NOSHA

New Orleans Secular Humanist Association
2007 Archive Event Calendar

NOSHA December 2007 Meeting

When: Saturday, December 15, 2007 @ 11:00 am
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NOSHA will meet on December 15 for a special meeting at a special time. The meeting will begin at 1 PM. This is one hour earlier than normal. We'll meet at our regular location, the main New Orleans Public Library at 219 Loyola Ave. (at Tulane Blvd.). We've been given permission to park in the main lot behind the library, off Tulane.

At this meeting our speaker will be Dr. J. Patrick Lestrade, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Mississippi State University. The title of his talk is "Gamma-Ray Bursts and Other Oddities from Space."

Following Dr. Lestrade's talk we'll socialize and celebrate the Winter Solstice. Bring readings or personal stories or anything else relevant to the solstice to share. Refreshments, snacks, and winter holiday fare will be available.

Also, as part of this meeting, we'll have our annual membership meeting for electing members of the Board of Directors. If you'd like to be one of NOSHA's Board of Directors, plan to attend, or make your desire known by phoning Harry Greenberger (504-282-5459).
 

NOSHA November 2007

When: Saturday, November 17, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
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NOSHA will meet next on Saturday November 17 at 2 PM at the New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave.

Our speaker will be by Julie Mickelberry, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta.

Her talk is entitled ?The Battle to Put Prevention First: a discussion on the politics of reproductive healthcare and the barriers to accessing sex education and birth control in Louisiana.?

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Also, you may be interested in a NOVA Documentary: "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial.? It will air on PBS on Tuesday November 13. Check local listings for time.

It is the story of the first legal case involving intelligent design creationism, Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District (2005), will be told in a two-hour documentary.

NOSHA?s own, Dr. Barbara Forrest, Professor of Philosophy in the Dept. of History and Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University, served as one of the expert witnesses for the plaintiffs and will be featured in the documentary along with other participants in the case.

 

New Orleans Secular Humanists, October 2007

When: Saturday, October 20, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
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Our speaker will be Dr. Trenton Holliday, Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University.

Dr. Holliday will give a talk entitled "Neandertals and Modern Humans: Ancestor and Descendant, or Distant Cousins?"

 

NOSHA September 2007 Meeting: Booksigning

When: Saturday, September 15, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
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FROM 1963 SUPREME COURT TO NEW ORLEANS

Ellery Schempp, an accomplished physicist and subject of a new book "Ellery's Protest: How One Young Man Defied Tradition and Sparked the Battle over School Prayer," will speak and sign books at the meeting of New Orleans Secular Humanists on September 15 at 2 PM.

For more information: Harry Greenberger (504) 282-5459
 

NOSHA August--Our 8th Anniversary!

When: Saturday, August 18, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
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At our next meeting we will celebrate NOSHA's Eighth Anniversary. NOSHA's first meeting was in August 1999. Since that time our mailing list has grown to over 300 and our regular membership to over 100.

We will also honor one of our long-term members with NOSHA's Humanist Award and view a program from NOSHA's TV Program "The Humanist Perspective."

Refreshments and good conversation will be served.

 

NOSHA July 2007 Meetup

When: Saturday, July 21, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
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"The Assault on Humanism"

At our next meeting we will view and discuss a video that documents the religious fundamentalist attacks on Darwin and the Theory of Evolution and the false information used to discredit Darwin and Evolution. It is a Christian conservative video that outlines some of their false arguments. It will be followed by a discussion.

Also:
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
?A Brief History of Disbelief,? a three-part series, offered to Public Television stations, was not accepted by New Orleans WYES, but will be aired by WLAE in August. It is a ?deeply intelligent and rational journey through the highly divisive topic,? written and narrated by acclaimed British intellectual Jonathan Miller--author, lecturer, TV producer/host, director of theater, opera and film, and neurologist.

The episodes will be aired at 9 PM on Sunday, August 19 and 26 and Friday, September 7. You won?t want to miss this series and after viewing them, let?s write to WLAE to thank them for picking up the show.
 

NOSHA Summertime Potluck Party

When: Sunday, July 08, 2007 @ 4:00 pm
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Great opportunity to get to meet more freethinkers, atheists and humanists!

NOSHA Potluck Party

Bring either a favorite entree, side dish, beverage or dessert to share....if everyone brings a little something, there will be enough of everything to go around.
 

NOSHA Meetup June 2007

When: Saturday, June 16, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
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Sorry.....thought we already had the date on the calendar! All NOSHA meetings are held the 3rd Saturday of every month, so mark your calendar ahead and watch for details here.


NOSHA meetings are now held at the Main New Orleans Library on Loyola St.

At our next meeting Langston Goldfinch will lead a discussion of non-Aristotelian Logic including Logic, Anti-logic, fallacies, and a quiz. Bring a pencil or pen!

Are NOSHA folks logical, more so than most? Come find out!

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Also, NOSHA needs volunteers to help answer phones at the WYES fundraiser on June 23 from 4 to 8 pm at the WYES studios. If you'd like to help out, or you'd like to know more about it, reply to biol-ds@nicholls.edu

Dave

 

NOSHA May 2007 Meetup

When: Saturday, May 12, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
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We'll meet on May 12, at the MAIN NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY, 219 LOYOLA AVE. AT 2 PM.

This will be a special meeting and party to say "farewell" to special people: Bob Cashner (Vice Provost for Research at UNO) and Joe Cook (Executive Director of Louisiana ACLU).

Both have been very helpful to NOSHA and we'd like to show our appreciation to both and wish them well in retirement.
 

