• Monthly Meeting: A Voice for Vulnerable Children, the CASA Approach

    Guest Speaker Josiah Brown is Executive Director of Connecticut CASA (https://www.connecticutcasa.org/), which is part of the national CASA network. CASA addresses the needs of children facing abuse and/or neglect and in need of court-appointed special advocates. Before working at CASA, Josiah was the first associate director of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute. He worked with New Leaders for a summer during its start-up, responsible for researching prospective partner cities. Previously, he was chief of staff to the president of the New School in New York City. In earlier roles, Brown was an aide to U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro and to the director of a foundation-sponsored center at Columbia University. He worked for UConn Upward Bound and ConnPIRG and has volunteered with various urban youth organizations and public schools--including as a member of the New Haven Public Schools' Community Engagement Team.

    As a volunteer, he is a former president of Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven. He is a founding board member of, and now chairs, the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven. He coaches youth basketball during winter. At Yale, since 2008 he has been an associate fellow of Saybrook College and adviser to students there. He is an occasional contributor to the Good Men Project, New Haven Independent, and Times of India, and to a blog at www.josiahbrown.org.

    He has a B.A. with distinction in history, magna cum laude, from Yale and a master’s in public policy from Harvard.

    He and his wife, Sahar Usmani-Brown, live in New Haven with their two children.

    Mr. Brown will be joined by Dwayne Jackson, a CASA volunteer from Meriden, Conn.

    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/81444530449

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  • Book Discussion "Quicksand" by Nella Larsen

    Unitarian Society of New Haven

    Our book for September is "Quicksand" by Harlem Renaissance writer Nella Larsen.

    From Wikipedia:
    Nella Larsen introduces the educated mixed-race protagonist, Helga Crane, who struggles to find her identity in a world of racialized crisis in the 1920s…The novel gives us a glimpse into the dichotomy of being mixed raced and the divergence into two vastly different worlds as the protagonist travels through uniquely different cultural spaces from 1920’s Jazz Age Harlem, NY to Copenhagen, Denmark.

    When in Harlem…Crane happens onto a store-front revival and has a charismatic religious experience. After marrying the preacher who converted her, she moves with him to the rural Deep South. There she is disillusioned by the people's adherence to religion. In each of her moves, Crane fails to find fulfillment. She is looking for more than how to integrate her mixed ancestry.

    “[Nella Larsen’s novels] open up a whole world of experience that seemed to me, when I first read them years ago, absolutely absorbing, fascinating, and indispensable. They do that still.” – Alice Walker

  • Walk Against Hunger

    Yard Goats Stadium

    HAC has a long history of participation in the Walk Against Hunger.
    This year, the CT FoodBank & FoodShare have merged, so the event will be held in Hartford, beginning and ending in the YardGoats Stadium ( aka Dunkin’ Donuts Park).
    The Hartford Area Humanists are joining us (https://www.meetup.com/Hartford-Humanists/).
    Our fundraising goal is $500.

    You can donate, and/or join the HAC team, at:
    http://site.foodshare.org/goto/cthumanist

    To donate, simply click on any team member's name in the team roster to visit the member's personal page, where you'll find a "Donate Now" button.

    There you will also find Information about parking and details about event festivities.
    Please join us for this healthy outdoor way to make a difference!

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  • Humanist Association of Connecticut Social Dinner

    Mamoun's Falafel Restaurant

    Join us for our Social Dinner at Mamoun's in New Haven, and discuss a wide range of topics with like-minded people.

    We're meeting at Mamoun's this month. Please only join us if you're fully vaccinated and feeling fine.

    For more information, see http://www.cthumanist...

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  • Humanist Explorations: Hedy Lamarr, Film Star with a Hidden Talent

    This is our monthly discussion meeting, held at 2:30 PM on the first Saturday of each month.
    We have returned to holding these in-person in the Social Hall at USNH. There's plenty of room for social distancing.
    Film producer Louis B. Mayer promoted Hedy Lamarr as: "The world's most beautiful woman," and her work in thirty films over as many years established her as that for many of her fans. There was, however, a little known side of her that never received much attention. She was also an accomplished scientist and inventor, and her work in that capacity has had a major impact on history, and on our lives today. Join us for this fascinating story, which pays homage to an underestimated woman of our age.

