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Our January 2015 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, January 3rd
2:30 PM

Humanist Conversations: I. F. Stone on the Trial of Socrates

At our January Humanist Conversations, we will discuss an article published in the April 9, 1979, New York Times Magazine. Scholars have puzzled over the conviction of Socrates for 24 centuries. If his crimes were so heinous, why wasn’t he tried earlier in his life? What really happened at the trial and why was he found guilty? Famous and controversial journalist I. F. Stone was also captivated by the mystery, and this is his reasoning and conclusion. Please try to at least skim the article. We will view a short Robert MacNeil interview with Stone on this topic.

Refreshments will be served.

Monday, January 5th
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, January 17th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America

For our January book we'll be reading Barbara Ehrenreich’s “Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America” Copies of the book are available in public libraries in Connecticut, and at local and online booksellers.

Monday, January 19th
7:30 PM

Monthly Meeting: PJ Deak

The full title of PJ's talk is “13 Baktun: tourism, identity and the new millenium of the Mayan calendar. The travel log of a family visiting the western highlands of Guatemala.”

In the fall of 1524, the Spanish conquistadores – in their quest for gold and power – attempted to control or destroy the world of the Maya. In the 1950’s the U.S. Government – in their quest for empire and wealth – manufactured a coup to protect American business interests in Central America from “Communism” and began a decades-long civil war, which left 200,000 indigenous people dead.

Yet the Maya people, their culture, and their world-view survive. And on the winter solstice of 2012, the Mayan understanding of time and space entered a new age – the age of 13 Baktun – an era of hope rising. As globalization has increasingly come to the Western Highlands of Guatemala, the Deak family has had the privilege of traveling there in 2002 and again in 2014 to experience the culture and world-view of the Mayan people; and to have their sense of personal identity changed, at least a little, by their relationship to this part of the world.

Join PJ Deak in a photo-narrative illustrating the diversity and unity of our humanity. Share meaning and explore our human lives together – as one family of North Americans encounters the people and places at the center of the universe, with the sun directly overhead.

We'll start with half an hour of coffee and conversation at 7:30 PM. PJ's talk will follow brief announcements at 8:00 PM.

Saturday, January 24th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

POSTPONED!

Special Program: David Niose, Fighting Back the Right

Due to bad weather predicted for Saturday, we have postponed David Niose's talk. The event will be reposted when a new date has been confirmed.

Sunday, January 25th
2:30 PM

January board and standing committee meetings.

All members are welcome to attend.

Notes

Dinners: If you're planning to attend one of our social dinners or the annual brunch, 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.

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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