NOSHA

New Orleans Secular Humanist Association
2009 Archive Event Calendar

Dec - Winter Solstice Movie Night---Avatar!

Avatar
Monday, December 21 at 6:30pm

Time for another movie night! And what better holiday movie than Avatar?

"Avatar" is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.

AMC Clearview Palace 12
4486 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70006

See Meetup event for more information.

 

Coming in December

Dr. Darrel Ray book 'The God Virus'
Sunday, December 13 at 2pm
Note: The monthly meeting day has been changed to a Sunday for this event.

For thousands of years, religion has woven its way through societies and people as if it were part and parcel to that society or person. In large measure it was left unexplained and unchallenged, it simply existed. Those who attempted to challenge and expose religion were often persecuted, excommunicated, shunned, or even executed. It could be fatal to explain that which the church, priest or imam said was unexplainable. Dr. Darrel Ray discusses this and much more in his engaging and entertaining presentation.

 

December's Freethinking Happy Hour

Freethinking Happy Hour
Wednesday, December 2 at 6pm
Monkey Hill Bar
6100 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
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It's time for the Winter Solstice and Santa Claus and for our holiday happy hour. We're revisiting a familiar spot that is near and dear to our hearts.

Located in historic uptown New Orleans, just three blocks from Audubon Zoo and Park, Monkey Hill is comfortable and cool in its own way and will definitely bring out our regulars. If you haven't made it to one of our events in a while, join the other primates for a good time.

Contact Ricky Adams at ricky125@yahoo.com or 504-813-5276 for more info.

The first Wednesday of every month NOSHA organizes a happy hour gathering so everyone can have a chance to meet informally and get to know each other better. We non-conformists must stick together!

 

November 21 - Monthly Meeting

The Genius of Charles Darwin.
Saturday, November 21 at 2pm

We will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the publishing of Charles Darwin's Origins of the Species by showing a film "The Genius of Charles Darwin." which was awarded Best TV Documentary Series at the British Broadcast Awards!

Richard Dawkins considers the moral questions raised by the theory of evolution and argues that selfless behavior and altruism are an essential strategy for human survival and part of evolution itself. This series is essential viewing for fans of Richard Dawkins and anyone who wishes to understand Charles Darwin?s theory of evolution.

Synopsis: Published 150 years ago, Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species changed everything: science, religion, and even humanity's image of itself. Join Dawkins as he explains exactly how Darwin developed his revolutionary theory of evolution and why it's still relevant today. How do species evolve? What does "natural selection" mean in biology, politics, sociology, and philosophy? With passionate certainty, Dawkins provides answers, positing evolution as a matter of fact, not faith. In addition to interviewing scientific experts such as geneticist Craig Venter and paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey, Dawkins speaks with Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and other religious leaders about the existence of a Creator. Provocative, informative, and irresistibly watchable, this award-winning documentary offers lively new insights on an idea that still meets stubborn resistance.

 

November 21 - ONCE IN A LIFETIME BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Newsflash

We are liquidating the NOSHA library! Everyone attending the November meeting will have the opportunity to take a book from the tables. If there are some books remaining after everyone has one book, then more than one can be taken.

 

November 17 - SELU Presents: "Is Science Compatible with Religion?"

Is Science Compatible with Religion?

"Is Science Compatible with Religion?" This will be a panel discussion consisting of representatives from the two sides:

  • Dr. Barbara Forrest
  • Adam Hicks
  • Dr. David Norwood
  • Dr. Matt Rossano
  • Doug Stewart
  • Dr. James Walter
  • Dr. Frank Tipler

The dialog will conclude with an audience question & answer session.

November 17, 2009 7:00 PM
Southeastern Louisiana University - Student Union Theatre
985-549-3792
303 Texas Ave.
Hammond, LA 70402  View Map
 

Wednesday, November 4 at 6pm

Freethinking Happy Hour
Freethinking Happy Hour
McGuire's Pub & Grill
View Map

With a choice of two bars, a huge dance floor, and a courtyard, we'll have plenty to keep us entertained on this fall night. Let's sit outside!

