NOSHA

New Orleans Secular Humanist Association
Event Calendar

Heathens Who Lunch!

  • When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 @ 11:30 am
  • Sandro's Trattoria, 6601 Veteran Blvd., Metarie, LA view map

We wanted to have another lunch event and see how it goes...this time in Metairie. Sandro's came recommended as an easy lunch spot with easy lunch prices. Here's the menu, so you can look ahead.

As a courtesy to the other attendees and the restaurant, please be sure that your RSVP is accurate as of the morning of this event. Let us know if something changes and update your RSVP on Meetup! (Reminder: please join Meetup so you can sign up for our activities.)

 

"The Human Condition" - NOSHA Book Club

  • When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
  • Beth's Uptown House, 1817 Marengo St., New Orleans, LA view map

    To kick off our new season of the NOSHA Book Club, we've selected The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt (1906-1975). We hope everyone will begin reading it, however we DO NOT expect attendees to read the entire book for this first gathering. This meeting will also involve agreeing on our format and a few other items, so we will continue the discussion at the next date.

    FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS: "A work of striking originality bursting with unexpected insights, The Human Condition is in many respects more relevant now than when it first appeared in 1958.
    In her study of the state of modern humanity, Arendt, one of the leading social theorists in the United States, considers humankind from the perspective of the actions of which it is capable. The problems Arendt identified then—diminishing human agency and political freedom, the paradox that as human powers increase through technological and humanistic inquiry, we are less equipped to control the consequences of our actions—continue to confront us today."

If you are not purchasing via a local bookstore, please use the NOSHA Smile Link

 

Volunteering with Second Harvest Foodbank - October

  • When: Saturday, October 01, 2016 @ 11:30 am
  • Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

It’s time to volunteer again!


One of our most popular and well-attended activities as a group has been working with the Second Harvest organization where we sort and box donated food for families in need in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes.

We are thankful for the efforts of NOSHA member Glenn Pearl who has been our contact person, setting up our volunteer shifts and keeping us involved.

√ The warehouse is not climate controlled so please dress accordingly. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are acceptable. It should be cooler, so come prepared.

√ Outside work is un-shaded, we have sunscreen available, but it is recommended to bring sunglasses, hats and any other necessary sun protection.

√ YOU MUST WEAR CLOSED TOE SHOES! Anyone wearing flip-flops or sandals will not be permitted to work the shift.

√ Cold water bottles are available for all volunteers.

√ Minimum age to volunteer at Second Harvest is 9 years old.

 

Naegleria fowleri: The Brain Eating Amoeba!

  • When: Monday, October 03, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
  • Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

"NOSHA Science Night PRESENTS" Naegleria fowleri (the brain-eating amoeba), and the Louisiana Department of Health’s response to this emerging threat.

 In 2011, two people died of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) caused by Naegleria fowleri (brain-eating amoeba) in DeSoto Parish and St. Bernard Parish. In 2013, there was a third death in St. Bernard Parish (a 4-year old boy) caused by PAM and confirmed to be a Naegleria fowleri (Nf) infection.

This presentation will cover the Louisiana Department of Health’s response to this threat to public drinking water. The areas covered will include: 1) potable water treatment and the related water chemistry that supports Nf, 2) the methodology used to detect Nf in drinking water, 3) the system response (required) when Nf is detected, 4) new regulatory requirements enacted to prevent Nf, 5) how water systems struggle to comply with the new regulations and 6) a summary of State testing for Nf and the impact of the new Nf rule.

John Williams is the District I Engineer for Engineering Services, a branch located within the Louisiana Office of Public Health, Depart of Health. One major responsibility of Engineering Services is the administration of the Safe Drinking Water Program. The Safe Drinking Water Program provides comprehensive drinking water protection to the citizens and visitors of Louisiana, supervising over 1,300 public water systems for compliance with both state and federal drinking water regulations. District I, over which Williams is primarily responsible, includes the Greater Metro and River Parishes, a total of eleven parishes located across the southeast part of the State, extending from St. Mary Parish to Plaquemines Parish.

