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Our April 2019 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
Monday, April 1st
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, April 6th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: Dreamland

Before there was “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn” Mark Twain was a newspaperman. In 1867 he traveled to Europe and the Holy Land, writing of his experiences and thoughts on human nature, and the underlying foibles and hypocrisy of his fellow travelers. The book that he wrote documenting his experiences, “The Innocents Abroad” was a first, and remains one of the best selling travel books ever written. Join us to explore this wonderful story, laced with Twain’s humor and his deep insight into human nature.

Monday, April 15th
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: Building Community within a Secular Life

Our April monthly meeting features Anita Peters with a presentation previously scheduled for January.

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.” This year she is talking to as many humanists as she can in Connecticut and around the country. We are stop two on her journey to create a secular humanist calendar that encompasses humanism, voices our aspirations, recounts our history and expresses our values. She has submitted an application to be a presenter at the 2019 AHA Convention.

Anita Peters has been a Humanist Celebrant since 2014 and is a member of The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC). She is on their Steering Committee, ran their non-fictional book club for five years and has chaired the Programming Committee since 2014. Under her leadership, HFFC introduced highly successful community celebrations for the Winter and Summer solstices. In 2018, the Winter Solstice welcomed a record 60 guests. Celebrations for the past three years have averaged 45 guests. Anita initiated and organized participation in the international Death Café movement with two other Connecticut Humanist Celebrants in 2016. Six Death Cafés in three different cities were held for the secular humanist community in Connecticut.

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

Saturday, April 20th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: “Barabbas”

Our book for April is the novel “Barabbas” by Pär Lagerkvist.

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

Sunday, April 21st
3:30 to 5:30 PM

Board Meeting

All members are welcome to attend.

Monday, April 22nd
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: Domestic Terrorism

What is terrorism? Chapter 18 section 2331 (https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2331) has the definitions as used in Chapter 113B of Title 18 of the U.S. Code (https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/part-I/chapter-113B). The Intercept charges that the United States charges similar crimes differently based on the target of the criminal. (https://theintercept.com/2019/03/23/domestic-terrorism-fbi-prosecutions/) and (https://theintercept.com/2019/03/23/domestic-terrorism-material-support-law/) Do you think the difference in how we prosecute these crimes has a material affect on the number of the types of crimes committed? (https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/aug/16/look-data-domestic-terrorism-and-whos-behind-it/)

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.

Thursday, April 25th
6:00 PM

Dining Out for Life at Caffe Bravo

The Humanist Association of Connecticut will again be hosting a table (or two!) at Caffe Bravo, 794 Orange Street, New Haven, to benefit AIDS Project New Haven during their annual Dining Out For Life event. 25% of all food purchases will be donated to APNH by the restaurant. We will each get separate checks. We had a great time last year! Please RSVP so we have a count for the restaurant. https://www.caffebravo.com/ (If you can't join us here for dinner, there is a list of all the restaurants participating on April 25th for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. Check them out at https://www.diningoutforlife.com/city/ct/)

You can RSVP for this event on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/cthumanist/events/259499758/

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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