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Who Owns Your Brain: How Big Data is Used to Control Your Vote

Speaker: Andre Salais

March 05th, 2017 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Join us for a presentation by Andre Salais on "Who Owns Your Brain: How Big Data is Used to Control Your Vote".

Andre is an activist in the secular movement with seven years of professional experience in legislative analysis, lobbying, policy research, political campaign strategy development, domestic and foreign policy consulting, policy writing, and campaign field organizing. Andre’s official activism roles include:
- Partner at a secular media company dedicated to producing content for skeptics
- Host of Unbelievers Radio
- Political Strategy Director for Together We Can
- Director of the Atheist Candidates Project
- Owner of Method Social Kinetics LLC, an explicitly humanist political and social strategy company


Andre’s academic interests are in the study of religious social systems and their impact on political behavior, covering areas such as: adaptive social systems and evolutionary modes of cultural information transfer, the relationship between religious beliefs, communal violence, and conflict behavior, and secular thought on statecraft, applied political ethics, and policy making.

In his personal life, Andre is a target archer, avid gardener, and lover of ducks and beagles.

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Dealing with Death

Speaker: Bart Campolo

March 19th, 2017 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Join us to hear Bart Campolo, nationally-known Humanist speaker, discuss "Dealing with Death."

One of the most challenging parts of making the most of this life is facing the end of it. Whether contemplating our own demise, grieving the loss of a loved one or trying to help someone else come to grips with the reality of mortality, we secularists often struggle to think and talk about death in ways that are comforting and constructive. In contrast to our still-believing brethren, our communities don’t yet have the understanding, language and rituals we need to practically support each other in making sense of life’s most intimidating ultimate question.

Join Bart Campolo, a former evangelical preacher and inner-city community organizer who now serves as the humanist chaplain at the University of Southern California, for this hopefully provocative life and death conversation.

Born and raised in suburban Philadelphia, Bart became an evangelical Christian as a teenager and was immediately attracted to urban ministry. After graduating from Brown University and serving as an urban youth pastor in Minneapolis, he returned to Philadelphia to found Mission Year, a national service organization which recruits young adults to live and work among the poor in inner-city neighborhoods.

As he became an influential evangelical leader, however, Bart increasingly questioned his own faith. In 2005 he returned to street-level community building in inner-city Cincinnati, where he eventually completed his gradual transition from Christianity to secular humanism. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Bart’s work has been focused on inspiring and equipping all kinds of people to make the most of their lives by actively pursuing loving relationships, social justice and a genuine sense of wonder.

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The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing with an optional Continental breakfast available for a $5 donation. The meeting begins at 10:00 am.

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