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Quest for Life Beyond Earth\
Gordon Walker

Presentation by Gordon Walker. Speculation that there may be many other Earths and solar systems in the Universe goes back to the time of the Greeks and has posed serious challenges to religious belief. Within the last fifty years, astronomers have developed techniques sensitive enough to put that speculation to the test. We now have evidence for thousands of extra-solar planets in our galaxy and of conditions suitable for life on these planets. Gordon Walker holds a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Cambridge University and is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia. His laboratory has produced some of the first digital detection systems for space based telescopes.

Portland’s Homeless Crisis
Andy Goebel

Portland’s Homeless Crisis is about much more than just shelter. In this presentation, Andy Goebel tells the story of “All Good Northwest” – an organization fostering communities for individuals impacted by housing insecurity -- including support services at all levels. Mr. Goebel helped found Portsmouth Union Church — a progressive and inclusive congregation that has hosted shelters for people experiencing houselessness. He has also served as Director of Emergency Management for “Do Good Multnomah”, a support group for homeless veterans.

9/11, History,, and Culture Wars
David Horowitz

Presentation by David A. Horowitz.  9/11 marks one of the traumatic events of modern U. S. history. Yet its occurrence and aftermath must be placed in the context of social movements and global developments. This presentation focuses on getting past political and social divisiveness. Professor Horowitz has taught at Portland State since 1968, where he won a prize for outstanding achievement in 2007. He is co-author of a U. S. history textbook and has a number of publications to his credit. He is the author of a personal, professional, and political memoir with the title “Getting There: An American Cultural Odyssey”,

Ranked Choice Voting
​Kit Muehlman & Sol Mora

Presentation by Kit Muehlman and Sol Mora about the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). Where is this voting sustem used? How does RCV work for single-winner elections? Included will be an online demo election. Kit Muehlman is from Bellingham, Washington. She is a yoga and meditation teacher. Sol Mora is with the Coalition of Communities of Color.