Speaker Series

Doylestown Meeting sponsored a series of discussions that examined social justice issues and consciousness in contemporary society.

Below are some of the discussions we were privileged to host. All events were free. Childcare was provided. If you have questions about the series please drop us a line. 

The Quaker Initiative to End Torture (QUIT) - John Calvi
John Calvi and QUIT are committed to raising awareness of the practice of state-sponsored torture by the United States, and to helping persons whose lives have been damaged by such practices. More information about QUIT can be found here.

Poetry Concert
An afternoon of beautiful poetry and music that soothed and inspired. Poetry readings were provided by: Corie Feiner, Poet Laureate of Bucks County, Marie Kane, Bernadette McBride, Paula Raimondo, past Poet Laureates and Sandra Becker, Laura Holloway, Wendy Steginsky, local poets, accompanied by Lisa Wildman on the flute.

Appalachian Treasures - Devastation by Mountaintop Removal
Austin Hall of Appalachian Voices presented Appalachian Treasures, a program about the devastating practice of mountaintop-removal coal mining. More info can be found here.

Nonviolent Responses to Terrorism - Let’s Talk!
There is a growing body of research showing that terrorism is a political problem, and that responding with military force only helps terrorists recruit more terrorists. Rick Howe's presentation outlined protective and preventive measures to fight international terrorism. For a copy of the presentation leave a message at 215-348-2320.

I love You, May It Please the Court: The Case for Marriage Equality
Doylestown Friends Meeting and The Rainbow Room hosted this panel discussion on marital rights for sexual minorities. The panelists were Brent Satterly, PhD, professor in the School of Social Work at Widener University; Leonore Carpenter, J.D., professor at the Temple University School of Law; and Douglas J. Adams, Senior Process Analyst, Branch Operation Services, at Chubb Commercial Insurance.

Understanding Islam and Muslim Americans
This panel discussion provided a unique opportunity to learn about our fellow citizens, Muslim-Americans, and Islam. Panel members included: Iftekhar Hussain, Chairperson, PA Chapter of The Council on American-Islamic Relations; Adnan A. Zulfiqar, Esq., Law & Public Policy Fellow at The Annenberg Center for Global Communication Studies; David Brahinsky, Professor of philosophy and comparative religion at Bucks County Community College.

A Parents' Guide To Bullying Prevention
This presentation by David M. Hall, Ed.D. examined the latest research-based information about bullying, and discussed proven intervention techniques that families and schools can use to reduce bullying.

The Trial of William Penn
This interactive drama was a fun way to learn about the landmark Trial of William Penn, Quaker leader and founder of Pennsylvania, which laid the foundation for the right to trial in western societies. Bucks County District Attorney, David W. Heckler, played the judge.