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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, September 1st
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: Dolores

For Labor Day weekend we offer another chance to see one of the most popular videos at this year's Social Cinema series at USNH.

Dolores Huerta is among the most important activists in American history. As an equal partner with Cesar Chavez in founding the first farm workers unions, Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.

Monday, September 3rd
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, September 15th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: “Fantasyland”

Our book for September is “Fantasyland: How America went Haywire: a 500-Year History” by journalist Kurt Andersen.

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

Saturday, September 15th
4:00 PM to 10:00 PM

New Haven Pride Block Party

2018 is the 20th anniversary of the New Haven Pride celebration. HAC will be tabling, along with Yale Humanist Community, somewhere on Center Street in New Haven. There will be information booths, vendors, food (in the lot between Center and Crown Streets) and entertainment.

Come and show your support for New Haven's LGBTQIA community.

(If you'd like to help run our table, contact one of the officers.)

Monday, September 17th
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: Protect Your Money and Identity Online

In the internet age, your money and identity are more easily accessible to thieves than ever before. Over the years, almost everyone has had a credit card number stolen as a result of hacked store computer systems. Insurance companies have lost laptops containing sensitive information. Scammers pretending to be officials from Microsoft telephone in an attempt to gain privileged access to people’s computers. Even with all these threats, you can reduce your risk by following a few fairly simple guidelines, by being able to recognize common scams, and by having a plan in place to respond when your data has been compromised.

Carol Siddall has been an IT professional for over twenty years, has been online since last century, and has seen lots of scams over the years. She knows that security has to be easy because scammers are clever and persistent. Carol will tell us the basics of choosing a secure password (that you can remember), avoiding some common scams, and developing some simple habits that will help protect you when you’re not even aware you’re in danger.

We will start with half an hour of coffee and conversation at 7:00 PM followed by the main presentation at 7:30 PM.

Monday, September 24th
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: Callout Culture

The April 13, 2018, episode of NPR’s Invisibilia (https://www.npr.org/2018/04/13/601971617/the-callout) asks the question, “What is the role of pain in making social change?” Feel free to listen or read the transcript. This is pretty long, so this is the only preparation for the discussion. Please notice: how the main character changes throughout her life, who plays judge and jury in the story, and the ways in which the kind of justice meted out in the story differs from official government-administered justice.

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.

Sunday, September 30th
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

September board and standing committee meetings

All members are welcome to attend.

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 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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