- HFFC Trivia Team
We compete as an HFFC Team, and can select a team name for the night. This will be our 3rd event. The grand prize we earned at last month's contest--a bucket of beers--will be shared among first arrivals (Anita has the certificates). Just show up. More info: John Levin,[masked], [masked]
- HFFC Science Readers
6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm discussion/presentation. What’s the latest in scientific thinking, what does it mean for us, and what do we think of it. Join the HFFC Science Readers group to tackle and be entertained, under the leadership of Dr. Ruth Light. An article is selected for reading in advance of the discussion or presentation. Science Readers meets on the fourth Monday of the month at the Silver Star Restaurant’s banquet room.
- HFFC Monthly Meeting: The Landscape of Secular Organizations
6 pm social hour; 7 pm program. Speaker: John Levin, a Norwalk resident and secular activist who has served on the board of the Washington, D.C. based Secular Coalition for America since 2015. Did you know that the number of people in America who identify as secular (non-religious, humanist, atheist, agnostic, nothing) is larger than ever, growing quickly, and incredibly diverse? In response, there are many organizations and leaders who serve this broad constituency and its many needs. In this talk you will “meet” them and discover the passion, cleverness, determination, and humor these groups and people bring to their important missions. Come see the creative approaches groups have used to support secular values and to provide a welcoming environment for secular people. The meeting is open to all. Please RSVP via Meetup.com/hffcct.
- HFFC Books Et Cetera--“The Dead” by James Joyce
For this meeting of HFFC Books Et Cetera, we will read “The Dead” by James Joyce (the last story in “The Dubliners” by James Joyce). This book is widely available in public libraries, both as a stand-alone book and in "The Dubliners" collection of James Joyce stories. We will meet at a home in Fairfield on Saturday, May 4. We will gather at 1:30 pm and our meeting will end at around 4:30 pm. The location will be sent to those who are attending. Please RSVP to me at [masked] if you would like to attend. We will start with lunch and will then discuss the reading. We will conclude with a brief discussion of upcoming reading and meetings. Dan Barry of The New York Times called "The Dead" "just about the finest short story in the English language" on the centennial of Dubliners. T. S. Eliot called it one of the greatest short stories ever written. Joyce biographer and critic Richard Ellmann wrote, "In its lyrical, melancholy acceptance of all that life and death offer, 'The Dead' is a linchpin in Joyce's work." Cornell University Joyce scholar Daniel R. Schwarz described it as "that magnificent short novel of tenderness and passion but also of disappointed love and frustrated personal and career expectations." [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_(short_story) ] Upcoming gatherings of HFFC Books Et Cetera: “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren (date and location TBD) “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think” by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling (date and location TBD) Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, suggestions, etc. Manny [masked]
- Courtesy posting: Make Your Voice Heard for Reproductive Rights at CT Capitol
See https://www.facebook.com/events/321192431904255/ for description of the event. Support bill 7070 to outlaw deceptive advertising by fake women’s health centers, which pretend to be medical facilities, but are non-medical fronts for anti-abortion advocates. Earlier info according to organizers: The day will begin at the Legislative Office Building at 10am & will probably run until about 2 or so. A FB event & email with RSVP link will be going out once we have a room confirmed. The day will start with introduction to lobbying, then we will have small break out groups for the various bills we will be supporting that day so attendees can ask questions and get a good overview. Then together we will talk over to the Capitol building to engage our reps! Liz Gustafson Organizer & Volunteer Coordinator NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers [masked] (860)[masked] more information on the issue at: https://www.prochoicect.org/issue/fake-womens-health-centers/ Text of H.B. 7070 is at https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/TOB/h/pdf/2019HB-07070-R00-HB.PDF
- HFFC Science Readers: The Protein Slayers (& Alzheimers)
6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm discussion/presentation. THE PROTEIN SLAYERS a new approach to Alzheimer’s, and other diseases, in this article from Nature, March 21, 2019, Vol. 568 pp[masked].Led by Ruth Light, M.D. Let’s discuss a topic in science, learn stuff, and have fun. For the article, follow a link on HFFC’s Events & News, or receive notice from our listserv, or to RSVP and obtain info, email [masked] Subj: “Sci Readers”.
- HFFC Trivia Team
We compete as an HFFC Team, and can select a team name for the night. This will be our 2nd event. The grand prize we earned at last month's contest--a bucket of beers--will be shared among first arrivals (Mona has the certificate). Just show up. More info: John Levin,[masked], [masked]
- GODLESS CITIZENS in a GODLY REPUBLIC
6 pm social hour; 7 pm program. Did America's founders intend us to be “one nation under God”, a phrase added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954? Does the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of religion extend to freedom from religion? Come to the April meeting of Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC) to hear historical and legal perspectives on these questions from our speakers, the co-authors of “Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic: Atheists in American Public Life.“ Isaac Kramnick (the Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government Emeritus) and R. Laurence Moore (the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies and History Emeritus) are friends who both taught at Cornell and also collaborated on several projects, including an earlier book “The Godless Constitution: A Moral Defense of the Secular State.” In a recent interview Moore explained, “One of the themes of this [Godless Citizens] book is that nonbelievers have been very important in American life and don't get recognized.“ They get their due tonight! Come explore the history and current role of atheists in American public life.
- HFFC Science Readers with Video
6:30 pm social time; 7:00 pm discussion/presentation. We will watch and discuss a video "Skeptic's Guide to Medicine, Health & the Media" by Roy Benaroch. Section on how drugs are developed. What’s the latest in scientific thinking, what does it mean for us, and what do we think of it. Join the HFFC Science Readers group to tackle and be entertained, under the leadership of Dr. Ruth Light.