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Our August 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, August 4th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: The Chain

Steve says "The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, is a classification of vices (part of Christian ethics) that has been used since early Christian times to educate and instruct Christians concerning fallen humanity’s tendency to sin. In the currently recognized version, the sins are usually given as wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. In the late twentieth century, this story by the late British Dramatist, Jack Rosenthal, puts a unique twist on this ancient concept as we follow seven people, each guilty of a capital sin as they move house, and unwittingly interact with one another. Humorous and touching, it exposes the weaknesses and bonds that tie humans together. In the fashion of “La Ronde”, you will be drawn in as well."

(Rosenthal was the author of "Interview Day", which we watched in 2015.)

Monday, August 6th
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 18th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: “Lab Girl”

Our book for August is “Lab Girl” by geobiologist Hope Jahren. The discussion will take place Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the library at 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden.

  • “Engrossing. . . . Thrilling. . . . Does for botany what Oliver Sacks’s essays did for neurology, what Stephen Jay Gould’s writings did for paleontology.” – The New York Times
  • Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.
  • Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”
  • An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016
  • A Washington Post Best Memoir of 2016
  • A TIME and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016

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

Monday, August 20th
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: Humanism in the Age of Trump

Connecticut attorney and humanist activist Dan Blinn will talk about how humanism can operate in the era of President Donald Trump at our monthly meeting on August 20 at 7:00 PM. at 700 Hartford Turnpike in Hamden.

Dan’s presentation will focus on what it means to be a humanist in America when so many of the administration's values are antithetical to humanist values; how humanists can find common ground and mutual respect when interacting with Trump supporters; and how humanists can find purpose and fulfillment in the face of Trumpism.

Dan Blinn is a humanist organizer, activist, and speaker. He is the founding president of Hartford Area Humanists and one of the founding co-chairs of the Connecticut Coalition of Reason, of which HAC is also a charter member organization. Dan was recently recognized by the American Humanist Association for his work as a humanist activist and organizer when he was presented with the AHA’s President’s Award at the Annual AHA Conference in May in Las Vegas. A graduate of the Humanist Institute, Blinn is also an attorney who handles consumer protection matters on behalf of consumers.

We will start with half an hour of coffee and conversation at 7:00 PM followed by Dan's talk at 7:30 PM.

Sunday, August 26th
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

August board and standing committee meetings

All members are welcome to attend.

Monday, August 27th
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: The Overton Window

Conservative pundits like the concept. Glenn Beck even wrote a novel based on it and named after it. It’s not a new or partisan idea, though. Notice the last quote in its Wikipedia article https://tinyurl.com/o5mrmqm is from Frederick Douglass. You’ve never heard of it until recently only because someone finally gave it a name. So here are a couple of articles that should help you get a sense of it. From 2016: https://tinyurl.com/y7fb2c7t and from 2018: https://tinyurl.com/yclubd8o

Do you think this is only a political phenomenon, and can you think of some non-political examples?

We will discuss this at our next discussion dinner 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 development@cthumanist.org.


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 June to September 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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