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2015 Forest Grove Conversations Event

The title of this year’s panel discussion/conversation is Privacy In the Age of Facebook: Choices, Challenges and Consequences. It will be held March 3, 2015 in the Rogers Room of the Forest Grove City Library, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Forest Grove Library, Pacific University’s Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation, and Pacific University’s Center for Education Technology and Curricular Innovation.

We expect our internet services to be free. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, and a host of others provide us e-mail, web pages, new means of communication, and ways to tailor huge amounts of information to our personal needs. But these companies do this by collecting information that we voluntarily give to them, as well as collecting information about the ways we use these “free” services. Join us for a conversation about how this all works, why these companies use this model, and the implications for us as consumers as we move more and more of our lives online.

Our panel this year will feature three speakers with different ways of viewing this new reality.

Josh Aberant is the Postmaster at Twitter. He has worked for years with companies involved with marketing and social data. His job has been described as “ensuring that users receive the appropriate communications in such a way as not to be annoying.”

Steven Wax was as U.S. federal Public Defender working out of Portland for 31 years. In his work with the Brandon Mayfield case, cases involving Guantánamo detainees, and other cases, Wax has much experience with the ways that online information can be used by governments and other groups. His work showed the limits about what consumers know about how their personal information is shared. Wax is now working with the Oregon Innocence Project.

Ellen Rosenblum is Oregon’s Attorney General. Elected in 2012, she has made a priority of working to protect consumers from the many temptations and abuses that can occur in the online world. In 2014 she held a symposium on Protecting Consumers and Children in the Age of Big Data.

This program is part of the series of cultural programs presented by the Friends of Forest Grove Library.

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Friends’ 2014-15 Cultural Programs

The Friends of the Forest Grove Library are happy to present our new season of cultural programs. They will be held on the first Thursday of each month, September through May, at 7:00 PM in the Rogers Room of the City Library, 2114 Pacific Avenue–exceptions noted below.
All the programs are free and open to the public.
October 7 Two Jazz Guitars
October 28 A bonus program, begins at 6:30 PM  “Early Humans in Southeastern Oregon”  Dr. Dennis Jenkins, Chief Archeologist, University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, focuses on his cave excavations in Oregon’s high desert.
November 4  “2014 Prelude to 2016 — Do Elections Make a Difference?”  Political discussion with Professor Emeritus Russ Dondero.  Held in the Forest Grove Community Auditorium due to book sale set-up at the Library.
December 2  “From Bach to Rock — A History of Modern Music”  Musician and teacher Paul Anthony Rademacher speaks about the evolution of Western music and plays selections.
January 6  “History of Theatre in Oregon”  Darrell Jabin presents a history of the dramatic arts in our state.
February 3  Harmony Masters Barbershop will entertain with history and sampling of small group vocalists who specialize in four-part harmony.
March 3  Forest Grove Conversations “Privacy: Choices, Challenges and Consequences”  What is the standpoint of privacy in the modern world?
April 7  Pacific University Musicians — A variety of student musicians will perform.
May 19  Young at Heart Readers’ Theatre will feature plans and skits especially developed for readers’ theatre.  Sure to be fun and entertaining (not the first Tuesday in order to avoid conflict with Friends spring used book sale).

 

 

 

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2011 Great American Speeches

The working title for the next Great American Speeches event is “Women: Opportunity & Challenge from the ERA to the 21st Century.”  It will be held on March 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm.  The venue will depend on the anticipated crowd and will be either the Forest Grove City Library or The Forest Grove Auditorium.
The format will be a presentation by four panelists followed by a town-hall discussion.  Essay competitions for Forest Grove area students will be featured.  Three panelists have been invited and have accepted: Susan Sokol Blosser, vineyard owner, Barbara Roberts, former Oregon Governor,  and Dr. Karen Steingart, Physician Consultant, Curry International Tuberculosis Center, University of California, former Health Officer for Clark County, Washington, and former physician at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center.  A fourth panel member has been invited.  Pacific University Professor Jim Moore will lead the town hall discussion.
The Forest Grove News Times has expressed an interest in interviewing local women on their experiences before the event.  Please send suggestions by commenting on this posting (see below) or call Colleen Winters at the library.
The Friends membership is invited to make suggestions for the event title and for a new name for the event series.  Suggestions to change the series name from ‘Great American Speeches’ to ‘Forest Grove Conversations,’ ‘Great American Issues’ or ‘Great American Discussions.’  We welcome your ideas.  Add your comments to this posting or contact Colleen Winters at 503 992 3246.

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