Williams, a NOSHA member, has been with the State since 2001. Prior to this, John worked for 10 years at a local environmental engineering firm. He is a Professional Engineer, licensed in Environmental Engineering . He is also a local graduate, having received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Orleans in 1989.

 
 

"Mind and Spirit: The Irreducibility of Consciousness to Matter"

  • When: Friday, October 07, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
  • Notre Dame Seminary‎, 2901 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

2016 Tekippe Lecture: "Mind and Spirit: The Irreducibility of Consciousness to Matter" sponsored by Tulane University

David Bentley Hart, Ph.D.,  is an Eastern Orthodox scholar of religion, philosopher, writer, and cultural commentator. He has also held positions at St. Louis University, The University of Virginia, Duke University, and Providence College.

His specialties are philosophical theology, systematics, patristics, classical and continental philosophy, and Asian religion. His most recent work has concerned the genealogy of classical and Christian metaphysics, ontology, the metaphysics of the soul, and the philosophy of mind.

His most recent appointment is to Notre Dame University's Institute for Advanced Study. Hart is the author of many books, including The Beauty of the Infinite (2003), The Doors of the Sea (2005), Atheist Delusions (2009), andThe Story of Christianity and The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss (2013).

The event is free and open to the public.

* This is a "Third Party Event" and is not sponsored by NOSHA. We are listing it because it may be of interest to some of our group members.

 

EQUAL MEANS EQUAL - Free Film Screening!

  • When: Monday, October 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
  • Zeitgeist Art Center , 1618 Oreths Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA view map

EQUAL MEANS EQUAL offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. 

Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system. 

Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

Presented by New Orleans NOW, AAUW, LWV, IWO, Lift Louisiana, NCJW and Planned Parenthood with a brief discussion to follow.  

Free, so bring a friend!

 

"Modernity, Biblical Faith, and the Crisis of the West"

  • When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
  • Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel, 1229 Broadway Ave., New Orleans, LA view map

The Martin M. Kelly Memorial Lecture sponsored by the Tulane University Judeo-Christian Studies Chair

Wilfred George Weigel is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington DC, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.   

He is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates, in fields including divinity, philosophy, law, and social science.  As President of the Ethics Center, he led a wide-ranging research program on foreign and domestic policy issues (1989-1996).  After that, as a Senior Fellow, he began publishing his major study of Pope John Paul II, which appeared in two volumes, Witness to Hope (Harper 1999) and The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II--The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy (Doubleday 2010). 

Mr. Weigel is the author of numerous other influential works, including Letters to a Young Catholic (Basic 2015), Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (Basic 2013),The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God (Basic 2006).  He is the Senior Vatican Analyst for NBC News and his weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to sixty newspapers.

* This is a "Third Party Event" and is not sponsored by NOSHA. We are listing it because it may be of interest to some of our group members.

 

Volunteering with Second Harvest Foodbank - December

  • When: Saturday, December 03, 2016 @ 12:30 pm
  • Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

It’s time to volunteer again! 

One of our most popular and well-attended activities as a group has been working with the Second Harvest organization where we sort and box donated food for families in need in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes. 

We are thankful for the efforts of NOSHA member Glenn Pearl who has been our contact person, setting up our volunteer shifts and keeping us involved. 

√ The warehouse is not climate controlled so please dress accordingly. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are acceptable. It should be cooler, so come prepared.

√ Outside work is un-shaded, we have sunscreen available, but it is recommended to bring sunglasses, hats and any other necessary sun protection.

√ YOU MUST WEAR CLOSED TOE SHOES! Anyone wearing flip-flops or sandals will not be permitted to work the shift.

√ Cold water bottles are available for all volunteers.

√ Minimum age to volunteer at Second Harvest is 9 years old.

 

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