The Inevitable Conflict Between Democracy and Market Economics

Jill Yordy

11 a.m., June 21, 2020

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This online Forum will be on the topic of “The Inevitable (but Necessary) Conflict Between Democracy and Market Economics and how it’s failing in the United States”, and will be presented by Jill Yordy.

Jill is a third year PhD student at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs. She is currently researching policy conflict surrounding energy infrastructure siting decisions, public participation, and democracy. Her talk will cover an overview of democratic theory, market economic theory and her thoughts on why the American political system is currently deeply out of balance.

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The State of Separation of Church and State

Rob Boston

11 a.m., June 7, 2020

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This online Forum will be on the topic of “The State of Separation of Church and State”, and will be presented by Rob Boston.

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The Statistics of Diagnostic Testing

Dr. Charles Courtney

11 a.m., May 31, 2020

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This online Forum will be on the topic of “The Statistics of Diagnostic Testing”, and will be presented by Dr. Charles Courtney.

Here is Dr. Courtney’s summary of his talk:

“My talk will begin with a few comments about the nature of the two major types of tests used to detect COVID-19, i.e. the antibody test (a test for the the presence of a patient’s immune response to COVID-19 virus) and the nasal swab test (a test for the presence of nucleic acids of COVID-19 virus). Then I will dwell into the tricky field of the statistics of using diagnostic tests in general, including a definition of the various statistical parameters used in interpreting diagnostic testing in a population, factors affecting the usefulness of these test statistics, the problem of the “Gold Standard” in developing a new test, and the optimization of a diagnostic test for a particular purpose.”

Charles H. Courtney is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Clemson University (1969), attending that institution on an athletic scholarship for swimming. Following service as a naval officer, he changed careers and completed his pre-veterinary requirements while earning an MS degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Florida (1973). He subsequently earned his DVM degree from Auburn University (1977), worked for two years in a small animal/equine practice in New Port Richey, Florida, and finally earned a PhD degree in veterinary parasitology from The Ohio State University (1982). Dr. Courtney then joined the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine and remained there for 30 years until his retirement in 2012. During his career at UF,  he rose through the faculty ranks to full Professor and served the college in a series of administrative posts that included Chair of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. Dr. Courtney’s expertise is in the epidemiology and control of helminth parasites of livestock and the epidemiology and serodiagnosis of canine heartworm. He has served as president of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists, secretary treasurer of the American Heartworm Society, and chair of the Research and Graduate Deans Committee for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. His true passion in life is salt water fishing. He has served as president of the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club, edited Big Bend Angler magazine, and was a Coast Guard-licensed charter captain. In his retirement he is also an avid bicyclist, riding an average of 100 miles each week, and avid gardener, maintaining a 2000 sq.ft. vegetable garden that provides fresh vegetables year round in Florida’s mild climate, and, as time permits, he builds furniture.

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A Discussion of “The Bonobo and the Atheist”

Werner Haag, Ph.D.

11 a.m., May 24, 2020

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This online Forum will a discussion of the book “The Bonobo and the Atheist”, as described below:

Werner Haag will give a review of Frans De Waal’s book “The Bonobo and the Atheist”, which discusses the biological evolution of morality extending on an evolutionary time scale as opposed to the beginning of the historical record. It gives numerous examples showing that many “lower” mammals have well-developed social codes and exhibit empathy, sympathy and fairness, which are prerequisites for moral behavior and altruism. Apes and other mammals exhibit both pro-social behavior (a proactive desire to help each other and live in harmony) and fear of group punishment for violating behavioral rules, very similar to human methods of maintaining social order. Thus, basic moral behavior predates existing religions probably by millions of years.

Werner Haag has been a member of the Atheist Community of San Jose (ACSJ) since May 2013 and is the current President. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry, with 10 years experience in fundamental research, and 30 years in applied chemistry. He now works part time, so he has time for coaching high school wrestling, orienteering, ballroom dancing and reading about the history of science and religion. He is also a Vice President of Humanis Global Charity and visited Ugandan projects with Hank Pellisier a few years ago. He was previously on the board of directors of Science is Elementary, a volunteer organization that teaches critical thinking skills to elementary school kids using simple science experiments.

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Immigrants are Us

Mark Tuschman

11 a.m., May 17, 2020

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This online Forum will be on the topic of “Immigrants are Us”, as described below:

Mark Tuschman has been a freelance photographer for nearly 40 years. He has devoted much of the past decade to documenting global health challenges and women’s human rights issues, in collaboration with UN agencies, socially conscious corporations, foundations, and NGOs.

His work has been featured at many international events, including the Women Deliver Conferences in 2013 and 2016, and the Carter Center’s Human Rights Defenders Forum in 2015. The Global Health Council named Mark Photographer of the Year in 2010, and his images won the Grand Prize in a worldwide photo competition sponsored by the Social Documentary Network and Management Sciences for Health.

He created the “Immigrants Are Us” project in the hope that it will increase dialogue and counter the damaging stereotypes of immigrants that have been propagated by certain media, and ultimately increase voter turnout.

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