Thoreau Adult Discussion Group

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Date(s) - Sunday, Jul 14, 2019
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Thoreau - Richmond Campus Now Open!


Held every Sunday morning at 9:30 am, we talk about a topic of interest. We have wide ranging topics and lively discussions, organized at the monthly ADG planning meeting.

Adult Discussion Group Topics and Facilitators – Summer 2019

7July – B’hai (Lindi Kohn)

Sunday, July 14

Adult Discussion Group: – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

What is Bastille Day?

Presented by Robert Salmi

During the reign of Louis XVI, conditions such as a considerable financial deficit, unpopular taxation schemes, years of poor harvests, and the Age of Enlightenment ideals led to the French Revolution.  A newly created National Assembly voted a constitutional monarchy, and adopted a “Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen“.  An emblematic event of the Revolution is the commoners’ storming of the prison-fortress La Bastille on July 14th 1789, celebrated to this day as Bastille Day.

Sunday, July 21

Adult Discussion Group: – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Race to the Moon and First Step on the Moon

Presented by Gene Reed

Fifty years ago, today, US astronauts were walking on the Moon for the first time in the history of our planet thanks to the hard work of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians like our own Gene Reed.  Join us as Gene recalls those exciting days that pushed the frontiers of our knowledge and technology against the risks of failure and loss of life.  He’ll discuss what it was like then compared to today, when we have more computer power in our pocket cellphones than an entire NASA spacecraft had back then.  We’ll review the many benefits we enjoyed from that hard work and sacrifice.  Then we’ll discuss the future direction of our space explorations and implications of foreign competition.

28 July – UFOs (Tony)

4 Aug – How Forests Think (Ron)

11 Aug – Respect for others and elders (Denise)

18 Aug – How anti-semitism can and has succeeded (Jim)

25 Aug – White fragility (Lindi)