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

Humanist Explorations: Left Behind America

This month's discussion is based on a recent edition of Frontline: In much of the country, outside of some major urban areas, local economies are in decline, populations are dwindling, and the opioid epidemic is spreading. While not a new story in post industrial America, the implications are becoming increasingly severe, with few satisfactory solutions. This is the story of Dayton, Ohio, a once thriving city, only some fifty years ago. What happened, and what does the future hold for this place and many others like it?

Monday, February 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, February 16th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: “The Denial of Death”

Our book for February is the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Denial of Death” by Ernest Becker.

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

Sunday, February 17th
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Monthly Meeting: Darwin's Apostles

We have a very special speaker for Darwin Day. Dr. Abby Hafer will present “Darwin’s Apostles.”

When the discovery of evolution by natural selection was announced to the world, neither of the scientists who discovered it were present at the announcement! When evolution was debated and insults traded at the notorious 1860 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the co-discoverers of evolution weren’t there, either! Who did the hatchet work on behalf of evolution? Why, Darwin’s apostles, of course! Charles Darwin was famously a recluse in later life. He wrote earth-shattering books but preferred to have others defend them. Fortunately, scientists like Thomas Huxley, Joseph Hooker, Asa Gray, John Draper, and evolution’s co-discoverer Alfred Russel Wallace were all willing to go to bat on evolution’s behalf. They were colorful, distinguished, and tenacious. Come find out more about them!

Dr. Abby Hafer is the author of “The Not-So-Intelligent Designer: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not.” She has a doctorate in zoology from Oxford University and teaches human anatomy and physiology at Curry College.

We will start with half an hour of coffee and conversation at 3:30 PM followed by the main presentation at 4:00 PM.

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

Board Meeting

All members are welcome to attend.

Monday, February 25th
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: The Good Life

Now that we have two independent Darwin Day events in the state, should our local groups be putting more emphasis on Black History Month? Do you think it would help us attract a more diverse membership or encourage a chapter or two of the Black Freethinkers? Is there another commemorative month we should be giving attention to? See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_month-long_observances for a list.

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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