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 (5+)

Free Thought Discussion Group

Hilton Brown's home

Discussion of a selected book or recent news events. FIRST WEDNESDAY Discussion of recent news events ALL OTHER WEDNESDAYS Current Book "Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?" by Michael J. Sandel , 2009, 295 pages, For much more information and to see more about this book see: http://www.humanists.org/blog/free-thought-discussion Learn more about the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV

Academic Video Group

Hilton Brown's home

We are currently watching "A Brief History of the World" presented by Prof. Peter Stearns. You can learn more about it by going to "The Great Courses" Website at https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/a-brief-history-of-the-world.html . There are 36 episodes, so we will be watching it for 18 Weeks. Here is the Introduction: Think of the construction of the great pyramids of Egypt, or the development of democratic rule in ancient Greece. Recall the innovations of the European Renaissance and Enlightenment—the remarkable flowering of drama and the arts, and revolutionary breakthroughs in science and philosophy. These are intriguing and important episodes, familiar to students of history. But haven't you also wondered: What else was going on in the world? Consider the enthralling tales of Venetian trader Marco Polo. He introduced the Western world to mysterious and exotic Asian cultures never before imagined. Those alien civilizations he visited had existed for centuries, even millennia. What do we know about that part of the story? We know of the glories of ancient Rome, the commanding empire that ruled the known world—but what about the lands that were not "known"? What, for example, of the Han dynasty in China? It existed alongside the Roman Empire but developed a more enduring legacy than that of the emperors of the Eternal City. How does that imperial saga relate to the more familiar story of Roman domination? And in the Dark Ages that came after the fall of the Roman Empire, we know that the era following Rome's glory days brought great political and social turmoil to the peoples of Europe. But at that time the Muslims of the Middle East and North Africa were experiencing remarkable cultural flourishing that produced innovations in art, medicine, philosophy, and technology—a true golden age for the civilization. If you have wondered about these other histories—of China and Japan, of Russia, India, and the remote territories of Sub-Saharan Africa and South America—you can now discover how these stories fit in with commonly known accounts of Western traditions........ (more). ================ This isn't a dull review of history, and the professor is quite engaging. We saw the first two Chapters on 31 May. Come join us to see the balance of these very interesting series. Come join us each Thursday to watch two half hour segments, then spend the rest of the time discussing what we just saw. For more information and to see more info on the current video please see: http://www.humanists.org/blog/academic-videos/ This meeting is held at the Home of Hilton Brown in Mountain View. For directions to his home please send an email to Carl Angotti at [masked].

Forum: The Industrial Workers of the World - Sena Havasy

Longtime Humanist Community member Sena Havasy will give a brief history of the Industrial Workers of the World, and introduce some of the dedicated activists of the movement, some of the major strikes, and gains won and horrific reactions. She will finish with the decline in its numbers, and its later history, up until the present day. After the Forum, please join us for a lunch at 12:30pm. The lunch is complimentary for first-time visitors and students. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV/ Website: http://www.humanists.org/blog/ Videos of previous forums: https://vimeo.com/hcsv/ To continue our Forum series, please consider making a donation or becoming a member ( http://www.humanists.org/blog/membership/ ) of the Humanist Community. Do your online shopping at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-6173979 , and Amazon donates to the Humanist Community every time you do.

Free Thought Discussion Group

Hilton Brown's home

Discussion of a selected book or recent news events. FIRST WEDNESDAY Discussion of recent news events ALL OTHER WEDNESDAYS Current Book "Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?" by Michael J. Sandel , 2009, 295 pages, For much more information and to see more about this book see: http://www.humanists.org/blog/free-thought-discussion Learn more about the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanistcommsv/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumanistCommSV

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