NOSHA

New Orleans Secular Humanist Association
2013 Archive Event Calendar

"A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant"

When: Saturday, December 21, 2013 @ 12:00 am
Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA view map

Get ready for the most hilarious and bizarre holiday show you've ever seen. The NOLA Project presents the growing cult-classic new musical A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant.
A jubilant cast of children celebrates the controversial religion in uplifting pageantry and song. The actual teachings of The Church of Scientology are explained and dissected against the candy-colored backdrop of a traditional nativity play. This darkly hilarious holiday alternative is a musical biography of the life of L. Ron Hubbard.

Grade school children, portraying Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley, John Travolta, and other less starry Scientologists, bring the controversial Church of Scientology to jubilant life in story and song. Seating is limited, so we highly recommend ordering in advance!

Order your tickets here!

*** This is a ticketed event, so you will need to reserve your seats directly with Mid-City Theater.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in December

When: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Mizado Cocina, 5080 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, la view map

We'll round out 2013 with another unique culinary adventure!

Mizado Cocina offers modern, Mexican cuisine with authentic Latin American flavors, featuring hand-crafted salsas, a ceviche bar, sharable plates and small batch tequilas. The name "Mizado" is derived from the Spanish words for viewpoint and crossing, and represents a mix of Latin cultures, cuisines and traditions.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

NOSHA Winter Solstice Party ~ HumanLight 2013

When: Saturday, December 14, 2013 @ 9:00 pm
Caribbean Blue Holiday House, 1817 Marengo St., New Orleans, la view map

In lieu of our regular monthly meeting, please join us for our annual festive Winter Solstice party to celebrate the holidays! It is our time to enjoy good friends, good food and goodwill, so we welcome all supporters of our organization to join in the fun!

(Please note that this event will be held on the second Saturday of the month instead of the third.)

This will be a potluck event, so we are asking all guests to bring a dish to share. Please RSVP via email to rosejmort05@yahoo.com to advise that you will attend and what you plan to bring from the following suggestions:

• Favorite entree

• Appetizers

• Salads - tossed green, fruit, pasta, etc.

• Sides - vegetables, potatoes, etc.

• Fruits, cheeses, crackers

• Desserts

As part of our HumanLight participation, we'll once again collect canned goods and other non-perishable foods for Second Harvest Food Bank. Please take a look at their list here to put together your donation bag.

HumanLight is a celebration of "a Humanist's vision of a good future." We celebrate a positive approach to the coming new year through the lens of secular humanism.

This year, we'll also enjoy musical entertainment provided by NOSHA member and Quarter Rat Pack singer, Marshall Harris.

*** Please be sure to RSVP so our host will have an accurate count for her preparation. Many thanks to NOSHA Board Member, Beth Deitch, for opening her home to our friends!

If you have further questions, call 504-596-3006.



 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Thursday in December

When: Thursday, December 05, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Nirvana Indian Cuisine, 4308 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA view map

We can't believe it, but we haven't ventured back to Nirvana since last spring, so it's about time. It's been one of our most well-attended locations and it has something for everyone, including vegetarians.

And it's that time of year, finally, when you can really enjoy that second cup of Indian Chai....the best in town.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Nothing You Ever Wanted To Know About Sex (But Were Too Bored To Ask)

When: Sunday, November 24, 2013 @ 12:00 am
Mag's 940, 940 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans, la view map

As non-believers, skeptics and secular humanists, we know that our philosophies sometimes feel like we are on the fringes of society (but hopefully not for much longer!)

So, this sounds like something we should be part of, right? At least, this show seemed like a safe bet to get out to the Fringe Festival this coming weekend.

Here's a synopsis:

"Sex. It’s not a dirty word. Actually, scratch that. Sex. It IS a dirty word. But what do we actually know about it? Sex is such a difficult subject to learn about and not even the internet has much information. Try Googling "sex" and see how many results you get. Good luck with THAT.

Thankfully, Nicole Gruter and Paul Oswell have deigned to edutain you on this very subject. Open your ears, eyes and legs and welcome us into your knowledge holes."

Tickets are $11 total at the door ($8, plus a $3 festival fee that you pay at your first event) and you'll get a Fringe button that you will use if you attend other shows.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in November

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Walk-On's, 1009 Poydras St, New Orleans, Lo view map

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Even if you never darken the door of a sports event, this will let you see what the inside of one of the popular stops "on the the way to the Superdome" is up to. Let's talk about our humanist game plans and secular strategies....or we can just pass the basket of onion rings.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

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A Flowing Dialectic: The Shape-Making of Liberal Religion

When: Saturday, November 16, 2013 @ 9:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

Rev. Jim VanderWeele, minister at Community Church Unitarian Universalists will lift up several of the primary forces that have contributed to the direction pursued by liberal religionists.

He will address factors of time, social movements, and historical precedents for those in a faith whose members value "about seven and a half" faith traditions. A special attention will be placed on the use of reason as a fundamental component of faith formation.

Rev. VanderWeele was raised in the Christian Reformed Church, a tradition based on the teachings of John Calvin, but accompanied by an active involvement in the social and political frameworks of life. His attendance at Christian Schools lasted from kindergarten through the sophomore year of college. One feature of this early-life study was his opportunity to study the Bible, and church theologies, which quickly led him to questions of faith and an interest in the exploration of other religious, philosophical, social, and psychological traditions.

After years of personal study, his return to school allowed him to focus on World Religions during the completion of his undergraduate studies (in the mid-90’s). This was followed by the completion of his seminary training in 2000 at the Meadville Lombard School of Theology.

He has received the Russell Lockwood Ministry Award, which commemorates outstanding ministerial service to churches and communities within the Southwest Conference of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The award recognizes his untiring leadership of the post-Katrina recovery of the three New Orleans area UU churches and his involvement in interfaith social activist networks such as All Congregations Together and the Common Good Initiative.

PLEASE NOTE: As we do every November, we will present a new slate of nominees to the NOSHA Board of Directors to serve the 2014-2015 term (beginning January 1) at tomorrow's NOSHA meeting.

