Category: Readings and Events

Video/ Brian Inglis: Advocate for Psi, and Mortal Enemy of CSICOP

Video/ Brian Inglis: Advocate for Psi, and Mortal Enemy of CSICOP.

As an instantly recognizable figure in the UK, known for his serious manner and credibility as a historian, Brian Inglis (1916-1993) combined television with writing books and journalism to great effect. He halted his TV career in the early 1970s to enter the world of the paranormal, becoming friends with psychic celebrities (including Uri Geller), and then embarking upon full-length studies intended to publicize what he viewed as the major story of his age, the psi force. Yet Brian did not have the debating podium to himself–and a bitter war of words with CSICOP and with other skeptical authors and organizations was soon to follow. Brian’s son Neil Inglis has been an NCAS veteran since 1988, and spoke on Michael Servetus during our 2005-2006 lecture season. A staff translator/reviser with a local international organization, Neil edits a Reformation history magazine in his spare time. In recent years, Neil has assisted in preparing new, electronic editions of his father’s books, including Brian’s classic psi histories. Neil’s talk is given from his intensely personal perspective as an Inglis family member; his presentation is certain to be of interest to those who follow the history of fringe belief systems and of CSICOP itself (now CSI). Furthermore, Neil asks the question that we all ponder: why do intelligent people continue to believe bizarre things? Views expressed are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Capital Area Skeptics.

Video/ Australian Literature 101: Henry Handel Richardson: The Getting of Wisdom

Video/ Australian Literature 101: Henry Handel Richardson: The Getting of Wisdom.

Who tells the story of a country? What story does a country’s national literature tell about its people and its identity? Is there such a thing as Australian literature at all? In this major new weekly series hosted by Ramona Koval, running in parallel with the university calendar, contemporary writers speak on seminal Australian texts, giving context, sharing their responses and exploring each work’s status as a classic of Australian literature. This week, Rodney Hall joins Ramona to explore The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson.

Video/ The Modern Maze of Cultural Identity | Mashaal Hijazi

Mashaal Hijazi

Video/ The Modern Maze of Cultural Identity | Mashaal Hijazi | TEDxIdahoFalls.

Defining one’s cultural identity in a generation of instant gratification, illogical racism, and influence from the media filled with ethnocentrism isn’t particularly easy. How do we define who we are when we live in a world which wants to take clues from our physical characteristics, accents, and dress and create an identity for us before we ever get a chance to? When do I get to be my own version of me? As the child of Pakistani immigrants to a small city in Idaho, Mashaal has had a front row seat to society’s rush to judgment. She is a KISU FM Radio Host and Student at Idaho State University. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Video/ Auld Enemies poetry: Glasgow – Katy Hastie & Graeme Smith

Video/ Auld Enemies poetry: Glasgow – Katy Hastie & Graeme Smith.

The Enemies project: Auld Enemies is a transnational poetry collaboration where six poets will work in rolling pairs to produce original works for readings across the breadth of Scotland. Each event will also feature numerous pairs of writers from the region, who will be presenting brand new poetry collaborations as well. Auld Enemies is a groundbreaking exploration of contemporary Scottish poetics through the potential of collaboration. Glasgow, on July 10th, featured 17 writers, and was hosted by the Fail Better reading series at Mcchuills, thanks to Henry Bell. http://weareenemies.com/auldenemies.html