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Consciousness Calendar Nov. 1 To 15: From Heavy Topics Like Terrorism To Proactive Measures Like Cancer Screenings, There’s No Shortage Of events For Concerned Arizonans


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 2, 2017 — Not so long ago, Isis was an exotic name, referring to the Egyptian goddess (which in turn inspired a popular 1970s Saturday kids’ show).

It’s also the acronym for numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Institute for Science and International Security.

Today, most associate the name Isis with a twisted, radical and violent group: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, grew out of an organization originally begun in 1999, but gained greater infamy in 2014 when it drove the Iraqi military out of several cities in that war-torn nation and captured Mosul. Since then, ISIS has claimed responsibility for dozens of deadly attacks, including the ones in Paris in late 2015 and Brussels in March 2016.

According to an Associated Press report, police say the man who killed eight people on Halloween, by driving a van down a busy New York City bike path, claimed to have done so in the name of ISIS.

The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict is sponsoring “America’s War Against ISIS: The Ground View,” starting at 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 2 on the Arizona State University campus. Prizewinning war correspondent and author Anand Gopal will examine the U.S. war in Iraq and Syria. He’ll also discuss the long-term prospects for peace and reconciliation, and answer questions about what comes next for ISIS. A pizza lunch will be provided, and admission is free. To register, visit

Wednesday, Nov. 1

Capital Tour 2017, sponsored by Operation Enduring Warrior, will be held from 5 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. in Phoenix. This event involves participants carrying a rucksack 20 miles to the Arizona statehouse. Tickets are $30; to get involved, visit

The Every Child Matters Luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale. Sponsored by Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, the luncheon raises awareness about the challenges children suffering from abuse and homeless experience, while highlighting their achievements and raising money for programs. To learn more, visit the Facebook page:

Thursday, Nov. 2

The Lit Happy Hour will feature A Woman Looking At Men Looking At Women at 6 p.m. at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St. Jennifer McCabe, a SMoCA curator, will discuss the collection of essays by Siri Hustvedt, which investigates the perceptual and gender biases that affect how people judge art, literature and the world. Refreshments will be served. For more information, check out

Friday, Nov. 3

Art For HIV will be held at the Parsons Center for Health & Wellness, 1101 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. All proceeds raised will benefit Southwest Center’s programs and services. There will be free food, wine, music, artist demos, a drum circle and raffles. Ribbons and prizes will also be awarded for winning art categories. Watercolors, pastels, acrylics, oils, mixed media and sculptures will be available to view and purchase. To learn more, go to

The documentary More Than Just A Word will be screened at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The film focuses on the movement against Native American mascots, derogatory team naming and cultural appropriation in sports proved a catalyst for discussion and debate about race and democracy in American culture. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, go to

The Diversity Leadership Alliance Conference and Awards Luncheon will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 North Third St., Phoenix. Tickets are $69; to find out more or register, visit

Saturday, Nov. 4

The Walk To Save Animals will take place from 7 to 11:30 a.m. at Tempe Beach Park. Sponsored by the Arizona Animal Welfare League, the 2k & 5k walk will all feature pet-related vendors, prizes, celebrity makeovers and refreshments. For more information, check out

The Hike For Equality will begin at Camelback Mountain’s Cholla Trailhead, 6131 E. Cholla Lane, Paradise Valley. To get involved, check out the Facebook page:

The We The People Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 100 N. First St., Phoenix. Participants will learn tools and techniques to make a difference in their community, and in local and state government. Tickets are $40 or $20 for students. For more details, visit the Facebook page:

Music To Benefit Child Crisis Arizona will be held starting at 6 p.m. at Interfaith Community, 952 E. Baseline Road, No. 102,  Mesa. Artists Lee Lee Robert, Jim Pipkin, and JC & Laney will perform. Attendants should bring an unwrapped holiday gift for a child ages 2 through 12. Chez D's Food Truck will be on site. Get more details at

Arizona Oncology will host a free open house and screenings starting at 9:15 a.m. at 7695 S. Research Drive. There will be information sessions on clinical trials and family history, food trucks, face painting and other family activities. Mammograms need to be arranged in advance; call 480-967-3767; for a prostate screening, call 480-964-3013.

Sunday, Nov. 5

The Million Mask March — a worldwide, annual protest associated with the hacktivist group Anonymous — will be held starting at 5 p.m. at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St. To learn more, go to

The Phoenix Tour de Coops is “bawk.” The self-guided tour showcases backyard hen houses, sustainable gardening practices and small family owned farmers in an urban setting. Check-in starts at 9:30 a.m. For more details, go to

“Lessons of the Past: A Discussion with a Holocaust Survivor” will be held at 3 p.m. at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road. Oskar Knoblauch will discuss his life inside the Krakow Ghetto. Admission is free; to learn more about Knoblauch, check out
An International Cube Day event — which spotlights controversy around U.S. food production — will be held starting at 6 p.m. at 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. To get involved, check out the Facebook page:

Tuesday, Nov. 7

State Of Our State 2017 will be held at the Phoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 N. 44th St. This ​year's ​conference will focus on innovations poised to transform Arizona, and transportation and the state’s workforce. The Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University is sponsoring the event; tickets start at $75. To purchase one, go to

Focusing on the controversy over monuments, the presentation “Monuments, Memory and Meaning” will be held at 6 p.m. at AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe. Panelists are Vanessa Fonseca, assistant professor at ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and the Arts, and Brooks D. Simpson, ASU Foundation history professor. To learn more, visit

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will be the guest at The Maricopa Community Colleges Honors Forum Lecture Series, at 7 p.m. at South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix. For more information, visit

Thursday, Nov. 9

Hammers & Ales, a benefit for Phoenix Community Toolbank, will be held at the Toolbank, 3801 E. Illini St. starting at 4 p.m. in Phoenix. Along with craft beer and food, there will be a chili cookoff and other activities. To learn more, go to

“Arizona Talks: Solving the Opioid Crisis,” is set for 6 p.m. at FBC Scottsdale, 7025 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale. Speakers include Dr. Suzanne A. Sisley of the Scottsdale Research Institute and Jeffery Singer of the Cato Institute. For more information, visit

Friday, Nov. 10

Convergence at Arcosanti will be held through Nov. 13 Participants will guide themselves through keynotes, workshops, panel discussions, art installations, performances, film screenings, acoustic and dance music. To learn more, check out

Saturday, Nov. 11

The Red, White & Blue Veterans Day Benefit Bash will be held starting at 7 p.m. at BLK Live, 7301 E. Butherus Drive, Scottsdale. Money raised will go towards the Tiny Homes/Village on 13th project. The $45 ticket purchase includes a taco bar, desserts, a silent auction and prizes. There will also be a DJ and poker tables. Visit the Facebook page for more information:

Monday, Nov. 13

Oxfam at ASU is holding its 9th Annual Hunger Banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Union, 1290 S. Normal Ave., Tempe. This is not your typical banquet; to learn why it’s not, check out the Facebook page:

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Colorado native Kimberly Corban will talk about her harrowing sexual assault experience “Victim To Survivor,” sponsored by Turning Point USA, at 7 p.m. at the Student Pavilion, 400 E. Orange St., Tempe. Admission is free; learn more details at

Thursday, Nov. 16

The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting is hosting a “Facts Matter” fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Refreshments and appetizers will be available. For ticket information or other details, visit the Facebook page:

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