Calendar Archive - Events from 2004

NJHN MONTHLY MEETINGS are normally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month
at 7:30 PM, and are free and open to the public. Please note the new time!

Meetings are held either at:

Bridgewater Library (map) (directions)
Somerset County Library Headquarters
1 Vogt Drive
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

or

Friends Conference Center at Arbor Glen (map) (directions)
100 Monroe Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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December 19, 2004: HumanLight Celebration: Photos

The Parsippany Hilton
One Hilton Court
Parsippany, NJ 07054
1-973-267-7373
Directions

December 11 , 2004: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Origins

Has the universe always existed? How did it become a place that could harbor life? Are we alone, or are there alien worlds waiting to be discovered?

NOVA presents some startling new answers in Origins, a groundbreaking four-part NOVA miniseries. New clues from the frontiers of science are presented by dynamic astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History.

As always, our showings are free of charge. We will have refreshments and lots of discussion. Please, it is not necessary to bring any food or house gifts. We plan to start the movies at around 7:00pm (PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME) , but feel free to arrive any time after 6:30pm.  Call or e-mail us if you need directions (Warning: you cannot find us on Mapquest--they'll send you to the other side of the lake).

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.


November 20 , 2004: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

The Magdalene Sisters

The triumphant story of three extraordinary women whose courage to defy a century of injustice would bring the church-run Magdalene Laundries, one of the great tragedies of our time, to an end.

As always, our showings are free of charge. We will have refreshments and lots of discussion. Please, it is not necessary to bring any food or house gifts. We plan to start the movies at around 7:00pm, but feel free to arrive any time after 6:30pm.  Call or e-mail us if you need directions (Warning: you cannot find us on Mapquest--they'll send you to the other side of the lake).

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.


PeopleCare Center (map) (directions)
120 Finderne Avenue
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

The Light of Reason, composed by South Jersey resident Dean Rishel, was commissioned by the NJHN Music Program through a grant from the James Hervey Johnson Foundation.

South Jersey's Faire Morning, the barbershop quartet The Four Tunes, and NJHN's own Humanistics will also perform.

Reserve your seats now for the price of $15 per adult; $10 for seniors or students (up to age 21). For more information, contact info at njhn.org or call 732-658-6440.

Please note that the concert takes the place of our usual November meeting.


November 14, 2004: 10:00 am meeting.

Savannah (formerly House of Coffee) (map) (directions)
10 Bridge Avenue (in the Galleria)
Red Bank, NJ 07701

For more information, email: president@redbankhumanists.org or call 732-939-6507.


November 7 , 2004: Adopt-a-Highway Program, 10:00 am. Help beautify our one-mile stretch of Route 31, and join fellow Humanists for lunch afterward! We will meet at:

Lin Supply Co. (map) (directions)
250 State Route 31 North
Washington, NJ 07882

 


Oct. 27, 2004: Guest speaker Arnold Urken is a Political Science Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. His lecture is entitled The Voting Machine Problem is More than a Matter of Touch.

New voting machines have been so controversial because most of them are poorly designed and are not equipped with any mechanism for verifying the voter's input. But the voting machine problem also involves questions about designing voting machines to meet voter needs. These questions involve choices about ownership of voting information and the use of alternative methods for conducting elections.


 

October 24, 2004: 5:00 pm

Madeline's on Vosseller
518 Vosseller Avenue
Bound Brook, NJ 08805-1215

(map) (directions)

Celebrate the history of our organization with us! We will honor our founding members and look forward to the achievements of the future.

Humor and music will punctuate this entertaining evening, and there will be a door prize!

RSVP by October 18 for the price of $20 per person. $25 per person for later RSVP or walkup. For more information, contact info at njhn.org or call 732-658-6440.


October 16, 2004:   Back By Popular Demand: Freethinkers Tour of New York

Because our freethinkers' tour last June was sold out—and many of you were unable to obtain reservations—we will repeat the tour on Saturday, October 16, at 1 p.m. The tour will be conducted once again by Marilyn Stults, with a “script” by CFI-Metro New York Director Susan Jacoby. We will gather in front of the Gramercy Park Hotel, at Lexington Avenue and 21 st Street. Robert Green Ingersoll, the “Great Agnostic,” lived here from the mid-1880s until his death in 1899. Other stops will include Union Square , where many freethinkers—including Emma Goldman and Margaret Sanger—delivered important public speeches; Cooper Union, and the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The walking tour, which takes approximately two hours, will end on Grove Street (once called Reason Street ) near the site where Thomas Paine died. We will drink a toast to Paine in Chumley's, one of the city's oldest bars.

