Calendar Archive - Events from 2005

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 20, 2005: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Bennigan's (map & directions)
2241 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902


HumanLight on CurrentTV!


In early December, Joe Fox, Neil Murphy, Lisa and Tim Ridge were interviewed by Robert Zeliger, a regional producer for Current TV, the network launched by Al Gore in 2005.

Robert was commissioned by Current TV to do a podcast story on HumanLight and the alleged "war on Christmas."

Joe and Neil were interviewed before an Equal Time for Freethought radio show at the WBAI studio in New York City.

Lisa and Tim were interviewed in their holiday-decorated North Brunswick, NJ home. (We're not sure where that Catholic League guy was!). Watch the 6-minute video, and please consider registering and leaving a positive comment about our Humanist holiday!

 



 



December 18, 2005
: HumanLight Celebration starting at 12:00 noon:

Private Starshow at the The Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College starts at 12:00 noon.  This show is free of charge for all who attend the buffet dinner starting at 1:15 PM at Cervino's Restaurant (formerly A Taste of Tuscany) in Bridgewater.

Emcee: Barry Klassel, local Humanist Celebrant and NJHN member

Keynote speaker: Fred Edwords, Editorial Director for the American Humanist Association and Editor of The Humanist magazine.

Entertainment: Great Scott - It's Magic!

 

12:00 PM
Raritan Valley Planetarium
Directions
1:15 PM
CERVINO'S

475 North Bridge Street
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807


December 17, 2005
: 6:00 PM.

HumanLight Celebration featuring Fred Edwords, Editor of The Humanist Magazine & Editorial Director of the American Humanist Association

Location TBA

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



December 11, 2005
: 10:30 AM.

"Planning a Humanist Future" (Part 3). Free and open to the public.

Red Bank Charter School (map) (directions)
58 Oakland Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701-8331

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


December 3 , 2005: Movie/Exchange of Ideas Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

The God Who Wasn't There

Contemporary Christians are largely ignorant of the origins of their religion. Your guide through the world of Christendom is former fundamentalist Brian Flemming, joined by such luminaries as Jesus Seminar fellow Robert M. Price, professor Richard Dawkins, author Sam Harris and historian Richard Carrier.  Quicktime Trailer

EXCITING NEWS!!! WE WILL BE TALKING TO SOME OF THE PRODUCERS OF THESE FILMS ON THE PHONE FOR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.

 


November 30, 2005: Bridgewater Library, 7:30 PM.

Program meeting - An overview of ACLU issues wtih specific focus on Church/State Separation.

Guest Speaker Deborah Jacobs is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.


November 15, 2005: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Subscribe to Middlesex County Atheists. It's free, and you don't need a yahoo ID.

New location this month:

Bennigan's (map & directions)
2241 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902


November 11, 2005: Washington, DC - Atheists in Foxholes
Sponsored by American Atheists

You've heard the claim that there are no atheists in foxholes.  But we know that isn't true.  Hundreds of thousands, even millions of atheists and other nonbelievers have served in our
country's military to protect our freedom and defend the principles of our Constitution. Isn't it time that our leaders, media and policy-makers recognized the contributions of these Atheists in Foxholes?

Welcome Banquet (November 10) - March on the Mall on Veterans Day - Speakers - Entertainment

more information


October 26, 2005: Bridgewater Library, 7:30 PM.

Guest Speaker Ellen Johnson, President of American Atheists and a leading spokesperson for the civil rights of nonbelievers, will speak about Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

 


October 22, 2005: Pre-Halloween Movie Night!

Ridge House (map) (directions)
999 Hidden Lake Drive, Apt 18-E
North Brunswick, NJ

Hell House

Hell Houses are a distinctly American phenomenon which began in 1990 just outside of Dallas, at the Trinity Assembly of God Church. The original Hell House was conceived as a modern-day fire-and-brimstone sermon. Today, this religious ceremony of sorts is replete with actors, extensive lighting equipment and full audio-visual tech crews. Inside the Hell House, tour guides dressed as demons take visitors from room to room to view depictions of school massacres, date rape, AIDS-related deaths, fatal drunk driving crashes, and botched abortions. Hell Houses have now spread to hundreds of churches worldwide. With full access to the behind-the-scenes action, the film follows the process from the first script meeting until the last of the 10,000 visitors passes through the Hell House doors.

