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Our August 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, August 1st
2:30 PM

Humanist Conversations: The Loving Story

For our August Humanist Conversations, we will watch and discuss the 2011 HBO documentary “The Loving Story.”

On June 2, 1958, a white man named Richard Loving and his part-black, part-Cherokee fiancée, Mildred Jeter, traveled from Caroline County, VA to Washington, D.C. to be married. At the time, interracial marriage was illegal in 21 states, including Virginia. Back home two weeks later, the newlyweds were arrested, tried and convicted of the felony crime of “miscegenation.”

Monday, August 3rd
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.
Monday, August 17th
7:30 PM

Monthly Meeting: Understanding Climate Change

Dr. David Schafer will be our featured speaker with a talk on climate change.

David says he will begin with some history, starting with several Ice Ages (thousands of years ago) and their explanation, by scientists from the early and later 19th century, in terms of low levels of “greenhouse gases,” notably carbon dioxide and methane, in Earth’s atmosphere.

Next he will turn to the exact opposite effects of recent times: potentially catastrophic warming of Earth’s atmosphere and solid and liquid surfaces due to rapid, steady accumulation of the same greenhouse gases, in particular carbon dioxide, the major product of fossil fuel combustion. He will discuss the evidence for these changes and the associated arguments presented by climate scientists and others, including some politicians, who question their validity.

He will go on to present the most probable scenarios for future climate trends according to current predictions, without and with various proposed solutions to the problem. He will close with some practical suggestions as to how each of us can contribute to these solutions

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

Saturday, August 22nd
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty.

We will discuss “Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty” by John M. Barry.

For four hundred years, two fault lines have divided America: one is the proper relationship between the church and state, and the other is the balance between the rights of the individual versus the power of the state. In this extraordinary book, award-winning New York Times best-selling writer John M. Barry examines the origins of these fault lines. What he finds is as relevant today as it was when they first emerged in the seventeenth century.

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

Sunday, August 23rd
2:30 PM

August 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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