After a decade of war in the Middle East — wars that have cost the lives of thousands, and over a trillion dollars, wars that have left two foreign countries in shambles and our own flat broke — the drumbeats for yet another war in the region are beginning to syncopate our news. This time it’s Iran that finds itself in the crosshairs. While the U. S. imposes crippling sanctions on Iran and moves massive firepower into the Persian Gulf, someone is assassinating Iran’s nuclear scientists and sabotaging its facilities. In response, Iran has vowed to choke off one of the world’s critical oil supply routes. What are the possibilities of war with Iran? What are the likely consequences? And why on earth are we even thinking about another war right now? Paul George, Director of the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, will discuss these issues.
Dr. Fred Luskin is an international authority on forgiveness. His research demonstrates that learning forgiveness leads to increased physical vitality, hope, greater self efficacy, enhanced optimism, and conflict resolution skills. Forgiveness also reduces stress, hurt, anger, depression, and blood pressure. Dr. Luskin has written three books on forgiveness, is Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects, and is Associate Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.
Foods best for the health of our people are also best for the health of our planet. True or false? Why does it matter? And why should food-lovers especially take notice? Based on the book, Cool Cuisine – Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming, and a partnership between Harvard University and the Culinary Institute of America, Chef and author Laura Stec looks at how the four most common dietary habits which negatively affect human health (being overweight and eating too much sodium, simple carbohydrates, and red meat) are also ruining the health of our environment. She addresses how agricultural practices can enhance or destroy the taste and nutrient-quality of food, and what motivates eaters (especially youth) to make healthy changes to their diet. (See www.laurastec.com)
David Cobb, the 2004 presidential candidate of the Green Party, will discuss the Move to Amend movement (see www.movetoamend.org), whose credo is: We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule. We Move to Amend.
Josh Rosenau, a Public Information Project Director at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) since 2007 will discuss the answers Miss USA contestants gave when asked for their views on evolution education. Josh is a Doctoral candidate, University of Kansas (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), and works with grassroots groups from Florida to Texas, testifying before school boards, meeting with legislators, and speaking with journalists across the country. (See www.ncse.com) (This will be our only offering related to Darwin Day this year.)