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Our August 2016 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, August 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, August 6th
2:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: The Mystery of the Master Builders

Eight hundred years ago, architects began to construct massive cathedrals that broke all the rules of building technology of the time. Instead of thick-walled, dark, and confining structures, they started to build much higher and lighter structures capable of allowing light to flow into the interior. How this was achieved without the benefit of modern materials like steel is the subject of this documentary by Robert Mark, professor emeritus of civil engineering and architecture at Princeton. Join us for this fascinating perspective on the medieval ancestors of modern glass and steel skyscrapers.

Refreshments will be served.

Monday, August 15th
7:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: Political Action for Secular Connecticut

We're pleased to welcome Pat McCann as guest speaker for our August monthly meeting.

Pat McCann has been an Atheist and practicing Humanist for 40 years but discovered organized 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 the current President of the Hartford Area Humanists, the current chair of the Secular Coalition for Connecticut, and the current co-chair of the Connecticut Coalition of Reason.

This presentation will will introduce the audience to the Secular Coalition for Connecticut, a local affiliate of the Secular Coalition for America, and relay the types of political actions being engaged in on behalf of the secular community in Connecticut. Additionally, the presentation will also compare and contrast the Secular Coalition for Connecticut and the Connecticut Coalition of Reason. Finally, the presentation will provide some details of activities planned in 2016/17 with a focus on the legislative imperatives planned for 2017 and an emphasis on how people can help and/or participate.

Pat McCann earned a BS in Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, an MS in Molecular Biology from Rutgers University, and an MBA in Marketing from UConn.   For the past 30 years Pat has worked as a research scientist in Academia, Biotech, and big Pharma; as an IT project manager in big Pharma; and as an internal  consultant also in big Pharma.  He is currently a business analyst in the Global Product Development division at Pfizer in Groton. In what little time he has left, Pat studies Washin-ryu Karate-do with the love of his life, Elisabeth Brown.  They are both 3rd degree black belts and certified instructors.

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

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

Book Discussion Group: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

We will discuss the comedy fantasy novel “Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

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

Sunday, August 28th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

August 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.

We're on Twitter and Facebook. HAC is a member of the Connecticut Coalition of Reason, and a UU Humanists local group.