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Monday, March 18, 2019, Noon.  Richard John, "On Human Detection of Deception in Social Media."

Richard John serves as Research Theme Co-Leader for Risk Perception and Communication at the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and associate professor of psychology at University of Southern California. His research focuses on normative and descriptive models of human judgment and decision making and methodological issues in application of decision and probabilistic risk analysis. He will discuss experiments on how well people can recognize false posts to social media following extreme events such as natural disasters and terror attacks.  Location:  035 Psychology Building, 1835 Neil Ave.  Read more and register at


Monday, March 18, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  SURJ Racial Justice Film Series:  The Bail Trap: American Ransom.  Join SURJ Columbus this spring as we hold a racial justice film series fundraiser, March 18th, April 15th and May 20th. (April & May films TBA).  Each month we will hold a fundraiser where we screen a film, followed by a panel of speakers and discussion about various topics. Our first film, on March 18th, is “The Bail Trap: American Ransom” (Brave New Films, 2017) about the bail system. Join us to learn about the bail system and local organizing efforts for bail reform. We are fundraising for local bail reform projects. Panelists we will be announced soon. This will be a sliding scale donation, $5-$15 suggested. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. We will also have free popcorn and light refreshments. (Get in touch if you want to donate food/drinks.)  Location:  Northwood-High Building, 2231 N. High St., Columbus Room 100.   More information on Facebook Event Page.  


Monday, March 18, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Fearless Dialogues fosters heartfelt conversations.  Gregory C. Ellison II, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, was moved to initiate a conversation at Emory in the wake of the July 2013 verdict that found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder charges in the lethal shooting of Trayvon Martin. The conversations bring together individuals from many walks of life in a creative way to honor the difficult.  An Atlanta native, Ellison earned his undergraduate degree from Emory, and holds Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees in pastoral theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice and Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men.  More information is available at  Location:  the Alford Centrum on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware. It is free and open to the public. No registration is required.  For more information, contact Danny Russell, communications director,, 740-362-3322.


Monday, ​ March 18, 2019, 7:30 PM.   Youth Beat Radio on WCRS and Tuesday on WGRN.  Tune in this award-winning program every Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on WCRS 102.1 and 98.3 FM and Tuesdays at 5:30 PM on WGRN 94.1 or listen online at  Youth Beat Radio is sponsored by The School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University, Ohio State University Extension, and the Puffin Foundation West.  Location: WCRS 102.1 and 98.3 FM and WCRS 102 on your radio dial. Program and podcasts here.   For more information, contact


Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 9:30 AM.  Sierra Club Meet Your Legislator DayRegistration begins at 9:30 AM (coffee and pastry provided) and Training by Attorney Richard Sahli. Meet with legislators that are making the decision that are dangerous to our health and environment, like those that brought us the anti-protest bill (SB 250) and the toxic fracking brine for deicing bill (HB 393) from last year. For too long, we've been bombarded with messaging from the oil and gas industries. The same is true for our state lawmakers who’ve only heard from these special interests. Lawmakers need to hear from Ohioans like you.  This event is an opportunity for the people of Ohio to meet with legislators at the statehouse and provide information from citizens' point of view. There are many steps that will lead up to a successful action and various levels of participation.  Our vision is to provide an action that any organization, grass roots group, or individual can join in and work towards protecting our communities.  RSVP HERE:  Location:  55 E. State Street, Columbus in the Galbreath Pavilion Room #1 (in basement), side entrance of the Ohio Theater. 


Tuesday, March 19, 2018, 10 AM - 4 PM.  Meet Your Legislator Day.  Registration begins at 9:30 am (coffee and pastry provided). This is an educational training event followed by citizens meeting up with their legislators, training by Attorney Richard Sahli.  Why: Meet with legislators that are making decisions that are dangerous to our health, safety and environment. (Like those that brought us Senate Bill 250, the anti-protest bill and HB 393, the brine as a commodity bill from last year.)  If you are interested, please provide the following information. HERELocation:  The Galbreath Pavilion Room #1 (in basement), Ohio Theater, side entrance, 55 E. State Street, Columbus.  Contact Randy Cunningham at


Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  House Committee Hearing:  Six-Week Abortion Ban.  This hearing will be for testimony from the bill sponsor and anti-abortion witnesses who support the bill. Sen. Kristina Roegner will tell the committee about her plan to effectively end abortion access, with no exceptions for rape, incest, or to adequately protect the health of the woman.   We need to show strong opposition to this abortion ban. The committee hearing is a free, public event. Please attend if you can. Best parking option: Building entrances have metal detectors and x-ray for bags. Signs are not permitted inside the Statehouse.  Once a woman has made the decision to end a pregnancy, she needs access to safe, legal abortion care in her community. This bill would effectively outlaw abortion and criminalize physicians. Over twenty-thousand people choose to have an abortion in Ohio each year, and seven in ten Americans support legal access to abortion care. Banning women from getting a medical procedure is dangerous and out of touch with Ohio values.  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, room 116, Columbus 43215.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Community Organizing Meeting for Edith.  Edith's ability to stay in the US with her family depends on our ability to grow our organizing team. Please join us to help finalize plans for our next campaign to raise money and build awareness about Edith's case. There is a lot of work to be done and a job for everyone!  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Parch Ave., Columbus 43214.  Facebook.  


Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6:30 PM.  Transition Hub Meeting.  Want to get involved and take action to make central Ohio communities and neighborhoods more green, more resilient, and more fun?  Join our Transition Hub network and learn about the many good things already happening! We'll be discussing Terry Hermsen's "Green Umbrella" approach to documenting effective policies and practices, and we will be capturing YOUR ideas for what you would like to see and how you would like to participate. On our immediate agenda, we will talk about climate actions and preparation for Earth Day where we will have a booth on Saturday, April 20 in Genoa Park. We will share Simply Living's plans for Spring and our next Transition meeting in May. RSVP on Eventbrite.  Free event. Light refreshments served. Updates on Facebook.  Location:  Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Avenue, Columbus OH 43202.


March 20 (5:00 – 7:00 PM), and March 23 (10:00 AM – Noon), 2019.  Medicare 4 All Barnstorm Canvases.   Almost a month ago, we hosted a Medicare 4 All Barnstorm, an initiative of National Nurses United (NNU).  Only through an "uprising" of the people, will the Medicare For All Act of 2019, HB 1384, be moved through the Congressional House. Canvassers will be going door to door to ask our neighbors to call their member of the Congressional House to become a cosponsor of Medicare.  If you would like to participate or need more information, please email to Bob Krasen,  In case these Canvasses are not convenient, go to the website, click on ACTIONS, and the map will lead you to other Canvasses that are scheduled, hopefully nearby.  Location:  Meet at Whetstone Library, 3903 N High Street Columbus, 43214. 


Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  MARCH GREEN DRINKS. Earth Day Kick-Off. 

Tickets: $5 for two drinks.  In collaboration with Grange Audubon Center and Great Lakes Brewing Company, we invite you to join us for our March Green Drinks 2018. We will be selling drink tickets at $5 for two drinks. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided for free. All proceeds will go towards Earth Day Columbus supplies (mulch, topsoil, etc).  We are excited about what can happen right here in Columbus in 2019. Help us make this event a great success. Bring your friends and family, and we hope to see you there! Stay updated and find out more about our participating tabling partners!  For more information regarding Earth Day: Location:  Grange Audubon Center, 505 W Whittier St, Columbus, Ohio 43215. 


Thursday, March 21, 2019, 1:05 – 2:25 PM.  Green New Deal Panel Discussion.  Want to find out more about the New Green Deal?  Come to a panel discussion with Fadhel Kaboub, Economic Dept, Denison University Expert on the GND and building strong local alternative economies; Cathy Cowan Becker, Sierra Club, Head of the Columbus chapter’s “Ready for 100” campaign; Chuck Lynd, Columbus Simply Living Collaborative, and Skype conversations with the national Sunrise Movement.  Cookies and punch served.  For more information, contact Terry Hermsen at  Location:  Otterbein University, Towers Hall, 112. 


Thursday, March 21, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 PM.  Monique Verdin:  My Louisiana Love Film Screening and Discussion.   Monique Verdin's award winning film My Louisiana Love traces the relationship between indigenous histories and politics, environmental degradation, and the ongoing struggles for social justice in southeastern Louisiana. Verdin will be on hand for a Q & A with the audience.  Location:  Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St., Columbus 43210.  Facebook.  


Friday, March 22, 2019, 3:30 PM.  Jennifer Lind, "The External Sources of Great Power Rise." Jennifer Lind is associate professor in the Government Department at Dartmouth College, a faculty associate at the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies at Harvard University, and a research associate at Chatham House, London. She is the author of Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics (Cornell, 2008), which examines the effect of war memory on international reconciliation. In this event, she will discuss some emerging great powers successfully move into the great power ranks while others fail. Read more and register at  Location:  120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.


