The Third Saturday Seminar 2004-2005
We Dig Deeper Yet - The Challenges of Being Human

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To refer to an ancient Chinese saying, "Our World is in interesting times."  The Cold War is over. Technology continues to advance in great leaps. Terrorism has replaced Communism as the "common enemy". Wealth and Poverty continue to grow.  Productivity is mushrooming as is the impact of our species on the planet.

The individual citizen is assaulted with a blinding array of propaganda from every conceivable source. Religious, commercial, political.  We have every reason to be concerned with social, political, health, educational, commercial, international, local etc. issues.

To this observer there are almost no easy answers.  We are presented competing ideas in just about any venue.  The improved flow of information has made it more difficult to ignore the shortfalls of all our institutions and that promises are rarely are fulfilled.

Most of us feel overwhelmed by our mega-governments and mega-companies.  The "flow" is just carrying us along at a fast speed, and sometimes it is difficult to feel that we have much to say even about things which very closely affect our lives.

The Third Saturday Seminar is about empowerment of the individual.  We hope to help the individual to discover  strategies to help him deal effectively in this and the future world through a combination of  acquisition of knowledge and deciding what, if anything to do with it or about it.

We will learn from each other as well as many other sources.  The participant is the only arbiter of his, "right answers."

The Third Saturday Seminar 2004-2005 - Challenges of Being Human

Third Saturday Seminar (from the ALL Catalog)
To refer to an ancient Chinese saying, “Our world is in
interesting times” and the individual citizen is assaulted
with a blinding array of propaganda from every conceivable
source. The Third Saturday Seminar is about
demystification of what is going on around us. Time will
also be spent on current events.

This is the fifth session of the Third Saturday Seminar (TSS).

Last year we are worked on the Theme "On Being Human

For the 2004-2005 year we will address
The Challenges of Being Human

and continue with some of the same subjects that were opened and material discovered in  the pursuit of On being Human .

As usual a CD-ROM (Sorry, doesn't work well on Mac's) will be provided at no cost to attendees which will contain most, and possibly all the material that will be used  in the seminar plus more. The disk is Updated as time permits

We talked a lot about current world events and will continue to do so.

Times & Location:
The Seminar meets once a month September to June at Montgomery College, 3200 College Park Drive,  Conroe, Texas 77384  936-273-7000.

Normally the meeting is held on the Third Saturday from 09:30am - 12:00 noon in Room B-102.  However, please check the above schedule as conflicts sometimes require this to be changed.  We will be pleased to send you an email the week of the session which will remind you of the meeting and usually give you links to the material to be covered.

Membership in the seminar is through the ALL (Academy for Lifelong Learning) program or through Leisure Learning.  The ALL program membership is $35 and allows you to participate in TSS and most of the other excellent ALL Activities at no additional cost.

For general information about Montgomery College

Welcome to the Third Saturday Seminar 2004-2005!

Curt Gibby, Spring, Texas

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 On Being Human 2003-2004 Presentations   Review the presentations from the 2003 - 2004 Seminar

Global Trends 2015  This was the main Course Reference for the 2001-2002 Seminar.  This link takes you to the top of the document.

The World Fact Book  Additional and very useful reference about other countries.

Commanding Heights   This was the main course Reference for 2002-2003 Seminar.  This link takes you to the Homepage

 On Being Human 2003-2004 Presentations   Review the presentations from the 2003 - 2004 Seminar
Third Saturday Seminar 2004-2005:  Meeting Schedule
We Dig Deeper Into The Future - Challenges of Being Human
 Meetings are from 9:30 am - 12:00 noon.  We normally meet in Room B-102, Montgomery College, 3200 College Park Drive Conroe, TX 77384 (936) 273.7000 Campus Map     Driving Directions
Meeting Number and Session Description
1.     Introduction - Challenges of Being Human in Today's World - Curt Gibby - Review of what we have covered
Mtg Announcement for Session 1- Hiring a New President

Presentation Slides for Session 1
Follow up to Session 1 - More Links
September 18, 2004
October 16, 2004
3.     What do the  members want the President and Congress to accomplish in the next 4 years? After the elections are over, we might all be able to rationally discuss the issues and determine how close we are on major topics, such as the War, medical care issues, education, jobs, etc
- Idea Suggested by Bob Berge
November 20, 2004
4.      "Peak Oil" and the the future.   We are getting warnings from petroleum and financial experts that  World oil production is peaking, and populations and standards of living are increasing .  There will be competition for the remaining energy and mineral resources and who will have the most influence in tomorrow's world.   Is this true?  Will Technology fill in the gap?  Look for the reading list (or Google "peak oil".) Curt Gibby
Meeting Notice With Links
Presentation Slides - Current Events & Peak Oil and The Future (PDF)
December 11, 2004 (2nd Sat due proximity to Christmas Holiday)

5.    "Iran and the Future of Iraq."  Mehdi Noorbaksh, PhD ,  Center for International Studies, University of St Thomas , originally from Iran and a specialist in the politics of the Middle East  will present.
Meeting Notice for Session 5
"Current Events" from session 5
Article: An Iranian ‘no’ to imposed democracy by Dr. Noorbaksh
Tsunami Asia Presentation presented by Dr, Noorbaksh

January 22, 2005 (4th Saturday because of Xmas Break)
6.     "Quo Vadis"  Where are you (we , America) going?
Quo Vadis? - Session Outline/Study Guide for Session 6

February 19, 2005

7. March 12, 2005

April 16, 2005
 9.  May 21, 2005

June 1, 2005