then quietly left the faith.

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.