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Upcoming Sunday Programs
• Arika Okrent, recipient of a joint PhD in linguistics and cognitive neuroscience from the University of Chicago, speaks March 1st on “Babel Rousers: The 900-year-old Quest for a Better Language.” An expert in such artificial languages as Esperanto, Klingon, and Loglan, Okrent will speak on her acclaimed book In the Land of Invented Language. She will present a fascinating and entertaining history of the many attempts to build a perfect world language.
• Katie Slivovsky, Exhibit Development Director at the Chicago Children’s Museum, speaks Sunday, March 8th, on "The Helipad Parent: Supporting Kids without Hovering." Slivovsky will lead us in a lively discussion about what makes for reasonable, effective parenting. She has recently coined the term “Helipad Parent” in an effort to broaden and deepen our collective vocabulary on this topic.
• Dale McGowan, founder and Executive Director of Foundation Beyond Belief, a nonprofit organization designed to encourage and facilitate charitable giving among humanists and atheists, will speak on Sunday, March 15th on his latest book, "In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families.”
The claim is often made that interfaith marriages fail more often than same-faith partnerships. So what are the chances of survival for the ultimate mixed marriage - one between religious and nonreligious partners? In this landmark book, popular author and secular humanist Dale McGowan explores some of the stories of these unions, whose very endurance flies in the face of conventional wisdom, including his own marriage to a believing Christian.
• Amanda Weaver, lead organizer for the local affiliate of National People’s Action, the Illinois-Indiana Regional Organizing Network, speaks March 22nd. Her topic is “Hope in a Time of Crisis: My Life as a Community Organizer.” With an MA in community development and social justice from Loyola University, Weaver will discuss the craft of community organizing and how people are motivated to become involved. She will tell what drew her to this work and keeps her engaged and energized.
• Lee Pollock, Executive Director of The Churchill Centre in Chicago, speaks March 29th on “Franklin and Winston: The Friendship that Saved the World.” Pollock will discuss the real nature of the relationship between Roosevelt and Churchill, these great leaders of the 20th Century who carried their nations to victory in World War II. He will probe into whether it was a true friendship or just a partnership of allies.
• Ian Harris, a popular skeptic/atheist comedian, joins us on Sunday, April 5th for "Using Humor to Change Minds." Harris will tell us how he uses humor to get people thinking critically, bridging the gap to discussing “off-limits” topics and promoting critical thinking and secularism in entertainment.
Harris will be bringing his live comedy show to our auditorium on April 4th, with shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
"Critical & Thinking" is a hilarious, skeptic take on religion and common beliefs. Joining him will be Chicago's own Daryl Moon. More info here: ethicalhuman.org/speaker/harris.html
• Conor Robinson, director of the Humanist Service Corps, speaks Sunday, April 12th, on “Effective Volunteering—The Humanist Pathfinders Project.” Robinson will talk about his two-year experience overseas in working for projects sponsored by the Foundation Beyond Belief on clean water, education, human rights, and environmental protection.
• Eric Zorn, a popular columnist for the Chicago Tribune, speaks on Sunday, April 26th, on “Emmanuel (Garcia?) and Rauner: What Now for Illinois?” Zorn will discuss the results of the recent scrappy elections for mayor of Chicago and governor of Illinois. He will give his views on what lies ahead for us on such crucial issues as social services, labor relations, economic development, taxes, and pensions.
• AJ Chalom, Humanist Giving Program Coordinator for Foundation Beyond Belief, speaks on Sunday May 3rd, on "Humanist Giving – Together." Chalom will introduce the reality that religious people give more to charity than non-believers. She will discuss why it is important for secular people to increase their visibility within the philanthropic world, and she will show examples of the best practices used to identify worthy beneficiaries we can support.
• Russell Tomar, M.D., a physician-scientist with accreditation in Clinical Pathology, Immunopathology, and Allergy and Immunology, joins us on Sunday, May 10th, to discuss his book, Don’t Stop Dreaming, a memoir of his journey as a physician-scientist through the dawn of the AIDS epidemic. His story provides insights into the struggles between fact and ignorance, compassion and bigotry, fear and courage as the AIDS epidemic unfolded in the United States and around the world.