Past Events - 2001
Our current calendar of events is on our home page and in our newsletter.
|Monday, December 17th
|Annual Meeting, Elections, and Solstice Party
Coffee and refreshments were supplemented pot luck dinner. Festivities were accompanied by music from Mickey Koth's group Wild Notes. There was a silent auction.
|Thursday, December 6
||We held our last social dinner of the year at MisFitz Inn, 57 Oak Tree Rd, Southbury . We had a small turn-out and an amicable discussion.
|Sunday, December 2nd
(Originally announced for November 25th.)
|November/December board meeting.
|Friday, November 30th
We followed up the presentation at the monthly meeting by discussing "Women and Islam." Mickey Koth brought a small mountain of books that she'd read to prepare for her talk.
|Monday, November 19th
Mickey Koth presented "Women and Islam," which included some interesting material on why Muslim women feel that their religion gives them more protection than Western society.
|Thursday, November 8
||We held another dinner at MisFitz Inn, 57 Oak Tree Rd, Southbury .
|Friday, November 2nd
This session was a planning meeting. Several good ideas were proposed. More importantly, the pizza was free.
|Saturday, October 20th
||October board meeting originally scheduled for Sunday October 21st was held the previous day due to numerous conflicting commitments among the board members.
|Friday, October 19th
||Humanist Conversations featured a showing of the TV movie Tuesdays with Morrie, starring Jack Lemon.
|Monday, October 15th
Bob and Lois Wolsch spoke on "Assuring Literacy in Spite of Plato's Roadblocks."
|Thursday, October 11
||We held another dinner at MisFitz Inn, 57 Oak Tree Rd, Southbury
|Friday, October 5
||We sponsored the Connecticut Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, program on making your views known to legislators and the press: "How to be an Activist."
|Friday, September 28th
||Humanist Conversations discussed how the world ignored Afghanistan after the end of the Soviet occupation.
|Sunday, September 23rd
||The September board meeting was long, but we made some progress on the format of the treasurer's reports, the brochure, and the mailing lists.
|Sunday, September 16th
||Our September Monthly Meeting was scheduled for a Sunday afternoon, not the usual evening of the third Monday of the month. The program was to have been Manny Ratafia on "The High Cost of Prescription Drugs," but members still needed to discuss the recent terrorist attacks.
|Thursday, September 13
||Our monthly dinner at MisFitz Inn in Southbury gave members a chance to get together and be among friends as we all tried to cope with the horrific events of Tuesday, September 11th.
|Monday, August 20th
||Our August monthly meeting featured a panel discussion on the contentious issue of Globalization.
|Sunday, August 5th
||August board meeting.
|Friday, August 3rd
||Humanist Conversations. Topic "Evil." This included a discussion of NATO and UN peace-keeping, and the inability to save the people you're supposed to protect.
|Thursday, August 2nd
||The monthly social dinner meeting was held at MisFitz Inn in Southbury
|Monday, July 23rd
|Monthly Meeting: Dr. Nash Boutros on "Humanism and the Problem of Evil"
|Sunday, July 22nd
||July board meeting.
|Friday, June 29th
||Humanist Conversations were about "Immigration."
This was partially inspired by a recent article: Time Magazine on Mexican immigration to the USA. Also, the March 31st, 2001 issue of The Economist contained an editorial calling for relaxed immigration policies.
|Thursday, June 21st
||We held another dinner at MisFitz Inn in Southbury
|Monday, June 18th
An inspiring and optimistic panel discussion "Freethinkers: Where Do We Go from Here?"
|Sunday, June 17th
||June board meeting.
|Sunday, June 10th
||Our annual picnic! Once again held at the Raffords' house in Middlebury.
|Friday, June 1st
||Humanist Conversations: "Is Russia Finished?"