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, please check our website at www.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

Stepping Out of the Ivory Tower: Social Science as a Weapon in the "Cult Wars"

When: Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 12:00 am
Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd Floor of Monroe Hall, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA view map

A free public lecture presented by Dr. Eileen Barker sponsored by the Loyola University Biever Guest Lecture Committee and the Department of Religious Studies

This event is a talk with the founder of INFORM, an educational charity which provides objective information about new religious movements. INFORM is a non-government organization (NGO) that draws on the methodology of the social sciences to compete with the media, the movements themselves, and their opponents in a robust marketplace promoting alternative images of minority religions, or, "cults."

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“Whilst one of the central principles of the social sciences is that they should be as ‘value free’ as possible, this does not mean that they should not be ‘value relevant.’ Dr. Eileen Barker’s talk will describe some of the ways in which the speaker has found herself ‘making a difference’ in the field that she has been researching for the past four decades: New religious movements and the social reactions to which they have given rise.

In particular, she will describe the founding of INFORM, an NGO, which, drawing on the methodology of the social sciences, competes with (amongst others) the media, the movements themselves, and their opponents in a robust marketplace promoting alternative images of minority religions."

Eileen Barker, PhD, PhD h.c., OBE, FBA, is Professor Emerita of Sociology with Special Reference to the Study of Religion at the London School of Economics (LSE,) University of London. She has over 300 publications (translated into 27 languages), which include the award-winning The Making of a Moonie: Brainwashing or Choice? and New Religious Movements: A Practical Introduction.

In the late 1980s, with the support of the British Government and mainstream Churches, she founded INFORM, an educational charity based at the LSE, which provides information about minority religions that is as accurate, objective, and up-to-date as possible. In 2000, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appointed her as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for "services to INFORM."

For more information contact Dr. Catherine Wessinger, Department of Religious Studies, Loyola University, 504-865-3182, wessing@loyno.edu

 

Organizing a 2014 NOSHA Krewe in the "Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus"

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 @ 11:30 pm
CC'S Community Coffee House, 2800 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

It's time for us to have an organizing meeting to put together our plan to be a walking krewe in the "Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus" in February. It is a perfect fit for our quirky organization and we'll be among friends.

We need to settle on our official theme, costume ideas, throws and all of the other intricate details that will make this one wacky parade. So if you're creative and open to jumping through these Mardi Gras hoops, then NOSHA is the place to be.

 

The JFK Conspiracy Theory Walking Tour -- 50th Anniversary Edition!

When: Saturday, November 09, 2013 @ 9:00 pm
Lafayette Square, St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

What better way to commemorate this important piece of history than a walking tour designed around one of the most incredible conspiracies of all time?

This two hour (1.5 mile, A to B) walking tour is based on the book Dr. Mary’s Monkey by Edward T. Haslam. You’ll investigate an unsolved murder, a secret laboratory in New Orleans and a cancer-causing virus and how they are all linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination and emerging global epidemics.

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination. Come walk in the footsteps of the accused and decide for yourself if there are New Orleans' links to the biggest crime of the 20th century!

This is a ticketed event, so you will need to make your own personal reservation prior to this date. Use the drop down menu at the top of the screen on the website linked below. Don't forget to make sure your number is correct before you purchase.

Buy your tickets here!

STUFF TO BRING: Comfortable shoes, an umbrella or poncho and cash for refreshments. Rain doesn't stop the tour. In the event of severe weather you can reschedule or receive a full refund.

***** The starting point of is Lafayette Square Park and the ending point is Napoleon House on Chartres in the French Quarter.

 

FREE Public Lecture -- "The Impossible Community" by John Clark

When: Saturday, November 09, 2013 @ 12:00 am
Miller Building - Loyola University, Lecture Hall 114, New Orleans, la view map

This presentation is bound to interest some of our members (even if you don't necessarily agree with the ideas)!

The Impossible Community by John Clark confronts a critical moment when social and ecological catastrophe loom, the Left seems unable to articulate a response, and the Right is monopolizing public debates. This book offers a reformulation of anarchist social and political theory to develop a communitarian anarchist solution.

It argues that a free and just social order requires a radical transformation of the modes of domination exercised through social ideology and institutional structures. Communitarian anarchism unites a universalist concern for social and ecological justice while recognizing the integrity and individuality of the person. In fact, anarchist principles of mutual aid and voluntary cooperation can already be seen in various contexts, from the rebuilding of New Orleans after Katrina to social movements in India.

This work offers both a theoretical framework and concrete case studies to show how contemporary anarchist practice continues a long tradition of successfully synthetizing personal and communal liberation. This significant contribution will appeal not only to students in anarchism and political theory, but also to activists and anyone interested in making the world a better place.

The Impossible Community is a magnificent book, distilled from a lifetime of radical practice. I know of no other work that so successfully integrates rigorous philosophical inquiry with on-the ground struggle. Generous and compassionate in spirit, fierce in critique, prodigious in learning, and universal in scope, this celebration of the anarchist way is a beacon of hope for our afflicted times.” – Joel Kovel, author of The Enemy of Nature and Editor Emeritus of Capitalism Nature Socialism.

“In The Impossible Community, John Clark proposes something that is sorely lacking in today's landscape: the prospect of going beyond our obsessions with catastrophe in all its guises (environmental, geopolitical, financial, etc.) to the exploration of new forms of social organization based on voluntary anarchist cooperation. John Clark is able to bring to bear his immense erudition and experience with alternative modes of social organization, both historical and geographical, and thus can lead us, like Ariane with her thread, out of the labyrinth of our present-day paralysis.” – Ronald Creagh, author of Utopies Américaines and Histoire de l'anarchisme aux Etats-Unis d'Amérique.

“At a time of growing social and ecological crisis, John Clark is a very welcome voice, bringing hope with his version of communitarian anarchism. He writes very vividly and persuasively, whether it be general theory or particular case studies. The Impossible Community should be widely discussed and realized since it shows brilliantly a way out of our present predicament.” – Peter Marshall, author of Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism, Nature’s Web: Rethinking our Life on Earth, and Riding the Wind: Liberation Ecology for a New Era..

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in November

When: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Bei Tempi Italian Restaurant, 901 Convention Center Blvd., #115, New Orleans, la view map

We're trying a totally new place! Italian, for you lovers of pasta and pizza.

