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Public Policy and the Cult Phenomenon
Lisa Kendall

Presentation by Lisa Kendall from the Friendly House about the cult phenomenon as it relates to public policy. Lisa has been active in the cult awareness community since 2012 by providing support for former members in civil suits, testifying before legislatures, writing about the impact of group involvement, and through speaking engagements on radio, podcasts, and in person. Lisa has a Masters in Public Administration.

The LGBT+ Acronym
Reid Vanderburgh

Presentation by Reid Vanderburgh. Often shortened to LGBT+, the full acronym of identity possibilities (for now!) is LGBTQQIAAPNb. This presentation defines each letter of the acronym, providing some history about where it all came from.Reid Vanderburgh is a retired therapist who worked primarily with transgender clients and their family members. He is the author of two books (Transition and Beyond  and Journeys of Transformation).

Unique Life Experiences
Suzanne Thornton, Neil Baldwin, Kathy Moyd

Three HGP members (Suzanne Thornton, Neil Baldwin, Kathy Moyd) share meaningful life stories of significant events in their lives.

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.