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February 2013: Dr. James Sikela at the Secular Hub (new location !!!)

The HOC is thrilled to announce that our February 2013 meeting will be the FIRST EVER FULL EVENT AT THE SECULAR HUB!  Part of our 2013 annual theme on Science, and timed to support the "Darwin Day" festivities two days later, it will feature Dr. James Sikela, professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

The Sikela lab's work relates to investigating the human genome to find what genes are unique to our species. Dr. Sikela's talk, "The Search for the Genes that Made Us Human" describes how work on the genome provides additional validation of Darwin's theory and has resulted in some very interesting discoveries.

For this meeting, and hopefully for a long time thereafter, we will be meeting at a location chosen and outfitted especially for us and groups like ours: the Secular Hub.  Located at the corner of 31st and Downing just outside downtown, this rented space has parking on the side, on the street, across the alley, and across 31st street.  (Please avoid using the few spaces near the exterior stairway, as they are for upstairs tenants.)  There is a light-rail station a block or so away.  Nondescript from the outside, the space is very comfortable inside, with a fresh paint job, cafe colors, a kitchenette, three bathrooms, two offices, and more.  You'll just have to see it.

The best part is, this space is not part of a church, and is not a for-profit establishment.  Shared among secular groups and members throughout the community (a heretofore severely underserved minority constituting some 20% of the Colorado population), it can be, going forwards, whatever we would like it to be.  On Sunday, February 10th, we would like it to be the new HOC meeting space - so please come and show your support.  (Since this will be the first event at the Hub, two days before the Grand Opening on Darwin Day, we expect some difficulties to be experienced, we just don't know what they will be.  We plan to take everything in stride.)


Another change, along with the venue: nobody will bring drinks for the potluck.  Drinks will be available as concessions, so bring a few extra dollars for some soda or coffee.

Potluck dinner at 6 pm. Program will begin at 7 pm. Potluck instructions are based upon the first letter of the last name:

A-B) Main Dish
C-D) Main Dish
E-J) Side Dish or Salad
K-R) Side Dish or Bread/Chips
S-Z) Dessert

After hours: 9:00 - ?  TBD (There is a restaurant/bar right across the street, we just have to make sure it's open on Sunday evenings.)

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  • Jeanette M. N.

    Fun meeting! It didn't seem long enough, but that means it was really good, I guess.

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Tom K.

    It was wonderful to help kick off the first HOC meeting at its new home. The talk went a little over my head, but I had a great time.

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Thomas P.

    The location is great, and should be quite successful. Dr. Sikela was Tops!

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Thomas P.

    Great speaker for this group, and for myself. Learned more about things of which I knew something, and learned something about things of which I knew nothing. The perfect combination.

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was interesting to hear about the latest in human genetics.

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Too tired.

    February 10, 2013

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