Because space is limited, we ask that you reserve your place on the tour by phoning CFI at 212-265-2877. Advance payment of $12, by check or money order, is required.


October 10, 2004: 10:00 am meeting.

Savannah (formerly House of Coffee) (map) (directions)
10 Bridge Avenue (in the Galleria)
Red Bank, NJ 07701

For more information, email: president@redbankhumanists.org, call 732-939-6507 or view this flyer.


October 9, 2004: Semi-annual Garage Sale in Belvidere, NJ. Our most important fundraising event. NJHN's sale will be held at Jack Walsh's home:

703 Oxford St (map) (directions)
Belvidere, NJ 07823




September 22, 2004
: Guest speaker Bennett Muraskin, member of the Society for Humanistic Judaism and author of Humanist Readings in Jewish Folklore, will discuss his new book Let Justice Well Up Like Water: Progressive Jews from Hillel to Helen Suzman.

Friends Conference Center at Arbor Glen (map) (directions)
100 Monroe Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807


September 19, 2004: 10:00 am meeting.

Savannah (formerly House of Coffee) (map) (directions)
10 Bridge Avenue (in the Galleria)
Red Bank, NJ 07701

For more information, email: redbankhumanists@yahoo.com, call 732-996-9670 or view this flyer.



September 18 & 19, 2004: Defending Science and Reason in an Irrational World.

What's the lastest in the battle for science and reason? Separation of church and state? Religion in the media? Evolution education? The Center for Inquiry joins with the Council for Secular Humanism and CSICOP to present an extraordinary two-day briefing. CFI founder and chair Paul Kurtz leads a panel of front-line activists.

Learn the latest developments regarding church-state separation, science versus antiscience, faith-based funding, evolution versus intelligent design, the rights of unbelievers, confronting the media, outreach to the young and much more.

For more information, click on this registration form. To register, print and mail or fax it to CFI.

Hanover Marriott (map) (directions)
1401 Route 10 East
Whippany, NJ 07981


September 4 , 2004: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

Fog of War

Former Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara ... for the first time ever ... sits down one on one with award winning director Errol Morris to offer a candid and intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American History.

As always, our showings are free of charge. We will have refreshments and lots of discussion. Please, it is not necessary to bring any food or house gifts. We plan to start the movies at around 8:00pm, but feel free to arrive any time after 7:00pm.  Call or e-mail us if you need directions (Warning: you cannot find us on Mapquest--they'll send you to the other side of the lake).

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.


August 14 , 2004: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

Walking with Cavemen

About human evolution...

As always, our showings are free of charge. We will have refreshments and lots of discussion. Please, it is not necessary to bring any food or house gifts. We plan to start the movies at around 8:00pm, but feel free to arrive any time after 7:00pm.  Call or e-mail us if you need directions (Warning: you cannot find us on Mapquest--they'll send you to the other side of the lake).

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.


August 13, 2004The Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia’s (FSGP) 2004 Friday-the-Thirteenth Anti-Superstition Party will take place at the Philadelphia Ethical Society Building located at 1907 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The party begins at 8:00 PM, but anyone willing to volunteer to help set up the event is encouraged to arrive much earlier.  Party plans include anti-superstition games and special music presented by disc jockey Gary Courtright.  His presentation includes a light show and a play list consisting of songs with a superstition/anti-superstition theme.  FSGP does not have a license to sell alcohol. Attendees who wish to drink should bring their own bottle.  Attendees are also encouraged to bring an umbrella for dancing inside and a photo of themselves for the “Who do voodoo — you do?” dart board game. We have added more celebrity portraits to the dart board this year. Penn and Teller, Julia Sweeney, and The Amazing Randi recently sent their photos to FSGP.  For more info, contact FSGP at 610-793-2737 or fsgp@freethought.org.


August 8 , 2004: 11:00 am - A Day at Manasquan Beach (Directions TBA)

Join us for fun in the sun, humanist conversation, and a sunburn!

 


July 24, 2004: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

DOUBLE FEATURE NIGHT!

