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Our September 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, September 2nd
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: More on Guns, Germs and Steel

To get you in the mood for this month’s book discusion, we will watch a presentation by Jared Diamond on “Guns, Germs and Steel.”

Monday, September 4th
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.
Sunday, September 17th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

September board and standing committee meetings

All members are welcome to attend.

Monday, September 18th
7:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: What's Next for Civil Liberties?

Join David McGuire, executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut, for a discussion about the future of civil liberties under the Trump administration and to learn more about the ways in which the ACLU of Connecticut will be working to advance liberty, justice, and equality in the Constitution State.

David J. McGuire is the executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut, a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that defends, promotes, and preserves individual rights and liberties under the U.S. and Connecticut Constitutions in the courts, at the legislature, and in the state's 169 towns and cities. David joined the ACLU of Connecticut in 2007. His primary areas of legal interest are prisoner rights, digital privacy and free speech issues. He has also taken a leading role in pressing for police accountability legislation and was instrumental in passing laws to reform police complaint procedures and police use of Tasers. McGuire received his B.A. in history from Purdue University in 2003 and graduated cum laude from Western New England College School of Law in 2006. After law school, he clerked for the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court.

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

Saturday, September 23rd
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: “Guns, Germs, and Steel”

Our book for September will be “Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies” by geographer and anthropologist Jared Diamond. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth Club of California’s Gold Medal!

Note the Date: The book discussion will be the 4th Saturday of the month, Sept. 23 (instead of Sept. 16).

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

Monday, September 25th
7:00 PM

Dinner Discussion: The President's First Pardon

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.

On September 25, 2017, President Trump granted a Presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. This is the first and only pardon granted by this president to date. Glenn Beck's media outlet provides a montage of outraged quotes from a list of people and reports Trump’s response that Joe Arpaio kept Arizona safe. One supporter seems to credit Arpaio's tough stance on drunk driving with scaring him sober. But there’s some question that Arpaio kept anyone safe. East Valley Tribune  writers Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin won a Pulitzer Prize for their series showing Arpaio's priorities endangered public safety. Additionally, two articles in the local Phoenix New Times clearly display evidence of incompetence and bullying by Arpaio's men. Still, his tenure as elected Sheriff lasted 24 years. And finally, if you didn’t know Presidential pardons could be challenged, the Washington Post explains quite a bit.  So what do you think of all of this? Is he an old man getting flack for being good at his job? Is he a jerk who deserves a taste of his own medicine?

Please RSVP on Meetup or to development@cthumanist.org

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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