• D-Cubed Ponders Midterm Results and Overton's Window (Sunday Option)
    Four days after the midterm elections, what will we know? Analysis and the normal excuses for polling misses, joy or despair in the results, bloviating pundits and exhausted candidates... Let's talk about "What Happened", (to use Hillary's book title). But also, let's look at a theory of public discourse called "The Overton Window" and how it may have been or could be deployed in the next phase of governing. IMPORTANT! NOTE LOCATION CHANGE FOR THIS SUNDAY EVENT! The library we normally use for Sundays is not available. D-Cubed, (Discussion, Debate, and Dinner) is a monthly gathering hosted alternatively by Jerry Smith and Mark Thoson of the Humanists of MN. This month, Mark will lead the discussion. We meet the second Saturday of the month and the following Sunday. The talks are independent, not continuations so please choose the one that fits your schedule the best. If there is a waitlist, you may sign up for both until you are confirmed if you like. PLEASE NOTE: THE LOCATIONS ARE DIFFERENT FOR THE TWO DATES. This sign up is for Sunday at Palace Park Recreation Center. As is our habit, a list of links is provided so that everyone who comes may read up on the subject matter before attending. We have rousing discussions, moderated for respect and inclusivity that are enhanced by our prior studies. So please take a look at as much of the following source materials as you can: Let's start with some links to analyze and contextualize the midterms. Some of these links will be updating as results come in. Use whatever you find helpful. We will use these as starting points for about half of our time: https://www.politico.com/election-results/2018/minnesota/ https://www.usatoday.com/elections/ https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2018/senate/2018_elections_senate_map.html https://ballotpedia.org/Election_results,_2018 https://www.270towin.com/2018-senate-election/ And here are a couple links that refer to potential changes following the election: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/28/trump-cabinet-departures-midterms-943375 https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/28/mueller-democrats-house-majority-trump-probe-940032 Next, let's look at the Overton Window and it's relevance to society's fluctuations and directions. These links will give you some food for thought both pro and con: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window https://www.mackinac.org/7504 https://bigthink.com/daylight-atheism/moving-the-overton-window https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaKDcAAEdo0 https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-moves-the-overton-window-on-single-payer_us_59b9d3dfe4b06b71800c36a3 https://www.brennancenter.org/blog/overton-window-and-trump-judges https://newrepublic.com/article/138003/flaws-overton-window-theory https://www.reconsidermedia.com/lastestblogposts/mis-applying-the-overton-windows If you are aware of other online resources that would enlighten our discussion, feel free to suggest them by posting links in the "Comments" section that follows. At 4:30 PM or shortly thereafter, we will wrap up our formal discussion. Those who wish to continue conversing about these and other topics are invited to join Jerry and Mark for dinner. This month our meeting is only a couple blocks from Mark's house so we'll migrate to Mark's for dinner, more conversation and social time. There will be multiple online delivery menus to order from. "Hot City's" hoagies, pizza, calzones, salads, wings, and sandwiches are about 300 feet from Mark's place. But you can choose other venues if you like. Mark has sparkling water, pop, wine, and beer on hand if you'd like some of that too! Hope you can join us!