FIRST FILM: Bush Promised Us Humility; Brought Us Humiliation

New York University forum with former Vice President Al Gore - recorded for DVD on May 26, 2004.

"The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise - with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history … the fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation …" - Lincoln to Congress, December 1, 1872.

SECOND FILM: Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror

This is a film by John Pilger investigating the differences between the Bush Administration's and
British claims about the "war on terror" and the facts as he finds them in both Afganistan and in Washington, DC.

As always, our showings are free of charge. We will have refreshments and lots of discussion. Please, it is not necessary to bring any food or house gifts. We plan to start the movies at around 8:00pm, but feel free to arrive any time after 7:00pm.  Call or e-mail us if you need directions (Warning: you cannot find us on Mapquest--they'll send you to the other side of the lake).

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.


July 11, 2004: 11:00 am meeting.

Osaka Restaurant (map) (directions)
1 Marine Park
Red Bank, NJ 07701

For more information, email: redbankhumanists@yahoo.com, call 732-996-9670 or view this flyer.


July 10, 2004: Annual joint NJHN/CFI-NJ Picnic. Schooley's Mountain County Park in Morris County. 12:00 Noon until dark. Rain or shine.  Adults $10.00, children under 12 half price, and children under 5 are free.

 

Menu options include:

Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages and veggie burgers with buns, garnishes & condiments
Baked beans, potato salad, pasta salad & veggie salads
Dessert: pies, cakes, cookies & fruit
Beverages: fruit juice, iced tea, a variety of soda and diet soda, coffee and hot tea, with milk, sugar & sweetener
All utensils will be provided.
We do have an alcohol permit, so feel free to bring your own.


July 3, 2004: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

Counting on Democracy

The untold story of 175,000 missing votes in the 2000 presidential election. This film is a call for the protection of voting rights for all Americans.

As always, our showings are free of charge. We will have refreshments and lots of discussion. Please, it is not necessary to bring any food or house gifts. We plan to start the movies at around 8:00pm, but feel free to arrive any time after 7:00pm.  Call or e-mail us if you need directions (Warning: you cannot find us on Mapquest--they'll send you to the other side of the lake).

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.


June 27, 2004: Board of Directors meeting, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

In addition to handling normal business, this is the annual organizational meeting at which NJHN officers will be elected. All members are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at the home of Brad Holcombe and Tamara Mount. For more information, email president at njhn.org or call
609-371-1357.


June 23, 2004: Annual Board of Directors Election Meeting. All members of NJHN are eligible to vote.

Afterward, guest speaker Howard Wineberg of the New Jersey Chapter of End-of-Life Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society) will discuss Oregon's Death with Dignity Act and the End-of-Life Choices organization.

Howard Wineberg is a Trustee of the New Jersey Chapter of the End-of-Life Choices Organization and has taught a course on Physician-Assisted suicide at a university in Oregon.



June 19, 2004: CFI Freethinker's Tour of New York, 1:00 pm.

A walking tour of New York historic sites of particular importance in the history of American freethought will be led by a professional guide, using a “script” written by Susan Jacoby. Convene at the entrance to the Gramercy Park Hotel, on the site where Robert Green Ingersoll, “the Great Agnostic,” lived with his wife, Eva, during the 1890s. The two-hour tour will end at a bar in Greenwich Village where the memory of Thomas Paine—who died nearby—is still celebrated every year by humanists and secularists of every stripe. Drink a toast to the first American freethinker stigmatized as an atheist.

Fee $12. Reservations a must, as space is limited. Call Susan at 212-265-2877 or Barry Seidman at 973-541-0049.


June 13, 2004: 11:00 am meeting.

House of Coffee (map) (directions)
10 Bridge Avenue (in the Galleria)
Red Bank, NJ 07701

For more information, email: redbankhumanists@yahoo.com, call 732-996-9670 or view this flyer.


June 12, 2004: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

Justifiable Homicide

The movie tells the true story of the police killing of a young Latino man in New York City during the Giuliani administration. The movie shows how the police have been trying to cover up the true details of the case. It was shown at the Human Rights Film Festival and has been favorably reviewed by David Rothenberg on WBAI.

