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Our March 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, March 3rd
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: Typhoid Mary, Personal Liberty versus Public Welfare

At the turn of the twentieth century an Irish immigrant found to be a carrier of typhoid fever was unwittingly spreading the disease in New York City. The issue of public health safety rose to the forefront and resulted in the protracted isolation of Mary Mallon. This documentary deals with the issues resulting from this problem. There will be time for what promises to be a lively discussion.
Monday, March 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, March 17th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life”

Our book for March is “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life” by Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Megan Marshall.

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

Monday, March 19th
7:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: The Pro-Truth Pledge

Are you concerned with the rising tide of fake news and alternative facts in our public discourse? What if you had the power to do something about it? Join us on Monday, March 19, because our speaker, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, knows exactly how you can help orient the world toward truthfulness.

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is passionate about promoting truth-oriented behavior, rational thinking, and wise decision-making in public discourse. He researches these topics as a professor at Ohio State University, and serves as the President of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit devoted to popularizing these topics. Its main current focus is the Pro-Truth Pledge, , a project that aims to reverse the tide of lies and promote truth in public discourse through combining behavioral science and crowd-sourcing. He has authored a number of books, most notably “The Truth Seeker’s Handbook: A Science-Based Guide” and “Find Your Purpose Using Science,” and has a new book forthcoming in 2018, “The Alternative to Alternative Facts: Fighting Post-Truth Politics with Behavioral Science.” Pieces by him regularly come out in prominent venues such as Time, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Salon, Truthout, The Huffington Post and reason-oriented venues such as The Humanist, Skeptical Inquirer, Free Inquiry, American Atheist Magazine, and Patheos. He has appeared as a guest on network TV, including affiliates of Fox and ABC, and radio stations such as NPR, WBAI (New York City), KGO (San Francisco), and 700WLW (Cincinnati), as well as reason-oriented podcasts, such as Ra-Men Podcast, The Scathing Atheist, Serious Inquiries Only, and The Humanist Hour.

We will start with half an hour of coffee and conversation at 7:00 PM. The main presentation will follow brief announcements at 7:30 PM.

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

March board and standing committee meetings

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

Monday, March 26th
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: Feeling Foolish

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” - Richard P. Feynman

According to the justice Department, only 15 percent of fraud victims report the crimes to law enforcement. There are all kinds of frauds people fall for, and not all are considered crimes. Here are a couple of stories from The Atlantic: one about romantic fraud and one about people in a cult, including the cult leader.

People who realize they've been victims of frauds often don't report the fraud because they recognize they were fooling themselves and thus feel partially responsible for their victimization. Here are explanations of four common ways people fool themselves.

Can you think of some times you’ve been fooled, you’ve fooled yourself, or you’ve seen others fooled? Come and talk this over with your friends on Monday, March 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

Thursday, April 26th
6:00 PM

Dining Out for Life

We will be dining at Caffe Bravo, 794 Orange Street, New Haven in aid of AIDS Project New Haven.

Sunday, March 29th
1:00 PM

Connecticut Food Bank Walk Against Hunger

We will be walking in the Connecticut Food Bank Walk Against Hunger at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven. Registration starts at 1 PM with the walk at 2 PM. It should be a nearly flat, 3 mile walk.


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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