The Circle by Dave Eggers
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can't believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
Stella Pope Duarte is a critically acclaimed author, human rights advocate and college professor with many literary awards to her credit. She has written extensively on the murder of women in Juarez, Mexico and will discuss what it means to stand up for something that has deep meaning, such as women's rights.
Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing with an optional breakfast available for a donation of $5. The meeting begins at 10:00 am.
This presentation is part of the HSGP celebration of National Women's History Month. The theme for 2014 is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. More information at http://www.nwhp.org/
We've Come A Long Way - Maybe (The History of the Right to Die Movement: Where We've Been and Where We're Headed)
The aid in dying movement has made significant progress in just the last year. Vermont has been added to the list of states that permit this choice, and a New Mexico court ruled there is a constitutionally protected right to end one's suffering at the end of life. Yet the debate over the moral and ethical issues is far from settled and is likely to persist for decades to come.
Roland Halpern, Regional Outreach and Campaign Manager for Compassion & Choices, the nation's oldest and largest organization advocating for choice at the end of life, will explore the history of a controversy that goes back thousands of years, discuss what has happened since then, and explain what is likely to happen in the future.
Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing and optional breakfast. The meeting starts at 10:00 am.