Feed Your Brain Lecture Series

Recurring Event
Recurs monthly on Sundays at 4:30 pm -
Location
Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Please join us at 4:30 p.m. on the third Sundays of every month for our FEED YOUR BRAIN programs.

These events feature fascinating authors, scholars, and luminaries from many fields that expand our knowledge and understanding of the world and the people who inhabit it. CFI's naturalistic approach to wisdom holds that there is no issue exempt from examination and discussion. Admission to these events is $8, or free for Friends of the Center, unless otherwise noted.

Held at the Costa Mesa Community Center
1845 Park Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92627

1 block west of Newport and Harbor Blvd.

Please see upcoming lectures below.

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Upcoming:  

E.G. Vallianatos
Politics and Science in the Poisoning of America

Sunday, April 20
4:30 p.m. 

More than 50 years after Rachel Carson's Silent Spring warning of pesticides, America continues to be sprayed with harmful substances. Farmers use most pesticides. These petrochemicals contaminate America's food and drinking water, giving disease to farm workers and contributing illnesses to many people. In addition, posticides are threatening the endangered species and wildlife as well as cementing in place a giant agriculture that wrecks both the land and family farmers, according to E.G. Vallianatos, co-author with McKay Jenkins of a new book, Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the E.P.A.

This dangerous state of affairs continues because agribusiness has been influencing Congress, the White House, and the rest of the government (especially the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture), as well as many American scientists by funding their research. The result of this excessive political influence is that Americans are ignoring the real danger of eating contaminated food, drinking contaminated water, and seeing rural America dominated by very few large farms and agribusinesses. This unhealthy reality also is detrimental to our democracy.

Vallianatos, who is the author of six books and more than 200 articles, received his BA in zoology from the University of Illinois, a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and had postdoctoral studies in the history of science at Harvard. He worked for two years as an analyst on Capitol Hill and 25 years at the U.S. E.P.A. He also taught at several colleges and now writes for Truthout and the Huffington Post. He lives in Claremont. His coauthor, McKay Jenkins, is the Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism, and Environmental Humanities at the University of Delaware, where he has won the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Admission
Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4

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Speaker TBA

Sunday, May 18
4:30 p.m.

Admission
Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4

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Bob Blaskiewicz
Quackbusting: Skeptics Fighting for Cancer Patients

Sunday, June 15
4:30 p.m.

     In the last 2 1/2 years, skeptics have made a sustained effort to put reliable information about the Burzynski Clinic in front of desperate cancer patients who might otherwise be tempted to try its unproven chemotherapies. In the course of that campaign, skeptics discovered conditions far more upsetting than they expected and have embarked on a campaign in Washington to make sure that what happened in Houston never happens again, according to skeptical activist Bob Blaskiewicz

Blaskiewicz teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He writes for and edits the website Skeptical Humanities and is the CSI Conspiracy Guy web columnist. He contributes a monthly essay to the Skepticality podcast and is a regular panelist on the weekly live Virtual Skeptics web show and podcast. He is a contributor to the JREF Swift Blog on education and skepticism. He also maintains and writes for thehoustoncancerquack.com and The OTHER Burzynski Patient Group and has spearheaded a number of campaigns to inform the public about the controversial Houston doctor Stanislaw Burzynski. 

Admission
Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4