What we're about

The Humanist Community in Silicon Valley was established in 1962 and is a chartered chapter of the American Humanist Association. We have a long tradition of promoting humanist values while providing interesting educational programs and fun, friendly social events for our members.

Check out our WEBSITE (http://www.humanists.org), like us on FACEBOOK (https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/), and follow us on TWITTER (https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV) (@HumanistCommSV).

Our main event is the Sunday Forum which features a different speaker each Sunday discussing a topic of interest. A wide variety of topics are covered from week to week. Forums are held in various locations from 11am until 12:15pm. Look at each individual Forum listing to see where it is being held.

A buffet lunch follows the Forum at 12:30pm. Lunch is free for first time visitors and students. Otherwise we ask for a donation of $10. If you can't afford that, please give what you can, and join us for good food and even better conversation.

NOTE: Approximately 30 to 40 people attend the Forum each Sunday. Because Forums happen every Sunday, most of our members do not RSVP on Meetup, so don't let our RSVP count fool you.

Other weekly programs include the Free Thought Discussion Group (http://www.humanists.org/blog/free-thought-... (http://www.humanists.org/blog/free-thought-discussion)) every Wednesday night at 7:30pm, and the Academic Video Group (http://www.humanists.org/blog/academic-vide... (http://www.humanists.org/blog/academic-videos/)) every Thursday night at 8pm.

Monthly events include a Potluck, workshops (see the calendar for classes and schedules), and our Fun Group ( http://www.humanists.org/blog/fun-group ), which organizes a "fun" activity around the first of each month.

We hope to welcome you soon to the Sunday Forum or one of our other events. If you would like to suggest a topic for our Forum series, please send a message to the organizers (Brian and/or Matt Courtney). We would love to help you share your enthusiasm for a topic, a speaker, a social action project, a fun outing, etc., with other community members.

Humanists have more fun... together!

See you soon!

Brian

Upcoming events (4+)

Academic Video Group - Online Meeting

Sunnyvale

Because of the Corona Virus "Shelter in Place" situation, we are holding our meeting online via Zoom. If you wish to join us, please send an email to [masked] and request the link.

We’ll be watching
Song Exploder. Each episode is only 23-27 minutes long (Scott)
2020, TV-MA, 2 Seasons, Music & Musicals
Get inspired as musicians dig deep into the creative process of songwriting and reveal their intimate thoughts in a series based on the hit podcast.
Starring: Hrishikesh Hirway
https://www.netflix.com/title/80992997
Podcast Dept., November 16, 2020 Issue
The Secret Sounds of “Song Exploder”
We tend to have no idea how music is made.
For nearly seven years, one series has supplied some answers.
By Amanda Petrusich
November 9, 2020
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/11/16/the-secret-sounds-of-song-exploder

Again, if you wish to join us, please send an email to [masked] and request the link.

Join us in viewing videos, and discussing them afterward.

For other information on the current video please see:

http://www.humanists.org/blog/academic-videos/s/

Free Thought Discussion Group - Mtg Online

Sunnyvale

Because of the Corona Virus "Shelter in Place" situation, we are holding our meeting online via Zoom. If you wish to join us, please send an email to [masked] and request the link.

NEW BOOK

It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis. 1935, 416 pages

From Amazon.com
“The novel that foreshadowed Donald Trump’s authoritarian appeal.”—Salon

It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America.

Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press.

Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news." - Total Pages 1 to 395

19 Jan - This Week's Readings: Chapters 1 through 5 , Pages 1 to 43 approx. 43 pages

2 Feb - Freethought discussion of timely topics provided by attendees.

To attend this meeting we request that you send an email to [masked] and you will be sent along the link to the meeting. This is to prevent a potential security problem with Zoom.

Learn more about the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley here:

Website: http://www.humanists.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV

Academic Video Group - Online Meeting

Sunnyvale

Because of the Corona Virus "Shelter in Place" situation, we are holding our meeting online via Zoom. If you wish to join us, please send an email to [masked] and request the link.

We’ll be watching
Song Exploder. Each episode is only 23-27 minutes long (Scott)
2020, TV-MA, 2 Seasons, Music & Musicals
Get inspired as musicians dig deep into the creative process of songwriting and reveal their intimate thoughts in a series based on the hit podcast.
Starring: Hrishikesh Hirway
https://www.netflix.com/title/80992997
Podcast Dept., November 16, 2020 Issue
The Secret Sounds of “Song Exploder”
We tend to have no idea how music is made.
For nearly seven years, one series has supplied some answers.
By Amanda Petrusich
November 9, 2020
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/11/16/the-secret-sounds-of-song-exploder

Again, if you wish to join us, please send an email to [masked] and request the link.

Join us in viewing videos, and discussing them afterward.

For other information on the current video please see:

http://www.humanists.org/blog/academic-videos/s/

Free Thought Discussion Group - Mtg Online

Sunnyvale

Because of the Corona Virus "Shelter in Place" situation, we are holding our meeting online via Zoom. If you wish to join us, please send an email to [masked] and request the link.

NEW BOOK

It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis. 1935, 416 pages

From Amazon.com
“The novel that foreshadowed Donald Trump’s authoritarian appeal.”—Salon

It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America.

Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press.

Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news." - Total Pages 1 to 395

19 Jan - This Week's Readings: Chapters 1 through 5 , Pages 1 to 43 approx. 43 pages

2 Feb - Freethought discussion of timely topics provided by attendees.

To attend this meeting we request that you send an email to [masked] and you will be sent along the link to the meeting. This is to prevent a potential security problem with Zoom.

Learn more about the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley here:

Website: http://www.humanists.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV

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Free Thought Discussion Group - Mtg Online

Sunnyvale

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