It's in the "Hertz" building next door to Subway. It is very easy to miss, the windows are tinted and give no indication of what lies behind the door! Be adventurous and give it chance.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Heretics Brunch - October

When: Sunday, October 27, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
Sugar Park, 3054 Saint Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

We wanted to fit in one more brunch before we hit the "high holidays" of family travel (and the end of the NFL season.) Sugar Park in the Bywater has started offering a weekend brunch that sounds really interesting, so we're excited to try something new!

Take a look at the menu here

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

UNO Sponsors: A Panel Discussion on Religious Liberty & Public Education

When: Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
The University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA view map

Who decides what is taught in our public schools, parents or the state?

Presented by the Alexis de Tocqueville Project in Law, Liberty, and Morality, the panel includes:

Barbara Forrest, Professor of Philosophy, Southeastern Louisiana University

Stephen Harvey
, Attorney, Pepper Hamilton, LLP

William Jeynes, Professor of Teacher Education, College of Education at California State University, Long Beach

The moderator is Chris W. Surprenant, Director of the Alexis de Tocqueville Project and Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of New Orleans

***** If you would like to know more about the Alexis de Tocqueville Project, go to http://www.tocquevilleproject.org/

 

The Mythology of Sex

When: Saturday, October 19, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
Audubon Park, 6500 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

In The Mythology of Sex, GiO will discuss sex practices from the Neolithic matriarchal age and kingdoms of Egypt through the pervasive assault of patriarchal belief systems in Ancient Greece and Rome, continuing through the Judeo-Christian "ethic" of the Dark Ages, Medieval times and the Renaissance, delineating archetypes that haunt us to this day. The presentation is illustrated with historical maps and art of the millenniums demonstrating how myths and symbolism of sex traveled through the civilizations.

GiO was the "Burlesque Queen of New Orleans" from 1988 to July 2005. Halfway through her world-traveling career, which included many television appearances and hundreds of radio and print interviews, due to the success of her videotape "How To Strip For Your Man," GiO chose to stop traveling and entertain exclusively on Bourbon Street, re-introducing the Art of Striptease with a modern erotic, performance-art sensibility.

In 1995, the year GiO was Queen of Krewe du Vieux, she was hired to do a five-nights a week talk show about sex for local radio station B-97. Six months later, after numerous complaints to the FCC from the Christian Coalition, she was pulled from the station for having "no scientific basis," to be discussing sexuality on the public airwaves. In 2002 she obtained a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of New Orleans, and is a practicing Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, please check our website at www.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in October

When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
American Sector, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA view map

We had such a good time there a few months ago that we had to go again. We'll try to have the "happy hour" specials extended to our group and we'll talk about all of the interesting things coming up! Lovely space and delicious food.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

The Skeptics' Cocktail Hour -- October

When: Tuesday, October 08, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
Tiki Tolteca at Felipe's Taqueria, 301 N. Peters St., New Orleans, la view map

We've been talking about having another "happy hour" event for a while and we wanted to put something out there that is unique and fun. This is a 'pop-up' concept upstairs from a Mexican restaurant in the French Quarter, so it has a lot going on if you've never been.

It is located upstairs and it has its own separate entrance off the street. According to online sources, look for a black chalkboard on the sidewalk that points you to the stairwell and a couple of tikis signal that you’re headed in the right direction.

They offer a variety of traditional tiki drinks ($5-10) made with rum and some others made with tequila, mezcal, pisco and cachaça for those who are looking for something new. They also offer some small plates influenced by Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil and Peru, so no one will be peckish. However, this won't be another traditional sit-down dinner, so enjoy the experiment!

There is a paid parking lot across the street, so you can park close by.

*** Just like with a restaurant, it is helpful to know our tentative numbers, so please make sure your RSVP is accurate on the day of the event. Thanks!

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in October

When: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
Hoshun, 1601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

We're still on a quest to try new places and we're sure many of you appreciate the chance to visit with familiar faces when you do. Hoshun offers many cuisines: Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and other Asian dishes. So there should be something for everyone.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Join Team NOSHA in the NO/AIDS Walk 2013

When: Sunday, September 29, 2013 @ 1:30 pm
Audubon Park, 6500 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

We have created a NOSHA team for the NO/AIDS Walk again this year!

Go to http://www.noaidswalk.com/site/TR/Events/General?team_id=6912&pg=team&fr_id=1140 to join the NOSHA team, sponsor a specific member or our team as a whole.

The largest annual AIDS awareness event in Louisiana prepares to mark its 24th year with thousands of individual walkers and over one hundred teams walking beneath the majestic oaks of Audubon Park and the streets of Uptown New Orleans. The event benefits NO/AIDS Task Force, one of the oldest and largest AIDS service organizations in the Gulf South.

Walkers and supporters are encouraged to meet in Audubon Park at 8:00 am when the festivities and registration begins. The WALK will kickoff at 10:00 am and will proceed down historic Magazine Street to Jefferson Avenue and then will turn onto Prytania Street to Napoleon Avenue and loop back to Prytania to head back into Audubon Park. The WALK is a great activity for the whole family, even the four-legged members. There will be water stops and doggie stops along the route and a children’s tent with lots of great activities. Additionally, there will be great food and drinks provided by Louisiana Pizza Kitchen Uptown, Rain Vodka, and Coors Light.

All funds raised at The WALK benefit NO/AIDS Task Force and the men, women and families affected by HIV and AIDS they serve. Additionally, through The WALK Share Grant Program, other Louisiana based AIDS Service Organizations will benefit too. Every dollar makes a difference. The NO/AIDS WALK is committed to keeping costs low, especially in these tough economic times. Over 80 cents of each dollar raised goes directly to helping someone affected by this disease.

 

Join us for a Humanist Invocation at NOLA City Council!

When: Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 1:45 pm
New Orleans City Council - Council Chambers, 1300 Perdido Street, New Orleans, la view map

If you've never been to a New Orleans City Council meeting, here's your chance and it's for a worthwhile occasion!

NOSHA President Emeritus, Harry Greenberger, has been invited by the Council Chaplain to give the invocation at their regular meeting this week. The meeting starts at 10am, so his presentation will at the beginning of the program.

