July Salons

Reservations required for all salons.

Spaces for some salons are limited and reservations will be
accepted in order of receipt. If you cannot honor
a reservation please call to cancel.

(chair) = please bring small folding chair
that has padded tips on chair legs.




1st Tuesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Evolution, Crime, Punishment

Steven Neuberg, PhD, an evolutionary social psychologist and Foundation Professor of Psychology at ASU and Keelah Williams, a dual-degree ASU graduate student in social psychology and law (and current editor of the Arizona State Law Journal), will explore how thinking about the legal system from an evolutionary perspective challenges many of the assumptions we hold about how people actually make guilt and punishment decisions and about how legal attitudes and policies (e.g., toward capital punishment) are actually shaped.




2nd Wednesday 7PM The Salon
Conversation with Paul Bender
on Current U.S. Supreme Court Cases

Paul Bender, former U.S. Deputy Solicitor General and former ASU Law Dean, will discuss the current cases and decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court’s term.



3rd Thursday 10AM The Salon
The Brain

One of the best ways to explore how the brain works is to see a human brain.  Brittany Dugger, PhD, of the Civin Laboratory for Neuropathology, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, will guide members to see all of their Sun City operations, touring the brain bank, viewing an autopsy room, seeing human brains and also human hearts, and showing slides of an Alzheimer's brain as well as other dementias.



8th Tuesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
James Madison and Religious Freedom

Debra Neill, PhD, a history professor at the ASU School of Letters Science Poly, who is currently researching the origins of the idea of toleration and liberty of conscience, will discuss her new book about James Madison and religious liberty.



11th Friday 7PM The Salon (chair)

Bob Bohanske, PhD, chief of clinical services / clinical training at Southwest Behavioral Health Services, will discuss the mental or emotional state of happiness.



15th Tuesday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Landmark Buildings of Arizona

Architect Mark Vinson, Tempe design and preservation manager, and a faculty member of the ASU Herberger Institute of Design, will discuss landmark buildings of Arizona by presenting a visual thesis about critical regionalism - what it is, how it is evidenced in buildings throughout Arizona’s history, and is it happening today.



17th Thursday 7PM The Salon
The Color of Birds

Kevin McGraw, PhD, an integrative behavioral ecologist, at ASU School of Life Sciences, will discuss his research on the color of birds to understand the costs, benefits, and evolution of visual signals, and to evaluate how and why bird colors function in visual communication.



19th Saturday 7PM The Salon (chair)
An Evening of Music: Olivia and Friends

An evening of classical, jazz, pop, and original music with pianists Olivia Hope, Michael Collins, Steve Harris, and vocalist Dawn Nave.



25th Friday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Parkinson’s Disease

Scott Sherman, MD, PhD, a professor of Neurology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, director of the Movement Disorders Center, and medical director of the Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, will discuss new therapies for and patient care issues with Parkinson disease and movement disorders. Dr. Sherman research areas of interest include deep brain stimulation, gene therapy, and cell-based therapy for Parkinson’s disease.



26th Saturday 7PM The Salon (chair)
Art of Otto Rigan

Otto Rigan, an artist whose studio is in Southern Arizona, will discuss his small and large scale sculptures that are created from glass and stone. He has had a working relationship with New Mexico Travertine for twenty-six years.



28th Monday 7:15PM The Salon
The Growing Resistance
to Renewable Energy

Martin Pasqualetti, PhD, a professor at the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, and co-director, Energy Policy Innovation Council, will discuss the growing resistance to renewable energy from aesthetics to policy.






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