"It's the perfect spot for a taste of New Orleans and a good drink without the hefty price tag of other bars." ~Where Y'at Magazine

At the corner of St. Joseph and Magazine, Near Lee Circle.

Contact Ricky Adams at ricky125@yahoo.com or 504-813-5276 for more info.

The first Wednesday of every month NOSHA organizes a happy hour gathering so everyone can have a chance to meet informally and get to know each other better. We non-conformists must stick together!

 

Directions

Freethinking Happy Hour
McGuire's Pub & Grill
869 Magazine St, New Orleans, Warehouse District, (504) 267-7322
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October's Monthly Meeting

Visit Victor J. Stenger at http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/vstenger/

Victor J. Stenger, adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii and author of ten books.

Vic Stenger with a career in physics research and a parallel career as an author of ten critically acclaimed popular-level books that interface between physics and cosmology and philosophy, religion, and pseudoscience, addressed NOSHA. His talk was on "The New Atheism," the title of his newest book.

 

NOSHA Movie Matinee--Zombieland

When: Sunday, October 11, 2009 @ 7:15 pm
AMC Clearview Palace 12 , 4486 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA view map

While the more football crazed among us may not be able to tear themselves away from the TV, the Saints have a bye and we wanted to try something new.

Here's the plot:
"After America is ravaged by a zombie plague, a lone band of survivors fights the living dead while they cross the nation from coast to coast. They stop in an amusement park, where they believe they will be safe."

Oh, yes, it could happen here.

Contemplating zombies, what could be more freethinking than that? And I've heard from a reliable source that it's funny as hell.

***Please note that the time may be adjusted slightly when the new theater schedules are released on Friday, but it should be close to the correct window in the afternoon.

 

Freethinking Happy Hour....October 2009

When: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
Cure Cocktail Bar, 4905 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA view map

Traditionally, cocktail bars have been bastions of civility and sophistication. Different from saloons where the point was to become inebriated rapidly and economically, the cocktail bar was a place where ladies and gentlemen went to socialize in a productive and cultured way.

Inspired by the historical period when cocktails grew out of medicine and home remedies, the idea at Cure is to reintroduce our guests to another time where the experience of having a cocktail and a bite to eat was both healthful and enjoyable.

From the Times Picayune: "Cure is in an elegantly restored fire station with a soaring ceiling and two glassed-in archways where horse-drawn firetrucks once passed."

The first Wednesday of every month NOSHA organizes a happy hour gathering so everyone can have a chance to meet informally and get to know each other better. We non-conformists must stick together!

Contact Doug Stewart at doug.stewart@nosha.info or (504) 722-9492 for more details.

 

UNO presents "An Atheist--Theist Dialog"

When: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
UNO, Kirschman Hall-Lecture Theatre 122, New Orleans, LA view map

“Reasons to Believe in God, Reasons Not to Believe in God”

This will be a panel discussion consisting of representatives from the two sides:

Atheist Panel~
The UNO Student Secular Alliance
The UNO Campus Freethought Alliance
Local Secular Humanists

Theist Panel~
The United Methodist Church
The Baptist Theological Seminary
The Baptist Collegiate Ministries

The dialog will conclude with an audience question & answer session.

For details contact:
Doug Stewart at doug.stewart@nosha.info or (504) 722-9492 and Pastor Ben McGehee at pastor@pearlriverumc.net or (985) 863-7452

 

Join Team NOSHA in the NO/AIDS Walk

When: Sunday, September 20, 2009 @ 1:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

NOSHA will have a team again in this year's NO/AIDS Walk.

The event helps support the programs and services of NO/AIDS Task Force, the oldest AIDS service organization in the Gulf South. NO/AIDS has been serving the greater New Orleans area for over 25 years. In addition, through the Walk Share grant program, donations also benefit other agencies across Louisiana.

We are asking you to help by supporting our fund-raising efforts with a donation and/or by joining our team and walking with us.

You can make your donation online and join our list of walkers by simply clicking on the link at the bottom of this message. If you would prefer, you can also send your tax-deductible contribution to the address listed below.

http://www.noaidswalk...