While this may not be convenient for many of you, if by chance you can attend, we hope you do so you can see this process in action. NOSHA appreciates all of the support you can show Harry for his efforts.

 

Why Emotion Matters More Than Reason

When: Saturday, September 21, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

Christopher Tidmore recently completed a 31 country trip circumnavigating the world. While driving through Central Asia, along the Afghan border, he realized that an appeal to simple secular reason will never work as an effective foreign policy. He looks forward to discussing this topic with the NOSHA crowd!

Tidmore enjoys an extensive background in public relations, journalism, fundraising and in commercial insurance and surety.

http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/4/e/2/c/600_279500012.jpegHe has served in public outreach positions for several non-profits and issue-based causes, and as a senior advisor to two U.S. Senatorial campaigns. Having hosted one of Louisiana’s top political talk shows, political blogs and newspaper columns, he currently acts as Political Editor of The Louisiana Weekly, the state’s oldest and most respected African-American Newspaper.

He is also co-founder and co-owner of T&T Agency, LLC, an insurance agency dedicated to serving commercial clients, in particular the construction industry.

Besides his political journalism, Tidmore has done extensive travel writing, having just completed a six month drive from London to Singapore, via the Silk Road through Central Asia and China, then across Indonesia, and ultimately from Darwin to Sydney across Australia. In fact, he has visited 51 countries in the last ten years.

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, please check our website at www.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in September

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co., 4141 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA view map

After a long hiatus, we're heading back to this popular location for our past "last supper" dinners. There is ample parking in back, soft-serve ice cream and we've heard they've returned to offering counter ordering you can order and pay before sitting down. Makes it much easier for our people, right?

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Tim Lee, Scientist Turned Comedian

When: Saturday, September 07, 2013 @ 12:00 am
The Shadowbox, 2400 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

"Very cerebral comedy" ~New York Times

Tim wasn't supposed to be a comedian. A biologist by training, he graduated magna cum laude from UC San Diego with honors in biology. He went on to complete his PhD at UC Davis. He spent years developing simulation and analytical models of population dynamics before he discovered that this bored him to tears. When he tried comedy for the first time the tears stopped.

"A refreshing comic find" ~San Francisco Examiner

Tim has become an underground sensation with over 4 million views on his YouTube videos. Piggybacking that success, Tim took the show on the road selling out shows from New York to Sydney. Audiences hungry for comedy that is smart and funny flocked to the show. Lee's comedy uses scientific phenomena and tools to explain everything from the hair that collects on a bar of soap to how his standards drop rapidly with abstinence.

Tim has performed for universities across the country, companies such as Johnson and Johnson, Genentech and Microsoft and at venues like the Venetian, the Punch Line and The Improv.

"...like what would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin" ~The Boston Phoenix

***** This is a ticketed event, so you will need to purchase tickets directly from the venue. Please note that there are several performances and we are selecting Friday for our group event, but you may choose whichever one fits your personal schedule.

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in September

When: Wednesday, September 04, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
Sun Ray Grill, 1051 Annunciation Street, New Orleans, LA view map

We're heading back to Sun Ray Grill in the Warehouse District for all of the reasons that makes it a great choice: not too crowded, parking, willingness to work with a group and a creative, reasonably priced menu.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

"Death Over Dinner" - The Discussion

When: Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Fair Grinds Coffee - Upstairs, 3133 Ponce De Leon St, New Orleans, LA view map

Well, maybe that's "Death Over Coffee and Tea" for us.

How we want to die – represents the most important and costly conversation America isn't having. As secular humanists, we should be at the forefront of this discussion, because it is something worth addressing and is steeped in religious control.

"It is clear that sharing our preferences for what we’d like at the end of our life is the most important – and costly – conversation that Americans are not having," said Michael Hebb, a teaching fellow with the University of Washington Master of Communication in Digital Media that launched this program.

"Data has revealed that 70 percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home yet only 25 percent of Americans actually die at home. In addition, it has been reported that more than 25 percent of Medicare dollars are spent on the last year of patients’ lives."

Join us for this important conversation!

*** As part of the cost of this room, all attendees are encouraged to purchase a beverage at the coffee shop and it will be applied to the cost of the room for non-profit groups.

 

"Salute To the End of Summer" Heretics Brunch

When: Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
Santa Fe Restaurant, 3201 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

Before we enter this sacred time of black and gold, we should share another Sunday brunch. Time for some good conversation and a mimosa or two (maybe not in that order!)

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in August

When: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
American Sector, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA view map

Another new place downtown to explore....big open spaces and eclectic bites! Should be a treat for anyone who hasn't had a chance to see this unique restaurant up close.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

14th Anniversary Banquet - "The Future of Secularism" with Matt Dillahunty

When: Saturday, August 17, 2013 @ 10:30 pm
Tony Mandina's, 1915 Pratt Street, Gretna, LA view map

IMPORTANT: This is a ticketed event, so you are not recorded as attending until we have your payment via PayPal or by sending in a check.

Join us for the annual NOSHA Banquet "To Boldly Go!"

Matt Dillahunty is a popular speaker, internet personality and was the president of the Atheist Community of Austin until May 2013. He hosts the Austin-based webcast and cable-access television show The Atheist Experience and the live internet radio show, Non-Prophets Radio.

He is also the founder and contributor of the counter-apologetics encyclopedia, Iron Chariots and its subsidiary sites. He is regularly engaged in formal debates and travels the United States speaking to local secular organizations and university groups as part of the Secular Student Alliance's Speakers Bureau.

Dillahunty was raised as a Baptist and sought to become a Baptist minister. His religious studies, instead of bolstering his faith as he intended, led to a rejection of Christianity and, eventually, all religions.

He will address the future of secularism and it should be an excellent program!

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$45.00 each for NOSHA Members and their guest(s)
$50.00 each for non-member

Make checks payable to NOSHA and mail to:
NOSHA Banquet Tickets
P.O. Box 58536
New Orleans, 70158-8536

You can also pay online via www.nosha.info -- click on the PayPal link in the upper right-hand column for tickets.