This abomination is not only a problem in Texas.  Hell House is put on annually by The Church of the Hills in Bedminster, NJ.

There is no charge for attending; open to all NJHN members and friends. Please bring a snack or beverage to share. We'll start the movie at 7:30 pm, but feel free to arrive around 7:00 pm.

RSVP Tim and Lisa Ridge or call 732-658-6440.


October 18, 2005: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Subscribe to Middlesex County Atheists. It's free, and you don't need a yahoo ID.

Chili's Grill & Bar
867 U.S. Hwy 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Don't depend on mapquest to get you there; its directions will mislead you. Chili's is located just south of the intersection of US Route 1 and Route 130.


October 12, 2005: Freethought Day

Freethought "Coming Out" Day is an annual day of celebration which gives those freethinkers who have been unable to proudly declare themselves a platform from which to do so. Held on October 12, newly declared freethinkers can gain strength and support from fellow "open" freethinkers and from other October freethought holidays such as International Freethought Month and Separation of Church and State Day.


October 8 , 2005: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

Control Room

Join the discussion, bring your opinions!  Bring your friends!

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.


September 24-October 1, 2005: Banned Books Week

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!


September 28, 2005: Arbor Glen , 7:30 PM.

Guest Speaker Jeff McMahan is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University.

Dr. McMahan will discuss issues raised in his 2003 book, The Ethics of Killing: Problems at the Margins of Life, a careful look at issues including abortion, infanticide, the killing of animals, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.


September 24, 2005: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

Heart of the Beholder

For this showing, producer Darlene Lieblich and writer/director Ken Tipton (whose story this is), have agreed to chat with viewers over speakerphone after the film is over. So, if you have any questions for either of them, you can ask them personally right after you watch Heart of the Beholder!

Join the discussion, bring your opinions!  Bring your friends!

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.


September 20, 2005: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.

Subscribe to Middlesex County Atheists. It's free, and you don't need a yahoo ID.

Chili's Grill & Bar
867 U.S. Hwy 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Don't depend on mapquest to get you there; its directions will mislead you. Chili's is located just south of the intersection of US Route 1 and Route 130.


September 11, 2005: 10:30 AM.

Free and open to the public. Ethical Question: Isn't it immoral for drug companies and health insurance companies to be profit-making businesses? Plus Destiny is a Dirty Word.

Red Bank Charter School (map) (directions)
58 Oakland Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701-8331

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


September 10 , 2005: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

A Patriot Act

A Patriot Act is a bold, funny and ultimately chilling film that uses news clips, historical documents and other factually verifiable sources to reveal the threats our Constitution is facing. Producer/Director Lilibet Foster agreed to have a phone conference with us to answer any questions!

Join the discussion, bring your opinions!  Bring your friends!

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 27, 2005: 7:00 pm - The Inaugural NJHN Humanist Salon!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A MEMBERS ONLY EVENT!
We will gather at the home of one of our members for hors d'ouvres, snacks and socializing.

Discussion Topic: Are ethical truths culturally contingent in a way that scientific truths are not? Can we construct a science of good and evil?

If you'd like to attend, please notify us by email or phone (732-658-6440).  Upon confirmation of your NJHN membership, you will receive the address and directions.

If you are not currently a member, you can join NJHN here, online or by mail.


August 16, 2005: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area. 

Chili's Grill & Bar
867 U.S. Hwy 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Don't depend on mapquest to get you there; its directions will mislead you. Chili's is located just south of the intersection of US Route 1 and Route 130.


August 14, 2005: 4:00 pm

Free and open to the public. August Forums are held at the shore. Come join the sun, fun, and humanist conversation.  This year's event scheduled at 4 p.m. by popular demand.

Sandy Hook National Park, NJ outside the Seagull's Nest Restaurant

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


August 13 , 2005: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

Gattaca

Highly rated science fiction film - Futuristic story of a genetically imperfect man and his seemingly unobtainable goal to travel in space.

Join the discussion, bring your opinions!  Bring your friends!

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).

STAY TUNED FOR OUR UPCOMING MOVIES. HERE IS A PARTIAL LIST:
Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause
Heart of the Beholder
A Patriot Act
Oil on Ice
You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train
The Corporation
The God that Wasn't There

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


August 11, 2005: Ingersoll Day

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899) is an important name within the freethought community. His work continues to inspire the inquiring mind and inject reason within a world riddled by superstition. For many, Ingersoll is deserving of a special remembrance day and on August 11, rationalists from far and wide come together to celebrate his contributions to humankind. Click on the title link for further information.

