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Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
Humanism and Its Aspirations

Upcoming Events

Northern Social Dinner

Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 7:00PM

Join us at Butterfly Chinese Restaurant on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford for some friendly and interesting conversation!

Butterfly Restaurant, 831 Farmington Ave, West Hartford CT

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Humanist Explorations

Saturday, June 1, 2024, 2:30PM

This is our monthly discussion meeting, held at 2:30 PM on the first Saturday of each month.
We have returned to holding these…

USNH, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden CT

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Social Dinner

Monday, June 3, 2024, 7:00PM

Join us for our monthly Social Dinner, and discuss a wide range of topics with like-minded people.

For more information, see…

It's Thai Time Restaurant, 181 Orange St, New Haven CT

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Annual Picnic

Saturday, June 8, 2024, 4:00PM

Please join us at our annual picnic!
We will be outside on the front lawn at USNH.
Please bring your own refreshments and/or a…

USNH, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden CT

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Courtesy Posting: In Consideration of Coming Out

Monday, June 10, 2024, 7:00PM

HAC’s membership committee chair, John Connell, will be one of the speakers at the Humanist and Freethinkers of Fairfield…

Wilton Quaker Meeting, 317 New Canaan Rd, Wilton CT

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Book Discussions

"Survival of the Friendliest" by Brian Hare & Vanessa Woods

Saturday, June 15, 2024, 2:30PM

Our book for June is Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity by researchers Brian Hare & Vanessa Woods.

From Amazon: Since Charles Darwin wrote about “evolutionary fitness,” the idea of fitness has been confused with physical strength, tactical brilliance, and aggression. In fact, what made us evolutionarily fit was a remarkable kind of friendliness, a virtuosic ability to coordinate and communicate with others that allowed us to achieve all the cultural and technical marvels in human history. Advancing what they call the “self-domestication theory,” Brian Hare… and his wife, Vanessa Woods,…shed light on the mysterious leap in human cognition that allowed Homo sapiens to thrive.

But this gift for friendliness came at a cost. Just as a mother bear is most dangerous around her cubs, we are at our most dangerous when someone we love is threatened by an “outsider.” The threatening outsider is demoted to sub-human, fair game for our worst instincts. Hare’s groundbreaking research…reveals that the same traits that make us the most tolerant species on the planet also make us the cruelest. Survival of the Friendliest offers us a new way to look at our cultural as well as cognitive evolution and sends a clear message: In order to survive and even to flourish, we need to expand our definition of who belongs.

“An utterly persuasive explanation for why the human psyche has evolved to be dangerous – and what to do about it. It should be read by every politician and every schoolchild.”—Richard Wrangham, author of The Goodness Paradox

Wilson Branch Library, 303 Washington Ave, New Haven CT

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"Jude the Obscure" by Thomas Hardy

Saturday, July 20, 2024, 2:30PM

Our book for July is Thomas Hardy’s classic Jude the Obscure.

From Amazon:
In 1895 Hardy’s final novel, the great tale…

Wilson Branch Library, 303 Washington Ave, New Haven CT

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"The Constitution of Knowledge" by Jonathan Rauch

Saturday, August 24, 2024, 2:30PM

Our book for August is The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth by journalist Jonathan Rauch. Please note that we are…

Wilson Branch Library, 303 Washington Ave, New Haven CT

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You can download the New Haven Free Public Library’s flyer for the 2024 book discussions at the Wilson Branch.

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Titles selected for our book discussions can be found in most local libraries or ordered from bookstores such as Barnes and Noble.

HAC is a chapter of the American Humanist Association, a member of the Connecticut Coalition of Reason, and a UU Humanists local group.