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Walden Forum schedule for 2012-13

Walden Forum Schedule – September 13, 2012 to May 2013

"Discussions Worth Having"

- Thursday, September 13- Saving our Oceans – Dr. Greg Stone – Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist for Oceans with Conservation International. "We Need the Oceans for Our Survival – How Do We Conserve Them Now and for Future Generations?"
Place: First Parish Meeting House, 50 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778 – 7:30pm

- Tuesday, October 2 – Medical Marijuana Discussion – Dr.Kevin Sabet Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida & former Senior Advisor to President Obama's Drug Czar and Dr.Jeffrey Miron an American Economist, Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard and a marijuana advocate.
Place: Wayland High School, 264 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland, MA 01778 – 7:30pm

- Thursday, November 15 – Our Economy – Where is in Going. James P. O'Shaughnessy an American Investor, writer, author and the founder, chairman, and CEO of O'Shaughnessy Asset Management, LLC. This is One of the top asset management firms with over 4.5 Billon dollars in its care. He will discuss our economy and what works on Wall Street – will it work on Main street?
Place: First Parish Meeting House, 50 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778 – 7:30pm

 

- Thursday, December 6 – “Truth in Journalism: Whose Facts, Whose Reality?”, Dan Kennedy – Author, Educator, Journalist, and  an Award-Winning Media Analyst.  The 2012 presidential campaign was marked – or marred – by an utter failure to find common ground. From climate change to polling analysis, from the rise of fact-checking to the decline of facts, the civic discourse was polluted by ideology and partisanship at the expense of rational analysis.
The media deserve a good deal of the blame. We have come a long way from the 1960s, when Walter Cronkite reassuringly (if inaccurately) concluded his newscast with “And that’s the way it is,” and news organizations such as the New York Times, Time and Newsweek, and the Associated Press were considered beyond reproach. Today, thanks to the Internet and cable television, we have more choices and more access to high-quality journalism than ever before. The tendency, though, is to cocoon with our own kind. Conservatives flock to Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and websites such as Breitbart.com and the Daily Caller. Liberals choose MSNBC, the Huffington Post, and the Daily Kos.  Why do so many of us prefer spin over substance? Will the jolt of reality provided by the election results begin a return to empiricism? Or will Red America and Blue America continue to go their separate ways?
Place: First Parish Meeting House, 50 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778 – 7:30pm
 
- Thu.17 January – Mr. Allan Klumpp – Rocket Scientist, Software Engineer, Principal Designer of "Apollo Lunar Descent Guidance", and now author and educator, discusses "Making Civilization Permanent – Outliving the Sun. "
Place: First Parish Meeting House, 50 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778 – 7:30pm

- Thursday, February 7 – Arab and Jewish Israelis – Can they coexist in peace in the Middle East – Can there be a solution? This Walden Forum discussion is presented in cooperations with Brandeis University and the Slifka – Malkin Scholars.
Place: Wayland High School, 264 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland, MA 01778 – 7:30pm

Works in Progress:

Thursday March 14 – Relationships and the Human Network

Thursday April 18 – Are Women and Woman's rights the key to changing Radical Islam

Thursday May 16 – Breast Cancer – Where the Money goes, are we close to a cure and what's the latest break throughs.

As the season develops dates, location and times may change so please check our Web site – WaldenForum.Org

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