August 12-14, 2005: Road Trip to the Ingersoll Museum!

In celebration of Ingersoll Day, all are invited to drive to the Finger Lakes region in New York State.  We will visit the Ingersoll Museum (which is open only during the summer) and some of the many other historical freethought sites in the area.  Please notify us by email or phone (732-658-6440) if you would like to come along.

Itinerary

Friday evening:
Drive to Binghamton, NY where we'll spend the night at the Econolodge Inn- accomodations are not available closer to the Freethought Trail...

Saturday:
  8:00am: Leave Binghamton
10:00am: Arrive in Seneca Falls, NY to visit the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House and the National Women's Hall of Fame.
12:00pm: Break for Lunch
1:00pm: Leave Seneca Falls
1:45pm: Arrive at the Ingersoll Museum in Dresden, NY.
4:00pm: Leave Dresden
6:00pm: Back in Binghamton for the evening.

Sunday:
Check out of hotel
11:00am: Leave Binghamton
12:00pm:Arrive at the Mark Twain Study and Exhibit in on the campus of Elmira College in Elmira, NY.
  2:00pm: Leave Elmira and return home.

Times are approximate--subject to the whims of our weary travelers...


July 31, 2005: 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.

Participants are encouraged to bring a favorite side dish or dessert to share...
E.g. potato salad, pasta salad, veggie salad or pies, cakes, cookies, fruit...


July 23 , 2005: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

The Theory of Evolution - Part 3 (final)

A History of Controversy ... lectures from The Teaching Company.

Join the discussion, bring your opinions!  Bring your friends!

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 19, 2005: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area. 

Please note! This group is no longer affiliated with meetup.com.  Instead we are using a new yahoo! group to manage invitations and RSVPs.  See the main calendar page to subscribe.


July 9 , 2005: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

The Theory of Evolution - Part 2

A History of Controversy ... lectures from The Teaching Company.

Join the discussion, bring your opinions!  Bring your friends!

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 22, 2005:
Bridgewater Library, 7:30 PM.

Annual Meeting. Board of Directors election will be held, open to all members of NJHN.

Open discussions regarding the future of the organization.

 

June 21, 2005: World Humanist Day

World Humanist Day is celebrated annually on June 21 as a way to spread information-and combat misinformation-about the positive aspects of humanism as a philosophical life stance and means to affect change in the world.




June 21, 2005:
7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area. 

Please note! This group is no longer affiliated with meetup.com.  Instead we are using a new yahoo! group to manage invitations and RSVPs.   See the main calendar page to subscribe.


June 4 , 2004: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  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

 



May 25, 2005: Bridgewater Library, 7:30 PM.

Guest speaker Maughn Gregory, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children, Montclair State University, will discuss the Institute's program of teaching critical thinking and ethics to children.

Candidates running for seats on the Board of Directors will be announced.


May 17, 2005: 7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Monthly Dinner

Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area. 

Please note! This group is no longer affiliated with meetup.com.  Instead we are using a new yahoo! group to manage invitations and RSVPs.

Subscribe to Middlesex County Atheists. It's free, and you don't need a yahoo ID.

Chili's Grill & Bar
867 U.S. Hwy 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Don't depend on mapquest to get you there; its directions will mislead you. Chili's is located just south of the intersection of US Route 1 and Route 130.


May 8, 2005: 10:30 AM.

Guest Speaker Ray Carey, former Chairman and CEO of ADT.  Topic: The Harmonization of Democracy and Capitalism based on his new book, Democratic Capitalism - The Way to a World of Peace and Plenty.


Red Bank Charter School (map) (directions)
58 Oakland Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701-8331

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


May 5-8, 2005: 64th Annual Conference of the American Humanist Association

For more information, visit http://www.americanhumanist.org/conference/

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102
www.albuquerque.hyatt.com


May 5, 2005: National Day of Reason

Many who value the separation of church and state have sought an appropriate response to the federally-funded National Day of Prayer, an annual abuse of the constitution. Nontheistic Americans (including freethinkers, humanists, atheists and agnostics), along with many traditionally religious allies, view such government-sanctioned sectarianism as unduly exclusionary.

