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Our January 2018 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 5th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: The Genius Behind the Bomb

This month's discussion is based on a documentary from 1992. Leo Szilard, the Jewish Hungarian scientist first conceived of the nuclear chain reaction in 1933 when such a concept was widely considered “moonshine” by mainstream science. While Szilard understood the initial preeminence of a nuclear weapon, he spent the rest of his life arguing against its use. This challenging story is the subject of this months meeting.

Monday, January 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, January 19th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: “A More Beautiful and Terrible History”

Our book for January is “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History” by Jeanne Theoharis.

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

Monday, January 21st
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: Building Community by Assigning Significance within a Secular Life

Humanist Celebrant Anita Peters invites us to consider what we do and do not celebrate and why. In a lively interactive presentation involving live audience polls, she will engage us in a discussion of our participation in various celebrations, religious holidays as secular events and universal life cycle events. Which occasions do secular humanists choose to celebrate throughout the year? In fact, she argues, we need our own humanist calendar of celebratory events. “When we celebrate together our values and philosophy of life, we create a community and affirm our community at the same time,” says Anita, “an important development in building an understanding of secular humanism and what it means to be good without God.”

We will start with half an hour of coffee and conversation at 7:00 PM followed by the main presentation at 7:30 PM.

Sunday, January 27th
3:30 to 5:30 PM

Board Meeting

All members are welcome to attend.

Monday, January 28th
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: The Good Life

The March, 1994, proceedings of the fifteenth congress of the World Federation of Humanists was entitled, “Humanism and the Good Life.” “The Good Life” appears seven times in the eighth edition of Corliss Lamont’s classic text, “The Philosophy of Humanism,” Bertrand Russell is famous for his quote, “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” Of course, this is a classical concept. Aristotle talks about it in his Treatise on Government.

What are your thoughts on the good life?

Join us at the Wood ‘n’ Tap at 2100 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden. Link to map of the Hamden Wood 'N Tap restaurant location Please RSVP via meetup or programs@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 October to December 2018 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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