HAGP program meetings are an opportunity for group members to come together with each other; become educated on a topic by hearing from a speaker; or discuss issues and explore ideas. Our lecture series covers a wide variety of subjects. Speakers have come from all the the Delaware Valley, many US states, and even abroad.
When and Where: Program meetings are last Sundays from 1:30pm-4pm at the Upper Moreland Library in Willow Grove. There are no program meetings in July and August due to a seasonal change in library hours.
Upper Moreland Library 109 Park Avenue Willow Grove, PA
map and directions
When you enter the library, the meeting will be in the first room on your left - just several yards after the entrance.
*** NOTE: No program meeting in July, or August. ***
SPECIAL January 8: Justin Vacula hosts discussion on Stoic philosophy
Stoic philosophy -- introduced in Ancient Greece and popularized by thinkers such as Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca -- addresses topics such as death, meaning, happiness, handling adversity, forming proper judgments, and personal choice/freedom thorough a lens of prioritizing reason and personal aspiration.
Rather than drawing upon a tradition informed by religion, stoic philosophy offers wisdom humanists can appreciate. Join event host Justin Vacula in exploring stoic thought in examining its strengths and possible shortcomings. Perhaps you too can apply wisdom from the Ancient Greeks to enrich your everyday life. (This series will continue throughout the year)
January 29: Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism by David S. Cohen & Krysten Connon (will have copies of book to with them)
Abortion is a legal, common, and safe medical procedure that one in three American women will undergo. Yet ever since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, anti-abortion forces have tried nearly every tactic to eliminate it. Legislative and judicial developments dominate the news, but a troubling and all-too-common phenomenon-targeted vigilante action against individual abortion providers-is missing from the national discussion, only cropping up when a dramatic story like the murder of an abortion provider pushes it to the forefront. Every day, men and women who are associated with abortion care are harassed, threatened, stalked, picketed, sent hate mail, and otherwise terrorized. Those who seek help from the law are sometimes successful, but not always, either because there are insufficient protections built into the law, or because law enforcement officials fail to respond.
February 26: Barbara Mancini “Who gets to decide how you will die?”
Dying, of course, gets us all. In 2013, 93 year-old Joe Yourshaw was dying. He had prepared carefully for the end of his life by discussing his wishes, completing an advance directive, appointing a healthcare proxy and enrolling in home hospice care. Yet his careful planning devolved into a nightmarish ordeal where he was subjected to unwanted medical treatment in defiance of his wishes, and his daughter, Barbara Mancini, endured a year-long criminal prosecution for “aiding an attempted suicide.” Her case sparked outrage and condemnation in the media, and it was ultimately dismissed by a judge due to a “lack of competent evidence.”