November Salons


Reservations required for all salons.
If you cannot honor a reservation
please call to cancel.

(chair) = please bring small folding chair
that has padded tips on chair legs

1st Friday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Conversation with Paul Davies
The Demon in the Machine

Paul Davies, PhD, a physicist, author, broadcaster, and director of BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, ASU, will launch his book ‘The Demon in the Machine’, which explores the question what is life? The salon is the first US event for his book.



2nd Saturday 7PM The Salon (chair)
The Old South and The Civil War

Adrian Brettle, PhD, a lecturer of history at ASU, will disucss The Old South and The Civil War.



4th Monday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Conversation with Brahm Resnik
On Politics

Brahm Resnik, anchor and reporter for 12 News KPNX, who hosts ‘Sunday Square Off’, will discuss national and Arizona political issues.



7th Thursday 7PM The Salon (chair)
National Parks of Mars

Phil Christensen, PhD, a Regents Professor and the Ed and Helen Korrick Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, ASU, will discuss geographical wonders of Mars.


8th Friday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Spacetimesthesia: The Sixth Sense

Maulik Parikh, PhD, a physicist at ASU and BEYOND Center, whose interests include cosmology, gravity, spacetime and quantum theory, will discuss ‘Spacetimesthesia’.



21st Thursday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Today’s Jane Austen:
Sally Rooney and Mumblecore

ASU English professor and former Humanities Dean, George Justice, PhD, will discuss the young, popular Irish novelist Sally Rooney, and modern sensibilities of fiction.



22nd Friday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Stigma of Mental Illness

Cynthia Stonnington, MD, psychiatrist and chair of psychiatry and psychology at Mayo Clinic and psychiatrist Judy Engelman, MD, a member of Mayo faculty, will discuss an overview of what is mental illness, how it has been depicted and understood over time, and current state. Then they will discuss stigma, how that impacted Judy in her own life and how she overcame it.



23rd Saturday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Neural Basis of Creativity

Robert Wilson, PhD, a professor and director of Reinforcement Learning Lab, University of Arizona, will discuss what drives us to explore, the neural basis of curiosity.


24th Sunday 7PM The Salon
The Art of Happiness

The art of happiness will be discussed by Sarah Tracy, PhD, author and professor at ASU Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, who examines emotion, communication, and identity, and is co-director of The Transformation project that examines new possibilities related to collaboration, health, and work life wellness.



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