Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 7:00 PM: Monthly DinnerCome out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow humanists and atheists in your area! Always an interesting conversation and new participants are always welcome. If you're new, just tell the staff you're with the meetup group.
If you know you're coming in advance, please RSVP for the event on Meetup or Facebook. Use one of the links to the right.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 1:30 PM: Documentary Showing of I Am Not Your Negro
To recognize and celebrate Black History Month, please join NJHN for a showing of I Am Not Your Negro, the Oscar-nominated documentary based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript "Remember This House," his personal account of the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evars, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Directed by Raoul Peck and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. The film is 1 hour, 34 minutes long. After the film, we'll have a roundtable discussion on some of the film's provided discussion questions, such as:
1) Throughout the film, there are moments where seemingly random visuals appear on screen. For instance, young co-eds running in the sun, beautiful pastorals and sunsets -- at one point there is footage of a rocket going into outer space. Why do you think the filmmaker made this artistic choice? What might these different images represent in the context of the film?
2) How did the film portray the struggle for school integration -- the importance of school and access to books and learning -- as well as the vitriol surrounding the effort to integrate?
3) In the film, Baldwin argues that any conversation about the "Negro in America" is really simply a conversation about America, and that attempting to silo [isolate] race not only hinders us from improving race relations, but also undermines growth for our society as a whole. How does this theory relate to the contemporary conversation about race in America?
4) Analyze the following quote: "I can't be pessimistic because I am alive. To be a pessimist means that you treat human life as an academic matter. So I am forced to be an optimist."
Because of the length of the film, we'll start promptly at 1:30pm, followed by discussion.
The program will start at 1:30pm in the Community Room (on the right just inside the front entrance).
Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided. After the meeting, everyone is welcome to join us for an early dinner at 4pm at Ruby Tuesday, 250 Davidson Ave, Somerset.
NJCoR's billboard in Kearny, October 26 - November 22, 2009
NJ Turnpike western spur SB, just past 15W
Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it is suicidal for nations in the long term. One of the criteria for national leadership should therefore be a talent for understanding, encouraging, and making constructive use of vigorous criticism.
- Carl Sagan
The lifestance of Humanism—guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience—encourages us to live life well and fully. It evolved through the ages and continues to develop through the efforts of thoughtful people who recognize that values and ideals, however carefully wrought, are subject to change as our knowledge and understandings advance.
- from Humanist Manifesto III
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