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Central Colorado Humanists: Sunday Science Program
August 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
On the first Sunday of every month, join the Central Colorado Humanists for Sunday Science.
About the Event
Come join the Central Colorado Humanists as they feature their own CCH members and friends in a variety of science-oriented talks and discussions. Sunday Science covers topics in all areas of science, hard and soft, from psychology to climate change, plant ecology to NASA space missions. It is also a great opportunity to meet fellow Humanists, make new friends, and learn about new ideas. All are welcome!
Each presentation is informative and features a science topic understandable by both scientists and non-scientists. A question and answer period will follow the talk. Light refreshments will be available, and you are invited to bring a plate of goodies to share. And, in the interest of our environment, please consider carpooling and bringing your own reusable coffee mug or beverage container.
Doors will open at 9:30am so participants can have refreshments and be seated when the program begins promptly at 10am. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Please join us!
This Month: Full Circle Restorative Justice
For the August Sunday Science program, Kimberly Parker and Patty LaTaille of Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ) in Salida will discuss the process and objectives of ‘Restorative Justice’. Details follow.
Neuroscience research reveals that our brains can change, and one critical element to this change is environment. ‘Restorative Justice’ is a concept which addresses crime and wrongdoing as acts against the individual and community rather than the state. Recent statistics in Colorado show lower youth recidivism rates in the year during or following participation in restorative justice; 31.5% of those who participate in the traditional justice system reoffend, compared to only 8.2% of those who participate in a restorative justice program.
The presentation, by Kimberly Parker and Patty LaTaille, will outline some practices intended to create conditions for neurogenesis and the capacity to develop empathy.
Kimberly Parker is currently the Executive Director of FCRJ. She has lived in the Salida area for the past five years. During that time, she has served as a resource to families in Chaffee County through the Colorado Community Response program, worked closely with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and developed a long-term housing program for those victims. Ms. Parker believes strongly that restorative justice practices are vital for the health and well-being of our community.
Patty LaTaille is currently the Program Director for FCRJ and has had more than twenty-five years of experience in working with and mentoring high-risk adolescents. Originally from Long Island, NY, Ms. LaTaille has resided in the Colorado mountains with her furry family members for 26 years. She enjoys spending active time outdoors and with young people and animals.
The Central Colorado Humanists promote Humanism, a rational philosophy, informed by science, guided by reason, inspired by nature and art, and motivated by compassion.
CCH affirms the dignity of each human being and support the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. They advocate the extension of participatory democracy and the expansion of the open society, standing for human rights and social justice.