Recent Events (2016)

Our current calendar of events is on our home page and in our newsletter.

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Sunday, March 26th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

March board and standing committee meetings

Saturday, March 25th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Special Visit from Evan Clark of The Humanist Experience

In a special event, Evan Clark, co-host of the podcast, “The Humanist Experience,” told us about his work.

The Humanist Experience is billed as a country-trotting storytelling series produced for Foundation Beyond Belief. The creators say, “The main thrust of our work is to encourage people in the secular community to take Humanistic principles out of the realm of pure intellectualism and into action. Our primary vehicle for this is storytelling: usually stories of life-changing encounters with modern social issues, which serve as a catalyst for discussion and emotional education.”

Evan Clark is a facilitator, activist, and designer who is currently the chair of the Secular Student Alliance and has over 10 years experience creating and leading community groups for social change.

Monday, March 20th
7:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower

Can nonreligious people follow Jesus? And if so, why would they want to? Emphatically yes, says Tom Krattenmaker — because it will deepen their lives and help create a more humane world. Krattenmaker, religion-in-public-life columnist and author of the new book, “Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower,” will discuss his provocative claim and show how the figure of Jesus, engaged in a secular way, is powerfully applicable to contemporary life, and how his ethic and example can transform much of what ails us both as individuals and a society.

Tom Krattenmaker is an award-winning author and USA Today contributing columnist, specializing in religion in public life, and communications director at Yale Divinity School. His books and articles have been honored by the American Academy of Religion, Religion Newswriters Association, Foreword Reviews, and others. Krattenmaker has spoken at numerous conferences and colleges around the country and has appeared in media outlets including PBS, Fox News, National Public Radio, ESPN, and the New York Times.

The HAC book discussion in May will feature Tom’s book.

Saturday, March 18th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf

Our book for March was “The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World” by Andrea Wulf.

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

Monday, March 6th
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 4th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: The Great Cathedral Mystery

Begun at the end of the thirteenth century and structurally complete by 1418, the great cathedral of Florence, Italy, needs only a dome to enclose its vast altar which spans 150 feet. The problem is that no one knows how to accomplish the task. One man, trained as a goldsmith, and not an engineer or architect, steps forward to build the great dome of Santa Maria Del Fiore. Join us to witness, and understand, this monumental achievement of the Italian Renaissance and its impact on our civilization.

Sunday, February 26th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

February board and standing committee meetings

All members are welcome to attend.

Monday, February 20th
7:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: Darwin’s Ecological Experiment

To mark Darwin Day, we learned about the bizarre story of the greening of Ascension Island, a project conceived by Darwin's closest friend, Joseph Dalton Hooker.

Saturday, February 18th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop

Our book for February was “The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart” by Bill Bishop. Mr. Bishop was a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman when he began research on city growth and political polarization with the sociologist and statistician Robert Cushing. Bill Clinton recommended the book during his solo performance at the Connecticut Forum.

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

Monday, February 6th
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, February 4th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: Out of My Dreams

As we begin a new year, albeit somewhat inauspiciously, we can celebrate the life and work of one of the true unsung (pardon the unintentional pun) humanists of the twentieth century, Oscar Hammerstein II. In his writing and the lyrics for a thousand songs, he touched upon the human condition in ways rarely exceeded for the sensitivity contained therein. Join us for this informative and uplifting look at one of the true optimists in all of history.

Sunday, January 29th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

January board and standing committee meetings

All members are welcome to attend. This month's board meeting was postponed a week from the previously announced date to allow members to attend the Women's March on Washington.

Saturday, January 21st
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby

Our book for January is “The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought” by Susan Jacoby. We had planned to discuss this in December, but postponed that discussion due to snow.

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

Monday, January 16th
7:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: A Journey in Spain

January has become the month in which we welcome Steve and Susan Boshi with a travelogue based on their travels the previous summer.

Steve says, “In 711 AD, North African Muslims, or Moors, stormed across the Mediterranean into Gibraltar, and began the domination of the Iberian Peninsula. By 1492, the reconquista had pushed them from Spain, leaving behind Catholic rule, strongly influenced by Muslim culture. Join us for an armchair voyage to this fascinating place where we will explore some of the most important destinations in Spain, including Barcelona, Toledo, Cordoba, and Granada with its magnificent Alhambra.”

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, January 7th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

POSTPONED TO Saturday, February 4 due to snow

Humanist Explorations: Out of My Dreams

This meeting has been postponed until February

As we begin a new year, albeit somewhat inauspiciously, we can celebrate the life and work of one of the true unsung (pardon the unintentional pun) humanists of the twentieth century, Oscar Hammerstein II. In his writing and the lyrics for a thousand songs, he touched upon the human condition in ways rarely exceeded for the sensitivity contained therein. Join us for this informative and uplifting look at one of the true optimists in all of history.

Refreshments will be served.

Monday, January 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.

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