U.S. Labor and Working People are in Trouble

Steve Zeltzer

11 a.m., February 17, 2019

U.S. labor and working people are in trouble. The issues of deregulation, privatization and technology with mobile platforms have made millions of workers temporary with no real future in our country. This presentation will look at how labor ended up in this crisis and the growing strike wave and anger among working people in the United States. It will also look at the future of labor in the U.S. and globally.

Steve Zeltzer is the founder of the Labor Video Project and Labortech.net. He produces a weekly labor show on KPFA called WorkWeek Radio, and has produced documentaries including “Halfway To Hell, The Workers and Unions That Built The Golden Gate Bridge”, narrated by Danny Glover.

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The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

Discussion Leader – Carl Angotti

11 a.m., February 10, 2019

Recently, the HCSV Book Discussion Group read the Jonathan Haidt book – “The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom”. His book explores the human search for happiness via modern scientific approaches and the ancient wisdom that has been passed on by many former Philosophers and Religious persons. To this end he tries to help encapsulate what is meant by happiness, its pursuits and what might be considered its root causes.

We will use a mixed format of video and other material to explore Haidt’s book among ourselves as it relates to our understanding of happiness and to our lives.

ABOUT JONATHAN HAIDT
(from https://www.amazon.com/Jonathan-Haidt/e/B001H6GAXW/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1)

Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and then did post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago and in Orissa, India. He taught at the University of Virginia for 16 years before moving to NYU-Stern in 2011. He was named one of the “top global thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine, and one of the “top world thinkers” by Prospect magazine.

His research focuses on morality – its emotional foundations, cultural variations, and developmental course. He began his career studying the negative moral emotions, such as disgust, shame, and vengeance, but then moved on to the understudied positive moral emotions, such as admiration, awe, and moral elevation. He is the co-developer of Moral Foundations theory, and of the research site YourMorals.org. He is a co-founder of HeterodoxAcademy.org, which advocates for viewpoint diversity in higher education…….

DISCUSSION LEADER

This video and presentation discussion will be led by Carl Angotti, a longtime member of the Humanist Community. He is trained and worked as an Electronic Engineering Consultant for many years, and has been an amateur student of Philosophy and Psychology since his youth.

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An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning

Oswald Campesato

11 a.m., February 3, 2019

This fast-paced session provides a brief history of Artificial Intelligence (AI), followed by AI-related topics, such as Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning, and the most popular frameworks for Machine Learning. You will learn about some of the successes of AI, and also some of the significant challenges in AI. No specialized knowledge is required, but an avid interest is recommended to derive the maximum benefit from this session.

Oswald Campesato is a former PhD Candidate (ABD) in Mathematics, an education fanatic with multiple graduate degrees, and an author of 20 technical books. He has worked for Oracle, AAA, and Just Systems of Japan, along with various startups. He has lived/worked in 5 countries on three continents, and in a previous career he worked in South America, Italy, and the French Riviera, and has traveled to 70 countries on six continents. He has worked from C/C++/Java developer to CTO, comfortable in 4 languages, and wants to become fluent in Japanese. He has presented Deep Learning sessions at conferences, such as the Mensa Conference in SF (11/2018), Google LaunchPad, and Bay Area meetups to more than 1,200 people, and he is currently is an instructor for Deep Learning and TensorFlow as well as Machine Learning at UCSC, and a consultant who provides training primarily in Deep Learning, TensorFlow, and Android.

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The Industrial Workers of the World

Sena Havasy

11 a.m., January 27, 2019

Longtime Humanist Community member Sena Havasy will give a brief history of the Industrial Workers of the World, and introduce some of the dedicated activists of the movement, some of the major strikes, and gains won and horrific reactions. She will finish with the decline in its numbers, and its later history, up until the present day.

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Courageous Women from Around the World

Barby Ulmer

11 a.m., January 20, 2019

Hear stories about the lives of incredible, courageous women from around the world, who, despite severe obstacles, found their way to Ghana for the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom ( 103 years old) Triennial Congress in Ghana. We don’t really have a clue as to what these women face daily!

Barby Ulmer, a lifetime teacher at all levels from pre-school to university, with her late husband Vic, co-founded the now 50 years old, all volunteer non-profit Our Developing World, designed to bring realities of “developing countries” to North Americans through programs, teacher training and a lending resource library (Reality Tours), and handcraft sales to tell the stories of the artisans’lives. We believe that we’re all developing and can do better if we work together & learn from each other.

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