Adult Discussion Group

A Deeper Understanding

Enlightening dialogue

Join us for a lively, in-depth, single-topic, 70-minute discussion, typically featuring a knowledgeable authority. Share your views during the Q&A period. 8:30 AM every Sunday in the Assembly Hall.


Adult Discussion Group - The Changing Landscape of Gender Identity - Linda K. Reeves

Date & Time:Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 8:30am

The Changing Landscape of Gender Identity

Documented by historians and anthropologists, the diversity of gender is a normal part of human experience across cultures and throughout history. This talk will explain the dimensions of gender identity and explore the reasons we are seeing more people identify as something other than the sex they were assigned at birth. This is an opportunity to explore gender with new eyes and ask questions to better understand gender's complexity. Our speaker, Linda K. Reeves, is a local Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families.   Join us at 8:30 am in the Assembly Hall.

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9 June 19: “The Meaning of the Mueller Report” by Alden Munson

Alden discusses the high points of the Mueller Report, which deals with Russian interference in our 2016 election and related possible obstruction of justice by our President. Alden then attempts to answer three questions:
• How did we get to this point ? (What made this interference possible ?)
• What does the Mueller report really mean ? (What implications ?)
• Where is this going to lead us ?

2 June 19: “Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood” by Dr. Najwa al-Qattan

Dr. al-Qattan is a Palestinian who was raised in Beirut and for the past decade has been teaching Middle East history at Loyola Marymount Univ. She explains that, excluding the army, the Muslim Brotherhood is the strongest political force in Egypt, and it also has strong popular support elsewhere in other Arab countries. It advocates for social justice, provides numerous social services to the public, and rejects many western values (a legacy of European colonialism). It has opposed all four of Egypt’s military rulers – – Nasser, Sadat, Mubarak, and now el-Sisi. Dr. al-Qattan describes in detail the brotherhood’s rocky relationship with these army rulers. She also discusses Arab Spring, and the differing impacts it had in the various Arab counties.

19 May 19: “Other Religions of India - Sikhism and Jainism” by Dr. Phyllis Herman

Our topic, “Other Religions of India – Sikhism and Jainism”, was presented by CSUN’s Dr. Phyllis Herman, an expert on India’s religions. Last Oct 21st Dr. Herman talked to us about Hinduism and Buddhism, and now she discusses two lesser-known religions that have nevertheless had a significant impact upon India. Sikhism with 25 million followers began around 1500 (A.D.) and is monotheistic, while Jainism with nearly 5 million followers is non-theistic and dates back to before the 8th century BCE.

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