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Our April 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
Monday, April 2nd
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, April 7th
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: The Gilded Age

With the rise of industrialization in the years after the Civil War, America began to see the rise of two classes, the haves and the have nots. As today, the distribution of wealth and opportunity tilted unevenly toward the very rich as government became the handmaiden of the upper classes. Today we see history repeating itself, and we must consider the outlook for the future, and what remedies are at hand.

Note the earlier start time due to the length of the documentary.

Saturday, April 14th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: “The Blithedale Romance”

Our book for April is “The Blithedale Romance” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Note: The April Book Discussion will occur on the 2nd Saturday, April 14, instead of the 21st.

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

Monday, April 16th
7:00 PM

29th Anniversary Meeting: Connecticut Food Bank

In May, 2009, the Humanist Association of Connecticut fielded its first team for the Connecticut Food Bank’s Walk Against Hunger. We’ve participated almost every year since then, including this year. But have you ever wondered how this walk fits into the big picture of addressing hunger in Connecticut?

Bring a dish to our potluck Anniversary Meeting on Monday, April 16, when we welcome Mia Freedenfeld, the Special Events Manager for the Connecticut Food Bank. We’ll find out the reality of who’s hungry in Connecticut today, what resources are available to help hungry people, and how the Connecticut Food Bank fits into the mix of resources. We’ll learn how the walk helps, and how we can help beyond the walk.

Mia joined the Connecticut Food Bank in February of 2017, just in time to take over planning for last year’s walk. She has been involved in events for the not-for-profit world for thirteen years and especially enjoys being able to engage the community in the mission of the food bank.

Our anniversary meeting is a potluck, so please bring a dish to share, and remember we’ll have anniversary cake! We’re planning on giving the night’s collection to the Connecticut Food Bank, but Mia has agreed to bring a collection box, so if you remember, please bring a non-perishable food item.

We will start with a potluck dinner at 7:00 PM. The main presentation will follow brief announcements at 7:30 PM.

Sunday, April 22nd
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

April board and standing committee meetings

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

Monday, April 23rd
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: Bitcoin/Blockchain/So What?

Blockchain is the new technology that makes Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies possible. But did you know that blockchain has the potential to be as revolutionary as double-entry bookkeeping? Find out why in this article from MIT’s Technology Review (www.technologyreview.com/s/610781/in-blockchain-we-trust), and bring your dreams about the future blockchain could make possible to dinner at the Wood-n-Tap at 2100 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden. 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, April 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.

Saturday, May 5th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: Virginia Lee Burton; A Sense of Place

Born in 1909, Virginia Lee Burton was a leading author of children’s literature and understood how to invoke the curiosity in young minds with the goal of making learning an inherent component of their adult lives. Her books and illustrations are classics of children’s literature. A staunch feminist, she was the founder of The Folly Cove Designers in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the work of which is on display at MFA in Boston, and the Metropolitan in NY.

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 June to September 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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