Reservations are first come, first served, and will close Tuesday, August 13. There will not be a regular NOSHA meeting in August. (And, yes, costumes are allowed.)

 

NOSHA Social Aid & Pleasure Club -- Volunteering at SpayMart's Cat Sanctuary

When: Sunday, August 11, 2013 @ 2:30 pm
SpayMart's Cat Sanctuary, 28060 Caesar Neicasse Road, Road 215 (28060 Road 215), Picayune, MS view map

Cat lovers will enjoy this day!

IMPORTANT: We will meet at the Lowes on Elysian Fields (2501 Elysian Fields) at 9am in the "back" of the parking lot furthest from the store for anyone who wants to caravan or share a ride.

The SpayMart sanctuary is located on 27 acres in Picayune, Mississippi, just over an hour from New Orleans. It has thirteen spacious pens with indoor and outdoor accommodations that are home to over 300 felines.

Volunteers will be scooping cat boxes, sweeping, vacuuming, doing laundry and handing out food, generally speaking. If there's someone who wants to be involved who isn't able to do physical work, then they could still come along. The cats are always in need of someone just giving them "love", so if your mobility is limited, this is also an option.

There's a real need for folks to work in the outside areas. This is an option if folks are willing to work in the heat. It is out in the country where things are a bit better in that regard. But anyone willing to do this should come prepared (hat, sunscreen, work gloves, etc.)

Donations are always greatly appreciated! The cats are given only certain kinds of food, so please adhere to this list if you'd like to donate:

* Proplan Chicken and Rice Adult (dry food)
* Friskies Turkey and Giblets (wet food)
* Fancy Feast Fish and Shrimp (wet Food)
* Purina Cat Chow (dry food, given to indigent cat owners. Any type of food can serve this purpose, but the regular recipients of SM donations need Purina)

Always in demand:

Paper Towels
Bleach
Laundry Detergent
Paper Plates

Dress comfortably for heat and in clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.


*** Please feel free to bring friends and let us know if you have extra seats in your vehicle.

Many thanks to Aleta and Chelsea for helping to organize this activity!

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in August

When: Wednesday, August 07, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
Sun Ray Grill, 1051 Annunciation Street, New Orleans, LA view map

We haven't ever been here in the Warehouse District, so as part of our quest for "something new" let's try out Sun Ray Grill!

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

"The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today" -- July

When: Saturday, July 20, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map


Come in from the heat and enjoy the real story of how separation of church and state in public schools became part of American law – and the courageous woman who made it happen!

Our July program will be the Peabody Award-winning documentary, "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today". It tells the compelling personal story of Vashti McCollum, and how her efforts to protect her ten year-old son led to one of the most important and landmark First Amendment cases in U.S. Supreme Court history — the case that established the separation of church and state in public schools.

The case is little-known by the contemporary American public, yet the McCollum decision continues to have important ramifications for current conflicts over the role of religion in public institutions – from displays of the Ten Commandments in government buildings to student-led prayers at public school graduation ceremonies.

"Beautifully researched" according to the Peabody Awards, perhaps one reviewer says it best: "The Lord is Not On Trial Here Today [tells] a little-known story of a woman, a court case, and a movement that changed American society forever."

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, please check our website at www.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in July

When: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
Mellow Mushroom, 8227 Oak St., New Orleans, LA view map

We were all pleasantly surprised by the good food, the diverse menu, the cool cocktails and that the staff genuinely wanted our business and worked to make our large group function well. So we're gonna go there again!

And since school's out, we can hopefully avoid the university crowds one more time.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in July

When: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
The Recovery Room Bar & Grill, 1715 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson , LA view map

It has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Well, if you're around during the July Fourth week, we're trying another new place and heading out west again.

Wednesday is their steak night. Filet with mashed potatoes and side salad for $9.99. Happy hour usually ends at 7pm, but we will get HH hour prices as long as we are there.Many thanks to Clay for organizing and working on this location!

("They will hold some of the day's lunch special if I give them a count. I will call earlier in the week and find out what it is." Let Clay know if you want to reserve the special.)

We will have private use of a back room. There will likely be a blues band playing, and there is a door between the room and the main dinning hall, so we will be able to control the volume by closing the door. Their menu is on their Facebook page.

*** As always, please keep your RSVP up-to-date if you find that you cannot attend. It is so helpful to have accurate numbers.

 

"Getting Religion Out of Government"

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @ 11:30 pm
New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Avenue New Orleans, LA 70117, New Orleans, LA view map

Join us to discuss how religious bias in government policy is hurting all of us and what we can do about it.

Our presenter is a renaissance man in the truest sense. Dr. Alan Koslow is a community activist who supports himself as a Vascular Surgeon. He is the founder and president of Iowa Skeptics, lead host and founder (with Sean Faircloth) of the podcast "Skeptics Guide to Government", and president of "Get Religion Out of Government".

He was involved with saving Star Trek, starting the March of Dimes Walk-a-Thon, writing and passing five major pieces of legislation in Iowa and running two issue campaigns during the Iowa Caucus, one of which helped lead to Obamacare.

He describes himself as a Ritualistic, Philosophical, Jewish, Agnostic, Deist secularist. His current efforts are with the Richard Dawkins Foundation to work on Separation of Church and State with regard to religious bias in government.

* Look for us in meeting room #256

 

BRAINZ --"The Pharmacological Cause of Zombiism"

When: Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 9:30 pm
New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude Avenue New Orleans, LA 70117, New Orleans, LA view map

Did somebody say....zombie?

If you are having withdrawal now that "The Walking Dead" is on a break, then we have a great option to liven up your summer.

We are delighted to have Rodney Shackelford back to present this interesting topic!

He will focus on the work of the ethnobotanist Wade Davis who studied the anthropology and ethnobotany of the Haitian zombie.

He hypothesized that the process likely involves poisoning the victim with tetrodotoxin, a poison derived from the puffer fish and found in all Haitian zombification powders. Shackelford will also briefly talk about zombification in insects.

Shackelford has a Ph.D. in Molecular Pathology from Duke University and is a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University. He is currently an assistant professor of pathology at Tulane Medical Center.

*Seating will be limited, so please arrive early to find a seat.

