September Salons

Reservations required for all salons.

Spaces for some salons are limited and reservations will be
accepted in order of receipt. If you cannot honor
a reservation please call to cancel.

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



4th Tuesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Evolution of Public Television and Radio

Joe Widoff spent over 25 years working at PBS and public television and radio stations in Washington, DC and Norfolk, who also was involved in the development of high definition television in the U.S., and as CEO of a trade association which represented U.S. satellite television providers.  

Joe will discuss the evolution of public radio and television in the U.S., how it compares with the BBC and other foreign public broadcasters, and the current state of public media in the U.S.

5th Wednesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Conversation with David Garcia

David Garcia, PhD, a professor at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and director of the Arizona Education Policy Initiative, ASU, and a candidate for Arizona governor, will discuss issues of education.

6th Thursday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Conversation with Paul Bender

Paul Bender, former ASU Law Dean and US Deputy Solicitor General, will discuss the nomination and conformation process of US Supreme Court Justice.

8th Saturday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Aesop’s Fables

Sarah Bolmarchich, PhD, a scholar of Ancient Greece and a lecturer at the School of International Languages and Cultures, ASU, will discuss ‘Aesop’s Fables’, a collection of fables from Ancient Greece.


12th Wednesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
The Enlightenment or Age of Reason

Historian, author Kent Wright, PhD, a professor at ASU’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, will discuss The Enlightenment, an intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated the world of ideas of Europe in the 18th Century.


14th Friday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Robot Sex

Gary Marchant, PhD, a professor of law and director of the Center for Law, Science and Innovation, ASU,
will discuss issues and future of human and robot sex.


15th Saturday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Dog Cognition

Evan MacLean, PhD, a biological anthropologist who is director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center, UofA, will discuss dog cognition.


17th Monday 7PM The Salon
Who Are We Really?

Athena Aktipis, PhD, of The Biodesign Institute and Psychology Dept., ASU, who is a cooperation theorist, theoretical evolutionary biologist, and cancer biologist, will discuss ‘Who Are We Really?’


21st Friday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Architecture and Music

Rob Paulus, an architect, developer, and musician who performs violin, guitar and bass, will explore thru performance and visuals the parallels between musical composition and architectural design.


22nd Saturday 7PM The Salon (chair)
What is Cancer?

Carolyn Compton, MD, PhD, an academic pathologist, at the School of Life Sciences and The Biodesign Institute, ASU and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and editor in chief of ‘Current Pathobiology Reports’, will begin a three part series mini medical school series on cancer.


25th Tuesday 7PM The Salon
Opiods in Phoenix Public Water

Rolf Halden, PhD, director of The Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering, ASU, and Adam Gushgari, PhD, a recent graduate of the progeam, will discuss opiods in the public water.


29th Saturday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Social Costs and Benefits of Big Data

Jane Bambauer, a professor of law at University of Arizona, will discuss the relationship between humans and machines, and the social costs and benefits of big data and artificial intelligence.




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