You have probably heard of MOOCs -- Massive Online Open Courses. Learn more about them and about the myriad other sources of free or low-cost on-line education available with the help of the Internet and/or your local library.
Curiosity is one of the defining characteristics of our humanity. Given the rising costs of higher education and the many demands placed on our time in modern days, it's not practical to rely on traditional sources of learning to satisfy that curiosity throughout a lifetime. The ubiquity of Internet access has given us unprecedented access to a wealth of resources that can help us all become autodidacts, or self-educated persons.
About the speaker:
Maria Greene is part of the steering committee of the Concord Area Humanists. She has a degree in computer science from Brown University and is the founding partner of a Boston-area web development firm. Maria is also the part-time Executive Director of the UU Humanist Association.
Our First Wednesday Dialog series brings in outside speakers to share interesting topics related to Humanism -- kind of like Ted Talk. We socialize and enjoy refreshments until about 7:15, at which point the speakers presents for as long as they choose, usually until 8:00 or so. At this point we pass the mic around and have a group discussion about the topic. When the discussion wraps up, we continue with more refreshments and socializing until around 9:00 when all attendees are welcome to join our open steering committee meeting.
We take donations at the door to cover the cost of the meeting ($5 is suggested). Half of the donations (after we pay the rent) are given as an honorarium to the speaker. All regular attendees are encouraged to bring refreshments to share.
Note that we have a large mailing list outside of Meetup.com so the RSVP numbers are generally much lower than the actual attendance.