How Do We Know What We Know: Math and Computation

Ron Garret

11 a.m., August 18, 2019

Note: This Forum was originally scheduled for July 14th, but has been rescheduled to this date (August 18th).

This is another in a series of talks on the history of science and how we came to our present understanding of how our world works. This installment focuses on math and computation.

Ron Garret is a software engineer by trade. He is currently working on easy-to-use-cryptography software. He was a co-founder and CTO of Virgin Charter, and an early hire at Google. He was previously a rocket scientist. He also made a feature-length documentary about homelessness (www.graceofgodmovie.com). His blog can be found at blog.rongarret.info.

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Mini Law School: The Conservative Attack on Abortion

Leland Chan

11 a.m., August 11, 2019

With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, anti-abortion forces are on the move. States are adopting legislation calculated to be challenged in court, and the ultimate goal is to invite the High Court to overturn Roe v Wade. In this segment of the Mini-Law School, Attorney Leland Chan will examine how abortion became a constitutional right, the current state of the law on abortion, and how this latest attack might play out.

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The Green New Deal

Justine Burt

11 a.m., August 4, 2019

In February, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey released the Green New Deal Resolution, which seeks to address climate change by creating millions of new green jobs that will decarbonize our economy. These broad brush strokes provide the framework. Now we as a society get to have a conversation about what we want the details to be. Join us for a presentation followed by Q&A.

Presenter and facilitator Justine Burt recently wrote a book called The Great Pivot: Creating Meaningful Work to Build a Sustainable Future. She will give an overview of the Green New Deal from the Sunrise Movement, and present highlights of her book.

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Disability Justice

Michele Mashburn

11 a.m., July 28, 2019

Disability Justice is about ensuring access to all elements of life and letting those with disabilities determine their own individual needs. It includes elements of difference and allows people to be their whole self while including space for self-care, reflection, and hard discussions.

Michele Mashburn will discuss elements of disability justice, the difference between accommodation and access, and how the attitude of inclusion will benefit all groups. We will also discuss Ableism, models of disability, and how to create a supportive community no matter what happens.

Michele is the Director of San Jose Peace and Justice Center and a cohort member of Creating Freedom Movements.

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Saudi Arabia: The Sacred Relationship

Dr. Sharat G. Lin

11 a.m., July 21, 2019

Despite the catastrophic war on Yemen, the gruesome killing of Jamal Khashoggi, and the embargo on Qatar, why does the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia enjoy a special relationship with the U.S. administration? Does the rise of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman signal a new era?

Sharat G. Lin is a research fellow at the San José Peace and Justice Center. He writes and lectures on global political economy, labor migration, social movements, and the Middle East. He has lived in Saudi Arabia.

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