Sunday, March 24, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Journey of the Universe:  An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human….  JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE is an epic film about the human connection to Earth and the cosmos. Renowned scientists, scholars, and award-winning filmmakers weave a tapestry of scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.  A panel will lead a Q&A after the film and discuss local resources that address issues raised in the film. A discussion of the book version will take place on Sunday, March 31st from 3:30 – 5 pm at Portia’s Cafe, 4428 Indianola Ave, Columbus 43214.  $10 donation requested or pay whatever you wish.  Location:  Northwood High Building, Room 100, 2231 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook.  


March 22 -24, 2019.  Celebration Of Ancient Seeds At Serpent Mound Seed And Water Blessing, Music Peace Summit.  The Serpent Mound Spring Seed And Water Blessing, Music Peace Summit is a celebration and blessing of ancient seeds from around the world; praying, energizing, and exchanging these seeds.  Visitors will experience music, sound healing, water blessings, meditations, presentations, vendors, dancing and sacred ceremonies.  The event will also honor the spring equinox by bringing together delegations from the Americas and all around the world to talk and pray about and for international peace.  Its message is: “It Takes a Village; All Nations All Races All My Relations”. The event takes place at the Soaring Eagle Retreat, 375 Horner Chappell Rd, Peebles, Ohio.  A schedule of events, updates, camping and additional details can be found at or visit the website at admission is $15 with pre-registration discounts available at:  Camping will be available onsite with details available in the main event listing.  The event is sponsored by the nonprofit, Friends of Serpent Mound as well as Serpent Mound Star Knowledge Peace Summit We Are Peace. The event is still seeking artists and vendors who can visit the link at  for details.  The cost is $100 for a 10x10 booth for all or part of the three day event.  It includes free camping behind the booth. This is a family friendly event so alcohol, drugs, guns or nudity are not allowed.  The hours are Friday, 3/22 from 10-9 PM, Saturday, 3/23 from 10-9PM and Sunday, 3/24 from 10-6PM.


March 25 – 29, 2019.  Israeli Apartheid Week.  The OSU Coalition for BDS will have a week full of actions on campus building up to the international day of action on Land Day (March 30) in solidarity with the Great March of Return in Gaza!  More details to come soon, but in the meantime, see their Facebook page to see Ahmed Abu Artema explaining the importance of standing with Gaza on March 30. 


Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Worthington Interfaith Neighbors, Sharing Our Stories:  My Life’s Journey to Faith.  Tricia Herban is a former professional fundraiser who grew up in Pennsylvania in the 1950s. Her parents were not religiously observant, so she grew into her faith gradually over decades. She attended college in Vermont and earned a doctoral degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. As a child, she visited Russia, Germany, France and Switzerland. Later in life, she and her husband travelled widely throughout Europe as well as to Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Tahiti, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and China. Learning about the art culture and cuisine of these countries has provided her with a lifetime of education and pleasure. Tricia serves on WIN’s Leadership Team as secretary and coordinates WIN's Conversation Partner Program. She looks forward in sharing her life's journey to faith at Sharing Our Stories. All are welcome.  There is no cost for this program.  Location:  Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington.  Follow WIN on Face Book:  Email:


Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 5:00 PM.  President and Provost's Diversity Lecture and Cultural Arts Series: Viet Thanh Nguyen.  The 20th annual Diversity Lecture & Cultural Arts Series at The Ohio State University. This program offers the campus and the Columbus community opportunities to benefit from some of the most eminent scholars, artists, and professionals who discuss and exemplify inclusive excellence through diversity. The 2019-2020 lecture will be given by Professor Viet Thanh Nguyen. Viet Thanh Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Born in Vietnam, Nguyen’s family came to the U.S. as refugees in 1975 at the age of 4 and would later commemorate this time and experiences growing up in San Jose, CA in his short story “The War Years” (2009).  Location:  The Ohio State University Faculty Club, 181 South Oval Dr., Columbus 43210.    This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA Business/Coordinating Committee  Meeting.   Open to all, this meeting is to coordinate our activities, discuss chapter business, and hear committee updates. Location:  Northwood High Building, Room 100, 2231 N High St Columbus, OH.  For more information, contact


Thursday, March 28, 2019, 2:00 PM EST.  Livestream Forum Protect the Arctic Refuge from Oil and Gas Drilling.  In This forum is hosted by SIERRA magazine Editor in Chief Jason Mark in conversation with Sierra Club’s Our Wild America staff and Bernadette Demientieff, Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, on the fight to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas drilling. Hear from our frontline organizers on our strategy and progress to protect Indigenous rights and our last wild place, and prevent the acceleration of climate change from the extraction industry.  To submit questions in advance of the forum:   submit your questions beforehand.   Register here.  


