SaddleBrooke Freethinkers Club is proud to have Nell Brownell PhD speak on “Witchcraft Through the Ages“ at the DesertView Theater on Sunday, October 29 at 2 p.m.

Dr. Brownell is no stranger to SaddleBrooke. She has given talks to our group and the GLAAS (Gays, Lesbians and Allies At SaddleBrooke) Club. She has also given classes for SaddleBrooke’s Institute for Learning in Retirement. Dr. Brownell creates an approach to her subject that helps individuals to move beyond the rote memorization of historical dates to a broader understanding of important themes and helps them develop an ability to critically evaluate the sources and interpretations of our American past. She earned a doctorate from Brown University that focused on the social and political history of the early 20th century. Dr. Brownell is currently retired after 25-years of teaching a wide variety of American history in small colleges and universities.

SaddleBrooke Freethinkers provides a forum for the responsible search for truth and meaning in understanding and solving human problems by apply science and reason. We believe that tolerance, compassion, equity and civility should characterize interactions among people and organizations. We strive to achieve these goals through meetings, lectures and discussions.

SaddleBrooke Freethinkers meetings are held at the DesertView Theater on Sunday afternoons, with doors opening at 1:40 p.m. The program begins at 2 p.m. For dates and subjects, visit our website at

You can become a member of the SaddleBrooke Freethinkers for $15 per calendar year. This fee includes all lectures and other Freethinkers events like the book club and social events. The lecture program runs January to April and October to December. Lectures are open to all SaddleBrooke residents and their guests as space is available. Non-members are encouraged to make a $5 donation to defray costs. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations for the Tri-Community Food Bank.

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