Farmers Are Our Future (How campesinos can save our world)
April 21, 2018
Climate change and loss of biodiversity threaten the very existence of the human race. While professors and policymakers in ivory towers study, debate and try to forge agreements, campesinos with little money or education are stabilizing the climate, bringing biodiversity back to degraded lands and feeding the world. Meet some of these unsung heroes and learn how millions more could join their ranks to become the cornerstone of a healthy planet and food system.
Florence Reed is an award winning thought leader and innovative practitioner. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteers in Panama in the early 1990s, Reed founded Sustainable Harvest International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing rural Central American families with the tools and training to overcome poverty while protecting tropical forests. As president of the organization, Reed brings people together to raise awareness about sustainable agriculture as a solution to tropical deforestation and poverty.
How We Got to Now—Understanding the Political Landscape
June 15, 2018
The torrent of criticism aimed at reporters and their media by the President and his White House staff may seem to be without precedent, but it is only the latest – though perhaps most pronounced – in a long history of Executive grievances against the press. Two hundred forty-two years after the Declaration of Independence and 227 years after ratification of the Bill of Rights, tensions remain over the nature and limits of free speech. This talk looks at Presidential discomfort with press coverage from the founding to the present with particular emphasis on the danger posed by current attacks on speech.
Bill Plante was a CBS News Correspondent for 52 years. He was White House correspondent during the administrations of Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Plante was based in CBS News’ Washington bureau beginning in December 1976 and has covered every Presidential campaign since 1968. He also served four tours of duty for CBS News in Vietnam between 1964 and 1975.
“Truth to Logic – Crime, Criminal Justice and Ideology in the American Experiment”
August 20, 2018
The U.S. citizenry lacks a legitimate understanding of its country’s capitalist character. This “identity crisis” presents serious problems on both national and international levels. Palombo will relay his experiences with crime, the criminal justice system and the ideological issues that inform to his conclusions. Given our current political and social turmoil, this promises to be a timely presentation.
James Palombo is a retired criminal justice professor, social worker and author of Criminal To Critic: Reflections Amid The American Experiment. He currently concentrates on public policy advocacy as the Director of the Campaign for an Informed Citizenry, as Politics Editor of the internet magazine Ragzine, and through community project work.
“Mexico/U.S. Relations in the Time of Trump”
November 12, 2018
On November 18, 2016 — barely a week after the stunning U.S. presidential election — former Mexican President Vicente Fox addressed a sold-out audience in the Hotel Real de Minas ballroom, discussing the future of U.S.-Mexico relations.
Vicente Fox will return to San Miguel de Allende less than a week after the critical 2018 U.S. mid-term elections.
“What’s Up with Climate Change?
What the science says, what the media tells us, and what you need to know”
Monday, December 10, 2018
Miles O’Brien is a veteran journalist who focuses on science, technology and aerospace—and is an accomplished pilot and aviation enthusiast. Through his independent media production company, O’Brien has created content for PBS NewsHour, Nova, Frontline, CNN, the National Science Foundation, plus numerous other credits. His award-winning journalism has earned him six Emmys, a Peabody and a DuPont for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He lost his arm after being struck by a heavy equipment case while on assignment in 2014—coming back to compete in running marathons and ultra-long-distance bike races, and returning to the skies as an aviator.
Join us for what promises to be a fascinating and inspirational presentation!
“This Chair Rocks – How Ageism Warps Our View of Long Life”
January 7, 2019
From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too—until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Aging is a natural, lifelong, powerful process. So how come so many of us unthinkingly assume that depression, diapers, and dementia lie ahead? Underlying all the hand-wringing is ageism: discrimination that sidelines and silences older people. Whether you’re older or hoping to get there, Ashton’s presentation will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life. Age pride!