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Pandemic Impacts Democracy
Greg Coleridge

Presentation by Greg Coleridge. Unprecedented pandemic and economic crises have disrupted our lives. As a result, weaknesses in our governing institutions, and how our economy is structured, are exposed now more than ever.Is unending growth the meaning of our very human existence?These crises present both extreme challenges and enormous openings to help those with the greatest needs, to raise awareness of the current injustices and system failures, and to organize to alter our societal rules – to amend the U.S. Constitution to rethink our relationships as human beings and our connection to the natural world. Greg Coleridge is Outreach Director of Move to Amend, a national grassroots organization that seeks to blunt corporate power by amending the United States Constitution to end corporate personhood. He previously served an elected term on the national governing board of Common Cause.

Domestic Violence During the Pandemic
Chris Huffine

Presentation by Chris Huffine. Domestic violence has significantly increased all over the world during the current pandemic. Dr. Huffine shares recent statistics on the rise of domestic violence, locally, nationally, and internationally. Reasons for this increase are discussed as well as what can be done about it, immediately and in the coming months. Huffine is a licensed psychologist who has worked with thousands of abusive men and dozens of female and male victims of abuse for the past 28 years. He is Executive Director of Allies in Change in Portland. He is considered to be a national expert on working with abusive partners and has provided trainings around the country,

Hinduism: Dancing with Eternity
Harsh Aurora

Virtual presentation by Harsh Arora. Of all ancient civilizations, the only one still in existence is the Hindu. All others can only be found in museums. Harsh Arora explains why Hindu culture and dharm are eternal – with or without gods or divinity. Born and raised in India, Mr. Arora came to the U.S. for graduate study at Berkeley. During the last ten years, he has written, directed, and acted in plays on Indian history and mythology. He and his wife live in Beaverton.

Dating in the Animal Kingdom
Allison Coffin

Virtual presentation by Dr. Allison Coffin.Dating is tough enough as a human! Imagine being a bird, or a fish, with no dating apps or organized singles’ events. This presentation will share some of the fascinating strategies that animals use to attract and keep a mate. Some of these strategies will sound eerily similar to human dating, while others may surprise you.Allison Coffin is a neuroscience researcher and professional science communicator. In 2016 she co-founded Science Talk, a national non-profit that empowers and inspires scientiststo expand their communication potential.