    Palace Park

    781 Palace Ave · St. Paul, MN

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  • D-Cubed Ponders Midterm Results and Overton's Window (Saturday option)
    Four days after the midterm elections, what will we know? Analysis and the normal excuses for polling misses, joy or despair in the results, bloviating pundits and exhausted candidates... Let's talk about "What Happened", (to use Hillary's book title). But also, let's look at a theory of public discourse called "The Overton Window" and how it may have been or could be deployed in the next phase of governing. D-Cubed, (Discussion, Debate, and Dinner) is a monthly gathering hosted alternatively by Jerry Smith and Mark Thoson of the Humanists of MN. This month, Mark will lead the discussion. We normally meet the second Saturday of the month and the following Sunday. The talks are independent, not continuations so please choose the one that fits your schedule the best. If there is a waitlist, you may sign up for both until you are confirmed if you like. PLEASE NOTE: THE LOCATIONS ARE DIFFERENT FOR THE TWO DATES.This sign up is for Saturday at Merriam Park Library. As is our habit, a list of links is provided so that everyone who comes may read up on the subject matter before attending. We have rousing discussions, moderated for respect and inclusivity that are enhanced by our prior studies. So please take a look at as much of the following source materials as you can: Let's start with some links to analyze and contextualize the midterms. Some of these links will be updating as results come in. Use whatever you find helpful. We will use these as starting points for about half of our time: https://www.politico.com/election-results/2018/minnesota/ https://www.usatoday.com/elections/ https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2018/senate/2018_elections_senate_map.html https://ballotpedia.org/Election_results,_2018 https://www.270towin.com/2018-senate-election/ And here are a couple links that refer to potential changes following the election: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/28/trump-cabinet-departures-midterms-943375 https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/28/mueller-democrats-house-majority-trump-probe-940032 Next, let's look at the Overton Window and it's relevance to society's fluctuations and directions. These links will give you some food for thought both pro and con: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window https://www.mackinac.org/7504 https://bigthink.com/daylight-atheism/moving-the-overton-window https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaKDcAAEdo0 https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-moves-the-overton-window-on-single-payer_us_59b9d3dfe4b06b71800c36a3 https://www.brennancenter.org/blog/overton-window-and-trump-judges https://newrepublic.com/article/138003/flaws-overton-window-theory https://www.reconsidermedia.com/lastestblogposts/mis-applying-the-overton-windows If you are aware of other online resources that would enlighten our discussion, feel free to suggest them by posting links in the "Comments" section that follows. At 4:30, we will wrap up the discussion and anyone who would like to, is encouraged to join us for dinner at Pad Thai (http://padthaiongrand.com), (1681 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105). Just a few blocks drive from the library. Directions will be given. We hope you will join us. Everyone's perspectives are welcomed.

    Merriam Park Public Library

    1831 Marshall Ave · St. Paul, MN

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  • Humanist Happy Hour St. Paul
    Every 2nd Friday fellow humanists get together at the Green Mill for drinks, food and conversation. It's a great way to relax at the end of the week, meet like-minded folks and deepen friendships. Happy Hour specials last until 6pm, but many linger much longer over a light dinner and engaging conversations. Space is limited so keep you RSVP's accurate and up-to-date.

    Green Mill Restaurant and Bar

    57 South Hamline Ave. · St. Paul, MN

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  • Volunteer with Humanists of MN - "Fare for All" Mobile Food Distribution
    Take some time off and join your Humanist friends for a rewarding volunteer opportunity to help the Food Group's "Fare for All" program distribute food to a local community at steeply discounted prices. Volunteers will set up this temporary mobile food distribution site, bring in the food, help customers pick up their purchases (some are pretty frail), and tear down the setup at the end. Please show up by 10:45 a.m. to help with the setup. And, please, keep your RSVP up to date so that we know how many people are coming! The Food Group is a secular, NON-faith based non-profit organization whose mission is to to "serve the hunger needs of our changing communities". http://thefoodgroupmn.org/) (formerly Emergency Foodshelf Network)

    Laborers Local 563

    901 14th Ave NE · Minneapolis, mn

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  • Coffee and Current Events
    As humanists we are interested in seeing the world around us evolve to conform with our humanist principles. For example, seeing the U.S. Congress actually do something about climate change, the proliferation of guns, etc. Unfortunately, however, the Congress is controlled by people who don't believe in science and misinterpret the Constitution. What is a humanist to do? Of course, taking action to make the world a better place is always appropriate. But sometimes we just need to unwind at the end of the week and be in the company of others who share the same concerns. We meet the second Friday of the month at a local coffee shop to discuss current events over a latte and a muffin. If you have something on your mind and need an understanding audience-this is for you. There will be no facilitator and there is no need for preparation. Come as you are.