As always, our showings are free of charge. We will have refreshments and lots of discussion. Please, it is not necessary to bring any food or house gifts. We plan to start the movies at around 8:00pm, but feel free to arrive any time after 7:00pm.  Call or e-mail us if you need directions (Warning: you cannot find us on Mapquest--they'll send you to the other side of the lake).

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.



June 7, 2004: Special Free Forum

CFI-NJ presents "Media Mythmakers" with Ben Radford of CSICOP and Peter Hart of FAIR.

Ben Radford is the managing editor of Skeptical Inquirer. His book, Media Mythmakers, discusses how today's mass media distorts the truth on everything from potato chip ads to the war on Iraq. Peter Hart is the media activist for FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) and co-author of the new book The Oh Really? Factor, an expose on Bill O'Reilly and the Fox News Network.

Unitarian Church of Montclair
67 Church Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
973-744-6276


May 30, 2004: 2:00-7:00 PM. Red Bank Humanists-Memorial Day Picnic. It's a partial POTLUCK. Please bring a dish to share...hot, cold, salad, or dessert. We'll grill the burgers & dogs (yes, we'll have Boca Burgers) and provide the chips & sodas. BYOB. Come One / Come All - Suggested donation: $5 per person to cover costs.

RSVP by May 26, tell us how many are coming and what you're bringing. Email Ron Steelman or call 732-290-1901. Rain or Shine.

13 Belle Place (map) (directions)
Aberdeen, NJ 07747.



May 26, 2004: Guest speaker Maddy Urken, new leader of Hudson Humanists, AHA board member, and President of the Humanist Society of the AHA, will speak on Developing Humanist Communities. Also, the slate of candidates for the NJHN Board of Directors will be presented.


 

 

May 23, 2004: Hudson Humanists First Annual Picnic! Details TBA at www.hudsonhumanists.net. Email Maddy Urken or call 201-420-9427.

 



May 22, 2004: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

The Trials of Henry Kissinger

Did Henry Kissinger sabotage the 1968 Vietnam peace talks for his own political gain? Did he orchestrate the secret bombing of Cambodia without approval from the U.S. congress? This film investigates these and other charges.

As always, our showings are free of charge. We will have refreshments and lots of discussion. Please, it is not necessary to bring any food or house gifts. We plan to start the movies at around 8:00pm, but feel free to arrive any time after 7:00pm.  Call or e-mail us if you need directions (Warning: you cannot find us on Mapquest--they'll send you to the other side of the lake).

RSVP Katy and Russ Fischer or call 973-663-4646.


May 16, 2004: 11:00 am meeting.

House of Coffee (map) (directions)
10 Bridge Avenue (in the Galleria)
Red Bank, NJ 07701

For more information, email: redbankhumanists@yahoo.com, call 732-996-9670 or view this flyer.


May 2, 2004: Adopt-a-Highway Program, 10:00 am. Help beautify our one-mile stretch of Route 31, and join fellow Humanists for lunch afterward! We will meet at:

Lin Supply Co. (map) (directions)
250 State Route 31 North
Washington, NJ 07882


April 28, 2004: Guest Speaker Warren Allen Smith, author of Who's Who in Hell: A Handbook and International Directory for Humanists, Freethinkers, Naturalists, Rationalists and Non-Theists.


April 25, 2004: March for Women's Lives in Washington, DC.

 

 

 

 


 

Join NJHN as we support the American Humanist Association, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, NARAL, the American Civil Liberties Union, and many other national and local organizations in support of reproductive rights for women.


April 18 , 2004: The Red Bank Humanists invite you to our meeting. We hope to create a Humanist community in Monmouth County by creating an atmosphere of stimulating discussion and non-religious fellowship.

House of Coffee (map) (directions)
10 Bridge Avenue (in the Galleria)
Red Bank, NJ 07701
11:00 am

For more information, email: redbankhumanists@yahoo.com, call 732-290-1901 or view this flyer.


March 28, 2004: Hudson Humanists meeting. Oral Arguments Before the Supreme Court in the Newdow Case. Guest speaker Roy Speckhardt, AHA Director of Membership & Programs.

Stevens Institute of Technology (map) (directions and notes)
Hoboken, NJ 07030
11:00 am, Room TBA

Brief Background: Michael A. Newdow is asking the US Supreme Court to declare that the inclusion of the phrase “under God” violates the constitution. The American Humanist Association and many other Humanist and Civil Rights organizations have filed amicus curiae briefs.


