Future 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.

  • YouTube and Humanism Jeff Justice March 25, 2018 For most people, YouTube is a way to get music, pop culture, and cat videos. Delving deeper, you will find YouTube is so large that everyone can have a different experience. This talk is going to focus on the videos that relate to Humanist values, and show how amazingly creative they have been. The talk will discuss why the medium itself ... Details
  • The SESAME Project – Science in the Developing World Prof. Herman Winick April 1, 2018 Physicist Herman Winick is professor emeritus at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Applied Physics Department, Stanford University. Sesame (www.sesame.org.jo) is a collaboration of 8 Middle East countries (Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, and Turkey) modeled on CERN and under the auspices of UNESCO. It started in September of 1997 with Winick’s suggestion that an ... Details
  • Efforts to Get a Secular 12-Step Program Accepted Byron Kerr April 8, 2018 Byron Kerr first met Mykel Hall at the Santa Clara County Elmwood correctional facility in Milpitas. Mykel was serving a California state substance use related sentence in the county facility. Shortly after they met, Mykel was transferred to San Quentin for evaluation and assignment to another California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) facility. Mykel is now serving the ... Details
  • From Promise to Hell: A Skeptic’s Story about the Venezuelan Collapse Guido Núñez-Mujica April 15, 2018 Venezuela is currently going through the worst crisis of its history. People are starving, dying of malnutrition, medicines are scarce, crime is overwhelming and ubiquitous, hospitals are dirty places where people die in agonizing pain from curable and preventable diseases. How could this happen to the country with the largest reserves of oil in the world? Ideological zealotry, dismissing expert knowledge, wishful ... Details
  • NAMI In Our Own Voice (the National Alliance on Mental Health) April 22, 2018 NAMI In Our Own Voice is a presentation created by NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Health, www.nami.org). It promotes awareness of mental illness, and it is designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness AND give voice to the very real possibility of recovery. In Our Own Voice brings two presenters who speak from their own lived experiences ... Details
  • Kanungu, Uganda 1998-2018; From Christian Cult Massacre to Humanist Community Hank Pellissier April 29, 2018 Kanungu village in southwest Uganda was the headquarters of a Catholic apocalyptic cult 20 years ago. The group was annihilated in March, 2000 when hundreds of brain-washed devotees were locked in the church and burned alive by the leaders. Today 25-30% of Kanungu has “no faith” – a startling statistic in this extremely religious nation. Hank Pellissier, director of the non-profit ... Details
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