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Our October 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, October 5th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: Color with Stephany Cousins

Join us for an introductory workshop on Albers color theory with our very own artist, Stephany Cousins.

A professional artist for over 4 decades, Stephany graduated from Mount Holyoke College and New York University and has continued to study art ever since. She draws and paints in all mediums. A professional color expert and educator, she has taught at Albertus Magnus College and privately. Stephany has shared this fun interactive color workshop with groups of all ages – even a group of 40 retirees at The Villages in Florida.

Please wear a shirt that is a solid color (or a very small pattern with one predominant color), and try to remember to bring a pair of scissors in case we don’t have enough for everybody.

Monday, October 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, October 26th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Book Discussion Group: "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas

Our book for October is "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas.

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

Saturday, October 21st
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: Death, Death, Death!

Please join us at 7:00 PM on October 21 at 700 Hartford Turnpike in Hamden when Mark Davis will be providing information about Final Exit Network’s efforts to provide immediate, painless and peaceful relief for screened, suffering members with intractable conditions seeking to end their lives. We will discuss the history of the movement and its future directions. And, if time permits, we will take a look at efforts to get the Connecticut legislature to pass a law providing doctor-assisted suicide for qualified individuals – what this law would and wouldn’t provide.

Mark was a businessman who, throughout his life, found the topics of death and dying to be difficult and uncomfortable. When his mother's health led her to request his assistance in ending her life, it was more than unsettling. His research led him to the book, "Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying." After sharing the book’s then recommended method for self-deliverance with his mother, she changed her mind, as many do. Years later, as aging forced him to confront his own mortality, he resumed his research on issues related to aging, dying and death and decided to attend a series UU meetings called the Death Buffet (as opposed to Death Café). These experiences led him to become a hospice volunteer in the Danbury area and to join Final Exit Network. Later, Mark became a speaker for Final Exit and is currently being trained to be an Exit Guide. He combines his hospice experience, the principles of Final Exit, his personal experience and a copious amount of research into his presentations/discussions. He strives to be interesting, engaging and provocative.

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

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

Board Meeting

All members are welcome to attend.

Monday, October 28th
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: Polarization

We will discuss this 17-minute video from the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative: https://mitsloan.mit.edu/sustainability/video/how-to-keep-conversation-alive-in-a-polarized-world-jason-jay-tedxbocaraton.

America seems to be growing more and more divided every day. How do we feel right and righteous and certain about our agenda, while compromising to work with others who may not agree with us? How do we all work together?

Facilitator and author Jason Jay from MIT Sloan explores what happens inside ourselves when conversations go off the rails and offers a tool to help people harness polarization as a source of creative energy.

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.

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