NOSHA

New Orleans Secular Humanist Association
Event Calendar

Members-Only Event: Dinner on the Steamboat Natchez

Join your friends for our annual "members-only" event, a dinner cruise on the Steamboat Natchez. You'll enjoy a breathtaking view of the city while strolling the decks of this beautiful boat and a casual buffet-style dinner. Also, we'll be treated to live jazz by the Grammy nominated "Dukes of Dixieland"!

Your ticket price includes a $10.00 NOSHA member's discount (otherwise regularly priced at $73 per person at the group rate). A night to remember as we start our 17th year of community and friendship! We hope to see you there!

Reserve 1 or 2 seats - select in the field below.

Last Supper Dinner and Skeptic's Happy Hour Rolled Into One!

  • When: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
  • The American Sector, 945 Magazine St, New Orleans, view map

We're skeptically eating and drinking this time! American Sector's happy hour continues until 7pm, so you can enjoy half-priced, signature handcrafted cocktails and old-world beer and wine selections while dining on delicious plates. Check out the menu here.

"Happy hour has its roots in the military. The term "happy hour" was first used in the 1920s as U.S. Navy slang to describe scheduled breaks and/or entertainment aboard ships, according to a release from American Sector. The phrase became a common term for the cocktail hours, after it appeared in a 1959 Saturday Evening Post article on military life."


According to a recent story from nola.com, the American Sector also offers free parking after 4pm in the Magazine Street parking lot. 

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. Be conscientious and let us know if something changes that day so we can make sure our count is correct!

 

See How They Run: Robert Mann on the 2016 Elections

  • When: Saturday, September 17, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
  • Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

A journalist and political historian, Robert Mann holds the Manship Chair in Journalism at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. He writes a weekly political column for The Times-Picayune.

He is the author of critically acclaimed political histories of the U.S. civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and American wartime dissent. His book, Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater and the Ad that Changed American Politics,was named by the Washington Post as one of the best political books of 2011.

Mann’s essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Politico and Smithsonian. He has discussed his research and appeared as a political analyst on numerous national television and radio programs, including MSNBC, CBS News, ABC News and National Public Radio.

He is also the creator of the political blog, “Something Like the Truth,”named to “The Fix’s Best State-Based Political Blogs” list in the Washington Post in 2013. One of his posts during the 2012 presidential election,“Beware the Crowdsmanship,” was featured by Slate.com in the story,“Required Reading for the 2012 Election: The Best Stories about the Obama Romney Contest.”

At LSU, Mann teaches courses in political communication. He is also editor of the Media & Public Affairs book series, published jointly by the Manship School and LSU Press.

Prior to joining the LSU faculty in 2006, Mann spent more than 20 years in the political arena, working for three United States senators and a Louisiana governor. He was communications director to Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, after serving 19 years as a U.S. Senate aide. He was state director to U.S. Senator John Breaux of Louisiana, and served as Breaux’s press secretary. He also served as press secretary to U.S. Senator Russell Long of Louisiana. He was also press secretary for the 1990 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana, the 1992 and 1998 Breaux re-election campaigns and the 2003 Blanco campaign.

In 2013, he was elected to the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.

He is the author of: A Journalist’s Diplomatic Mission: Ray Stannard Baker’s World War I Diary. (edited with John Maxwell Hamilton, LSU Press, 2012); Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ , Barry Goldwater and the Ad That Changed American Politics (LSU Press, 2011); Political Communication: The Manship School Guide (edited with David Perlmutter, LSU Press, 2011); Wartime Dissent in America: A History and Anthology,(Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); When Freedom Would Triumph: The Civil Rights Struggle in Congress, 1954-1968 (LSU Press, 2007); A Grand Delusion: America’s Descent into Vietnam, (Basic Books, 2001); The Walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell and the Struggle for Civil Rights, (Harcourt Brace, 1996); The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Cold War, (Alpha Books, 2002); and, Legacy to Power: Senator Russell Long of Louisiana, (Paragon House, 1992).

In the early 1980s, Mann covered Louisiana politics as a reporter for the Shreveport Journal and the Monroe News-Star.

 
 

NO/AIDS Walk 2016 - Join Team NOSHA, The Unholy Strollers!

  • When: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 9:30 am
  • Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA view map

For the past few years, NOSHA has had a team in the annual NO/AIDS Walk. If you have already registered or are planning to participate, please feel free to join the NOSHA group! The walk is approximately 3 miles or so.

You can become a team member, donate to the team or BOTH here at this link:   http://www.noaidswalk.com/site/TR/Events/General?team_id=8313&pg=team&fr_id=1180

We'll determine a meeting spot closer to the date. Remember, even if you can't participate in the event, please throw a few dollars our way towards the goal!

 

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 and the LA Dept. of Health’s response to this emerging threat

  • 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 (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. John is a Professional Engineer, licensed in Environmental Engineer. He is also a local graduate, having received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of New Orleans in 1989.

 
 

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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