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in June

When: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
Las Cazuelas Mexican Grill, 1122 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA view map

We stumbled across this place recently, so we thought it might be a great way for people to venture over to the Westbank again to try a totally new restaurant. Spacious with an extensive menu, we thought this would be just the place.

It's across from the AMC Theaters for you movie buffs.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you have put your name on the list, but find out just before that you have a change of plans, please change your RSVP so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

NOSHA Summer Solstice Party - June 2013

When: Saturday, June 15, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
Greenberger's on Bayou St. John, 4314 Bancroft Drive, New Orleans, LA view map

Join us for our first ever summer solstice party.

According to Wikipedia: "The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of a planet's semi-axis, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the star (sun) that it orbits....The summer solstice occurs on the day that has the longest period of daylight" (Yes, we know, our soiree is a few days early!)

Please bring something perfect for a summer picnic: entree, side item, salad or dessert.

Please RSVP what you will be bringing for the buffet and the names in your party to: charlotte@nosha.info

CHARITY ALERT: We will be accepting non-perishable food items to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank. To see a list of some ideas on what to bring, please check out their suggestions here: http://no-hunger.org/TakeAction/~/media/NOLA57/Files/SHFB%20needed%20items%20list.ashx

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in June

When: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
Mellow Mushroom, 8227 Oak St., New Orleans, LA view map

We've been heading back to our familiar haunts this past month, but it's time to venture out and try something new again.

Mellow Mushroom originated back in 1974, so they know something about being...well, relaxed....hence the name.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you have put your name on the list, but find out just before that night that you have a change of plans, please correct your RSVP so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

NOSHA Social Aid & Pleasure Club -- Volunteering at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery

When: Saturday, June 01, 2013 @ 12:00 pm
Odd Fellows Rest, 5055 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA view map

As part of our efforts to do community projects as the NOSHA Social Aid & Pleasure Club, we will help Save Our Cemetery once again!

They really need volunteers to do vegetation removal and heavy cleanup in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, which is located in New Orleans at the end of the Canal streetcar line. It will be a morning of cutting back palm trees, removing the horrid ferns from tombs, and cleaning up broken marble fragments.

You should bring a pair of gardening style work gloves, bottled water and wear comfortable clothing, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a hat. There is a coffee shop next door that opens at 7am, if you want to get there earlier and parking should be easily available out front.

Our group leaders are Joyce Kisner Thomas and Dave Thomas, so please contact them directly if you have any specific questions about the activities. Her email is mertyw at gmail.com

 

Heretics Brunch - May

When: Sunday, May 26, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
Santa Fe Restaurant, 3201 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

It's been while since we had a Heretics Brunch...with everything that happens in the spring from Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, we kind of have to wait for an opening where we can fit one in the schedule.

And a great mimosa with friends is an excellent way to start the summer.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you have put your name on the list, but find out just before that you have a change of plans, please correct your RSVP so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in May

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
Indulge Island Grill, 845 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA view map

This is a top quality space with a delicious menu, so it's time we visited the islands one more time before it gets too hot, ya man.

There should be plenty of tables to pull together and plenty of street parking downtown.

If you like to check out what else they have to offer, go to http://www.indulgeislandgrill.com/

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you have put your name on the list, but find out just before that you have a change of plans, please correct your RSVP so we will be as close to the actual number as possible that night. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Advancing Secularism -- Strategies & Politics -- Oh My!

When: Saturday, May 18, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

It's time once again for one of NOSHA's most popular meetings: the discussion group! You will be encouraged to offer your opinions and personal experiences on the following:

* What are the best strategies to advance secularism as a movement in American society?

* When (if ever) is it appropriate to try to persuade a believer to change his/her mind? And how?

* Does secularism entail any particular political philosophies?

Each of these topics overlaps and you may wish we'd never brought it up, but most likely you have a point of view that should be part of the conversation. So don't hesitate, jump in and learn something about others in our community!

We guess we didn't get the memo -- never mix politics and religion!

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, please check our website at www.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in May

When: Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
Little Tokyo Small Plates & Noodle Bar, 1340 S.Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/3/3/6/event_180681302.jpegWhat a good day to get together....May Day!

According to Wikipedia:

"May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. May Day falls exactly half a year from November 1, another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European pagan and the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations.

As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either changed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays as with Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and All Saint's Day. In the twentieth and continuing into the twenty-first century, many neo-pagans began reconstructing the old traditions and celebrating May Day as a pagan religious festival again."

Let's do what we do best to celebrate pagan holidays around here. EAT!

 

Attend the Hearing to Repeal Louisiana's Creationism Law!

When: Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 1:00 pm
Louisiana State Capitol, North 3rd Street on State Capitol Drive, Baton Rouge, LA view map


SB 26 to repeal Louisiana’s creationism law (the misnamed and misguided Louisiana Science Education Act, R.S. 17:285.1 passed by the Louisiana Legislature in 2008) will be heard at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge on WEDNESDAY morning at 9:00am.

Please come support science. If you can't make it or are from out of state, you can follow the steps below to help.

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Step 1: Tell your friends to take part in our day of action and share this event with them. Email them, talk to them in person, and share it on social media.

Step 2: Contact the Louisiana Senate Education Committee and your legislators ask them to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.

Call or email with your personal appeal

Senate Education Committee Contacts

Senator Conrad Appel (Chairman)
(866) 946-3133
appelc@legis.la.gov

Senator Eric LaFleur (Vice-Chairman)
(337) 363-5019
lafleure@legis.la.gov

Senator Dan Claitor (Tell Senator Claitor Thank You for voting to repeal creationism last year!)
(225) 765-0206
claitord@legis.la.gov

Senator Jack Donahue
(985) 727-7949
donahuej@legis.la.gov

Senator Elbert L. Guillory
(337) 943-2457
guillorye@legis.la.gov

Senator Mike Walsworth (Remind Senator Walsworth how evolution works http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQObhb3veQA)/
(318) 340-6453
walsworthm@legis.la.gov

Senator Mack "Bodi" White
(225) 272-1324
whitem@legis.la.gov

Senator Page Cortez
(337) 993-7430
cortezp@legis.la.gov

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Step 3: Sign our petitions and share it with 50 friends.
http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-louisiana-to-teach-real-science-in-public-schools-not-creationism-and-climate-change-denial

http://www.causes.com/scienceforschools

Step 4: Share our website, www.repealcreationism.com with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter and other social media like Reddit.