NOSHA April 2007 Meetup...

When: Saturday, April 21, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
Old Metairie Branch--Jefferson Parish Library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA view map

Our speaker will be Dr. Robert B. Stewart, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr, Stewart will present "Southern Baptists and Secular Humanists: Areas of Agreement, Potential Agreement, and Difference--and How We Can Work Together."

Dr. Stewart is the Greer-Heard Chair of Faith and Culture which recently presented the impressive program "the Future of Atheism" at the Baptist Seminary. He considers this talk to be a "starting point for a future dialogue" which he is very interested in.

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NOSHA will have a special meeting in May. Note the change of date and place and mark you calendars.

We'll meet on May 12, AT THE MAIN NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY, 219 LOYOLA AVE. AT 2 PM. This will be a special meeting and party to say "farewell" to special people, Bob Cashner (Vice Provost for Research at UNO) and Joe Cook (Executive Director of Louisiana ACLU). Both have been very helpful to NOSHA and we'd like to show our appreciation to both and wish them well in retirement.


 

FLOCK OF DODOS: THE EVOLUTION-INTELLIGENT DESIGN CIRCUS

When: Wednesday, April 04, 2007 @ 5:30 pm
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A special showing of a movie that will be of interest to many. The Zeitgeist will show the film. Some details are found on their web site and more will be given as the event nears.

http://www.zeitgeisti...

Wednesday & Thursday, April 4 & 5 @ 7:30 p.m.

Please Note: on Thursday, April 5 there will be a short Q & A with Dr. Barbara Forrest, who was a plaintiff witness at the Dover PA Intelligent Design trial.

FLOCK OF DODOS: THE EVOLUTION-INTELLIGENT DESIGN CIRCUS by Randy Olson. The highly anticipated, comic
and controversial feature documentary, "Flock of Dodos: the evolution-intelligent design circus," is the first feature film to take an even-handed look at the intelligent design vs. evolution clash that appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek in 2005.

Filmmaker, scientist, surfer and evolutionary biologist Dr. Randy Olson explores the controversy over the teaching of evolution and the recently developed alternative, intelligent design. Olson, a native of Kansas, visits his home state and the community of Dover, Pennsylvania, which attempted to introduce intelligent design in science classes. Olson draws on basic aspects of evolution as metaphors, including the extinct dodo, which he suggests symbolizes what happens to those unable to change with their environment.

Featured are seven top advocates for intelligent design, including Dr. Michael Behe, author of "Darwin's Black Box," fourteen evolution Ph.D.'s, a poker game among eight evolutionists, a rabbit eating its own poop, and a flock of animated dodos playing poker, dancing, and helping the audience answer the question, "who really is the 'flock of dodos?'"

Co- presented by the New Orleans Secular Humanist Society.

IMPORTANT ABOUT LOCATION: The School of Architecture building is directly on St. Charles Ave to the right of the front parking loop. It is free to park on campus on weekends and nightly after 7:00 p.m.

 

NOSHA March 2007 Meetup

When: Saturday, March 17, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
Old Metairie Branch--Jefferson Parish Library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA view map

Our speaker will be Mark Faulkner, magician and mind reader, and will demonstrate his skills. Mark is an entertainer and has conducted "séances." He is familiar with scams and cons which he will talk about those as well.

 

The Future of Atheism: Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett in Dialogue

When: Friday, February 23, 2007 @ 5:00 pm
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The Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum in Faith and Culture is a pilot program of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The Forum is designed to provide a venue in which a respected evangelical scholar and a respected non-evangelical scholar dialogue on critical issues in philosophy, science, religion, and/or culture from their differing perspectives.

This year's forum will feature Alister McGrath of Oxford University and Daniel Dennett of Tufts University in dialogue on the future of atheism.

Friday Feb 23

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm On-Site Registration at Leavell Chapel
7:00 pm to 9:15 pm The Future of Atheism: Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett in Dialogue
9:20 pm Greer-Heard Reception and Book Signing in Cafeteria

Saturday Feb 24

9:00-9:55 am Keith Parsons
Alister McGrath on the Twilight of Atheism and the Future of Christianity?
(Conversation and Q&A with Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett)

10:00 am to 10:55 am William Lane Craig
"Does God Exist?"
(Conversation and Q&A with Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett)

11:00 am to 12:15 pm Lunch Break

12:30 pm to 1:20 pm Paul Copan
"Evangelical Philosophical Society Plenary Address"

1:30 pm to 2:25 pm Evan Fales
Despair, Optimism, and Rebellion?
(Conversation and Q&A with Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett)

2:30 pm to 3:25 pm Hugh McCann
Getting Scientific About Religion?
(Conversation and Q&A with Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett)

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Concluding Comments from Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett

 

NOSHA February 2007 Meeting...

When: Saturday, February 17, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
Old Metairie Branch--Jefferson Parish Library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA view map

We will have an open discussion of "Belief and Knowledge" led by Lanny Goldfinch and Michael Malec.

NOSHA will also meet on Saturday March 17 (same time and place). Our speaker will be Mind Reader Mark Faulkner. He will present "Mind reading and other scams."
 

January 2007 NOSHA Meeting

When: Saturday, January 27, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
Old Metairie Branch--Jefferson Parish Library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA view map
NOSHA will meeting next on Saturday, January 27. Please note: This is the FOURTH Saturday in January, not the regular third Saturday.



At that meeting we will view one of our NOA-TV broadcast on "Morality," and afterwards have a group discussion of the subject ?Morality Without Religion.?