  • Discussion: Power, Corruption and the Olympics

    Wood-n-Tap - Hamden

    This is our monthly dinner discussion group. We have returned to meeting in the "Middle Room" of the restaurant if it is available.

    Spectator sports are no stranger to corruption. Anyone who remembers the International Olympic Committee corruption scandal of the 1990s will probably be wondering why anyone pays any attention to the Olympics any more.

    The recently concluded Tokyo Olympics added yet more controversy, with the organizers not only showing complete disdain for the safety of the spectators, staff, athletes and host nation, but taking the position that the point of the games was to have women compete in underwear. In his Slate fluff piece (https://slate.com/culture/2021/07/international-olympic-committee-jerks-ioc-corruption-covid-tokyo.html), Justin Peters reminds us of some of the previous gaffs.

    Some possible topics to discuss include:
    - What is it about the idea of the Olympics that makes us willing to forgive the continual corruption?
    - Are the Olympics special, or do we forgive corruption in other spectator sports?
    - Are the modern Olympics any less corrupt than the ancient Olympics?
    - In today's Cancel Culture, any one of the IOC's transgressions would have resulted in permanent cancellation of an individual. Does Cancel Culture exclude organizations, or is it too hard to cancel organizations?
    - Does broadcasting Olympic events while criticizing the IOC for transgressions endorse those transgressions?
    - Does watching Olympic events while criticizing the IOC for those transgressions endorse those transgressions?

  • Board Meeting

    Online event

    All members are welcome to attend.
    Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84156886334
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  • Book Discussion "Free Thinker: The Life of Helen Gardener" by Kimberly A. Hamlin

    Unitarian Society of New Haven

    Our book for August is "Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener" by historian Kimberly A. Hamlin.

    From Amazon:
    When Ohio newspapers published the story of Alice Chenoweth’s affair with a married man, she changed her name to Helen Hamilton Gardener, moved to New York, and devoted her life to championing women’s rights and decrying the sexual double standard. She published seven books and countless essays, hobnobbed with the most interesting thinkers of her era, and was celebrated for her audacious ideas and keen wit. Opposed to piety, temperance, and conventional thinking, Gardener eventually settled in Washington, D.C., where her tireless work proved, according to her colleague Maud Wood Park, "the most potent factor" in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

    ""Free Thinker" is as vivid and arresting as its subject. And Helen Hamilton Gardener’s insistent argument, that American women were ‘self-respecting, self-directing human units with brains and bodies sacredly their own,’ still feels as urgent and as radical as it did a century ago." – Jane Kamensky, Harvard University

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  • Monthly Meeting: Eugene Kogan on Mediation

    Online event

    This is our monthly meeting, held on the third Monday of the month. This month features a return visit from Eugene Kogan.

    When negotiation fails, mediation seeks other paths to amicable resolution. Eugene B. Kogan, Ph.D., will talk with us about a book he recently co-authored, “Mediation: Negotiation by Other Moves.” The book covers models and principles; a mediation framework to prepare for mediation; a step-by-step approach to a mediation session; mediation traps and how to avoid them, for mediators and parties alike; and ethics of mediation and questions of responsibility.
    Dr. Kogan has spoken with us in the past:
    2004 - The Case for Multilateralism
    2005 - Liberalism or Leadership: Debating the Future of the Democratic Party
    2007 - Truth: The New Agenda for Peace and Security
    2008 - Change: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    2014 - Nuclear Proliferation
    Dr. Kogan now teaches “Using Power Effectively: A Toolkit for Leaders,” a professional development program at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education. Dr. Kogan regularly trains business, public policy and military leaders at Harvard’s Professional Development Programs, Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Professional Education, Brandeis, Vienna’s Executive Academy, and Salzburg Business School.

    The meeting will be held online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81444530449

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  • Humanist Explorations: Ballet Boys - Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

    This is our monthly discussion meeting, held at 2:30 PM on the first Saturday of each month.
    We have returned to holding these in-person in the Social Hall at USNH. There's plenty of room for social distancing.
    This month we'll watch and discuss a documentary on Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
    Founded in the early 1970s, after the Stonewall Uprising, the story of this gay male dance company parallels the rise of the LGBTQ movement. As the Harlem Globetrotters related to professional basketball, the Trocks relate to the world of classical ballet. The high level of technical expertise melded with a great degree of humor will allow even non ballet lovers to appreciate their work and the impact on the rising acceptance of the LGBTQ community in our society.