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  • Annual Conference — June 8-11, 2017

    AHA Annual Conference 2017 - Charleston, SC
  • Humanists of North Alabama News! 2017-02-15

    Humanists of North Alabama News! 2017-02-15

    Food for thought:

    “Since the world has existed, there has been injustice. But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller, more accessible. There is just no question that there is more obligation that those who have should give to those who have nothing.”

    – Audrey Hepburn, actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

    Upcoming events:

    • Sunday, February 19: 2:00 – 3:30 pm: Monthly meeting at Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, room A/B (to the right of the lobby). Topic: How are you coping with the changing environment? Let’s share tips on how to maintain our hope and well-being, and help the world be a better place. Enjoy light snacks

     

    • Monday, February 27: 6:00-7:30pm: Philosophy Café. Open discussion on philosophical topics continues on the fourth Monday of each month. This month we are meeting at “Sam & Gregs” at 119 Northside Square. An assortment of pizzas, gelato, and beverages are available for purchase (and to lubricate discussion). New faces are always welcome!

     

    • Sunday, March 12: 2:00- 4:00 pm: Non-Fiction Readers Book Discussion Group, meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month. New discussion participants always welcomed! Please join us at the Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, room A/B (to the right of the lobby). 

    The March selection is “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations” by Thomas L. Friedman. Part of the description on Amazon: “In Thank You for Being Late, a work unlike anything he has attempted before, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. You will never look at the world the same way again after you read this book: how you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate will all be refashioned by Friedman’s original analysis.”

    Come to enjoy some snacks and hopefully leave learning about something new!

    Other Information:

    We have created the Humanists of North Alabama discussion group as a closed group to talk about Humanism in Alabama. Let us know if you’d like an invite.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/876732872431530/

    Our events can be found

    • on our Meetup group:

    http://www.meetup.com/Humanists-of-North-Alabama-Meetup/

     

    Other community events:

    NAFA: North Alabama Freethought Association:
    (see their Meetup page at http://www.meetup.com/thenafa/ for changes and cancellations)

    • 3rd Friday of each month at 6:30 PM – NAFA dinner (currently meeting at Las Parrillas)
    • Every Saturday at 10:00 am to noon – Coffee at Angel’s Island Coffee, 7538 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, AL
    • Every Sunday at 10:00 am to noon – Coffee at Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery, 347 Hughes Rd, Madison, AL

     

    MAAF Redstone (Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers) affiliate group

    • MAAF Redstone is for active duty military, veterans, spouses and supportive civilians. Join the conversation on Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/MAAF-Redstone-Meetup/ or join the closed group on MAAF Redstone Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/305467142954231/
    • Currently meeting at 6PM on the fourth Thursdays at Newk’s on University Drive.

     

    If you received this email from a friend and want to be added to the distribution list, send an email to me at louise.hardin@gmail.com.

    Suggestions for events, meeting venues, topics are always welcome!

    Humanists of North Alabama is an official Chapter of the American Humanist Association.  Membership in the AHA is strongly encouraged!

    Louise Hardin

    256-683-8026

     

    “When we live in a world that is very unjust, you have to be a dissident.”

    – Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian feminist, writer, and psychiatrist

    “To say that on a daily basis you can make a difference, well, you can. One act of kindness a day can do it.”

    – Betty Williams, Irish activist and founder of the Irish peace movement, Community of Peace People
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  • Humanist book club Sunday Feb 12

     

    • Sunday, February 12, 2017

      to

    • Huntsville-Madison County Public Library

      915 Monroe Street Southwest, Huntsville, AL (edit map)

    • We will be in room A/B (to the right of the lobby)
    • The Humanists of North Alabama are invited to participate in the Non-Fiction Reader’s book discussion group, on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Rose is coordinating the discussion.

      Future books are democratically chosen, and must be easily available.

      Trav

     

  • AHA Conference 2016 — May 26-29 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

    am-hum-conf-2016

    http://conference.americanhumanist.org/

  • The initial newsletter of Indivisible District 5 of North Alabama.

    http://us15.campaign-archive2.com/?u=224d16df93e27a15ad0972839&id=4772b47f55&e=e7ce3bffca

     

    Kudos to the Madison County Democrats, who have invited Rep. Brooks to a town hall on Saturday, April 8, 2-4 pm at the main library auditorium!

    The room has been reserved, deposits have been paid, the invitation has been submitted, and the invitation graphic is in process.

    Put it on your calendar now.
    There WILL be a town hall, with or without Mo.
  • Annual Conference — June 8-11, 2017

    AHA Annual Conference 2017 - Charleston, SC
  • To Begin the World Over Again — May 14, 21, 28.

    thomaspaine
  • Ask-an-Atheist newspaper article in Huntsville Times

    http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2015/04/ask_an_atheist_huntsville.html

  • Steven Austad on Darwin

    An eloquent and educated defender of Darwin living in Alabama. Heavens! Steven Austad has written more than one article.
     
    http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/02/darwin_and_the_eyes_have_it
    Trav
  • Fundamental Principles of Modern Humanism – Amsterdam Declaration – 2002


    Amsterdam Declaration 2002
    is a statement of the fundamental principles of modern Humanism passed unanimously by the General Assembly of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) at the 50th anniversary World Humanist Congress in 2002.

    If you are not familiar with the outlines of humanism, please check out the other humanist manifestos. You can start in Wikipedia.

    The Amsterdam Declaration

  • To Begin the World Over Again — May 14, 21, 28.

    thomaspaine
  • Supreme Court rules gay couples nationwide have a right to marry

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/gay-marriage-and-other-major-rulings-at-the-supreme-court/2015/06/25/ef75a120-1b6d-11e5-bd7f-4611a60dd8e5_story.html?tid=magnet

    Couples looking for an Alabama wedding officiant — please consult our list on this site.

     

  • Sir Julian Huxley:

    "Today the god hypothesis has ceased to be scientifically tenable...and its abandonment often brings a deep sense of relief... Once our relief at jettisoning an outdated piece of ideological furniture is over, [then] we must construct something to take its place."
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    ASU Origins — The Storytelling of Science     1:30

    The Storytelling of Science — part 2 or 2 — audience questions and answers

    The Origins Project at ASU presents the final night in the Origins Stories weekend, focusing on the science of storytelling and the storytelling of science. The Storytelling of Science features a panel of esteemed scientists, public intellectuals, and award-winning writers including well-known science educator Bill Nye, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, Science Friday’s Ira Flatow, popular science fiction writer Neal Stephenson, executive director of the World Science Festival Tracy Day, and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss as they discuss the stories behind cutting edge science from the origin of the universe to a discussion of exciting technologies that will change our future. They demonstrate how to convey the excitement of science and the importance helping promote a public understanding of science.

    Video by Black Chalk Productions

    Get the most recent updates from the Origins Project by following us on Facebook /ASUOriginsProject and Twitter @asuORIGINS. Contact origins.project@asu.eduwith questions.  (from YouTube)