The Secular Coalition for America Advocates for Religious Freedom

Heather Rigby

11 a.m., July 31, 2022

This Sunday Heather Rigby will talk to us about the Secular Coalition for America. The Coalition advocates for religious freedom and works to defend the equal rights of nonreligious Americans. It represents 20 national secular organizations, hundreds of local secular communities, and works with allies in the faith community. It combines the power of grassroots activism with professional lobbying to make an impact on the laws and policies that govern separation of religion and government.

Heather Rigby, Communications Manager of the Secular Coalition of America, comes from a background in education and public/educational/government media. She has earned awards from the American Association of University Women and the Alliance for Community Media, presented at conferences on topics including social media engagement and volunteer programs for nonprofits, and served on committees for media organizations and a library. Her passion is a good story — hearing or telling. As a child, Heather spent time immersed in the stories told by elders and veterans at the senior center and VFW where her grandfather volunteered and was a member. This turned into an academic career dedicated to understanding how stories build community and shape society, with a desire to have people’s stories take the lead in advocacy.

220731 Heather Rigby.mp4 from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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Twists and Turns in Teaching Evolution over the Years

Glenn Branch

11 a.m., July 24, 2022

Controversies over the teaching of evolution in the public schools have rocked the nation over the past century. Evolution’s foes have consistently used the same arguments, but their ambitions have shifted, from banning the teaching of evolution, through balancing it with a supposed alternative, to blunting it by misrepresenting evolution as scientifically controversial. In his talk, Glenn Branch, Deputy Director of the National Center for Science Education, will discuss the causes, history, and consequences of these controversies, with a special emphasis on events in California.

Glenn Branch is a coeditor of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools. He is the author of numerous articles on evolution education and climate education in such publications as Scientific American, The American Biology Teacher, and Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics. He received the Evolution Education Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers in 2020.

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Behaving Decently: Kurt Vonegut’s Humanism

Wayne Laufert

11 a.m., July 17, 2022

This Sunday we will watch and discuss a talk about the life of author Kurt Vonnegut. In 1992, Vonnegut was given the Humanist of the Year Award and was the AHA’s Honorary President from that year until his death in 2007.

Behaving Decently is a talk given to the American Humanist Association by Wayne Laufert last June17 on World Humanist Day. Wayne is a former newspaper reporter and editor who now proofreads material published by the United States government. He has been a member of the humanist Baltimore Ethical Society since 2013 and a fan of Kurt Vonnegut since long before that. Wayne joined the Vonnegut Baltimore book club in 2011, as it began its second season. These days he runs the club with lots of help.

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My Life on the Bench…What Works, What’s Broken, and How to Change It

LaDoris Hazzard Cordell

11 a.m., July 10, 2022

Judge Cordell will discuss her newly released book: “Her Honor”, where she provides a rare and thought-provoking insider account of our legal system, sharing vivid stories of the cases that came through her courtroom and revealing the strengths, flaws, and much-needed changes within our courts.
You might want to review the link to her book at https://judgecordell.com/her-honor . Here you can see more info about her book, and purchase it.

Speaker Biography
LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, a 1974 graduate of Stanford Law School, was the first lawyer to open a law practice in East Palo Alto, a low-income community of color.
In 1978, she was appointed Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Stanford Law School, where she implemented a successful minority admissions program.
In 1982, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Ms. Cordell to the Municipal Court of Santa Clara County.
In 1988, Judge Cordell won election to the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, making her the first African American woman to sit on the Superior Court in northern California.
In 2001, she retired from the bench to become Vice Provost & Special Counselor to the President for Campus Relations at Stanford University. She left that position in 2009.
In 2003, accepting no monetary donations, Judge Cordell, ran a grassroots campaign and won a 4-year term on the Palo Alto City Council.
Judge Cordell was the Independent Police Auditor for the City of San Jose for five years (2010-2015. Under her leadership, the office gained national prominence.
In 2016, Judge Cordell chaired a Blue-Ribbon Commission in Santa Clara County that investigated the jails in the aftermath of the murder of an inmate by jail guards; she also served on a Blue Ribbon Panel that evaluated the culture of the San Francisco Police Department after racist and sexist text messages surfaced.
In 2018, Judge Cordell was the voice of the opposition and campaigned vigorously against the recall of Judge Aaron Persky.
Judge Cordell has been an on-camera legal analyst for CBS-5 television and a guest commentator on Court TV, MSNBC’s “The Weekend with Joshua Johnson,” and “The Mehdi Hasan Show” on NBC’s Peacock Network.
She is a mother and lives in Palo Alto with her partner of 30+ years. In her spare time, Judge Cordell is a pianist, vocalist, portrait artist, cartoonist. Her recently released memoir, Her Honor, is published by Celadon, a division of Macmillan Publishing.
You can follow her on Twitter: @judgecordell. Website: www.judgecordell.com

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The New (and Old) Attacks on Free Thought: Kindly Inquisitors

A video of a talk by Jonathan Rauch

11 a.m., July 3, 2022

This Sunday we’ll watch and discuss “The New (and Old) Attacks on Free Thought: Jonathan Rauch on Kindly Inquisitors,” in which Jonathan Rauch, an American author, journalist, and activist, talks about attacks on free speech with the New York Times’ John Tierney, in a lively conversation at New York City’s Museum of Sex, on October 15, 2013.

You can watch this one-hour video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFVRRP-J9mI.

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