Thursday, March 28, 2019, 4:00 – 6:30 PM.  OSU Center for the Study of Religion Symposium.  Decolonizing the Dharma:  Racial Justice and American Buddhism.  This symposium features Dr. Sharon Suh (Seattle University) and Dr. Ann Gleig (University of Central Florida).  Please continue to check this event page for updates.  Admission to this event is free and open to the public. For any questions, please contact (614) 688-8010.  Location:  OSU Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Drive.  For more information and updates, please check this webpage.  


Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Council Lights up City Hall for Women’s History Month.  In honor of Women’s History Month, Councilmember Shayla D. Favor and the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Columbus Alumnae Chapter will host “Spirited Sisters Taking It 2 the Streets,” an event to bring awareness to the issues affecting women in our community.   “In times of darkness, we are called to 'be a light' in our community; to speak out against injustice while advocating on behalf of our fellow sisters in their time of need,” said Councilmember Favor.  The “Spirited Sisters Taking It 2 the Streets,” kick-off will begin in Council Chambers and conclude with the lighting of City Hall. Join us and numerous community partners as we advocate for issues plaguing not only women but also all residents in our Capital City. Location:  Columbus City Hall, 90 West Broad Street.  For more information, contact Councilmembr Favor’s office: (614) 645-5524. 


Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM (doors open at 10:00 AM).  Human Rights vs Corporate Rights:  It’s Up to Us!  Move to Amend Ohio Network 7th Annual Gathering.  Keynote speaker:  Keyan Bliss.   Hear and find out how to duplicate Move to Amend successes from local activists across the state and around the country.  Connect with others committed to fundamental change to ending corporate constitutional rights and getting big money out of politics.  Deepen your understanding of corporate constitutional rights.  Acquire skills to become more effective local activists and organizers.  Take part in lobby training in preparation for our upcoming statewide Lobby Day to promote a Move to Amend resolution in the Ohio House and Senate. Be there!  End Corporate Rule. Legalize Democracy.  Move to Amend. Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus 43214.  Website:


Saturday, March 30, 2019, 2:00 – 5:00 PM.  Awake – A Documentary Screening/Discussion.  This event is for people who want to glimpse into the world of current struggles of Indian Country and environmental activism. All water protectors in the area are invited to come, as are people wanting to learn more about the Standing Rock Movement of 2016. Those who have seen this doc, are also welcome to be with us during the screening.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 1423 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook Event.  


Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM (doors open at 10 AM).  Human Rights vs Corporate Rights: It's Up to Us!  Move to Amend Ohio Network 7th Annual Gathering.  Keynote Speaker:  Keyan Bliss.  Hear and find out how to duplicate Move to Amend successes from local Move to Amend leaders across the state! Connect with others to build a community for fundamental change to end corporate rule, get big money out of politics and work in solidarity with others to create justice!  Acquire skills to become more effective local democracy organizers and educators!  Deep dive workshops on: Strengthening local Move to Amend affiliates, Understanding the many examples of corporate constitutional rights and their growing harms to people, places and the planet, and Lobbying for passing Move to Amend resolutions -- in preparation for our upcoming statewide Lobby Day to promote a Move to Amend resolution in the Ohio House and Senate. Register at   For more information: Sandy Bolzenius,  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, OH 43214.


Saturday, March 30, 2019, 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM.  DSA Brake Light Clinic Fundraiser Show.  Come party and help us raise some money so we can change people's burned-out brake lights, for free, to help them avoid getting hassled by the police.  Tickets $5.00 (available on FB).   Location:  Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St., Columbus.  Facebook. 


Sunday, March 31, 3:30 – 5:00 PM. Simply Living Book Club Discussion: Journey Of The Universe:
An Epic Story Of Cosmic, Earth, And Human Transformation.
  To further reinforce our winter theme of “Reconnecting with Nature,” the Simply Living Book Club has selected the book that inspired our March film, Journey of the Universe.  Authors Brian Swimme, the acclaimed evolutionary philosopher, and Yale University historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker, tell a big story in a small book – one that inspires hope for a way in which Earth and its human civilizations could flourish together.

The book club is free, but please register on Eventbrite.  Updates are available on Facebook.

You can borrow the book from the library or purchase a copy from Abe Books or a used bookstore very inexpensively (under $5). You can delve more deeply by watching the film in advance of our screening on March 24 and you can even take a free course HERE.  You can also discuss the film on our BLOG HERE
Optional: Participants are invited to a vegan buffet from 5 -6 pm. The book club is free but donations for the buffet are appreciated.  Location:  Portia's Cafe, 4428 Indianola Ave, Columbus 43214.  Facebook