Street Epistemology | Anthony Magnabosco
Anthony Magnabosco is a worldwide promoter and practitioner of Street Epistemology, which is a conversational method for respectfully challenging claims by asking probing questions to uncover the reliability of one’s belief formation process. He has appeared on The Thinking Atheist, The Atheist Experience, The David Pakman Show, Cognitive Dissonance, The Friendly Atheist Podcast and blog, as well as several other podcasts and shows. Anthony has inspected hundreds of people’s beliefs using this approach, frequently uploads videos of those discussions to his YouTube channel (magnabosco210), and has given several talks, interviews and workshops on the subject. Be prepared to question your own conclusions on how to effectively engage with a God believer or anyone else who happens to make a claim!
New Americans in Houston: An Economic Engine | Chelsea Kramer
Join us as we discuss the economic impact of immigration. Chelsie Kramer will present data from NAE’s report on the demographic and economic contributions of Immigrants in the Houston area. Chelsie Kramer is the State Organizer for New American Economy (NAE) which is a national bipartisan research and advocacy organization making the economic case for smarter immigration policies that would grow the U.S. economy and create jobs for all Americans. There she focuses on building relationships and creating a broad Texas network that can be mobilized to engage in the immigration debate through the lens of the positive economic impact immigrants have on the Texas economy.
The most dangerous woman in Tennessee | Gayle Jordan
Oasis welcomes the Executive Director of Recovering From Religion (https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/) Gayle Jordan. Gayle is a former Southern Baptist who left the faith 10 years ago when her then-teenagers began asking questions she could not answer. Her research led her (and her children) into the light of reason and rationality. Years later, she still feels the effects, both positive and negative, of that dramatic shift in perspective and attitude. It is this sympathy and compassion that drives her to reach out to help others navigate the emotional and physical process involved in leaving one's faith. She ran for state office in Tennessee in 2016 and 2018 as an open and visible atheist. She was subjected to a personal attack on her religious liberty by the opposing candidate and party. Gayle is an attorney and former personal trainer. She lives on Freethought Farm in middle Tennessee, where she spends her days amongst her longhorns, goats, donkeys, chickens, and dogs. She blogs about life on the farm, endurance event training, and secularism at Happy. Healthy. Heathen. (https://gaylejordan.net/)
Modern Art Explained, Using Art by Women | Dennis Fehr
Recorded on December 1 2019 Dennis Fehr Bio: I became fascinated with drawing when I was able to see over the armrest of my father's easy chair. I watched with awe as images of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck emerged from the point of his pencil. Our Mechanized Amish community discouraged Dad from pursuing an art career, and he acquiesced. I too was discouraged but I rebelled, and what a career that has given me. I make art, and I teach others to make it. I've shown kindergarteners how to make green from blue and yellow, and I've chaired Ph.D. dissertation committees. I've taught jail inmates how to draw. I have consulted for foreign governments and the US Department of Education. I've published three books. I've taught art, lectured about art, and made art in 19 countries. My work is in collections in six countries and several US states. Presently I teach art and economics at the Fusion Academy in Houston, Texas. Dad exhibited only one artwork in his lifetime. He was 88 when he entered a painting in his retirement center's annual crafts show. It fetched $200. He painted sitting on a folding chair at a card table set up in a closet. He bought his canvases at discount stores and found his frames at garage sales. I work in a studio with a spacious drafting table, comfortable desk, art library, power tools, computer and printer, and large storage cabinets and shelves. My art looks nothing like his, and yet when I'm working, I feel his hand on mine. I wonder what kind of studio he would have had if he had chosen to rebel.
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.