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Our August 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
Saturday, August 5th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: The Twelve Chairs

This story, based on the 1928 novel by Ilf and Petrov, takes us back to the years following the Russian Revolution, as the aristocracy finds itself struggling to adapt to communist governance. While a seemingly Tolstoyesque tale, the screenplay is written and directed by Mel Brooks, and will keep you in suspense, and probably hysterics, as well. As summer draws to its close, this is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.

Monday, August 7th
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 19th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe

Our book for August will be the recent, short, non-fiction work by Tom Wolfe, the Kingdom of Speech.

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

Monday, August 21st
7:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: John Dietrich and the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis

Former HAC President and Vice-President Doug Peary will be the speaker at our August monthly meeting. Doug will talk about his work publishing the sermons of humanist Unitarian minister John Dietrich, and Dietrich's life, including the period spent at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis.

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

Sunday, August 27th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

August board and standing committee meetings

All members are welcome to attend.

Monday, August 28th
7:00 PM

Dinner Discussion: Topic Is Amazon Evil?

Join us for a discussion together over dinner at Wood-n-Tap, 2100 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden Link to map of the Hamden Wood 'N Tap restaurant location.

What did you think when you heard that Amazon plans to acquire Whole Foods? The internet is mixed. Some are alarmed (The New York Times: “Amazon Bites Off Even More Monopoly Power”), while others are pooh-pooing that sentiment (Forbes: “Five Reasons Why ‘The Retail Apocalypse’ Is A False Scare Story”). What about reports that Amazon is so afraid of theft that it abuses its employees (Vanity Fair: “Amazon Reportedly has Scoreboards to Shame its Workers”)? Some see a more generalized monopoly problem rather than a problem specifically with Amazon (American Prospect: “Bring Back Antitrust”). But nobody can deny that Amazon is astonishingly large (Visual Capitalist: “The Extraordinary Size of Amazon in One Chart”). So what do you think? Is Amazon using its size, influence, and power for good or evil? Is an organization that large destined to be evil?

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 September to December 2017 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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