A consortium of leaders from within the community of reason last year endorsed the idea of a National Day of Reason. This observance will be held in parallel with the National Day of Prayer, on the first Thursday in May (5 May 2005). The goal of this effort is to celebrate reason - a concept all Americans can support - and to raise public awareness about the persistent threat to religious liberty posed by government intrusion into the private sphere of worship.


April 30 , 2005: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

Bush's Brain

... how Karl Rove made George Bush president.


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 (PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME) , 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.


April 29 & 30, 2005: Examining the Real Agenda of the Religious Far Right
Co-sponsored by the NY Open Center and CUNY Graduate Center Public Programs

Speakers: Karen Armstrong, Joan Bokaer, Chip Berlet, Katherine Yurica, John Sugg, Hugh Urban, Frederick Clarkson, Jeffrey Sharlet, Skipp Porteous, Charles Strozier, Robert W. Edgar, and Joseph C. Hough Jr.

"Until progressives come to understand what [fundamentalists] read, hear, are told and deeply believe, we cannot understand American politics, much less be effective." - Joe Bageant

For more information, including costs, see this flyer. (PDF format)

Registration required: please call 212-219-2527 extension 2


April 27, 2005: Arbor Glen, 7:30 PM.

Group Discussion: Are we living under a fascist government?

Copies of Fascism Anyone? by Laurence W. Britt (Free Inquiry Spring 2003) will be distributed as background for the discussion.

 


April 22 , 2005: 8:00 PM - Finding our way back to the Enlightenment with guest speakers Thomas De Zengotita and Stephen Eric Bronner

Co-Sponsored by:
CFI-NJ
Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County
Logos Public Sphere Project

With its championing of democracy, equality, cosmopolitanism, and reason - and its healthy attacks on popular prejudice, religious superstition, and arbitrary abuses of power - the Enlightenment was once hailed as the foundation of all modern, progressive politics.  But here in 2005, the leaders of the United States seem to consider the Enlightenment old fashioned at best, and anti-American at worst.  Also, progressives who hold to basic Enlightenment principles do so only halfheartedly since postmodernism still dictates much of their ideology.

Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County (map) (directions)
687 Larch Avenue
Teaneck, NJ 07666-2301
(201) 836-5187



April 19, 2005:
7:00 PM. Middlesex County Atheists Meetup

Sit down for dinner and camaraderie with fellow atheists in your area.  If you'd like to join us, sign up here (it's free) and RSVP to let us know you're coming.

Chili's Grill & Bar
867 U.S. Hwy 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Don't depend on mapquest to get you there.  It won't.  Chili's is located just south of the intersection of US Route 1 and Route 130.


April 18, 2005: Table Talk: The Religious Right and the Public Sphere
with Maura Stephens and Julie Sulc
6:00 PM

Professional journalist Stephens is editor of the Ithaca College Quarterly Magazine and Vice President of TheocracyWatch, a project of the Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy at Cornell University, which raises awareness about the pervasive role of the Religious Right in the US government. She will talk about the political goals of Dominionist Theology and the movement's targeting of the Republican Party as the vehicle through which to advance its agenda.

Political scientist and program officer for the Religion Program of The Pew Charitable Trusts, Sulc will offer non-partisan information provided by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, a project of the Pew Research Center, which seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection
of religion and public affairs.

White Dog Cafe (map and directions)
3420 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Reservations required. Table Talk at 6pm include a three course dinner, followed by speaker and discussion from 7:30-9pm. $35 per person, includes tax and gratuity. Cash bar. Senior citizens (over 65) and full-time students $25 with advance notification.  Please call (215) 386-9224 for reservations before sending payment. Advance payment required by giving a credit card over the phone or sending a check. Single reservations are welcome at Table Talks where you'll be seated at a group table. Vegetarian dishes are always offered.


April 10 , 2005: What is HABcore and how can we help?

A handbook for progressive strategists: Don't Think of an Elephant by George Lakoff


Red Bank Charter School (map) (directions)
58 Oakland Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701-8331

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


April 9, 2005: 10:00 AM. Humanists of North Jersey meeting.

Guest speaker Dr. Hugh Evans will present Presidential Disability and the 25th Amendment, a topic related to his book The Hidden Campaign (the election of 1944 when doctors concealed how sick FDR was).

