Bridging Divides and Saving Democracy

Jordan Klepper

Today we will watch two videos about communication with people on the other side of the political divide.

Jordan Klepper will give his take on how to save democracy in an 8-minute video: https://https://www.ted.com/talks/jordan_klepper_a_comedian_s_take_on_how_to_save_democracy. Klepper is a comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor and television host. He is a contributor and host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. He is also a two-time Emmy nominee and Walter Cronkite Award winner for various docu-specials.

Then, in the 17-minute video, https://www.ted.com/talks/samar_ali_and_clint_brewer_how_to_bridge_political_divides_from_two_friends_on_opposing_sides, TED host Cloe Shasha Brooks will interview liberal law professor Samar Ali and conservative public-affairs strategist Clint Brewer about respect and communication.

Samar Ali is a research professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, the founding President and CEO of Millions of Conversations and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy.

Clint Brewer is a business executive with deep experience in media, nonprofits, professional sports, government and public affairs consulting at the state and national levels. He specializes in media relations, government relations, integrated campaigns and crisis communications. He is founder and principal of the public affairs consultancy Imperium Public Strategies.

11 a.m., April 14, 2024

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The Laws that Sex Workers Really Want

Gauri van Gulik

11 a.m., April 7, 2024

At this Sunday’s Humanist Forum, we will watch a discussion about laws to regulate or eliminate prostitution and their actual effect on sex workers. Activist Juno Mac explains four legal models that are being used around the world and shows us the model that she believes will work best to keep sex workers safe and offer greater self-determination.

In a second video, Human Rights for Sex Workers, Gauri van Gulik, the former Deputy Europe Director of Amnesty International, explains why Amnesty International voted to pursue a policy to protect the human rights of sex workers.

You can watch these videos at:
https://www.ted.com/talks/juno_mac_the_laws_that_sex_workers_really_want
and at:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/08/sex-workers-rights-are-human-rights/

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What Our Language Habits Reveal

Steven Pinker

11 a.m., March 31, 2024

This Sunday we will watch and discuss a video of Steven Pinker. In this TED talk, Professor Pinker discusses how the way we form sentences reflects subtle facts about our thinking and how we perceive reality. He looks at how languages expresses what goes on in our minds, and how the words we choose may communicate more than we realize.

Steven Pinker is a Canadian-American cognitive psychologist, psycholinguist, popular science author, and public intellectual. He is the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University specializing in visual cognition and developmental linguistics.
View this video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjQM8PzCEY0/

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The US vs Itself – and Other Top Global Risks in 2024

Ian Bremmer

11 a.m., March 24, 2024

This Sunday we will watch and discuss an interview by TED’s Helen Walters with Ian Bremmer about the top global risks of 2024.

Ian untangles what’s in store for the war in Ukraine, the state of the Israel-Hamas conflict, and the tensions putting democracy in the United States to the test, while AI continues to evolve faster than governments can regulate it.

Ian Arthur Bremmer is an American political scientist, author, and entrepreneur focused on global political risk. He is the founder and president of Eurasia Group, a political risk research and consulting firm. He is also a founder of GZERO Media, a digital media firm.
He has a BA degree in international relations, magna cum laude, from Tulane University and subsequently obtained both an MA and a PhD, in political science from Stanford University. His doctoral dissertation was “The politics of ethnicity: Russians in the Ukraine”.

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Roe v. Wade v. Dobbs v. Jackson: Adventures in Constitutional Theory

Zem Laski

11 a.m., March 17, 2024

Join Zem Laski as he presents to us in person this Sunday in Mountain View.

With a gridlocked and dysfunctional legislative branch, it falls to the U.S. Supreme Court to de facto formulate policy. Some of SCOTUS’ decisions have a profound impact on American society, with abortion being the prime example. But the reversal of Roe demonstrates that any rights and privileges previously affirmed by the Court are, in fact, hanging by a thread.

So how was it possible for SCOTUS to reach one conclusion in Roe and then an opposing one in Dobbs? We’ll explore some differing legal philosophies – textualism, originalism, liberalism – which may guide Constitutional interpretation and which, in turn, can produce starkly different outcomes. It is also worth pointing out that the U.S. does not affirmatively guarantee some of the rights that we think it does.

MINI-BIO: Zem Laski is a passionate and aspiring software engineer who used to earn money from practicing the trade. He immigrated to the U.S. from Poland in 1981, and has a checkered legacy of employment and educational attainment in both countries. He wound up with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Stanford, and a master’s degree in Information and Computer Science from UC Irvine. At present, Zem enjoys a quiet and sedentary life in south San Jose, courtesy of the Social Security Administration. He takes pleasure in intellectual banter, especially on subjects in which he is ill-informed.

3/17/2024 Zev Laski from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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