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Our May 2017 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
Monday, May 1st
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, May 6th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: The Hermitage

Founded by a Russian Czar in the eighteenth century, this art museum in St Petersburg, Russia, is one of the world’s greatest art institutions, with a collection of over three million works. While the buildings and the art are not of Russian origin, the totality of the ensemble is, indeed, Russian. Created by the Czarist Royalty and the Soviet Commissars who overthrew them in the early twentieth century, this institution ties its great art to the colorful and often tragic history of the country. Join us for an illuminating view of this magnificent cultural institution.

Refreshments will be served.

Monday, May 15th
7:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: Chris Stedman's Farewell Talk

Yale Humanist Community Executive Director Chris Stedman has spoken at two previous HAC monthly meetings. Join us for a final talk from Chris before he moves to Minneapolis to help build the Humanist Center of Minnesota.

Chris Stedman is the incoming founding Director of the Humanist Center of Minnesota and outgoing founding Director of the Yale Humanist Community. A Fellow at Yale University, Chris was previously a Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and a content developer and trainer for Interfaith Youth Core. He currently serves as a Fellow at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College.

Chris is the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious, “an intimate and deeply affecting portrait… [that] proves [he is] an activist in the truest sense and one to watch” (Booklist, Starred Review). He has appeared on CNN, msnbc, PBS, and Fox News, has spoken at numerous conferences and universities, and has written for many publications including Salon, CNN, msnbc, The Advocate, USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and The Washington Post. Details named him one of “five next-gen gurus who are disrupting religion’s status quo” and Mic called him, “the millennial who’s busting every stereotype about atheists.” He holds a summa cum laude B.A. in Religion from Augsburg College (with minors in English and Social Welfare) and an M.A. in Religion from Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago.

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

Saturday, May 20th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower by Tom Krattenmaker

Our book for May is Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower: Finding Answers in Jesus for Those Who Don’t Believe by Yale Humanist Community Board member and award-winning USA Today columnist Tom Krattenmaker..

Reminder: As a special treat, Tom will join us to discuss his book! So don’t miss this great opportunity to “ask the author”.

Our book for June will be White Trash: The 400-Year Old Untold History of Class in America by historian Nancy Isenberg.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Sunday, May 21st
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

May board and standing committee meetings

All members are welcome to attend.


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 July to December 2016 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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