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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 February 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.
• J. Kevin Chapman, popular bagpiper and graduate of the North American Piping School, presents “The Myths and Facts about the Great Highland Bagpipes” on February 8th. Chapman will introduce us to the history of bagpipes, one of the world’s oldest currently played musical instruments. Dressed in full regalia, he will give a stirring demonstration of his piping skills.
• June Tanoue, a teacher at the Zen Life and Meditation Center of Chicago, and director of the Hula School of Chicago, presents a February 15th intergenerational program on “Hula and the Art of Hawaiian Dance.” Tanoue will artfully describe and demonstrate hula as an emotional expression of Hawaiian culture. Accompanying her will be several dancers who will perform a bit and also teach us some of the dance.
• Eric Posner, professor of law at the University of Chicago, speaks February 22nd on “The Limits of Presidential Power.” An expert on constitutional law, Posner will discuss the bounds on executive authority in the U.S. and review several precedents that suggest the president is bound more by political than legal constraints. He will describe his reasoning as to why President Obama’s recent executive order on undocumented immigrants is legal.
• 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.