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Our August 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
Saturday, August 3rd
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: Broadway Musicals, a Jewish Legacy

(Postponed from July 6:) To celebrate the holiday, one of the most uplifting aspects of uniquely American culture is the subject of our upcoming meeting - "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy." From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, and from Fanny Brice to Barbra Streisand, this documentary explores the phenomenon of how Jewish-American songwriters created a uniquely American art form. Narrated by Joel Grey, the film explores the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. Featuring interviews and conversations with some of the greatest composers and writers of the Broadway stage, "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy" showcases the work of some of the nation’s pre-eminent creators of musical theatre including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Kurt Weill, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Jule Styne and many others.

Monday, August 5th
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, August 17th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Book Discussion Group: “Before You Know It”

(Postponed from July 20.)

Our book for August is "Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do" by Yale professor of psychology John Bargh.

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

Saturday, August 19th
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: Climate Change - How We Are All Part of the Solution

Our guest speaker for the evening is Steve Lewis from the Connecticut chapter of the Sierra Club. Steve will update us on: the urgency of the Climate Crisis, actions taken in 2019 by the CT General Assembly to address it, Sierra Club campaigns in progress, and what we can do to help change the trajectory of this problem.

Steve holds a BA in Political Science from Trinity College Hartford and an MBA in Healthcare and Technology Management from UConn. He was the Committee Administrator of the Public Health Committee in the CT General Assembly for 13 years and is Vice-president of Strategic Initiatives at UnitedHealthcare.

Steve is an avid environmentalist with two electric vehicles and solar on his house. In his spare time Steve is a Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Scoutmaster and is District Chairman of the CT Rivers Council for the Hockanum River District. Steve is also a CT Audubon Master Naturalist and a Leave No Trace - Outdoor Ethics Master Educator.

Steve was awarded a Hornaday Gold Badge for Conservation for his efforts teaching Monarch Butterfly Conservation by the BSA. The Hornaday Gold Medal for adults serving at least 20 years in conservation has only been awarded about 40 times since its establishment in 1975.

We will start with 30 minutes of coffee and conversation at 7 PM, followed by Steve's talk at 7:30 PM.

Sunday, August 25th
3:30 to 5:30 PM

Board Meeting

All members are welcome to attend.

Monday, August 26th
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: The Evolution of Religion

This week's topic is about an emotion introduced an episode of NPR's Invisibilia podcast at: https://www.npr.org/2017/06/01/530936928/emotions-part-two

(there's a link to the transcript on the left side of the page).

This discussion is just about the first story in the podcast, which introduces an emotion called liget that you and I are not familiar with. A recent Forbes article https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2017/09/09/here-are-the-27-different-human-emotions-according-to-a-study includes a link to the original study that concludes there are 27 emotions. Psychologist Robert Plutchik came up with 32 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Plutchik and arranged them on a wheel. Have you ever suspected that perhaps the official human emotional landscape is incomplete? Do emotions need a community to exist? Do they matter without a community? Bring your thoughts!

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.


Dinners: If you're planning to attend one of our social dinners, please RSVP to programs@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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