March 24, 2004: Guest speaker Janice Rael, President of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will discuss AU and the upcoming March for Women's Lives, April 25 in Washington, DC.


March 20, 2004: The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society at the
College of New Jersey is sponsoring a lecture entitled The Collapsing
Creationist Tower: More Evidence against Intelligent Design Creationism

by Robert T. Pennock. Admission is free; the lecture is open to the public.

8:00 pm (campus map) (directions)
Kendall Hall Auditorium
The College of NJ
Ewing, NJ

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March 14, 2004: 7:30 pm
Arts Council of Princeton, Loft Theater
102 Witherspoon Street
Paul Robeson Building
Princeton, NJ 08540

Robert Jensen will speak on the topic Hope for Humanity in Hyperpatriotic Times: The Obligations of U.S. Citizens


March 14, 2004: Red Bank Humanists meeting. Topics:

- Setting Our Course - Results of the RB Humanists survey – “Who Are We?”

- Humanist Tithing - Is There an Alternative? (reference: Mark Berger’s article in
the Dec/Jan issue of Free Inquiry, "Tithing Without God")

- A Conversation with Barry Klassel: "Do We Need Humanist Celebrants?"

House of Coffee (map) (directions)
10 Bridge Avenue (in the Galleria)
Red Bank, NJ 07701
11:00 am

For more information, email: redbankhumanists@yahoo.com, call 732-996-9670 or view this flyer.


March 13, 2004:  NJHN JOINS IRISH HERITAGE CELEBRATION

JOIN US AT MORRISTOWN'S
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
Parade starts at 12:00 Noon
(parade participants gather at 10:30 AM)

Be sure to wear something green! (and comfortable shoes)

Parade participants will meet in the parking lot behind the Municipal Building, 150 South Street, Morristown, at 10:30 AM. NJHN is in the 4th division, number 101. Directions to the gathering area.

The best place to park is at the end of the parade route -- Morristown High School, 50 Early Street. Directions to the school.

Please email or call me if you plan to march with us (so that we know to look for you), or if you have any questions.

Hope to see you at the parade!
La 'le Phadraig Shona Dhuit
(Happy St. Patrick's Day)


February 22, 2004: Hudson Humanists meeting:

Stevens Institute of Technology (map) (directions and notes)
Pierce Building Room 216
Hoboken, NJ 07030
10:30 am

Darwin Day! with guest speaker Dr. James McClellan of Stevens Institute. His topic will be Darwin and Design.

Coffee and tea will be served.

For more information, email maddy@hudsonhumanists.net, visit www.hudsonhumanists.net or call 201-420-9427.


February 22, 2004: Adopt-a-Highway Program, 10:00 am. Help beautify our one-mile stretch of Route 31, and join fellow Humanists for lunch afterward! We will meet at:

Lin Supply Co. (map) (directions)
250 State Route 31 North
Washington, NJ 07882


February 20, 2004: 7:30 p.m.

Darwin Day Celebration
featuring guest speaker Dr. Massimo Pigliucci. Dr. Pigliucci is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he teaches ecology and evolutionary biology. Dr. Pigliucci is the author of Denying Evolution: Creationism, Scientism, and the Nature of Science (2002) and Tales of the Rational: Skeptical Essays about Nature and Science (2000). Dr. Pigliucci will share "Four More Reasons Why Intelligent Design Arguments are a Load of Dingo Kidneys."

Please note that this Friday night meeting takes the place of our usual February meeting and will be held at:

Friends Conference Center at Arbor Glen (map) (directions)
100 Monroe Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807


January 28, 2004:


January 25, 2004: Hudson Humanists will hold its first meeting at:

Stevens Institute of Technology (map) (directions)
Morton Building Room 101 (Northeast corner of River and 6th Streets)
Hoboken, NJ 07030
11:00 am

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, email maddy@hudsonhumanists.net or call 201-420-9427.


January 11, 2004: Red Bank Humanists meeting. We hope to create a Humanist community in Monmouth County by creating an atmosphere of stimulating discussion and non-religious fellowship.

House of Coffee (map) (directions)
10 Bridge Avenue (in the Galleria)
Red Bank, NJ 07701
11:00 am

For more information, email: redbankhumanists@yahoo.com, call 732-996-9670 or view this flyer.


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