If you would rather mail in your contribution, you can send it directly to

Attention: NO/AIDS Walk
NO/AIDS Task Force
2601 Tulane Ave., Suite 500
New Orleans, LA 70119

Any amount, great or small, helps. We greatly appreciate your support!

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The Walk kicks off at 10:00 AM sharp and will make its way along the traditional uptown route of Magazine to Napoleon to Prytania and back to the Park. The 3.2 mile Walk takes about an hour to complete and when you return to the park, there will be lots of food, drinks and music waiting when you return.

Make sure to arrive no later than 9:45 AM if you plan to Walk. The police begin blocking off Magazine Street at that time to ensure we have a safe and traffic-free route.

 

NOSHA 10th Aniversary Banquet

When: Friday, September 18, 2009 @ 10:30 pm
Smilie's Restaurant, 5725 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA view map

New Orleans Secular Humanist Association has come a long way from 1999 through the aftermath of Katrina to its largest ever mailing and membership list, so we’re delighted to host our first ever celebratory BANQUET!

Our Special Guest Speaker will be Sean Faircloth with the Secular Coalition for America:

Coming from Washington, DC, our featured speaker will be Sean Faircloth who will discuss “One Nation Under the Constitution.”

Mr. Faircloth is the Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America, the nontheist lobbying organization whose sponsors include the American Humanist Association, American Atheists, and Atheist Alliance International, all of which NOSHA has been affiliated over the years. He is a former Maine state representative and Majority Whip.

Mail your check for $30 (per guest) by September 3rd made payable to NOSHA to:

Connie Gordon
2509 Giuffrias Ave., Apt. 603
Metairie, LA 70001

 

NOSHA Freethinking Happy Hour--September 2009

When: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
The Evangeline Lounge, 4501 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA view map

We've picked a secret little hideaway in Mid-City for our next happy hour!

(Just don't hide the fact that you'd like to join your fellow non-believers.)

The first Wednesday of every month NOSHA organizes a happy hour gathering so everyone can have a chance to meet informally and get to know each other better. We non-conformists must stick together!

Contact Doug Stewart at doug.stewart@nosha.info or cell if you have questions: (504) 722-9492 for details. New Orleans Secular Humanist Association

www.nosha.info

 

NOSHA End of the Summer Pool Party

When: Sunday, August 23, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
NOSHA Pool Party, 4424 N. Turnbull Dr., Metairie, LA view map

Because you need to get your vitamin D!

We'll provide the hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages and everything else for a good time and you bring a favorite picnic side dish, salad or dessert. BYOB

And don't forget your bathing suit (sorry, no streaking allowed), sunscreen, hat, towels, sand pail...whatever you need to have a good time lounging by the pool.

Contact Doug Stewart at doug.stewart@nosha.info or (504) 722-9492 for details.

New Orleans Secular Humanist Association
www.nosha.info

 

NOSHA August 2009....Regular Meeting

When: Saturday, August 15, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

William E. Rittenberg, a practicing New Orleans attorney with 37 years activity with The National Organization for The Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), will give a talk "Marijuana: A Killer Weed or a Gentle Cure? A History and Recent Developments."

For more information about this event, contact Harry Greenberger at (504) 282-5459. All NOSHA meetings are open to the general public.

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, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

 

NOSHA Freethinking Happy Hour....August 2009

When: Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
Jigger's Grill, 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA view map

Please join us for our monthly NOSHA Social!

ClubPlanet.com: "Jigger's Grill....it has it all: a swank atmosphere, attractive crowd, and cheap drinks.

The first Wednesday of every month NOSHA organizes a happy hour gathering so everyone can have a chance to meet informally and get to know each other better. We non-conformists must stick together!