The public is invited to hear this presentation and share in a group discussion of the ideas articulated.

Maurice M. Pine Public Library (map) (directions)
10-01 Fair Lawn Avenue
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410


March 26, 2005: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

911 in Plane Sight
...why weren't America and the world shown the video and photographs of the Pentagon BEFORE the outer wall had collapsed... and other questions.

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.


March 23, 2005: Arbor Glen, 7:30 PM

Guest speakers Drs. Mike and Lidia Abrams, Fellows at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, will introduce Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) as the first and most humanistic of the cognitive behavior therapies. They will discuss its applications in emotional disturbance, substance abuse, and in enhancing life philosophy.

 


March 23, 2005: 7:30 PM -  Forum: On Science & Race with Joseph Graves and Jon Entine: Abraham's Children: How Genetics is Unlocking Jewish Identity and The Hidden History of the Bible.


Wilson Auditorium
Fairleigh Dickinson University (map) (directions)
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666


 

March 13, 2005: 11:30 AM

Neurotica and how to avoid it.

The Art of Living: How to Feel Good Without Feeling Good About Yourself (Read The Article)

Red Bank Charter School (map) (directions)
58 Oakland Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701-8331

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


March 12, 2005: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire
...features interviews with more than twenty of the most important political observers of our time.

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.


 

February 26, 2005: 1:00-2:30 PM. DVAU Program Meeting

The Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will highlight its efforts to prevent religious discrimination in faith-based initiatives. State and federal governments are increasingly using religious organizations to provide social services such as job training and substance-abuse treatment. These arrangements often violate the law and divide people among religious lines. Learn more about this issue.

Haddonfield Public Library (map) (directions)
60 Haddon Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ 08033-2469


February 26 , 2005: 7-11 PM. Humanist Salon.

Topic: "Why Humanists Aren't Afraid to Die."



RBH Member Event. Members will be notified of the location by email. Join Red Bank Humanists if you wish to participate.

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




February 23, 2005:
Arbor Glen, 7:30 PM
Intelligent Design: Who Cares?
with guest speaker Matthew Brauer, Ph.D.

This presentation will examine the ID phenomenon from the perspective of practicing scientists, and address the questions:
- what are the threats to science education posed by ID?
- what threats does ID pose to basic scientific research?
- why do so many biologists seem to be unconcerned about the threat posed by ID?
- how might insufficient activism among scientists allow ID to prosper?
- what effect does all of this have on our culture at large?

Dr. Brauer will also be review the latest ID and creationist challenges to science education, discussed in the context of the Discovery Institute's Wedge strategy.

Matthew Brauer is a postdoctoral research staff member at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University. His research is directed towards understanding the evolution of complex traits such as the function of metabolic pathways.

Dr. Brauer is co-author of the September 2004 Public Law Research Paper, Is it Science Yet?: Intelligent Design, Creationism and the Constitution. He has also co-authored a chapter in Rob Pennock's book Intelligent Design Creationism and its Critics.


February 20 , 2005: 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 19, 2005: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

The Pentagon Papers

"Think of The Pentagon Papers as a prequel to All the Presidents Men. It's both that important and that good...a gripping film..."
- The Washington Post

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.


 

February 13, 2005: 11:30 AM Darwin Day Celebration

What the Fundamentalists Got Right About Darwin
Guest speaker Avital Pilpel, Ph.D.

New Location:
Red Bank Charter School (map) (directions)
58 Oakland Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701-8331

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


 

February 12, 2005:  Darwin Day Educational Event for Kids!

 

This event is an informal gathering of interested Humanists, especially those with children, at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. We plan to gather outside at 10:00 AM, then visit the center as a group and have lunch together.

Ticket prices vary. Higher-priced tickets provide access to IMAX and/or Hi-Def films. The featured exhibit is Robots + Us, and is available at the lowest ticket price.

If you'd like to attend, please let us know in advance by calling 732-658-6440 or emailing president at njhn.org.

Liberty Science Center (map) (directions)
251 Phillip Street
Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NJ 07305


February 12, 2005: 7:30 PM

Darwin Day Celebration!