Step 5: Follow the repeal on Facebook and Twitter.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/StudentsforScience/

https://twitter.com/RepealtheLSEA

Step 6. Set up a meeting with your legislator and ask them to repeal this law.

 

An Evening With Lawrence Krauss - "A Universe From Nothing"

When: Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
UNO University Center Ballroom, 2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA view map

In lieu of the regular NOSHA meeting at the Audubon Zoo, we are promoting this extraordinary opportunity as an alternative for our members.

The University of New Orleans Society of Physics Students and Student Government are the sponsors of "An Evening with Lawrence Krauss."

Dr. Krauss is the Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University.

An MIT graduate, he is a world leader in theoretical astrophysics and has published over 300 scientific papers in the field. He is the author of several acclaimed popular science books, including "The Physics of Star Trek," "Quantum Man," and the New York Times Bestseller "A Universe from Nothing."

Krauss frequently appears on national television shows such as the Colbert Report, Anderson Cooper 360 and Real Time with Bill Maher. He is known for a recent controversy for stating that teaching creationism is a form of child abuse:

"If you're introducing it as reality, if you're telling your kids the world is 6,000 years old, and they shouldn't believe scientists because there is no way humans are related to other animals, and don’t believe any of that stuff you learned in school, or take your kids of out of school because they are learning something, then it is like the Taliban at some level, which is an extreme form of child abuse," Krauss said.

The Taliban doesn't want girls to be educated or people to be educated because if they do they'll understand the myths that they are learning are crap."

Sounds like our kind of guy!

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Doors open at 6pm for UNO students with ID, 6:30pm for non-students.

 

The Importance of Scientific Literacy in the Modern World

When: Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
UNO, 2000 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA view map

As part of Einstein Week 2013 at the University of New Orleans, this seemed like an interesting event that many of you might like to attend.

The UNO Society of Physics Students presents a panel discussion on the importance of scientific literacy.

Speakers include:

* C.Gregory Seab, PhD, Astrophysics
* Joseph L Dew, PhD, Biology
* Kraig L Durstler, PhD., Earth & Environmental Science

This event will be held in Kirschman Hall, room 137

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in April

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
Superior Grill, 3636 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

We're still on a quest to try new places and, believe it or not, we've never taken the group to Superior Grill.

Some of you may know this restaurant as "St. Charles Stop #21" so if you really love your margaritas, then you can't beat this convenient location on the streetcar line.

Let's get a jump on Cinco de Mayo and contemplate reason, the universe and the whole enchilada!

 

Reason On The Bayou 2013

When: Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
LSU Student Union, Raphael Semmes Road, Baton Rouge, LA view map

Bringing reason and logic to the bayou!

Reason on the Bayou is a rally for people of all creeds to demonstrate support for the separation of church and state, equal rights, and science education.

As defenders of these values, we will work to identify detrimental policies such as the Louisiana Science Education Act and the Louisiana school voucher program in order to organize efforts for progress in our state and the South at large.

Speakers will include some well-known celebrities:

Rob Boston, Shelley Segal, Zack Kopplin, Barbara Forrest, Jerry DeWitt, Gordon Maples, Aron Ra, special key note speaker,Nate Phelps....and several more!

*** We encourage everyone to carpool so many can attend. Bring a friend along and enjoy a day of good speakers and information.

Sponsors:

Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at LSU
New Orleans Secular Humanist Association
Louisiana Tech Secular Student Alliance
Secular Student Alliance at ULL
Secular Student Alliance at ULM
The Secular Student Alliance
Capital Area Atheists and Agnostics
Lake Charles Freethinkers

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in April

When: Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
Five Happiness Restaurant, 3605 S Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/e/4/e/event_216483662.jpegWe're still on a quest for new restaurants in various parts of the city and it's about time we made it to Five Happiness!

With over 30 years of service to the locals, Five Happiness has been selected as the Best Chinese Restaurant by New Orleans Magazine and Gambit.

I just wish I knew what the name means! Searching for happiness is hard enough without finding out that there are four more of them, right?

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you have put your name on the list, but find out just before that night that you have a change of plans, please correct your RSVP so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

"Beyond the Pale Blue Dot" sponsored by the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society

When: Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 11:30 pm
UNO Science Biulding Room 1001, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA view map

http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/9/3/7/8/event_213697752.jpegThe Pontchartrain Astronomy Society presents Isaac Meisenheimer's "Beyond the Pale Blue Dot: A Retrospective on the Limitless Capacity of the Human Mind for Exploration and Wonder."

Meisenheimer is a physics student at UNO and has worked extensively in the film industry.

Looks like a great program for our group!

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in March

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant, 1515, 197 Westbank Expressway, Gretna, Lo view map

http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/1/5/2/4/event_197225412.jpegThis place looks just crazy enough to pique everyone's curiousity

Buca di Beppo is an American restaurant chain specializing in immigrant Southern Italian food. The name roughly translates as "Joe's Basement" (buca, which literally means "hole," can be a slang word for basement or cellar, and Beppo is a rare spelling of the nickname for "Giuseppe," the Italian form of "Joseph," in Southern Italy, since the most used spelling is Beppe).

We've heard there is one room full of pictures of the Pope. And another is full of pictures of famous Cardinals. Clearly something we should check out!

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you have put your name on the list, but find out just before that night that you have a change of plans, please correct your RSVP so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Celebrate Darwin Day 2013

When: Saturday, March 16, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

Darwin Day is usually recognized in February, but we live in New Orleans, so we know what that means. However, we're confident our program this month will generate much interest and excitement!

SPEAKERS:

Tulane University Professor Trent Holliday will present "Lower Limbs, 'Lucy' and Liang Bua: Allometry and the Evolution of Human Walking." He is a paleoanthropologist and human paleontologist who specializes in Late Pleistocene human evolution.