We discussed the cover article from the May 2001 issue of Atlantic Monthly, "Russia Is Finished."
|Wednesday, May 30th
||We held another dinner at MisFitz Inn, 57 Oak Tree Rd, Southbury.
|Sunday, May 27th, 2 PM
||Our May board meeting
|Monday, May 21st
||Our twelfth anniversary meeting featured the usual coffee and refreshments, accompanied by anniversary cake. Festivities included music from Mickey Koth's group Wild Notes, tales from Walter Wells overseas career with the government, and the presentation of plaques honoring Walter, and David & June Schafer.
|May 18th to 20th
||The American Humanist Association held its 60th Annual Conference at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, LAX in Los Angeles, CA
- Our May Humanist Conversation was held on the afternoon of Sunday, May 6th. We finally discussed an article originally scheduled for the March Conversation, from January/February 2001 issue of The Humanist: The Social Necessity of Nurturance, by Betty McCollister. The consensus was that it was not a good article.
- Our April board meeting was held 30 minutes later than usual, on Sunday, April 29th, at 2 PM. We're going to try meeting a little later as some board members can't make the traditional 1:30 PM start.
- Our dinner meeting series returned to Southbury with a dinner at MisFitz Inn, 57 Oak Tree Rd, Southbury, on Wednesday, April 25th.
- Our monthly meeting on Monday, April 16th featured former President of the HAC, Doug Peary, giving another in his Humanist Hero lecture series: Thomas Henry Huxley, Darwin's Bulldog.
- The Humanist Conversation on Friday, April 13th considered (what else?) Chapter 1, From Superstition, of Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things, by Charles Panati.
- The Mystic-Noank humanist discussion group concluded their discussion of the place of the arts in our society during a second session on Saturday, April 7th.
- HAC member Nash Boutros gave a reprise of his “Brain and Belief” talk to the Yale
Humanists on Thursday, March 22.
- The monthly meeting on Monday, March 19th, 2001 featured a talk by former President of the European Unitarian
Universalists, Paul Lacombe: “Has Death With Dignity Delivered? A Humanist Overview of the Issue.”
- Our dinner meetings resumed for the spring at Gabriele Ristorante Italiano, 326 Boston Post Rd, Orange ,
on March 15th. The evening included group opera singing.
- The Mystic-Noank humanist discussion group met Saturday, March 10th, 2001 to discuss the place of the arts
in our society and the question of public funding for the arts.
- The Humanist Conversation on Friday, March 9th, 2001 was to discuss an article from January/February 2001 issue
of The Humanist: “The Social Necessity
of Nurturance,” by Betty McCollister. However, it was postponed. We'll discuss the article at a future meeting.
- Our monthly meeting on Monday, February 19th, 2001 featured a return visit by our
favorite guide to archeological hoaxes, CCSU Professor of Anthropology Ken Feder, who presented “Lost: One Continent.
Reward: A Scientific Appraisal of the Myth of Atlantis.”
- The Mystic-Noank humanist discussion group met Saturday, Febuary 3, 2001 at the Mystic Noank Library. The topic
for this meeting was “Transplants.” Issues considered included the ethics of interspecies transplants, human and
primate cloning, and other ethical concerns connected with stem cell research.
- Our Humanist Conversation on Friday, February 2nd, 2001 again discussed an article by David Schafer from issue
XXX Nos 3&4 of Religious Humanism: “A Scientist Looks at Evolution
and Religious Humanism.” (Yes, we decided to hold it over as many of the regulars couldn't make January because
of the snow.)
- Our board meeting on Sunday, January 21st, 2001 was snowed out and was rescheduled to February 4th.
- Our monthly meeting on Monday, January 15th, 2001 featured a talk by David Schafer: “The Human Genome, from
Mechanisms to Morals”.
- The Mystic-Noank humanist discussion group met Saturday, January 13, 2001 at the Mystic Noank Library to discuss
“The War on Drugs.”
- We got 2001 off to a snowy start. Our Humanist Conversation on Friday, January 5th, was to discuss an article
by David Schafer from issue XXX Nos 3&4 of Religious Humanism: “A
Scientist Looks at Evolution and Religious Humanism.”
Click here to see what we did in 2000.