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Our July 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
Monday, July 2nd
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, July 7th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: The Sweetest Sounds

The evolution of the creative mind and the understanding of the human predicament is the focus of this biography of one of America's great composers, Richard Rodgers. From his schooldays at Columbia University, to his extended relationships with two brilliant lyricists, Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein, Rodgers plumbed the mind in innumerable ways and created musical plays for The Broadway Theater that still have a lasting impact today. Join us for this enlightening film, most appropriate for the current holiday.

We’ll watch a documentary and discuss the life and works of Richard Rodgers at 2:30 PM on Saturday, July 7, at 700 Hartford Turnpike in Hamden.

(You may recall we watched a film on Oscar Hammerstein in February of 2017. This presentation will give us the rest of the story of the Rodgers and Hammerstein duo.)

Monday, July 16th
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: Connecticut's Healthcare Advocate

The featured speaker at our monthly meeting will be Ted Doolittle, Connecticut's Healthcare Advocate. Ted will tell us about the work of the Office of the Healthcare Advocate (OHA).

A graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D.) and Harvard University (A.B.), Ted’s career has spanned healthcare, legal practice and law enforcement. He’s been a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General for the State of Connecticut, Associate General Counsel in the Legal & Regulatory Affairs Department at UnitedHealthcare, and more recently was Deputy Director of the Center for Program Integrity at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service.

As Connecticut’s healthcare Advocate, Ted oversees a team of specialists who provide free assistance to Connecticut Healthcare consumers with plan selection, education, enforcement of healthcare rights, and improving healthcare access. OHA helps educate employers, healthcare providers, and others about the procedures and regulations of managed care. OHA also works with the Connecticut and National legislatures to improve access to the healthcare system.

If you’ve ever had (or known someone who has had) any kind of problem getting or using healthcare, you’ll wish you had known about this sooner.

We will start with half an hour of coffee and conversation at 7:00 PM followed by this timely and informative talk at 7:30 PM. Please bring anyone you think may benefit from learning about this!

Saturday, July 21st
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: “Lincoln in the Bardo”

Our book for July will be the novel “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders.

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

Sunday, July 22nd
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

July board and standing committee meetings

All members are welcome to attend.

Monday, July 23rd
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: What Do You Mean by Spiritual?

“Yale scientists have identified a possible neurobiological home for the spiritual experience — the sense of connection to something greater than oneself,” begins this Yale News article reporting on a paper published in the May 29th issue of the journal Cerebral Cortex . A more thorough reporting of the paper can be found at Quartz . What the paper made clear was that what one calls a “spiritual experience” is unique to each person. Contrast that with Pew Research defining the term by reading their questions under the heading “Spiritual concepts embraced by some, rejected by others in Western Europe” in this article. If you google the dictionary definition of spiritual you will find five entries at Merriam-Webster and a full dozen at dictionary.com.

So how do you handle the word “spiritual?” Do you use the term? Do you feel you’re understood when you do? Can you define what you mean when you use it?

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


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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