And NOSHA board member and Southeastern University professor, Barbara Forrest, will present "Match Made in Heaven: How Religious Right Politics Is Damaging State Lawmaking." Forrest is a professor of philosophy and a staunch critic of intelligent design and the Discovery Institute.

We will also have an update on the status of the Louisiana Science Education Act heading into the new legislative session.

Please note that our meeting will begin at 3 pm this month, one hour earlier than our usual time.

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, please check our website at www.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

Oops! The Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st THURSDAY in March

When: Thursday, March 07, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Nirvana Indian Cuisine, 4308 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA view map

http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/9/f/2/6/event_197200742.jpegSince this Indian buffet night on THURSDAY was so successful with the most people we've ever had at one of our dinners, we're trying it again.

It seemed to work well for everyone and who doesn't like a tasty buffet? If you haven't visited with us in a while, please feel free to stop by.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you have put your name on the list, but find out just before that night that you have a change of plans, please correct your RSVP so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

"Morality: What's God Got To Do With It?" - An Evening With Dan Barker

When: Saturday, February 23, 2013 @ 12:00 am
UNO, Kirschman Hall-Lecture Theatre 122, New Orleans, LA view map

http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/a/c/0/0/event_200744032.jpegMany theists claim that there can be no morality without belief in God. However, many non-believers lead very moral and meaningful lives. How can they do this without a belief in a supreme being who sets the standards for right and wrong?

Don't miss this fascinating talk by former evangelical preacher turned atheist, Dan Barker, as he demonstrates why true morality must come from within us.

He will be available to answer questions and sign books at a short reception following the lecture.

Barker is an acclaimed atheist activist who served as a Christian preacher and musician for 19 years, but left Christianity in 1984. He is the current co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation with his wife, Annie Laurie Gaylor.

In addition to appearing internationally as a speaker at secular events, he is co-host of Freethought Radio, a Madison, WS based radio program for atheists, agnostics, and other freethinkers that has included interviews with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Steven Pinker, Julia Sweeney, and Michael Newdow. His most recent book is "The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God" (2011)

For more info, contact NOSHA president, Charlotte Klasson, at charlotte@nosha.info

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in February

When: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Reginelli's Pizzeria, 930 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA view map

We haven't been back to Reginelli's Pizza downtown for a while and after all of the frivolity and debauchery of Mardi Gras (and after trying quite a few new places over the past few months), a little familiarity is a nice thing!

It's been one of our favorites, so pull up a chair and pull off a slice!

And it's $2 beer pitchers on Tuesdays. Another reason to be thankful, eh.

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in February

When: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Serrano's Salsa Company, 4436 Veterans Memorial Bl #36, Metairie, LA view map

http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/b/8/8/0/event_196247232.jpegOur friends out west spoke and we listened, so we're planning our next dinner club and happy hour for Serranos at Clearview. That is definitely closer to Kenner and Metairie and other environs beyond New Orleans.

And what's better than margaritas and Mexican food, right? So if you haven't attended because you had a hard time getting to Uptown or the Marigny, here's something that should fit the bill.

“Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country." ~Horace Greeley on Manifest Destiny

Well, not exactly....the food is pretty damn good in Orleans Parish.

Go west, dear atheists, go west.

 

The "I Can't Believe It's One Week to the Super Bowl" Heretics Brunch - January

When: Sunday, January 27, 2013 @ 3:30 pm
Elizabeth's Restaurant, 601 Gallier St, New Orleans, LA view map

http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/b/0/4/c/event_197145132.jpegWe've made it to the last weekend before the city explodes in tourists, long lines and even longer waits for a meal at your favorite restaurant.

Don't despair! We're continuing our tradition of our "last Sunday of the month" brunch so that you can enjoy some good will and good cheer before the craziness begins!

(And that doesn't count the excess of Mardi Gras, King Cake and parading that begins next month, right?)

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you have put your name on the list, but find out towards the end of the week that you have a change of plans, please correct your RSVP so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

"How we know what we know about the Big Bang, Dark Matter and Dark Energy"

When: Saturday, January 19, 2013 @ 9:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/b/4/9/8/event_188386232.jpegA presentation by Patrick Lestrade for the non-scientist.

Science tells us that we are currently living in a 13.7-billion-year-old expanding universe that is the result of a "big bang."

In addition, it now appears that what we think of as everything, people, planets, stars, char-grilled oysters, etc., accounts for only 5% of what constitutes our Universe. Dark Matter and Dark Energy make up the much more significant 95%.

Even if it's been years since your high school science class, come hear about the evidence for these awe-inspiring ideas.

Patrick Lestrade, a member of the NOSHA Board of Directors, has a Ph.D. in Space Physics from Rice University and a Certificate of French Language from Universite' d'Aix-Marseille. He recently retired as a professor of Physics and Astronomy at Mississippi State University. He holds dual U.S. and Irish citizenship. Lover of everything French (except salad dressing).

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To get to the meeting place at the zoo: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. The entry way to our area (the Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance through the metal gates.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, please check our website at www.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are open to the general public.

 

Second Tuesday Dinner Club & Happy Hour - January

When: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Indulge Island Grill, 845 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA view map

http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/e/9/e/event_194304222.jpegWe're still on a kick of trying places we've never been before. Indulge Island Grill is a new restaurant (and health club) that has opened up downtown in an area with plenty of street parking at this time of day and will offer us something a little new.

Their website will give you the menu and also helps with directions depending on what part of the area you'll be driving in from: http://www.indulgeislandgrill.com/index.html

Pull up a chair and say hello! It's a new year and a new attitude.

 

Oops! First THURSDAY Dinner Club & Happy Hour - January

When: Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
Nirvana Indian Cuisine, 4308 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA view map

http://photos2.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/7/7/8/a/event_155310602.jpeg Several members of our krewe have wanted to try the Thursday night dinner buffet, so what better time than on first Thursday in 2013.

We don't know what to expect, but it's possible that due to the popularity of the buffet that we may have people at various tables that can't be pulled together. But it gives you a day to recuperate from New Year's activities and we'll satisfy the longings of some of our regular attendees who've lobbied for trying it out.

We'll go back to the First Wednesday again in February, but for a moment we'll be living dangerously and trying something new. Cheers!