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Rationalist Forum Committee

  • Vasudha Koduru

    Chair
Cultural

Standing

  • Annapurna Kuchi
  • Jitender Aluri
  • Vasudha koduru
  • Srinath Rayala
  • Viplava Nekkalapudi
  • Himaja Bonthu
  • Rashmi Priya Javvaji

Sitting

  • Kurmanadha Chadalawada

HUMANIST HORIZONS at THE RATIONALIST FORUM

TANA CONFERENCE, SAINT LOUIS, MO. USA 26, 27 & 28 May 2017

27 May 2017

Time Duration Program Speakers Host
1.30 pm 30 mins RATIONALIST FORUM LAUNCH Guests Vasudha Koduru
2.00 pm 60 mins KEY NOTE SPEECH Reason and Reform with Q & A Babu Gogineni Ram Gangaraju
3.00 pm 15 mins SHORT FILM ON ‘UNTOUCHABILITY’
Produced by Banjara Movies in association with SAHA
అంటురానితనం by Dr. Anand Kumar Venkat Allu
3.15 pm 30 mins CASTE IS CANCER
SAHA’s Challenge Invitation and DNA project launch
Dr.Madhvi Potluri Babu Gogineni
4.00 pm 30 mins PANCHANGAM
The Indian almanac viewed by a Scientist
Ramana Juvvadi Jyothsna
4.30 pm 30 mins HUMANIST RITES OF PASSAGE
Can Humanists and Rationalists have their own ceremonies?
Guests Ramana Juvvadi
5.00 pm 60 mins CASTE & POLITICS
With Q & A
KC Chekuri Dr. Madhvi Potluri

28th May 2017

Time Duration Program Speakers Host
11.00 am 90 mins ఉన్నాడా? లేడా?
OPEN HEART WITH BABU GOGINENI
with audience interaction
Babu Gogineni and KC Chekuri SAHA
12.30 pm 30 mins మానవ వాదం, తెలుగు సినిమా
A conversation between two Humanists and Rationalists in the film industry about Humanism and Telugu films
Nandi Awardee Ayodhya Kumar Krishnamsetty & Producer  Nagamalla Reddy SAHA
1.30pm

 

2.00 pm

 

4.00pm

20 mins

 

120 mins

 

90mins

CHILDREN TEACHING CHILDREN
1st Indian Science Film Series by a child
HOW ON EARTH?
WORLD PREMIERE OF CHILDREN’S FILM
ఎగిసే తారాజువ్వలు – Rising Stars
Classic and fun conflict between Science and Tradition in a School setting.
SCIENCE FOR YOUTH
SCIENCE QUIZ
SCIENCE FAIR AWARDS
Presenter:
Arun Gogineni

 

 

Director:
Mahesh Kathi
Producer:
Nagamalla Reddy

 

 

 

 

Ram Gangaraju

1.30-3.30 pm
(parallel session)

 

 

3.30pm-5.00Pm

120 mins

 

 

 

90min

ROUND TABLE
Universal Values, Morals,
Immigrants Rights, Racial discrimination, Women’s Issues, Cultural Conflicts and Jobs in Tough Times

 

 

Discrimination in the name of culture, a panel on women issues.

Kate Lovelady (Leader, Ethical Society), James Croft (Outreach Director, Ethical Society), Babu Gogineni (International Humanist Activist).
Jyothsna Palwai
Kathleen Kelly Rationalist Society of St Louis

 

 

Viplava Nekkalapudi

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It is a welcome development that the centuries-old Rationalist and Humanist strand in Telugu culture has found a formal place in the Convention of one of the most prominent Telugu Cultural Associations.

Rationalism, Humanism and Materialism have been parallel streams of thought alongside the Spiritual and Religious orientations. Even in the distant age, the ancient Rationalists of the land steered society towards greater happiness and freedom by bursting delusions with incisive and critical thinking. The extra-ordinary efforts at social reform in our home land were fired by a Humanist understanding of society and through the tools of thought and action that Rationalism provides.

Starting from the second half of the 1800s, the logical perspective asserted its strong presence in politics, in poetry, in song and dance, and of course in Drama, Cinema and the Mass Media. The greatest of Indians have been Humanists or Rationalists: The Charvakas, Ajita Kesa Kambali, The Buddha, or closer home to Telugu land, Vemana, Gurajada Appa Rao, Gurram Joshua, Avula Sambasiva Rao, Avula Gopala Krishna Murthy, Kaloji Narayana Rao etc. Amongst the builders of modern India are Derozio, Periyar, M.N. Roy, Dr. Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru etc. In the US the big ones in public life like Ted Turner, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Daniel Dennet, Sam Harris, James Randi are members of the galaxy of distinguished Humanists.

We assert our common humanity, and take a compassionate stand for human solidarity and steer ourselves away from imposed identities of gender, caste, religion, ethnicity and nationality. Together we challenge, critique and seek to change the barriers that are holding back the Telugu people from reaching true greatness.

We intend that the Rationalist and Humanist space and identity defined at TANA Convention should reflect this vital, progressive aspect of Telugu culture, and also hold a mirror to a dynamic movement that has deep grass-roots reach.

We welcome all who are thinking of a crucial aspect of Telugu culture: one that associates itself with reason, compassion, and scientific temper. Do join us in the various events that we are going to announce soon.