    Dunn Bros. Loring Park

    329 West 15th St. · Minneapolis, MN

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  • TED SALON Be a Better Advocate for Social Change: Get Over Your Moral Outrage
    Are you a compassionate, concerned, world citizen? Do you care deeply about the environment and social justice? If so, these can be trying times. It can be difficult to maintain your emotional equilibrium when the values you embrace are under constant attack by people and forces aligned against you. In fact, at times you may become morally outraged. Or, perhaps, you become despondent and simply do not want to engage on these issues any longer. Yes, you have the right to feel and react as if the world is going to hell, but does this help make you a better advocate for the positions you believe in? This will be the topic of this month’s TED Talk Salon. In our first video, Per Espen Stoknes, a Norwegian psychologist and Green Party politician/activist, discusses how to transform “apocalypse fatigue” into action on the issue of global warming. https://www.ted.com/talks/per_espen_stoknes_how_to_transform_apocalypse_fatigue_into_action_on_global_warming/up-next In our second video, Robb Willer, a professor of social psychology at Stanford, discusses ways people can be most effective in political conversations with those who differ with them. https://www.ted.com/talks/robb_willer_how_to_have_better_political_conversations/up-next Our monthly TED Talk Salon features engaging video presentations and thoughtful, lively discussion. If you're a curious world citizen we welcome you to the conversation! You can expect to hear a positive balance of critical thinking and personal experiences and values, in a friendly, respectful atmosphere. The Talks for each month will be posted a couple of weeks before each event. View them in advance if you'd like, or come watch with others and join the discussion. FORMAT: After viewing the videos we break up into small groups to discuss. The last 20 minutes we come together again for whole group discussion until 4:55. RSVPs: Because there is a waitlist most months, we rely on your courtesy to allow as many as possible to attend. No preparation is necessary; if you wish to preview the talk, click on the highlighted links to the specific titles of talks which are posted a couple of weeks before each event.

    Sumner Library

    611 Van White Memorial Boulevard · Minneapolis, MN

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  • Habits of Humanism: Mindful Living Nature Walk
    Join us at Manomin Regional Park in Fridley to experience fall “forest bathing” – a mindfulness practice that invites nature to be your healer and promotes physiological and psychological health. Soak up the unique sights, sounds and smells of a gentle quiet walk in the forest, by a river. Also known as Shinrin-yoku, forest bathing will give you an opportunity to slow down and be mindful within a natural setting. Fellow humanist, Karen S., will facilitate this month’s session. Dress for being outside for 30-45 minutes. Then after our walk, we will gather inside the art center for discussion. Mindfulness means being fully present and self-aware in the moment. Join with fellow humanists to practice the habit of mindfulness. To train our minds to experience life fully on a daily basis and to express our values more consistently. Each month we explore a different aspect of mindfulness and its associated practice from a secular humanist and naturalist perspective -- drawing on the experience and wisdom of participants. Attendees also help determine scope, pace and sequence, but sessions could include: centering, non-judgmental acceptance, gratitude, compassion, stress-reduction, patience, anger-management, sensory awareness, and more. Facilitated by Audrey Kingstrom, President, Humanists of MN, with opportunities for shared leadership.

    Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

    6666 E River Rd · Minneapolis, MN

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  • Humanist Happy Hour Minneapolis
    Join us for our Fourth Friday Happy Hour -- a mini Mexican fiesta -- to wrap up the week. Just 4 blocks from Minneapolis -- we still refer to it as our Mpls. location. Gather with fellow humanists and friends over food and drinks for conversation and camaraderie. El Tejaban is just across the street from The Hub shopping center at 66th and Nicollet. There's free parking in the lot in front of the restaurant and the #18 bus line runs frequently along Nicollet Ave. They don't offer special happy hour prices at this time of day, but the drinks are reasonably priced and the food is good! We welcome new people who are looking for like-minded folks and enjoy connecting with other members of our community for wide-ranging discussions of personal lives, politics, culture and philosophy. Come explore humanism and the secular worldview in a casual setting--and make some new friends in the process. As usual, please keep your RSVPs accurate and up-to-date. Space is limited. Be considerate of others and the restaurant.

