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Our February 2018 newsletter is now available for download on our newsletter page.

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Upcoming meetings (at USNH, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, Link to map of USNH location unless otherwise noted)

When What
Saturday, February 3rd
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: Sacred Cod

We will watch and discuss a recent documentary, "Sacred Cod", on the death of the New England cod fishery.
Monday, February 5th
7:00 PM
New Haven area social dinner at Turkish Kebab House, 1157 Campbell Ave., West Haven Link to map of Turkish Kebab House restaurant location.
Saturday, February 17th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: “The Righteous Mind”

Our book for February will be “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion” by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt.

Copies are widely available in public libraries in Connecticut, and at local and online booksellers.

Monday, February 19th
7:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: Darwin Day is YUGE! Believe me!

Darwin Day is celebrated around the world on or near February 12 every year. It is a celebration of science and reason. Yet it is ignored, and even scoffed at, by many. In his talk entitled “Darwin Day is YUGE! Believe me!” Pat McCann will explore Darwin, evolution, and why humanists participate in celebrating Darwin Day.

Pat McCann has been an atheist and practicing humanist for 40 years but officially discovered humanism only 10 years ago. He began his activism for the secular community of Connecticut in 2012 after attending the first Reason Rally. Pat is a past President of the Hartford Area Humanists, chair of the Secular Coalition for Connecticut, and a past co-chair of the Connecticut Coalition of Reason.

Pat earned a BS in Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, an MS in Molecular Biology from Rutgers University, and an MBA in Marketing from UConn. He holds a 3rd degree black belt in Washin-ryu Karate-do.

We will start with half an hour of coffee and conversation at 7:00 PM. Pat’s talk will follow brief announcements at 7:30 PM.

Sunday, February 25th
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

February board and standing committee meetings

All members are welcome to attend. This meeting will also be held at the new, later, time slot.

Onnday, February 26th
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: What is Treason Anyhow?

If you search for the term "treason" on google, you can find out who was accusing President Obama of treason in 2005 as easily as you can find the last time President Trump used the term (and then claimed it was a joke). It's one of those terms that gets used too frequently and possibly without full knowledge of its meaning.

Treason is addressed in the Constitution as well as in a law. Here are three readings of commentary to explain the American legal application of the official charge of treason.

The one with no irritating advertisements is from The Heritage Foundation. Legal Dictionary has a very informative discussion:. Thefreedictionary.com also has a nice explanation.

Does the law on treason seem too strict or too broad? Does it matter that the legal definition departs from popular understanding of the term? Is it important to do something about it, and if so, do you have any ideas about what we might be able to do about it?

Come and talk this over with your friends on Monday, February 26 at the Wood-n-Tap at 2100 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden at 7:00 PM. Link to map of the Hamden Wood 'N Tap restaurant location

Notes

Dinners: If you're planning to attend one of our social dinners, please RSVP to editor@cthumanist.org, so we can give the restaurant a rough head count.

You can RSVP for the dinners and most HAC events via meetup.com.

Book Discussions: You can download a list of the book selections for January to April 2018 here.

Titles selected for our book discussions can be found in most local libraries or ordered from bookstores such as Barnes and Noble.

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