Contact Doug Stewart at doug.stewart@nosha.info or cell if you have questions: (504) 722-9492 for details. New Orleans Secular Humanist Association

www.nosha.info

 

NOSHA July 2009 (Regular Meeting)

When: Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

We will have a group discussion on the Milgram Experiment led by NOSHA Board Member, Patrick Lestrade. Lestrade is professor at Mississippi State University in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Everyone planning to attend can get some background on the subject at the following websites:

http://psychology.wik...

http://www.milgramree...

http://www.simplypsyc...
(Audio clips, PDF downloads and you can also listen to a historic Reith Lecture: "Bertrand Russell - 1948 Authority And The Individual")

http://www.experiment...

http://www.experiment...
(This website seems to have the best overview along with the YouTube of the experiment videos.)

http://www.stanleymil...

http://www.jewishcurr...
(From the January 2004 issue of Jewish Currents. Resisting Authority: A Personal Account of the Milgram Obedience Experiments Joseph Dimow, a member of our Editorial Board, conducts the "Inside the Jewish Community" column in each issue of the magazine.)

http://www.prisonexp....

http://www.ulmus.net/...

http://www.age-of-the...

http://www.psychology...

http://www.cnr.berkel...


For more information about this event, contact Harry Greenberger at (504) 282-5459

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, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

 

NOSHA Freethinking Happy Hour...July 2009

When: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
The Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

Listen to the clanging of the street car as you sip a cool drink and meet cool people. Is there any better way to spend a hot summer evening?

Built in 1883 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, if you haven't been to The Columns in a while (or ever), you owe it to yourself to enjoy this unique New Orleans experience.

The first Wednesday of every month NOSHA organizes a happy hour gathering so everyone can have a chance to meet informally and get to know each other better. We non-conformists must stick together!

 

NOSHA June 2009 (Regular Meeting)

When: Saturday, June 20, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

Mark Phillips, instructor in Philosophy at UNO, will address the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association with the question “Is There a Difference Between Politics and Religion?”

He will be presented with the Association’s Humanist Award for his diligent efforts to continue Darwin Day as an annual event at UNO.

The public is invited to the event at 2 PM at Dominion Learning Center, Audubon Zoo.

For more information: Harry Greenberger (504) 282-5459

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, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot

 

NOSHA Freethinking Happy Hour June 2009

When: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
Winston's Pub and Patio, 531 Metairie Rd., Metairie, LA view map

Join your friends for an intelligent chat (or not so) at another "Brit-style bar" as we welcome in the summer heat.

From the Times-Picayune: "See the phone booth by the bar as you pass through the pub on the way to the patio. So, that's how the folks used to call from the road."

The first Wednesday of every month NOSHA organizes a happy hour gathering so everyone can have a chance to meet informally and get to know each other better. We non-conformists must stick together!

 

NOSHA May 2009 (Regular Meeting)

When: Saturday, May 16, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

Andre M. Perry, Ph.D, Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Development at UNO, will give a talk entitled “Why schools must teach morality.”

Refreshments will be served.

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 (Dominion Learning Center) is to the right of the main entrance.

If it's a pretty day, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot!

 

Celebrate National Day of Reason 2009

When: Thursday, May 07, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
Monkey Hill Bar, 6100 Magazine St. , New Orleans, LA view map

A much needed alternative to the popular Day of Prayer currently celebrated within the United States - a day of reason and rational thought helps to convey the message that thinking is a far more fruitful activity to participate in, in order to affect change and improvement within our world, and to solve the problems that plague our societies.

The Day of Reason also exists to inspire the secular community to be visible and active on this day to set the right example for how to effect positive change.

Join your reasonable friends at NOSHA and share in the acknowledgement that we should encourage reasoning as much as we can!

 

NOSHA April 2009 (Regular Meeting)

When: Saturday, April 18, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

Lanny Goldfinch will moderate a discussion session with all participating -- "What kind of Atheist are you, if at all?" Come with personal experiences to share with the group.

If you'd like to read more about different kinds of atheists and freethinkers, try this link. It's one person's opinion but is kind of funny and helpful when sorting out various points of view:
http://www.mwillett.o...

DIRECTIONS: Enter from Magazine Street at Zoo Avenue (between the two stone lions) and continue to the statue of Audubon. Look for signs....the Dominion Learning Center is to the right of the main zoo entrance. We will be in the MIMS room.

We do not anticipate the congested streets and parking lots we experienced in March resulting from the Audubon "Earth Fest" event, but there still might be heavy zoo attendance.