Charles Robert Darwin was born on February 12, 1809, in Shrewsbury, England. Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity as exemplified in the life, work and influence of this great scientist. It is celebrated by people around the world who value the adventurous spirit and natural curiosity that scientists and explorers of all kinds share. This year CFI-NJ welcomes back singer-songwriter Sonny Meadows, whose popular song “Charlie Got it Right” has graced previous Darwin Day celebrations and has been featured on WBAI’s Equal Time for Freethought.

Victoria Alexander will also be on hand to talk about her work with the Dactyl Foundation, whose programs are “designed to develop an aesthetic that is informed by science, history and philosophy and that takes into consideration both the intellectual and intuitive responses to art.”

Alexander did her dissertation research in teleology, evolutionary theory, and complexity science.

This year’s keynote talk will be given by Dr. Joseph L. Graves, Jr., a leading evolutionary biologist and University Core Director and Professor of Biological Sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Graves is the author of The Emperor's New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millenium and The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America.

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

$10.00 for adults over 17; free 17 and under

For more information contact Barry Seidman at Bfs1227 at aol.com  or 973-541-0049.


January 29, 2005: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

The Weather Underground

"Hello. I am going to read a declaration of a state of war... within the next fourteen days, we will attack a symbol or institution of american injustice." - Bernardine Dohrn

With these words a group of young american radicals announced their intention to overthrow the US government. This carefully organized network attempted to incite a national revolution while successfully evading one of the largest FBI manhunts in history. This documentary explores the incredible story of "The Weather Underground."

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.


January 29, 2005: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Social Gathering -- DVAU
(Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State)

DVAU members will eat, drink, talk separation issues and socialize. All AU members and friends are welcome. There will be literature and updates on how the chapter and AU are doing with the "Help Stop Religious Discrimination" campaign. We will share information and techniques about how to identify and report incidents of religious discrimination. There will be a free coffee for the tenth person to arrive, a donut for the twentieth and both for the thirtieth to arrive.

Three Beans Café (map) (directions)
140 North Haddon Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ, 08033


January 28 , 2005: 9:00 PM

Tom Paine's Birthday Celebration

MARIE'S CRISIS
59 Grove St
Philadelphia, PA

Tom Paine's birthday will be celebrated first with a party at Marie's Crisis (59 Grove Street, near 7th Avenue South near Sheridan Square, very near local subway stops #1 and #9 and to Christopher Street).

Margaret Downey is bringing a cake from Philadelphia, the bar's pianist will be leading a singfest, and - if this year's party is anything like parties in the past - everyone in the bar (even the straights) will have the common sense to toast Thomas Paine at the site where only the cognoscenti know that he died.


January 26, 2005:  What is a Humanist Community? What can we do as an organization and as individuals to make a vibrant Humanist Community a reality? This meeting will focus on these questions and give all of us an opportunity to contribute to a strategic plan that will help set the course for NJHN. How can we better organize? How can we make it happen? We want to hear about your vision and your dreams for NJHN. Come to this important meeting and tell us about your humanist vision and/or come to listen to your fellow humanists talk about what they want from a humanist community!


 

January 9, 2005: 3:00 pm meeting.

Monmouth County Library, Eastern Branch (map) (directions)
Route 35
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

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


January 8, 2005: Movie Night!

Fischer's Dance Studio
341 Lakeside Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ

Neil deGrasse Tyson's Origins - Part 2

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.


January 4 , 2005: 7:00 PM

The Educational Value of Publicly Mocking Creationists

Free and open to the public

Ludington Library
5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Highly-acclaimed speaker and Associate Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College Colin Purrington, whose "Disclaimer Stickers" for science textbooks and weak or religion-infused science instruction are the talk of the World Wide Web, will give his "The Educational Value of Publicly Mocking Creationists" motivational presentation at the next Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia (FSGP) monthly meeting.

In response to the Selman v. Cob County Board of Education lawsuit, Purrington designed the Disclaimer Stickers to show the sometimes subtle, but often blatant, clash of church and state in public school student instruction. One sticker reads:

"This book was anonymously donated to your school library to discreetly promote religious alternatives to the theory of evolution. When you are finished with it, please refile the book in the fiction section." (See www.swarthmore.edu/natsci/cpurrin1/textbookdisclaimers/ for many more.)

Purrington's sharp and intriguing work is currently circulating on the Internet and receiving rave reviews. He has also received a large amount of hate mail. His talk will provide an engaging, enlightening, and educational look at the religiously-motivated attacks on science.


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