Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Critical Thinking Club of St. Paul Meeting July 12.

Although I often enjoy CTC meetings on Sunday mornings, I can make this one because I'll be at The Amaz!ng Meeting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are the details:

Critical Thinking Club, St. Paul Chapter

Location: Kelly Inn, Rice Street and I-94

Date: July 12, 2009

Time: 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Presenter: Todd Torkelson

Subject: “The Confederate Flag.”

Breakfast Buffet $10.00 Coffee only $3.00. We need to plan for the room setup and meal, so if you are going to attend, please RSVP to

This month we will be applying our critical thinking skills to the controversial topic of the Confederate Flag. For some it evokes pride in southern culture and heritage. For others it evokes trauma of slavery and racism. With more states removing the emblem from their flags and Confederate monuments being vandalized, is this a symbol of heritage or hate? To answer this question we will take an in-depth look at the evolution of America including slavery, the involvement of Africa and Europe, social attitudes towards race and the politics that ultimately tore apart the nation during the Civil War. We will hear a compilation of arguments for and against the flag, and conclude with a Q&A session and discussion.

Todd Torkelson is a graduate of St. Olaf College with a bachelors degree in Psychology and American Racial Multicultural Studies. For him, history is more than a hobby but less than a career as he is currently in the process of returning to the IT field. Originally born and raised in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, after graduation Todd moved up to St. Paul in 1997 "for the weather" as he puts it. He is involved in the Minneapolis Skeptics group, fiction writing groups and the Minnesota Atheists organization.

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