Mini Law School: The Second Amendment

Leland Chan

11 a.m., May 19, 2019

Did the framers of the Second Amendment intend only to protect the right to bear arms within a “well-regulated militia”? Proponents of gun control say yes. But does it even matter what the framers of the Constitution intended? Why can’t we just craft rules that make sense today? Does the Constitution guarantee the right to own guns for self-defense? For defense against a tyrannical government? What kind of arms are covered by the Second Amendment? And who decides? We will try to answer these questions in the latest installment of the Mini Law School.

Leland Chan is an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law.

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How-Do-We-Know: Relativity and Electro-Magnetism

Ron Garret

11 a.m., May 12, 2019

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 relativity and electro-magnetism.

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. His blog can be found here.

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Enhancing Human Rights in the World through Peaceful Dispute Resolution

Vic Schachter

11 a.m., May 5, 2019

In this presentation, Vic Schachter, the president of The Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives (FSRI), will discuss his journey from Silicon Valley litigator to founder of an NGO created to promote the establishment of dispute resolution centers around the globe in countries with heavily backlogged courts cases, and thereby provide access by underserved populations to fair, timely and peaceful resolution of their claims and preservation of their human rights. He will share some of his experiences across the globe, spanning from Asia,the Balkans, and South America to Africa.

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Humanism: Principles, History and Relevance

Jim Barnett, Ph.D.

11 a.m., April 28, 2019

Efforts to understand the universe, live a good life and build a just society without relying on supernatural revelations have a long history, stretching back half a millennium BCE to the Greeks and other ancients. The resulting humanism was often oppressed by powerful religious institutions. Early in the 20th century, the principles of modern humanism were articulated in the first humanist manifesto. The document reflected the changes in thinking in response to scientific advances and addressed the economic, political and social issues of the time. Does humanism offer solutions to the challenges of the 21st Century?

After retiring from the bio-pharmaceutical industry a few years ago, Jim attended the Humanist Institute (now the education department of the American Humanist Association) where he studied humanism in depth. He is one of the founders and the board president of the Bay Area Humanists in San Francisco.

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The History of the AHA and the Humanist Community, 1962-1979

Peter Bishop

11 a.m., April 21, 2019

Peter Bishop, a longtime Humanist Community member and leader (before his move back east a few years ago), will talk about the transition from Edwin H. Wilson at the American Humanist Association (AHA) and Arthur Jackson’s arrival in San Jose, and the early very successful years of the Humanist Community after Arthur Jackson arrived, what happened to bring it to an end, and the struggle to reconstitute the Community with Peter Bishop as an early leader.

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