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

Humanist Explorations: State of Surveillance

We will watch and discuss a short VICE on HBO documentary, 'State of Surveillance' with Edward Snowden and Shane Smith. In 2016, around the time a judge ordered Apple to help the FBI break into a terrorist's phone, VICE co-founder Shane Smith interviewed Edward Snowden about capabilities of government-sponsored surveillance around the world and whether any of us can truly protect our information.

Monday, November 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.
Saturday, November 16th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Book Discussion Group: "Assassination Vacation" by Sarah Vowell

Our book for November is "Assassination Vacation" by Sarah Vowell.

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

Saturday, November 18th
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: A Conversation with Openly Secular State Rep Joshua Elliott

Our next monthly meeting will be a joint meeting with the Hartford Area Humanists at the Unitarian Society of New Haven in Hamden, CT. Our guest speaker witll be State Representative Josh Elliott, one of the few openly secular legislators in the United States.

SInce his election, Rep. Elliott has consistently been a strong advocate for progressive policies in our state. He has also supported the Secular Coaltion of Connecticut's legislative initiatives and priorities.

Refreshments will be served; you are welcome (but you are in no way required) to bring something to share.

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

Sunday, November 24th
3:30 to 5:30 PM

Board Meeting

All members are welcome to attend. This will be our last board meeting of the year.

Monday, November 25th
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: What Are the Real Differences Between Liberals and Conservatives?

One way to help bridge the political divide and reduce political polarization in the United States is for both sides to better understand one another. The alternative may be the catastrophic failure of our democracy within the next few decades.

View an 18-minute video featuring Psychologist Jonathan Haidt who has studied the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're left, right, or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.

https://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_on_the_moral_mind

Jonathan Haidt studies how - and why - we evolved to be moral. When it comes to politics we may not be as rational as we may think. By understanding more about our moral roots, Haidt’s hope is that we can learn to be civil and open-minded.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 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.

We're on Twitter and Facebook. HAC is a chapter of the American Humanist Association, a member of the Connecticut Coalition of Reason, and a UU Humanists local group.