Oasis Gathering

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Oasis Gathering
Oasis Space, Wichita Kansas

We meet every Sunday from 11:00am to 12:00pm for our regular community gathering, featuring a speaker and music!

Speaker: Topic: Music:
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Dominic Canare and Piper Lou Reneé

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Dominic Canare and Piper Lou Reneé
Oasis Space, Wichita Kansas

Speaker: Dominic Canare

Welcome back to Dominic Canare! Dominic is a founding member and current board member of MakeICT. He is also a board member at Bike Walk Wichita and the Incubator for Nonprofits in Kansas (ThINK), a technology consultant, a former adjunct engineering instructor at Wichita State University, and current student pursuing a PhD in Human Factors Psychology. He holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from Pittsburgh State and Wichita State, respectively. In addition, he is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and community volunteer and leader, earning him the designation of 2014 Newsmaker from the Wichita Business Journal.

Topic: “You suck at thinking and probably always will” – A talk on Cognitive Biases.

Humans are subject to various forms of cognitive bias. These lapses in judgement make it difficult to accurately asses situations and arguments, and are an unavoidable effect of our experiences, environments, and basic human psychology. Come learn and discuss some of the most prominent forms of cognitive bias that are encountered in everyday life. Let’s work together to better understand and learn how to identify our own biases, as well as those with whom we hold discussions.

Music: Piper Lou Reneé

Welcome back to Piper Lou Reneé! Based out of Wichita Kansas, Piper has, according to Jammerzine, “The voice of an angel.” Her career began at fifteen as an actress and singer on the sitcom iShine Knect. Since then she has been featured in numerous TV shows, podcasts, movies and has played concerts all over the United States.

She says, “Most of my inspiration for songs sparks from events in my life. I write a lot about heartache and starting over. I think we are all starting over in some way. When I’m sad, I want to listen to songs that I can relate to, so that’s what I write. I want to remind people that they aren’t alone, and that there can be beauty that comes from pain.”

Speaker:Dominic Canare Topic:“You suck at thinking and probably always will” – A talk on Cognitive Biases. Music:Piper Lou Reneé
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Aaron Wirtz and Isabella Parker

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Aaron Wirtz and Isabella Parker
Oasis Space, Wichita Kansas

Speaker: Aaron Wirtz

Title: When to Let Go, When to Hold On: The Comfort of Atheism in Times of Death

After growing up in a religious environment, introducing oneself as atheist always carries complex family implications. But what happens when this irreligious awakening coincides with the passing of a loved one? In this presentation, Aaron Wirtz will share his personal journey toward freedom from religion while saying goodbye to his beloved Grandmother—the questions he’s let go of and the love that remains.

Music: Isabella Parker

Speaker:Aaron Wirtz Topic:When to Let Go, When to Hold On: The Comfort of Atheism in Times of Death Music:Isabella Parker
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Dr. Mark A. Schneegurt and Billy Bloomquist

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Dr. Mark A. Schneegurt and Billy Bloomquist
Oasis Space, Wichita Kansas

Speaker: Dr. Mark A Schneegurt

Dr. Mark A. Schneegurt is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Wichita State University and maintains joint appointments in Curriculum and Instruction and Biomedical Engineering.  Dr. Schneegurt holds degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. from Brown University.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at Eli Lilly and has taught and researched at Purdue University and University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on applied and environmental microbiology, resulting in 70+ scientific publications and 150+ presentations.

Topic: Life on Pluto? Life on Mars? Don’t Drink the Water!

Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink?  Follow the water for the best chances of finding of life on other celestial bodies.  Now we know that there is liquid water on Mars, Europa Enceladus, and other icy satellites appear to have oceans.  The water may be very salty, cold, and acidic.  What makes a location habitable on another world?  What are the challenges?  Could organisms from Earth grow in these exotic environments?   We will discuss current and past robotic missions to potential habitats across the solar system.

Musician: Billy Bloomquist

Speaker:Dr. Mark A. Schneegurt Topic:Life on Pluto? Life on Mars? Don’t Drink the Water! Music:Billy Bloomquist
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Mike Stout

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Mike Stout
Oasis Space, Wichita Kansas

Speaker: Mike Stout

Topic: The 14th Amendment

Monday, May 1st is Law Day 2017! The theme this year is the 14th Amendment, so we will have a local lawyer talk to us about it.

We will also have an Oasis Panel Q & A where you can ask the Oasis leaders anything, so think of some tough questions for us!

Mr. Stout handles complex business and commercial cases. He focuses on high exposure litigation with an emphasis on trial practice. He is one of the most well-known trial lawyers in Kansas and has tried many of the region’s high profile employment, environmental and commercial cases. His practice includes consultation on litigation problem solving and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Stout enjoys Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® list, and Chambers USA as a leading general commercial litigation lawyer in the United States. Benchmark Litigation has named Mr. Stout a “Local Litigation Star.” In 2014, he was recognized by Best Lawyers® as the Wichita Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” and in 2012, the Wichita Construction “Lawyer of the Year.” He has also been listed as a Top 100 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer®. Mr. Stout is a Fellow, member of the Board of Regents, and Past President of the American College of Trial Lawyers and his peer memberships include the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel.

Speaker:Mike Stout Topic:The 14th Amendment Music:
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Natasha Parker and Isabella Parker

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Natasha Parker and Isabella Parker
Oasis Space, Wichita Kansas

Speaker: Natasha Parker

Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST is a licensed marriage and family therapist and AASECT certified sex therapist with 20 years experience counseling individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in working with those who come from Mormon or other religious backgrounds, and works within the intersections of faith, life transitions, and sexuality.

She authors a regular column for Sunstone Magazine“The Mormon Therapist” blog on Patheos, and hosts the Mormon Mental Health podcast in addition to providing coaching, consultation, and therapy to residents of Kansas and Wisconson.

Topic: Sex Talk

Musician: Isabella Parker

Isabella Parker, Natasha’s daughter, will be our musician. She tells her story on the A Thoughtful Faith podcast.

Speaker:Natasha Parker Topic:Sex Talk Music:Isabella Parker
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