Our calendar below is shown in reverse chronological order by month; each month will show dates in customary ascending date order. This will provide one place for everyone to go to view current and prior calendar entries. It also provides easier administration by the webmaster. 😀
All programs are at our customary meeting place, Extraordinary Ventures, unless otherwise noted. We meet from 1:30-3:30 every Sunday unless otherwise noted. All of our meetings are free, and open to the public. The months for 2015 below are shown as the most recent first. Our programs for prior years can be viewed here. Some of our programs are videotaped, and are available on our Youtube channel.
Dr. Nick Haddad will talk on The Value of Landscape Conservation for Nature and for People. He will discuss issues that affect all of us. Information will have direct relevance to sources of emissions caused by reasons other than burning fossil fuels, for example leveling forests. He will discuss some ways that folks at The Nature Conservancy NC (he is a board member) are managing this in our state, with inferences to what we can do at a local level to mitigate effects of global warming. Dr. Nick Haddad is the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Conservation Biology at NC State University. His research interests include the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on populations, communities, and ecosystems, and the application of ecological theory to conservation and management.
Dr. Fred Breidt will speak about the contribution that Charles Darwin made to our understanding of the world and our place in it. Although International Darwin Day if on February 12th, we will celebrate it today. Come join us in celebrating Darwin’s contribution to modern science.
February 15 – ODAU Sponsored Event
NCAE President, Rodney Ellis, will speak on The History of School Vouchers at 7 pm at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. From racial discrimination to religious indoctrination school vouchers have been used as a vehicle to segregate students in the nations public schools. This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Orange Durham Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Immunizing one’s children used to be a “no brainer.” Today many people have challenged the need for immunizations on both medical, philosophical and religious grounds. The Secular Coalition of America has launched a campaign titled “Put Kids First” to lobby for restricting exemptions from immunizing children to medical only reasons. California recently passed such legislation. EHST President Chris Kaman will speak about this campaign. EHST is a supporting organization for the Secular Coalition of America.
Taragee Ali, the wife of Kwame Teague, will speak on A More Perfect Union: A Collaboration Between Blacks and Whites via Skype. Politics defines this country but race defines politics. How do we bridge the gap and create a society that America’s Forefathers envisioned for this Nation? Three possible solutions will be presented for discussion.
A democracy of the people, by the people, and for the people depends upon having an educated and informed citizenry. Today’s mass media is 24 x 7 x 365 and is available in many formats from print to the various forms of electronic media. The media shapes our knowledge and understanding of our country and the world. Some have claimed that the media does not truly serve the public interest but rather the interests of the rich and powerful. We will spend this Sunday and the next Sunday showing a documentary “Shadows of Liberty” and discussing it. This Sunday we will watch the first half, and share comments and reactions to it.
We will show the second half of the film “Shadows of Liberty” and share comments and reactions to it. (See January 3 program for more information.) Please feel free to come to this 2nd half even if you missed coming last week.
Jay Niver will speak about his own experience in the news media. His talk is titled “Ethics and Journalism”. What sounds like an oxymoron will be facilitated by former reporter, editor and photographer Jay Niver, who worked for two NC daily papers, published weeklies in Ohio and the Carolinas, and won NC Press Association awards for feature writing and investigative journalism. Everyone can take a cathartic blast at what gripes them most about the news media: not-so-hidden agendas; untrustworthy and/or incompetent “professionals”; unscrupulous reporters; shrinking competition, etc. It’s a great follow-up to the “Shadows of Liberty” documentary we have shown.
The EHST book group will meet at 3:30 at the Chapel Hill Public Library (meeting room D) to discuss the book: The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone–Especially Ourselves by Dan Ariely. The meeting is open to the public.
This meeting has been cancelled due to hazardous driving conditions. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
EHST will have its annual business meeting. We will elect new board officers and trustees, and pass a budget for 2016. We will also review and vote on other business matters including a resolution on the minimum wage, and the recommendations from the task force on growth. Members are highly encouraged to attend, and visitors are welcome too.