2019 Summer Forum Series

01 May 2019


Sundays at 10:00 am
June 23 – August 18
June 23 –  Rocky Anderson – “Challenging Human and Civil Rights Abuses in Utah”
Rocky Anderson is a prominent Utah trial attorney who served two terms as Mayor of Salt Lake City (2000-2008). He was a candidate for Congress (1996), candidate for President (Justice Party, 2012), past Board Chair of the Utah Chapter of the ACLU, and is Executive Director of High Road for Human Rights. Music by Nick Anderson & David Owens
June 30 –  Mary Dickson – “Hosting International Students: The Joy of Opening Heart and Home to Strangers”

Mary Dickson is a writer and producer for public television. Recently retired as KUED’s director of Community Relations for over 20 years, Mary Dickson is known for her weekly program “Contact.” She is writing a book about her experience of hosting college-age international students in her home for many years. Music by Nick Anderson & David Owens

July 7 –  Satin Tashnizi and Nora Abu-Dan – “Islam and Islamophobia”

Satin Tashnizi graduated from the University of Utah in Political Science, and is bilingual in Farsi and English.  Nora is a native of Utah and her parents are from Palestine. Nora is a University of Utah graduate in Economics and Spanish. Both currently work for Goldman Sachs. Persian music by the group Jannan.   

July 14 – Cami Collett – “Prepare for Your Care: Starting the Conversation About Being Mortal”

Dr. Cami Collett, M.D., M.P.H., family physician and faculty at St. Mark’s Family Medicine; longtime member of this church’s congregation.  Cami presents workshops on this topic in the community.

July 21 – Thomas Huckin and Elise Lazar – “Move to Amend: Getting Money Out of Politics”

Retired University of Utah English Professor Thomas Huckin and Elise Lazar are activists representing Utah’s Move to Amend Coalition. 

July 28 – Utah Congressman Ben McAdams – “Update: Being a Democrat in the 116th Congress”

Former Mayor of Salt Lake County, Ben McAdams was elected in 2018 as a Democrat to represent the 4th District of Utah. Music by Ric Nobis

August 4 –  Howard Berkes – “28 Years and 31 Days: An NPR Correspondent’s Career”

Recently retired NPR reporter was based in Salt Lake City for 40 years.

August 11 – Thomas R. Smith – “Encounters with Mary Oliver: One Poet’s Reflections”

Thomas Smith is a poet, educator and writer visiting from River Falls, Wisconsin-  http://www.thomasrsmithpoet.com/ As someone who knew Mary Oliver, Thomas will reflect on lesser-known aspects of Mary’s work that reveal her struggle for personal healing and a reckoning with the geopolitical forces that threaten peace and the fabric of life on our planet.

August 18 – The Final Two General Election Candidates for Salt Lake City Mayor

Winners of August 13 primary election for Salt Lake City Mayor prior to November 5th will speak and answer questions.