August 2017 Roundtable Discussion Group Schedule (Revised)

July 21, 2017


The Roundtable Discussion Group meets from 9AM to 10AM every Sunday in the Library of the Unitarian Church located at 2000 S. Solano, Las Cruces NM

Education never ends. Come join our discussions. Our goal is to learn more about all sides of issues and more about each other. Email comments or suggestions to


August 6 9AM to 10 in the Church Library

Algernon D’Ammassa: “A republic that doesn’t teach civics grows incoherent and will die”

Algernon is a newspaper reporter, actor, and playwright. His “Desert Sage” opinion column appears on Fridays in the Deming Headlight, Las Cruces Sun News, and Silver City Sun News. The title of today’s discussion is from one of his recent articles. He will be doing a workshop called “Storytelling Politics” at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word in September.


We will be discussing the consequences of:

  • the 140 characters or less format of communications in social media
  • the current lack of civics education in our schools & U.S. culture
  • the conversion of network news programming to entertainment thereby cutting the cost of journalistic investigation. Instead of reporting what is happening, the newscasters and guests are reduced to speculating about sensational things that “might” be happening.
  • Radio & TV’s current lack of in-depth reporting on social & political problems and the pros and cons of potential solutions.

The internet makes vast amounts of valid & invalid information available to everyone.

How do we create paths of truth through the forest? How can we improve upon the methods we use to filter out fact from fiction in what we see, hear, feel, and read?


August 13 9AM to 10 in the Church Library

    Wilma Hutson will give a power point presentation on a train trip she took from Beijing, China to Lhasa, Tibet which crosses a 16,000 ft. pass. This must be the little engine that knew it could.

Be prepared for some breath-taking views.



August 20 9AM to 10 in the Church Library 

   Sharon Hart: “The 19th amendment and women’s rights”

Ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote—a right known as woman suffrage.

In celebrating the anniversary of this event, Sharon Hart, President of New Mexico NOW, will discuss the 19th amendment and women’s rights.


August 27 9AM to 10 in the Church Library

Dan Townsend: “Jonathan Swift and his children”

Dan will discuss Jonathan Swift and his children, linking Swift’s work: A Modest Proposal with current concerns about the growing gap, not just economic, between the 1% and the rest of us. Media treatment of Swift from around the world, along with current authors and works will be cited.



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