Recent Events (2019)

Our current calendar of events is on our home page and in our newsletter.

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Monday, March 25th
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: Victimization by Both Genders?

Many powerful men have recently been taken to task for sexual victimization. In October, Scientific American reported that sexual victimization by women is more common than previously known (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sexual-victimization-by-women-is-more-common-than-previously-known/). Is it possible for society to tackle sexual victimization by both genders? Would an attempt to do so distract from recent successes? What would be gained or lost by such a change in focus? Do you think it would be a good idea? Why or why not?

Sunday, March 24th
3:30 to 5:30 PM

Board Meeting

Monday, March 18th
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Monthly Meeting: The Road Less Traveled

At our March monthly meeting, Steve and Susan Boshi will present a guide to some less well-known travel destinations in Italy and France. Steve says “While European cities like Paris, London, and Rome are well known travel destinations, there are numerous more intimate locations with much to offer in terms of art, history, and natural beauty. Three of these places in Italy and one in France fit this description perfectly. Join us for an armchair travelogue to Ravenna, Bolzano, and Lago Maggiore in Northern Italy, and Nancy, in the Lorraine District of France, for a unique perspective of the continent.”

Saturday, March 16th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: “When God Talks Back”

Our book for March is “When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God” by anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann.

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

Monday, March 4th
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, March 2nd
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: Let There Be Light

In the days of high technology and the internet, it is easy to forget the concept of artistic creation by the human mind and hand. This video essay about the artist Rowan LeCompte, and his work designing many of the stained glass windows in The Washington National Cathedral, will pique your interest in the art and craft of a time long gone by.

Monday, February 25th
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: Black History Month?

Now that we have two independent Darwin Day events in the state, should our local groups be putting more emphasis on Black History Month? Do you think it would help us attract a more diverse membership or encourage a chapter or two of the Black Freethinkers? Is there another commemorative month we should be giving attention to? See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_month-long_observances for a list.

Sunday, February 24th
3:30 to 5:30 PM

Board Meeting

All members are welcome to attend.

Sunday, February 17th
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Monthly Meeting: Darwin's Apostles

We have a very special speaker for Darwin Day. Dr. Abby Hafer will present “Darwin’s Apostles.”

When the discovery of evolution by natural selection was announced to the world, neither of the scientists who discovered it were present at the announcement! When evolution was debated and insults traded at the notorious 1860 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the co-discoverers of evolution weren’t there, either! Who did the hatchet work on behalf of evolution? Why, Darwin’s apostles, of course! Charles Darwin was famously a recluse in later life. He wrote earth-shattering books but preferred to have others defend them. Fortunately, scientists like Thomas Huxley, Joseph Hooker, Asa Gray, John Draper, and evolution’s co-discoverer Alfred Russel Wallace were all willing to go to bat on evolution’s behalf. They were colorful, distinguished, and tenacious. Come find out more about them!

Dr. Abby Hafer is the author of “The Not-So-Intelligent Designer: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not.” She has a doctorate in zoology from Oxford University and teaches human anatomy and physiology at Curry College.

We will start with half an hour of coffee and conversation at 3:30 PM followed by the main presentation at 4:00 PM.

Saturday, February 16th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: “The Denial of Death”

Our book for February is the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Denial of Death” by Ernest Becker.

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

Monday, February 4th
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, February 2nd
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: Left Behind America

This month's discussion is based on a recent edition of Frontline: In much of the country, outside of some major urban areas, local economies are in decline, populations are dwindling, and the opioid epidemic is spreading. While not a new story in post industrial America, the implications are becoming increasingly severe, with few satisfactory solutions. This is the story of Dayton, Ohio, a once thriving city, only some fifty years ago. What happened, and what does the future hold for this place and many others like it?

Monday, January 28th
7:00 PM

Dinner & Discussion: The Good Life

The March, 1994, proceedings of the fifteenth congress of the World Federation of Humanists was entitled, “Humanism and the Good Life.” “The Good Life” appears seven times in the eighth edition of Corliss Lamont’s classic text, “The Philosophy of Humanism,” Bertrand Russell is famous for his quote, “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” Of course, this is a classical concept. Aristotle talks about it in his Treatise on Government.

What are your thoughts on the good life?

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, January 27th
3:30 to 5:30 PM

Board Meeting

All members are welcome to attend.

Monday, January 21st
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

***POSTPONED***

Monthly Meeting: Postponed

We were due to enjoy a presentation by Humanist Celebrant Anita Peters, but since extremely cold weather was forecast for Monday, January 21, we decided to postpone Anita's presentation and cancel the monthly meeting.

Saturday, January 19th
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Book Discussion Group: “A More Beautiful and Terrible History”

Our book for January is “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History” by Jeanne Theoharis.

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

Monday, January 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, January 5th
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Humanist Explorations: The Genius Behind the Bomb

This month's discussion is based on a documentary from 1992. Leo Szilard, the Jewish Hungarian scientist first conceived of the nuclear chain reaction in 1933 when such a concept was widely considered “moonshine” by mainstream science. While Szilard understood the initial preeminence of a nuclear weapon, he spent the rest of his life arguing against its use. This challenging story is the subject of this months meeting.

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