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Upcoming Sunday Programs

Our programs are on Sunday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to noon and are free and open to the public. 




October  2014






• Brenda Weitzberg, founder and Executive Director of Aspiritech, will speak on Sunday, October 26th, on "Harnessing the Special Talents of People with High Functioning Autism." Weitzberg will show how her organization provides employment opportunities to those with Asperger's syndrome and other forms of high functioning autism in the field of software testing. This is a vocational area in which autism can be an asset as it utilizes their unique strengths such as focus, attention to detail and an affinity for repetitive tasks. Aspiritech works to enable the tech industry to utilize prized skills while simultaneously enriching the lives of those doing the testing.






November  2014






• Richard Carrier, a world-renowned author, professional historian, published philosopher, and prominent defender of the American freethought movement, speaks on Sunday, November 2nd, on "Proving History: Bayes's Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus." Dr. Carrier will demonstrate that valid historical methods—not only in the study of Christian origins but in any historical study—can be described by, and reduced to, the logic of Bayes’s Theorem.









 • Alan Mills, Legal Director of the Uptown People’s Law Center in Chicago, will speak on “Holding Contractors Accountable: Ensuring Adequate Health Care in Illinois Prisons” on Sunday, November 9th. Long an advocate for poor and working people in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood and elsewhere, the Uptown People’s Law Center in 2011 filed a class action lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), alleging widespread neglect or mistreatment of prisoners who need medical attention. Mr. Mills will discuss efforts to hold accountable both the IDOC and the private contractor it hired to provide health care to Illinois prison inmates.










• Beth Wagner and her Scales & Tales Traveling Zoo presents an interactive, intergenerational program on Sunday, November 16th. We’ll meet a sloth and walk an anteater by the tail. We’ll fly an owl and feed a pig that eats like a vacuum cleaner. We’ll touch, hold, and wear live animals! Always a hit with kids and parents alike, Beth and her animal crew make even the most timid person comfortable enough to encounter her menagerie.











• Mara Blumenfeld, continues our World at Work series on Sunday, November 23rd, with “Behind the Scenes: A Career in Theater Costume Design.” Blumenfeld will describe her work for Chicago theater companies such as Lookingglass, Goodman, Steppenwolf, and Chicago Shakespeare, and for other theater companies such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, and K-Ballet in Tokyo. She will discuss how she got into costume design, what the job of a costume designer is, and the personal and professional challenges she has faced.









• Michael Gurin, CEO of CogniTek, a company specializing in clean energy solutions, will speak on Sunday, November 30th, on "The Unique Flavor of a Chicago Technology Hub." Mr. Gurin will present an entrepreneur's perspective on the representative government/private/university technology initiatives in the Chicago area such as the proposed digital manufacturing hub in Goose Island and 1871 at the Merchandise Mart. He will also give his perspective on the ability of a technology hub to prosper in Chicago analogous of Silicon Valley to Palo Alto. He will present his experiences with various government/private touch points in his commercial development of technology and how they have contributed to successful R&D and commercialization efforts.









• Nicholas Epley,  University of Chicago psychologist, will speak Sunday, January 11th, on "Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want." Epley will tell us what scientists have learned about our abilities to understand the most complicated puzzle on the planet—other people—and the surprising mistakes we so routinely make. Why are we sometimes blind to the minds of others, treating them like objects or animals instead? Why do we sometimes talk to our cars, or the stars, as if there is a mind that can hear us? Why do we so routinely believe that others think, feel, and want what we do when, in fact, they do not? And why we do we believe we understand our spouses, family, and friends so much better than we actually do? His talk will not turn others into open books, but it will give you the wisdom to revolutionize how you think about them—and yourself.











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