Events

Sep
30
Sat
2017
CANCELLED: KWPeace – Perspectives on Peace: Peace in our Community @ St. John the Evangelist Church
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Due to low registration and the unavailability of some speakers, this event has been cancelled.

Perspectives on Peace - Peace in our Community

Join us for an evening of discussion and networking on the theme of building peace in Kitchener-Waterloo. Program includes a panel discussion, dinner (by donation), and a chance to speak with organizers of the various Peace and Social Justice organizations in Waterloo Region.

Featuring

  • Melissa Webster, Executive Board of ALIVe — Awareness of Low Income Voices
  • Trudy Beaulne, Executive Director of the Social Development Centre, Waterloo Region
  • Gehan Sabry, editor of Cross Cultures website and organizer of the annual UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Kitchener
  • Richard Walsh, retired Wilfrid Laurier University psychology professor and co-founder of Alliance Against Poverty

Saturday, 30 September 2017, 4:00pm—9:00pm
The Church of St. John The Evangelist
23 Water Street North, Kitchener

Admission is free. Suggested donation $10 for dinner.
Please register by 22 September 2017 on kwpeace.ca

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Jan
13
Sat
2018
Anthropology for Social Activists @ 1st Floor Boardroom, Waterloo Public Library
Jan 13 @ 9:45 am – 11:45 am

Human brain labelled with attributes (Ideality, Sublimity, Cautiousness, &c.) You are invited to attend the first lecture of a series “Anthropology for Social Activists”.

The word ‘anthropology’ covers all the disciplines related to humans both as individuals and as society.

  • Linguistics, semiotics and neuro-linguistic programming
  • general biology, the second signal system, psychology from Freud and Jung, egregores and Mind model
  • elocutive, formal and dialectical logics, taxonomy of intellectual implements on both individual and group scale
  • ontology, metaphysics, methodology and science, the material of society, power and related stuff, the science of governing and the laws of controlling, mind axioms

This is a very short list of topics to discuss. Yet each of these topics is something that we use when we ponder on deciding which way our society is going, how to assess the recent moves of the Canadian government, and what would be the best options for our communities.

My objective is to present a whole set of knowledge organized in a way that will help the participants make educated, very well grounded decisions with their efforts as social activists.

The pre-requisite for the course (bring in your dream of a social change) will help us focus on the practical outcome of all the theories and approaches in use; we will discuss what we learn.

Learning is not easy, it requires a special kind of effort. Your personal determination to make our social actions full of sense and good purpose will certainly help to overcome the learning difficulties and create the joy of breaking through intellectual barriers.

The first event is scheduled for
When: Saturday, 13 January 2017 from 9:45am to 11:45am
Where: Waterloo Public Library Boardroom (first floor, near kids quarters)
Location: 35 Albert Street, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Map

See you there,
Michael Chumakin

Brain Chart Diagram from Pixabay used with a CC0Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication

Feb
10
Sat
2018
Anthropology for Social Activists: Science and Language @ Boardroom, Waterloo Public Library
Feb 10 @ 9:45 am – 11:45 am

Human brain labelled with attributes (Ideality, Sublimity, Cautiousness, &c.) You are invited to attend the second lecture of a series “Anthropology for Social Activists”.

At this time I would love to start with reviewing the major features of Science while paying special attention to the set of thinking tools associated with it.

Based on those distinctions one should be able to evaluate any theory or academic paper and determine if it really is scientific.

There is a concern though: do we really need to go that deep in theory? There are many scientists or people involved into scientific activities who do not know that much about science. My plan is to address this concern as well.

While discussing Science we have to know more about our special intellectual efforts. This raises the need to look into thinking tools taxonomy. Yet even before that we’ll have to learn about how animals developed their consciousness, what it is, and how it works.

The next step after consciousness is the mechanics of human language abilities.

Basically these are the two major topics for the next lecture: emergence of animal consciousness and its conversion into human speech consciousness.

As per the social projects I’ve been asking about: my personal social dream is to declare the Region of Waterloo a drug free zone. Free not only from fentanyl but from tobacco and alcohol as well. The opioid crisis is looming right in our neighbourhood… The data regarding the crisis in 2017:

Opioid calls, deaths still on rise despite incoming initiatives | KitchenerPost.ca

Please, send me couple lines about your personal social project.

The second event is scheduled for Saturday, 10 February 2018 at Waterloo Public Library, 35 Albert Street Map in the Boardroom (first floor, near kids quarters). Starts at 9:45 am, finish 11:45 am.

See you there,

Michael Chumakin
mchumakin@list.ru


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