Presidential Roundtable Discussion October 23rd

 Presidential Roundtable Discussion

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

7:00-8:30 PM

 All are invited to attend.

Purpose:  The purpose of the Presidential Roundtable is to discuss topical events surrounding the election.  Audience participation is encouraged in the second half of the program.

 Topics for Discussion:  Women’s reproductive rights, church-state separation, gay marriage


6:30   PM        Refreshments

7:00   PM        Introductory Remarks:

Ben Fraser–Professor of Government

Nancy Friedman–President, Americans United for Separation of Church and State—Houston Chapter

7:10   PM        Beginning of Discussion

8:15   PM        Audience Q & A

8:30  PM         End of Program


Event Sponsors:  Americans United for Separation of Church and State—Houston Chapter, and SJC Honors Program and the SJC Philosophy Department


Held at: San Jacinto College Central, 8060 Spencer Highway Pasadena, TX  77505 at the Interactive Learning Center, Kaleidoscope Room (C-1.102)


Ben Fraser serves as the Honors Coordinator and teaches government for San Jacinto College Central. He earned his B.S. in political science at University of Houston Main Campus and his M.A. at Sul Ross State University. Ben enjoys staying active by mountain biking, running, playing tennis and basketball. He lives in Spring, Texas with his wife Hazel and two kids.


 Mustafaa Carroll is the Executive Director of the Houston Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is dedicated to presenting an Islamic perspective on issues of importance to the American public.  In offering that perspective, the organization seeks to empower the Muslim community in America through political and social activism.

Christopher Claunch was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He grew up with a deep interest in politics, philosophy, computers and psychology. After completing ten years in the United States Navy as a communications specialist, he returned to school and completed his Associates in Behavioral Science at San Jacinto College. At SJC Christopher became a member of national and local honor societies, President of the Philosophy Club, and the Vice President of the local psychology honor society.  He also completed an APA awarded research in Psychological Warfare. His current hobbies include reading, chess, astronomy and history.  Christopher is currently majoring in political science at University of Houston with a minor in Chinese.  He is the CEO of Atlas Tech.

Richard Jessup was born in the Dominican Republic a long, long time ago. He has lived in eight states and Canada. Richard graduated from a small college in northern California after a brief stint in the US Army. He started the process of becoming a naturalized Texan almost thirty-two years ago. Richard makes a living doing worker safety consulting and training for industrial, construction and energy companies, specializing in offshore safety for drilling and production facilities of oil & gas companies. He volunteers for the Boy Scouts, serving in several Council, District and Troop positions.

George Murr has national and international clients as defendants and plaintiffs in all aspects of complex commercial, energy, real estate, and pharmaceutical litigation. He has obtained favorable results in arbitration, mediation, and at trial. Mr. Murr uniquely combines significant and successful trial experience with a mastery of the law as evidenced by his record of appeals, summary judgments, and scholarship.