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For this meeting of HFFC Books Et Cetera, we will be discussing audio and video selections with Shoshana Zuboff discussing her book “The age of surveillance capitalism : the fight for a human future at the new frontier of power”. All participants are expected to have listened to and viewed the selections in advance of our discussion. Reading the book is optional. To receive links to the selections and to be added to the HFFC Books Et Cetera e-mail list, contact Manny Ratafia at [masked] (manny at ratafias.com) (substitute at symbol for word at). The Zoom invitation will be sent to this e-mail list shortly before our meeting. We will meet online on Sunday, January 24 from 1pm to 3pm. Notable book of the year—The New York Times "...masterwork of original thinking and research...groundbreaking, magisterial, alarming...unmissable."—Financial Times Best Business Book of the Year—Sunday Times (UK) One of the best 100 books of the 21st century—The Guardian "An intensively researched, engagingly written chronicle of surveillance capitalism's origins and its deleterious prospects for our society... This is the rare book that we should trust to lead us down the long hard road of understanding."―Jacob Silverman in The New York Times Book Review "...brilliant and essential..."―Robert Reich Selected by Barack Obama, Zadie Smith (in the Wall Street Journal), Jia Tolentino (in the New Yorker), Elif Shafak (in the Guardian), and Ana Botin (in Bloomberg) as one of the best books of 2019 Shoshana Zuboff is Charles Edward Wilson Professor Emerita at Harvard Business School. She received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. On September 25, 2020, she was named as one of the 25 members of the "Real Facebook Oversight Board", an independent monitoring group over Facebook. Recent and upcoming discussions of HFFC Books Et Cetera are: “Leonardo da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson 2/15/20 “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover 3/28/2020 (online) “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari and videos of Harari discussing this book 4/25/2020 (online) “The Devil’s Disciple” by George Bernard Shaw (reading) 5/30/2020 (online) “I Am Not Your Negro” 6/27/2020 (online) “The Three-Body Problem” by Cixin Liu 7/25/2020 (online) “The Bonfire of the Vanities” by Tom Wolfe 9/6/2020 (online) “The Gene: An Intimate History” by Siddhartha Mukherjee 10/25/2020 (online) “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond 11/22/2020 (online) "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami 12/27/2020 (online) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shoshana Zuboff audio and video selections discussing her book “The age of surveillance capitalism : the fight for a human future at the new frontier of power”— 1/24/2021 (online) “My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante (online) Robert Cialdini book TBD (either “Influence : the psychology of persuasion” or “Pre-suasion : a revolutionary way to influence and persuade”) (online) “ Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance (online) “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom plus videos related to this book (online) Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, suggestions, etc. Happy reading! Manny Ratafia [masked] (manny at ratafias.com) (substitute at symbol for word at).
Meeting opens at 6:30 pm Discussion 7:00 pm The articles for this discussion will be sent to those who request them about a week before the meeting. What’s the latest in scientific thinking? What does it mean for us? What do we think of it? Join the HFFC Science Readers group to tackle and be entertained. An article is selected for reading in advance of the discussion or presentation. Contact Ruth Light at ruthlight1 at comcast.net (substitute at symbol for word at) to get information on the group and this month's readings. Led by Ruth Light, M.D. Let's discuss a topic in science, learn and have fun.
Senator Winfield of New Haven and West Haven is on the Judiciary Committee and been very active on many of the social justice issues in CT . He is also an advocate for legalizing marijuana. In addition to being Chief Deputy Majority Leader and Co-Chair of Judiciary Committee, he is also a member of the Appropriations; Education; Public Safety and Security Committees. Register to get link to meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrdeCuqj8rHtNpx1PtaHZXXxbs1I0iK8pl
What’s a great way to celebrate science, nature, and the pursuit of scientific knowledge of the natural world? Darwin Day is an international and national celebration of science held on or around Charles Darwin’s February 12th birthday. The public is invited to join the CT statewide celebration of Darwin Day In a FREE LIVE VIRTUAL Event held on Friday February 19 at 7:00 PM thanks to the Connecticut Coalition of Reason and others. To get link to the meeting, Register early at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIufuurrjItE9e_nhShlcT9iam9NsbqJmmI Like and share the FaceBook page DarwinDayCT2021. For more information contact Anita Peters [masked]. James Prosek, internationally acclaimed artist, author, naturalist, conservationist, and Connecticut native will be the evening’s speaker. He will guide us on "The Nature of Reproducing Nature: From Drawing to Naming to Mimicry.” Prosek is a unique visual artist who is building bridges between the worlds of natural science and the arts. His art has been shown in galleries and museums around the U.S. and world including The Royal Academy of Arts in London, the National Academy of Sciences in D.C. Live Q&A will immediately follow his presentation. This year’s online event will also include audience participation in a challenging and entertaining science quiz. DarwinDayCT2021 is sponsored by: The Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens, Bruce Museum, Earthplace, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, UConn Department of Marine Sciences, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, American Humanist Association, Congregation of Humanistic Judaism, CT Coalition of Reason, Hartford Area Humanists, Humanist Association of CT, Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County, Unitarian Church at Westport, Unitarian Society of New Haven Dept. of Adult Religious Education, Wilton Quaker Meeting. The CT Darwin Day Dinner will not be held this year due to Covid concerns.