Albert Einstein and the World’s Most Famous Equation: E = MC2 by Dan Fuller

November 10, 2017

Albert Einstein and the World's Most Famous Equation: E = MC2.  We all know the equation but do we know what it means and more importantly, its significance in our lives? You don’t have to be a mathematician or a rocket scientist to appreciate this equation and the genius who brought it to us while working as a clerk in a patent office in 1905.

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Benjamin Franklin, the “First American” by JUDGE BRETT LONDON

November 10, 2017

Benjamin Franklin, the “First American,” was a most remarkable person.  He was a writer and printer and created over 1,000 famous quotes and proverbs.  He was a model citizen and founded the first public library, the first volunteer fire department, the first public hospital, the first liberal arts academy, the first think tank, and the first mutual insurance company.  He was an inventor and created the lightning rod, bi-focal glasses, flexible urinary catheter, Franklin stove, and daylight savings time.  He was a scientist, and he conducted groundbreaking experiments in electricity.  He was the person who persuaded the French to join the American Revolution, and he was involved in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris, and the Constitution.  He was the most beloved celebrity of his time—with his funeral being  attended by over 20,000 people.  Come explore the life of Benjamin Franklin.

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Founding Principles, by Becky Davies

October 15, 2017

This presentation is about our nearly lost national principles. This presentation has been inspiring to many audiences and surprising to many who thought they knew history. Becky Davies has written and taught a community Constitution/Founding Principles class for the past 5 years which will be taught by other teachers in January 2017 in 6-8 locations in San Diego. This presentation addresses how unfamiliar we, as a people, have become in the principles of Liberty. This presentation is non-partisan, non-political, and non-denominational.

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales by John Skousen

November 11, 2016

If the Grimms' Fairy Tales were not original, how old are the original stories?

One Swedish folklorist, Anna Brigitta Rooth, has observed the considerable complexity of the stories.  Notably, she reportedly coined the term, "Cinderella Cycle," wherein she identified seven hundred versions of the basic Cinderella story. The task was to discern which type of Cinderella variant was the original tale and to determine how the original tale spread.

What purposes were served by the proliferation of these magical tales?

Did the tales satisfy some unfulfilled needs of the ancient and medieval civilizations?

Are there any obscure messages in the fairy tale that may be surprising?

John Skousen practices law in Irvine, California, and is a partner at Fisher Phillips LLP, a national labor employment law firm. 

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Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” by Curt Duke

November 10, 2016

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too...Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it.” If, by Rudyard Kipling.

Among Rudyard Kipling’s writings, The Jungle Book is one of his most popular. It is one of many children's books written by Kipling—who was also a prolific poet. In 1907, Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature—making him the first author to awarded this prize for literature in the English language.

Mr. Duke is an archaeologist who specializes in southern California prehistory. He received his B.A. in Anthropology in 1994 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his M.A. in Anthropology in 2006 from California State University, Fullerton. His M.A. thesis focused on prehistoric mortuary analysis in southern California.

 

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John Muir, “A Voice for the Wilderness” by Joseph Platt

August 15, 2016
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in, and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike, John Muir The Yosemite, 1912.
John Muir came to the wilds of Wisconsin from Scotland as a young boy in 1849. He became a self-taught naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and powerful advocate for the preservation of wilderness. His letters, essays, and books have been read by millions and have shaped our thinking about our relationship with wildness. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas.
Although John endured an austere and puritanical upbringing, he kept his faith in God by finding Him in nature and becoming His cleric. He wrote: “No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty.” By exploring the life of John Muir we can accept his invitation to discover that, “Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”
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“Teddy Roosevelt, ‘Rough Rider’” by Dyke Huish

July 15, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He believed it was his destiny to lead the people of the United States into the Twentieth Century. He believed it was his duty to make government the guarantor of a “square deal” for all Americans—particularly recent immigrants, the poor, and the inhabitants of great cities. He also believed that the United States must take its place among the great powers of the world, that with the help of a greatly expanded navy it must fill the vacuum being left by the decline of the British Empire. Roosevelt was a successful author, big game hunter, and global adventurer. He was simply great. Perhaps no one in American History more personifies who Americans are and hope to become.

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Thomas Jefferson: Genius or Hypocrite by Brett London

June 8, 2016

Thomas Jefferson was arguably the most influential Founding Father. Yet, some historians consider Jefferson to be the most hypocritical Founder. While preaching against slavery he owned hundreds of slaves. While publicly befriending John Adams, Jefferson was privately stabbing him in the back. Was Jefferson a hero or was he a hypocrite? 

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How We Got the King James Version by Dan Fuller

May 25, 2016

Like many other great events in history, individuals of tremendous talent, vision and courage often stand at history’s crossroads and make all the difference in blessing the lives of their fellow travelers. The story of the coming forth of the King James Bible is no exception. It has greatness in its pedigree. 

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