Building Political Will to Solve Climate Change | Peter Bryn
Peter describes a new way to fight climate change on a political policy level. Due largely to the tireless work of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) volunteers across the country, the first bipartisan carbon pricing legislation in nearly a decade was introduced in both the House and Senate: the Energy Innovation Act. This presentation will introduce the Act, and engage citizens on how they can have a productive, respectful dialogue with their members of Congress on how to solve climate change risks. Peter Bryn is an engineer working on marine electrification with ABB, having previously worked with ExxonMobil for eight years. He chose the energy industry because of a concern about the dual challenges of providing affordable energy while responsibly managing climate change risks. Six years ago, Peter created the Houston Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, which has grown into nearly a dozen Chapters across the Houston Metro Region.
Where have all the black atheists gone? | Candace Gorham
Since the publication of her book The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women are Walking Out on Religion; And Others Should, Too, Candace Gorham has noted a marked increase in the number of black people who have openly given up their religious beliefs. In this talk, Candace will explore some of the reasons for and benefits of those changes. Candace Gorham is a licensed professional mental health counselor. She is a former ordained minister turned atheist activist, researcher, and writer on issues related to religion, secular social justice, and the African-American community. She is also a member of the Black Humanist Alliance advisory board, Atheist Alliance of America advisory board, The Secular Therapist Project, The Clergy Project, and the Secular Student Alliance Speaker's Bureau.
Who says the movement is dead? | Mandisa Thomas
Recorded on March 31st, 2019 Mandisa reflects on the recent achievements of the atheist / secular movement and offers tips to build a better organization. Mandisa Thomas, a native of New York City, is the founder and President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Although never formally indoctrinated into belief, Mandisa was heavily exposed to Christianity, Black Nationalism, and Islam. Mandisa has several media appearances to her credit, including CBS Sunday Morning, CNN.com, and Playboy, The Humanist, and JET magazines. She has been a guest on podcasts such as The Humanist Hour and Ask an Atheist, as well as the documentaries Contradiction and My Week in Atheism. Mandisa currently serves on the Boards for American Atheists and is the current chair of the board nominating committee for the American Humanist Association, and previously for Foundation Beyond Belief and the Secular Coalition for America. Mandisa was named the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association’s 2018 Person of the Year. As the president of Black Nonbelievers, Inc., Mandisa works to encourage more Blacks to come out and stand strong with their nonbelief in the face of such strong religious overtones. "The more we make our presence known, the better our chances of working together to turn around some of the disparities we face. We are NOT alone."
Alan Turing and The Enigma Machine | James Grime
Recorded on April 7th, 2019 Alan Turing may best be remembered as one of the leading code breakers of Bletchley Park during World War II. It was Turing's brilliant insights and mathematical mind that helped to break Enigma, the apparently unbreakable code used by the German military. We present a history of both Alan Turing and the Enigma leading to this triumph of mathematical ingenuity. Dr James Grime is a mathematician and public speaker. James now runs The Enigma Project and travels the world giving public talks on the history and mathematics of codes and code breaking. James is also a presenter of the YouTube channel Numberphile (https://www.youtube.com/user/numberphile) & Singing Banana (https://www.youtube.com/user/singingbanana)