October 2016 Roundtable Discussion Group Schedule

September 21, 2016

The Roundtable Discussion Group meets from 10:30 to 11:30AM 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 tmore about each other. If you have a comment or suggestion, email it to roundtable@uuchurchlc.org.
October 2 10:30 – 11:30 in the Library        
Jessica Johnson: “Animal Protection Voters”
Compassion for animals and the earth reflects our compassion for other human beings. So how are New Mexico’s animals doing lately? Animal Protection Voters, affiliated with Animal Protection of New Mexico, will present the latest news on their work to protect animals through legislation, highlight the pro-animal candidates running for the state legislature, and share how you can get involved to make a difference for the animals in your state.
Remember our Animal Friends when you vote in November. Jessica Johnson is the Chief Legislative Officer of Animal Protection Voters.
October 9 10:30 – 11:30 in the Library 
Dr. Paul O’Connell, Economist: “Alternative Tax & Economic Policies in the 2016 Election”
I will discuss both liberal and conservative tax & economic policy ideas that have been proposed and implemented over the last several years and what the results have been– along with what we can expect in the future.
October 16 10:30 – 11:30 in the Library   
Kay Lilley: The Beloved Community organization
Kay Lilley works with the Beloved Community organization here in Las Cruces, and was an important contributor to Peace Camp this year.

October 23 10:30 – 11:30 in the Library
Dan Townsend: Guns and their culture
Dan will discuss Guns and their culture, a window into an alien world. ”
October 30 10:30 – 11:30 in the Library  
Jeff Romney: Paquimé and the Casas Grandes Culture
The ruins of Paquimé (or Casas Grandes) are located in the Municipality of Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico. This ancient pre-Columbian city reached its height between 1200 AD – 1450 AD and played a role in trade and cultural contacts between the peoples of the American Southwest and northern Mexico and some of the more advanced civilizations of Mesoamerica. Jeff Romney will give a presentation that will focus on Paquimé as a ceremonial and trade center within the Casas Grandes Region. The discussion will also include the cliff dwelling sites at Cuesta Blanca, Cave Valley, and Cuarenta Casas and the petroglyph sites at Anchondo, Arroyo de los Monos, and others to give some greater context in understanding the Casas Grandes Culture.
Jeff Romney grew up in Colonia Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, in an area rich in archaeological sites. From a very early age Jeff was fascinated by the Casas Grandes Culture and the rich material culture they left behind. Romney received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in Southwest Archaeology and Native American Studies.  While at BYU he served as Co-Curator of Exhibitions at the Museum of Peoples and Cultures.  Jeff also served as Museum Specialist at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He currently serves as Director of Development at the El Paso Museum of Art.

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