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Our July 2014 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, July 5th
2:30 PM

Humanist Conversations: Life on Your Terms

Do you live your life on your terms? Join us on Saturday, July 5 at 700 Hartford Turnpike in Hamden at 2:30 p.m. We’ll watch a short TED talk by David Brooks, “Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy,” and a Tavis Smiley interview with Barbara Ehrenreich about her recent memoir, Living with a Wild God, a Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.

Refreshments will be served.

Monday, July 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, July 12th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book discussion: The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, by Carl Sagan

We will discuss “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark” by Carl Sagan.

The book is available at a many public libraries as well as at bookstores and online.

Saturday, July 19th
10:30 AM to 12:00 noon

Woodbridge Walk

Join us for a walk or jog on a walking/jogging trail in Woodbridge. The walk will be followed by an optional lunch at a nearby diner or other restaurant. Fitzgerald Trails is located at 100 Center Road in Woodbridge, Connecticut, and there’s plenty of parking at the Woodbridge Town Library at 10 Newton Road. We will meet on the trail next to the intersection of Center Rd (Route 114) and Beecher Rd. If you arrive after we have started, just wait at this location and you will see us in a few minutes as we walk around the track or you can call one of the mobile numbers below. Well-behaved dogs are welcome too.

The event will be canceled in the event of rain. Full contact details are in the July newsletter.

Monday, July 21st
7:30 PM

Monthly Meeting: A Humanist in Israel

Please note: the wrong date for this event was published in the June newsletter. The correct date is Monday, July 21, our usual third Monday of the month.

Please join us on July 21 at 7:30 PM. at 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, when our monthly meeting will feature Hartford Area Humanists President Dan Blinn.

As a Humanist and a secularist of Jewish descent, Dan has long held mixed feelings about the Jewish state of Israel. When his daughter spent last semester as a visiting student at the University of Haifa, he had the opportunity last April to visit and tour the country. Dan’s perspective on visiting Israel differed from many tourists, because, as a student in the Humanist Institute and a secular leader, Dan has spent considerable time contemplating the importance of religious expression in forging communities. He recognized the trip as an opportunity to observe the role of religion in Israeli communities and how the various communities within Israel, both secular and religious, interacted with each other. He was not disappointed.

Dan will discuss his experiences and observations as a Humanist in the Holy Land, and he will share his insights on how the Israeli experience may relate to efforts to build Humanist communities at home. He will also describe his experience observing the interactions between Jews and Palestinian during a visit to a Jewish settlement in the Occupied West Bank.

We will start with half an hour of coffee and conversation at 7:30 PM, Dan’s talk will start after brief announcements at 8:00 PM.

Sunday, July 27th
2:30 PM

July 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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