November Roundtable Schedule

October 22, 2016

The Roundtable takes place Sundays, 10:30am –11:30am — in the library of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, 2000 S. Solano

Education never ends.  Come learn with us.  We have discussions, not arguments.  Our goal is to learn more about all sides of issues and to learn more about one another.  If you have a topic you would like discussed, contact Jim Basler,

 November 6 – “Shining Star Portrait Project”  The Shining Star Portrait Project is an initiative promoted by artist, author and speaker, Beth Mount. She brought this initiative to New Mexico in 2014 to be shared throughout the state by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Shining Star Portrait Project is a process of discovering oneself through the medium of art to be able to share a life story. Several artists along with Deborah Lassiter and Dave Brunson of the Department of Health-Developmental Disabilities Supports Division will be presenting a slide show of the 2014 and 2016  Southwest Shining Star Portrait Project. The ultimate goal of this project is to help connect people with disabilities to the community through shared stories and valued experiences.

November 13 – “Health Security” Cheryl Frank and Maury Castro will tell us about the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign that has been around for more than 20 years; those interested in a great healthcare system for New Mexicans, set up by New Mexicans, have refined the plan into an enviable, well-written healthcare plan that would cover all New Mexicans. The Plan would be set up like a cooperative, with choice of doctor and a comprehensive benefit package. The Health Security for New Mexicans Act has been introduced in the state Legislature several times and will be introduced again in 2017. Come and learn more about the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign.

November 20 – “How Doctors Choose to Die”  Gary Wederspahn, board member of Final Exit Network, a successor to Hemlock Society, the original death-with-dignity organization will explore the meaning of a “good death” and describe ways patients can assert and defend the right to end their lives on their own terms and actions they can take to preserve that right for others. There will be opportunity for discussion and networking.

November 27 –  “Pro & Cons of Having Universal Basic Income” Paul O’Connell, Ph.D., Economics.  While the rise of better technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) could result in a more productive and efficient world, it could also eliminate jobs, increase inequality and suppress wages. A universal basic income would provide all citizens with the money needed for survival, as AI takes over more of the nation’s jobs. Some northern European nations and Canada are examining this alternative. We will examine the pros and cons of this idea. It would be similar to having Social Security for all adult citizens below a certain income level.

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