Date(s) - Sunday, May 19, 2019
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Adult Discussion Group (ADG) at the Thoreau – Richmond campus meets weekly at 9:30am in the Downstairs Classroom
We discuss a wide variety of topics. Check events listings and Facebook for updates.
Feb 24 – “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari
Facilitated by Jim Sheridan
In Sapiens, Yuval Harari explored our past. In Homo Deus, he looked to our future. Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today’s most pressing issues.
Mar 3 – – Gerrymandering: Politicians Choosing You
Presented by Lydia Ozuna
Our guest speaker will define gerrymandering, how it affects voters, its consequences, and how citizens can get involved to end gerrymandering in Texas. Lydia Ozuna became an activist following the 2016 election. She is leader of Texans Against Gerrymandering, which is a part of Fair Maps Texas Coalition. She brings to those roles a distinguished career in education leadership. She taught for 23 years and has earned an MA in Education Leadership and a second MA in Human Resource Management with a specialization in Organizational Change and Development. She and her husband have lived in Angola, Scotland, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea.
Mar 10 – Autonomous Cars and Trucks
Presented by Tony Veneruso
While the autonomous car revolution is happening before our eyes and already in small steps in our cars, huge investments are being made to take over commercial trucking long before anyone has to think about getting into a robo-Uber. Several companies are road-testing self-driving trucks in the controlled environments of shipping ports and large industrial sites (which already have self-driving forklifts!). What about the displaced truck drivers? Also, what about collisions that are bound to happen as humans and robot drivers share highways. Who pays when a robo-car or truck kills? How radically will “autonomous” transform our transportation system, and by extension, our economy and society?
Mar 17 – The Sky Scenario. Ron Masters
The Sky scenario outlines what Shell-oil believes to be a technologically, industrially, and economically possible route forward, consistent with limiting the global average temperature rise to well below 2°C from pre-industrial levels. It reveals the potential for an energy system to emerge that brings modern energy to all in the world, without delivering a climate legacy that society cannot readily adapt to.
Mar 24 – Raising a Transgender Child
Presented by Vonda Covington – Family Law Attorney, Covington & Zand, PLLC
Imagine being a loving parent trying to navigate the difficult terrain to make and live through life-altering decisions with your child. In Ft Bend County, Vonda Covington has a well-earned reputation for overcoming and helping others to overcome difficult terrains, based on her proven strength as a rock climber, a black-belt martial arts instructor, her impressive education and her growing family law practice from her office in a Victorian house in old Richmond. She has graciously accepted to present and discuss this important topic.