Speakers Forum

Join us at our popular Speakers Forum! 

Our Speakers Forum is open to all Mensans and guests.

Members of the public are also welcome. 

No Charge.

Location:

Villa Park Civic Center

17855 Santiago Blvd, Villa Park

This is about 2 miles south of the 91 Freeway and just east of the 55 Freeway. From the 55, take the Katella Ave. exit, go east a half mile to Wanda, then left .3 mile (becomes N. Santiago Blvd). Drive into the Ralphs shopping center. The Civic Center is next to the Library and across from Rockwell’s. Plenty of free parking.

 

Upcoming Dates and Topics


Sunday, April 23, 4:00 PM 

Speaker: David Richards 

The Supernatural and the Movies

More and more movies today are horror movies featuring the supernatural.

In the early days of moviemaking, supernatural plots weren’t felt by film studios to be acceptable to the public. This talk will focus on the rise of acceptance by the public of supernatural plot elements, culminating in the fantastical movies that are now common.

The presentation will also compare the supernatural aspects of movies from the 1950s and 60s to recent remakes of the same movies.

Our speaker, David Richards, has been a scientific skeptic and science advocate since discovering the works of James (The Amazing) Randi in the 1980s.

Why are horror movies so popular today? What does this say about the American psyche? Is it  just escapism, or can there be a negative effect on some viewers?

No Charge. Guests are welcome.