November 2014 Roundtable Schedule

October 15, 2014

The Roundtable Discussion Group meets every Sunday from 10:30AM to 11:30 in the library of the Unitarian Church located at 2000 South Solamo.

Nov 02 Jan Thompson & an EqUUal Inclusion panel: “Telling Our Stories” of living with invisible disabilities.  Members of the congregation will share what it is like for them to live with disabling conditions that are not visible to others such as Crohns Disease, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, panic attacks, fibromyalgia, environmental sensitivities, ADD, PTSD, etc.

Nov 09 Dr. Jake Smith Environmental Crisis in Africa.
The protection of natural resources in Africa, alongside sustainable development, presents significant challenges. This presentation will focus on some of the critical issues of natural resource management in Africa (wildlife, rainforests, water, poaching, desertification). What are the problems and prospects for the future?
Dr. Jake Smith is Chairman of the Conservation Council of Nations  (, a Washington-based NGO consisting of 46 member nations whose mission is to promote an effective long-term approach to natural resource management worldwide. He holds an MA in African Studies from Howard University and a PhD from Boston University in political science. He has held faculty appointments at Boston University, the University of Tennessee and the University of South Carolina. He has worked as a consultant to the governments of the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Tanzania and Gabon and has served on election observer missions in Ethiopia, Kenya and Gabon.

Nov 16 Dr. Nancy Baker: Life in Transit: Reflections on global travel since 1978
As a young woman in 1978, I headed out to circle the world, traveling overland from Bangkok through Kabul and Teheran, and to Berlin and Paris. With luck and good health, I’ve continued my travels, most recently to sub Saharan Africa. This is a story of discovery and change – both of the world and of myself.
Dr. Baker, now retired, was head of the government department at NMSU. She is als0 a well known civil rights advocate. Her presentation are always interesting and informative. At her last Roundtable presentation, there was standing room only— need I say “Don’t be late”.

Nov 23 Judy Licht, Tombaugh Gallery—Past & Future
The Gallery Committee will give a presentation of the goals, the vision, the history, and the operations of the Tombaugh Gallery.  The gallery is an integral part of the mission of the UU Church of Las Cruces.  A power point of gallery events will help illustrate this.

Nov 30 State Senator Dr. Bill Soules: “How To”
Bill will begin by discussing issues to watch for in the 2015 NM Legislative Session and how to lobby effectively to influence those policies.
We don’t want anyone leaving without mastering a skill, so we will shift gears slightly while sticking to our “How To” theme.  This part of the program could be titled “How to: Perfecting the little things and being a ‘show-off’ at the same time.”  Bill will cover a series of short how to topics on everyday items.  i.e. How to cut watermelon like a pro. How to make the worlds best paper airplane.  How to tie your shoes.  And many others.
People are encouraged to bring their own items “to teach” others.
State Senator Dr. Bill Soules’ presentations are always entertaining, thought provoking, and generate lots of discussion. This is another one you won’t want to miss.

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