Orcas Crossroads Lecture Series and CrossCurrents Seminar Series
The Crossroads Lecture Series brings distinguished speakers to Orcas Island to share their expertise on timely and important issues. Topics and speakers are carefully selected with input from the Crossroads Associates and other members of the community. Important goals of the series are to provide the essential background for understanding different sides of complex issues and to encourage a lively exchange of ideas. (More about people and history on our About Us page.)
This year we will continue experimenting with a second series, named “CrossCurrents”, in which specialized topics will be discussed in a small group setting. Please read more information about the CrossCurrents seminar series.
All lectures this fall are at the Orcas Center. Please note the 4:00 p.m. start time.
• Barbara Coombs Lee “Transforming Our Dying” Sunday September 22, 2013, 4:00 pm, Orcas Center
Barbara Coombs Lee is President of Compassion & Choices, a national organization improving care and expanding choice at life’s end. She was an author of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, campaigned for its passage and defended it from legal and political challenge. She calls on the Baby Boomer generation to challenge medicine’s death phobia, lead it away from end-of-life technological boondoggles and allow people to choose more graceful, responsible and life-affirming experiences. How can we take charge and control our own last chapters?
• David Horsey “The Last Refuge of Scoundrels” Sunday October 20, 2013, 4:00 pm, Orcas Center
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Horsey shares his cartoons and opinions about the debilitating polarization of American politics in the age of Obama. His multi-media presentation will be drawn from his new book, “Refuge of Scoundrels,” which covers the last five raucous years of news events in the U.S. and the world. After a long career at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Horsey now works for the Los Angeles Times. His cartoons and columns are syndicated to more than 200 newspapers.
• Patricia C. Kuszler “Obamacare: Fact, Fiction, Fury?” Sunday, November 17, 2013, 4:00 pm, Orcas Center
The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) has generated continuing and ongoing debate since its passage in 2010. Professor Kuszler’s presentation reviews the provisions of Obamacare, discusses what it changes and what it does not change, debunks popular fictions, and delves into the fury surrounding the Act as it is being implemented. Patricia Kuszler, MD, JD, is the Charles I. Stone Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Administration at the University of Washington School of Law. She is also Director of the Center for Law, Science and Global Health.