What we’re about
We are mostly members of the Humanist Association of Connecticut who dine together and discuss humanist issues at least once a month. We welcome other humanists to join us!
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Secular Parenting: A Conversation with Religion Professor Dr. Christel ManningUSNH, Hamden, CT
Join us for a fascinating conversation on the varieties and complexities of secular parenting with Dr. Christel Manning, a professor of religion at Sacred Heart University.
Dr. Manning has studied non-religious communities for more than a decade and her most recent book is "Losing Our Religion: How Unaffiliated Parents are Raising Their Children" (NYU Press, 2015). Her research has covered the intersection of religion, gender and sexuality; the sociology of new or marginalized religious movements; and the dramatic rise of the so-called "religious nones." Her previous books include "Sex and Religion" and "God Gave us the Right: Conservative Catholic, Evangelical Protestant, and Orthodox Jewish Women Grapple with Feminism."
This is our monthly meeting, held on the third Monday of the month.
We usually start with half an hour of coffee and conversation at 6:30 PM, followed by the main program after brief announcements at 7:00 PM.
- Book Discussion "Sickening" by Dr. John AbramsonWilson Branch Library, New Haven, CT
Our book for October is Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It by John Abramson, M.D.
John Cappadona, M.D., a retired general practitioner and activist for medical reform, will be moderating the discussion.
The United States spends an excess $1.5 trillion annually on health care compared to other wealthy countries – yet the amount of time that Americans live in good health ranks a lowly 68th in the world. At the heart of the problem is Big Pharma, which funds most clinical trials and therefore controls the research agenda, withholds the real data from those trials as corporate secrets, and shapes most of the information relied upon by health care professionals.
In this no-holds-barred exposé, Dr. John Abramson combines patient stories with what he learned during many years of serving as an expert in national drug litigation to reveal the tangled web of financial interests at the heart of the dysfunction in our health-care system…Sickening shines a light on the dark underbelly of American health care – and presents a path toward genuine reform.
"A crash course in the profit-driven systems built by Big Pharma that dominate the U.S. health care industry and how they can cause undue suffering.... Sickening is written in tempered language backed up by hard data and historical examples to illustrate Big Pharma’s enrichment strategies." – Undark Magazine