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8-17-17 | The Emmett Till Story: Lessons Learned, Lessons Forgotten | Devery Anderson

>Dialogue leader: Devery AndersonEditor at Signature Books
Mark & Elizabeth England's
1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. Late-comers, please use the back door.
Discussion: The murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in 1955, and the acquittal of his accused killers, helped launch the civil rights movement because it woke up the nation and the world to the racial atrocities of the American South. It was perhaps the most tragic and famous lynching in American history, which taught us many lessons. Or did it? What did we learn? What have we forgotten? How does this tragedy help us gauge how far we have come since? 
About Devery: Devery S. Anderson is an editor at Signature Books in Salt Lake City and is the editor or co-editor of four books on Mormon history, two of which won the Steven F. Christensen Award for Best Documentary from the Mormon History Association in 2006. His book, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement was publishe…
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Thurs 6-15-17 | The Anarchist within Us | Travis Marker

>Dialogue leader: Travis MarkerCEO and founder of Scrivener’s Quill
Mark & Elizabeth England's
1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. Late-comers, please use the back door.
Discussion: Emma Goldman, an active and outspoken activist and anarchist argued that the populous should abandon the governing systems in the United States. We will look at the writings of Goldman and explore her role in bringing awareness to deficiencies in the legal system.
About Travis: Travis Marker is the CEO and founder of Scrivener’s Quill: A Center for Lawyers and Literature. Mr. Marker graduated with a double major in English and History from Weber State University and received his law degree and certificate in dispute resolution from Willamette University College of law. Travis then earned a Master of Laws in dispute resolution from Bond University in Australia  Mr. Marker is the most active scholar presenting CLE (Continuing Legal Education) on literature's application to the practice of law. He…

Thursday, May 18 | Challenging Our Implicit Biases

>Dialogue leader: Dr. David Parker
Director, Center for Creating Community
Mark & Elizabeth England's
1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. Late-comers, please use the back door.
Discussion: Implicit bias refers to an automatic association people may make about groups of people along with stereotypes about those groups. In some situations, the automatic associations may influence behavior which can result in a person responding in a biased way even when they are not explicitly prejudiced. Over a course of time this can erode the relationship between members of the various communities in which we are active.

In this interactive conversation, we will examine the influence of implicit bias on understanding and working with contemporary social justice issues as they manifest in our lives. 
About David: Dr. Parker’s life's work is dedicated to creating and sustaining inclusive environments, which led him to create the Center for Creating Community. He has worked with organizations …

Thursday, April 20 | What a Physicist has to Say About Earth Day

Dialogue leader: Dr. Robert DaviesPhysicist/Research & Education Associate, Utah State University
Mark & Elizabeth England's
1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. Late-comers, please use the back door.
Discussion: We live in the an age in which humans have become the single biggest force for change throughout Earth’s biosphere. The Anthropocene is a time of planetary climate disruption and the Sixth Great Extinction. Across oceans, atmosphere and land; water, life and ice humanity is engaged in a wholesale dismantling of our life support system.

Clearly, recycling and listening to TED talks is not enough. But what is enough?  And how can each of us move forward with any hope for meaningful action? The engines of destruction are strong ― so strong, says activist and deep ecologist  Joanna Macy, “they’re hard to look at!” And so tonight we explore: What is the mindset that moves us forward… and how do we find this mindset? 
About Dr. Davies: Dr. Robert Davies is a physicist and pu…

Friday, March 17 | Finding Your Zen In Polarized Politics and Religion

Dialogue leader: Thomas McConkie
Mark & Elizabeth England's home at 1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. Late-comers, please use the back door.
Discussion: Whether your attention is drawn to the toxic climate of U.S. politics, or your sights are set closer to home on the significant social issues facing Mormonism, never before have there been so many strident and differing viewpoints competing in the same space.  What if we could hold our stories more lightly, though? What if we could find a space within ourselves expansive enough to hold all these divergent views with both courage and compassion? Join us for a walk on the contemplative side at our March Think Again. Lifelong meditator and facilitator, Thomas McConkie, will guide a process to help bring greater clarity to your convictions as well as a deeper humility to allow others to do the same. For times that feel increasingly insane, finding your Zen in thoughtful community could be just the tonic.
About Thomas: Thomas is t…

Thursday, February 16 | Where and How Do Refugees Find Refuge?

Dialogue leader: Tiffany Ivins, moderator of a panel of local refugees
Mark & Elizabeth England's home at 1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. Late-comers, please use the back door.

Discussion: It's one thing to talk about refugees and what is best for them—or for what is best for host countries taking them in. It's another thing to actually talk to refugees and hear their stories and ask them questions. Especially refugees affected by President Trump's recent executive order. That's what we will do at this next Think Again thanks to Tiffany Ivins suggestion and her creation of a panel of refugees that she will moderate. 
Tiffany and her husband Mitchell originated our Think Again group. They both have vast experience seeking to improve educational opportunities among women and children in far away places. Tiffany has a doctorate in instructional psychology and technology and is an International development consultant with experience in Asia, Africa & Latin Am…

Thursday, January 19 | Running Up For Air

Dialogue leader: Jared Campbell
Mark & Elizabeth England's home at 1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. Late-comers, please use the back door.

Discussion: Simple idea: Breathing clean air makes for better health and a better quality of life. Dirty air creates all kinds of health problems especially effecting children, seniors, and those with asthma and allergies. Studies have also shown a correlation with slower brain function, ADHD and Autism. All this without even touching the effects of greenhouse gasses and climate change. 

What can be done? Actually a lot, as demonstrated by Jared Campbell. Jared will share what he has personally done—like building a modest, cost-effective net-positive passive solar home as well as other lifestyle choices, as well as making a very public plea through his annual "Running Up For Air" endurance mountain challenge that he created to raise money in support of the fight for improved air quality for those who live along the Wasatch Front.…