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 his conclusions. Given our current political and social turmoil, this promises to be a timely and engaging discussion.
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 Ragazine.cc, and via community project work.
Preventing Alzheimer’s Is Easier Than You Think: The Surprising Science of Food and the Brain
October 9, 2018
Rates of Alzheimer’s dementia are expected to triple by 2050, and every drug developed to try to combat this epidemic has failed miserably. The bad news is that many of us are already on the road to Alzheimer’s disease without realizing it. The good news is that scientists have identified the key driving force behind most cases of this devastating illness—and it’s something well within your power to control. Confusing and constantly changing headlines suggest hope lies in magical superfoods, antioxidant supplements and crossword puzzles—but these will not save you. It is only by understanding the simple truth about how food affects the brain that you can protect your most precious asset—your mental health. Psychiatrist and nutrition expert Dr. Georgia Ede will present the latest research about diet and dementia and challenge conventional wisdom about meat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and even vegetables. Come for an engaging presentation and discussion that will forever change the way you think about the way you eat. It’s never too early—or too late—to implement the powerful dietary principles that could change the course of your intellectual future.
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
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!
Economic Colonialism and the Redemptive Power of Indigenous Cultures
February 5, 2019
Recruited into the ranks of an international engineering/consulting firm as a young man, Perkins’ beat was Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, where he developed cost justifications for huge infrastructure projects—highways, bridges, port facilities and the like—funded by the World Bank and other aid organizations. All too often the debtor nations defaulted on the loans, leaving them beholden to the lenders, who extracted natural resource concessions and political favors. When the leaders of these nations did not cooperate, they were overthrown or assassinated. Recognizing the harm wrought by his work, Perkins suffered a crisis of conscious, leaving his lucrative position and eventually telling all in his international bestseller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Today Perkins works in many of these same countries and speaks at venues around the world as an advocate for indigenous rights and spokesperson for their cultural wisdom. Come hear this fascinating story from a consummate storyteller, and his message of hope from indigenous peoples — especially those of Latin American jungles — still threatened by the very sort of developments he’d once promoted.
Healing the Earth
March 5, 2019
Habitat destruction, desertification, biodiversity loss—these insults to our planet are signatures of planetary abuses that mark our decline into a dystopian future of degraded landscapes.
According to ecologist and filmmaker John D. Liu, it doesn’t have to be that way! Ecosystems are nothing if not dynamic, and while it may not be possible to go back to the way things once were, regeneration of impoverished landscapes is possible. It starts with ecology—a deep understanding of relationships among the various life forms—and designing interventions that can jumpstart nature’s restorative powers.
John D. Liu began his career as a television journalist, producing programs for CBS news and other networks internationally. In 1995, on assignment for the World Bank producing a documentary on China’s Loess Plateau, John learned that it is possible to rehabilitate damaged ecosystems. That assignment was a life-altering experience. Ever since, he has devoted himself to understanding and advocating for the restoration of degraded landscapes on a planetary scale.
John has produced environmental films for the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, PBS and other networks; has held numerous academic appointments and fellowships; and is Ecosystem Ambassador for the Commonland Foundation, which catalyzes investment in large-scale restoration projects throughout the world.
Finding the American Dream in Mexico
April 2, 2019
The concept of the “American Dream” has been a key part of the cultural conversation in the U.S. since at least World War II—the white collar job, the house with a picket fence, keeping up with the Joneses—all have come to signify the attainment of success in America. But what of those who leave the United States in order to attain that dream? This talk will explore the history of Americans who have found their “American Dream” in Mexico, from the late nineteenth century to the present. This presentation will examine the historic limitations of the American Dream and consider the twenty-first century reality in the age of Trump and AMLO.
Lisa Pinley Covert is an assistant professor of history at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in Latin American history with an emphasis on twentieth-century Mexico. Her book, San Miguel de Allende: Mexicans, Foreigners, and the Making of a World Heritage Site, based on more than ten years of research, examines how long-time residents and newcomers shaped San Miguel’s economic possibilities and cultural dynamics from the 1930s to the 1980s, and how these efforts paved the way for the 2008 UNESCO World Heritage designation.