Upcoming Forum Programs

The Humanist Community in Silicon Valley offers Forum programs on Sundays at 11:00 which are typically speakers followed by a period of Q & A, but may also be poetry readings, talent shows, etc. Join us! Note this page is typically updated monthly, and near the end of each month, once the schedule for the following month is firm.

  • Keys to Success (or Failure) in American Social and Political Movements Prof. Nancy C. Unger February 26, 2017 What makes some movements (like the recent campaigns for LGBTQ rights) so successful, while others (like the feminist crusade for the Equal Rights Amendment) ultimately fail? Join Santa Clara University history professor Nancy C. Unger in an illustrated sampling of five movements in American history that illustrate the “dos” and “don’ts” of orchestrating meaningful and lasting change. After the Forum, ... Details
  • A Progress Report on “Humanist Missionaries” in Uganda Hank Pellissier March 5, 2017 On June 26, 2016, Hank Pellissier gave an HCSV Forum entitled “Humanist Missionaries” in Uganda (http://www.humanists.org/blog/2016-06-26/). In this new talk, Hank will give us an update on everything that has gone wrong, or gone right, with the efforts of his organization (Brighter Brains, http://brighterbrains.org/) in Uganda since he last talked to us. After the Forum, please join us for a lunch ... Details
  • Racial Justice Jessica Niefield March 12, 2017 Jessica Niefield of “Showing Up for Racial Justice” (http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/) will show the video “Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin Di Angelo” (https://vimeo.com/147760743). She will then lead a discussion of her organization, and how doing our work in our own white-identifying communities is what we’ve been tasked with by POC (people of color)-led groups. After the Forum, please join us for ... Details
  • Humanity’s Space Frontier: Implications, Practicalities, and Ethical Issues Dr. Christopher R. Cassell March 19, 2017 Our technological civilization enriches our lives in many ways, yet cannot be sustained much longer on the Earth. We have despoiled the Earth and depleted its resources, and our population has expanded almost to the breaking point. Would human expansion into space allow us to “have our cake and eat it too”; i.e., permit continuance of our technological civilization ... Details
  • Making a Difference in Social Entrepreneurship Raj Desai March 26, 2017 Raj Desai , an Indo-American, born in Malawi, East Africa, immigrated to the USA from London, England. He has devoted over 30 years in supporting and building several non profits in Silicon Valley. During this time, Raj had the privilege of connecting with India, and was included on a trip to India with President Bill Clinton. Recently Raj ... Details
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