    El Tejaban Mexican Grill

    6519 Nicollet Ave. · Richfield, mn

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  • CHAPTER MEETING Varieties of Non-theism: Decoding atheism, humanism & naturalism
    Ever wonder what the differences between atheism, humanism, and naturalism are? At our October chapter meeting, Bill Hart, Professor of Religious Studies at Macalester College, will suss out the distinctions. Hart, who himself identifies with all three of these non-theistic identities, will discuss the existential distinctions and ethical commitments that each presume. To what extent are these interchangeable identities? And pushing the boundaries of secular thinking, Hart will also address the question: can one be a non-theist and religious too? Please join us at 3pm for a cup of coffee, welcome and announcements; the presentation begins at 3:15pm and ends around 4:45pm. Then stay to socialize over nibbles and drinks. Childcare is available upon request. Please contact Audrey at [masked] by October 17th. After completing college with a double major in political science and history, Hart began his career as a firefighter in Phoenix, AZ and organizer for the Central Arizona Labor Council. At the same time, he worked on a Master’s in religious studies at Arizona State University and then went on to obtain his PhD at Princeton University. He is author of three books all related to the intersection of religion and culture. His most recent book is Afro-Eccentricity: Beyond the Standard Narrative of Religion (Palgrave 2011).

    First Unitarian Society

    900 Mount Curve Ave Minneapolis · Minneapolis, MN

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  • D-CUBED: Is Socialism the Answer? (Sunday Option)
    Socialism: Bernie's on-board with it, as are many Millennials. Is it the cure for economic inequality? The solution to our many social and economic problems? This month's D-Cubed events will consider the various forms of socialism and whether they offer our country a way out of the conditions that put Donald Trump in the White House. D-Cubed (Discussion, Debate, and Dinner) is a monthly gathering, sponsored by the Humanists of Minnesota, and hosted alternately by Jerry Smith and Mark Thosen. This month it's Jerry's turn to moderate the discussion, which will take place in both Saturday and Sunday sessions. The same topics will be covered on each day, and the discussions should be quite similar. So please sign-up for only one session unless you are waitlisted for the one you most prefer. As usual, we are assigning "homework" in the belief that preparation will help participants contribute to a thoughtful, informed discussion. Please read some or all of the following before the event: Definition and overview of socialism: https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/what-is-socialism-definition/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism Democratic socialism/social democracy: https://www.dsausa.org/about-us/what-is-democratic-socialism/ http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/08/democratic-socialism-nordic-model-conservatives-social-democracy-scandinavia.html Support from the Left: https://monthlyreview.org/2009/05/01/why-socialism/ https://eand.co/how-capitalism-made-americans-poor-and-socialism-made-europeans-rich-6eb7b52353a https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/07/3-arguments-against-socialism-and-why-they-fail Opposition from the Right: https://www.hoover.org/research/why-socialism-fails https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2018/10/01/why-democrats-love-democratic-socialism/ https://reason.com/blog/2018/09/12/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-so Socialism and American Liberalism: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/09/03/what-would-a-socialist-america-look-like-219626 https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2018/8/16/17698602/socialism-capitalism-false-dichotomy-kevin-williamson-column-republican-ocasio-cortez https://newrepublic.com/article/144492/socialism-america-needs-now Assuredly, there are many more videos, books, and articles pertinent to our topic. So, if you are aware of other online resources that would enlighten us, feel free to suggest them by posting links in the "Comments" section that follows. At 4:30 PM or shortly thereafter, we will wrap up our formal discussion. Those who wish to continue conversing about these and other topics are welcome to join Jerry and Mark for dinner at Vina, a Vietnamese restaurant located at 756 Cleveland Avenue South, not far from the library. We'll provide directions to the restaurant and have tables reserved for our group. Hope you can join us!

    St. Paul Public Library Highland Park

    1974 Ford Parkway · Saint Paul, MN

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