One NOSHA member suggested: "If parking lots are full, drive down Henry Clay, just east of the park where there are many parking spots on the side streets that abut the park. It is a nice short walk to the zoo."

Hope to see you there!

 

NOSHA's Freethinking Happy Hour - April 2009

When: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
Swirl Wines, 3143 Ponce de Leon St, New Orleans, LA view map

Happy April Fool's Day....but don’t be a fool! Be a Freethinker!

Join us for our monthly NOSHA Social, and taste three delicious wines chosen by Swirl’s expert staff!

$10.00 per person

You will pay at the check-in desk to recieve your glass and begin tasting at your own pace. (However, you do NOT have to purhase alcohol to attend.)

New Orleans Secular Humanists Association meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 2pm in the Dominion Learning Center at Audubon Park Zoo. To learn more, check out nosha.secularhumanism.net

 

NOSHA March 2009 (Regular Meeting)

When: Saturday, March 21, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

NOSHA will meet next on Saturday March 21 2009 at 2 PM in our NEW MEETING PLACE: The Audubon Zoo Dominion Learning Center Auditorium.

(The auditorium is in the zoo’s education complex and is to the far RIGHT of the main zoo entrance.)

Enter through the large metal gate and continue on the walk around to the right until you see the auditorium entrance. The auditorium is a great meeting place with plenty of seating and many other amenities.

Our speaker will be The Reverend Kevin J. Wildes, President of Loyola University and Chairman of the state Ethics Board nominating committee.

His topic will be “Searching for Public Ethics in New Orleans.” (Note: Mr. Wildes was scheduled to speak to NOSHA in December, but could not due to illness.)

 

Darwin Day 2009 at UNO

When: Saturday, March 14, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
UNO, 2000 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA view map

Join us in celebrating the 200th Birthday of Charles Darwin & the 150th Anniversary of The Origin of Species

Speakers:
Danny Povinelli (UL Lafayette), author of Folk Physics for Apes, will speak about "Humanizing the Human Mind"

Steven Darwin (Tulane, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) will address "Darwin's Legacy"

Barbara Forrest (Southeastern) will discuss "Back to the Future: The Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008"

Mark Phillips (UNO), "What's So Great About Charles Darwin?"

The event is free and open to the public.

 

March Freethinking Happy Hour.....sponsored by NOSHA

When: Wednesday, March 04, 2009 @ 11:00 pm
Ohm Lounge in the Royal St. Charles Hotel, 135 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA view map

Wine Down on Wednesday! And discuss some interesting and secular topics of the day. If something is on your mind, please feel free to share.

We'll be in downtown New Orleans for this month's happy hour. Ohm has free wine tasting and complimentary light hors d'oeuvres on Wednesdays, so what more could we ask for?

Hope to see you there!

 

NOSHA February 2009 (Regular Meeting)

When: Saturday, February 21, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

This month's special guest will be Marjorie Esman, Executive Director of ACLU-Louisiana.

To get to the meeting, enter from Magazine Street through the main gates ("river side" of Magazine) with the stone lions on each side.

Drive down that road until you see the statue of Audubon, behind which are meeting rooms. A parking lot is across the street.

 

Celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin!

When: Thursday, February 12, 2009 @ 11:00 pm
Monkey Hill Bar, 6100 Magazine St. , New Orleans, LA view map

Happy Darwin Day!

Raise a glass and enjoy some rational companionship in honor of the big guy who started the whole mess!

We'll also host a fun Darwin Day Multiple Choice Quiz, so brush up on your facts!

Winners will receive prizes such as a chimpanzee cuddly toy, Darwin Fish car ornament, British £10 note with Darwin on the back, books, t-shirts, and much more.

Sponsored by the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association

 

Freethinking Happy Hour....sponsored by NOSHA

When: Wednesday, February 04, 2009 @ 11:00 pm
Fox and Hound Eng. Pub and grill, 1200 S Clearview Pkwy, Harahan, LA view map

NOSHA is starting a monthly social event on the first Wednesday of every month, which is commonly known to those of you from the South to be "church night."

We will select a different location each time so that more of you might be able to attend because we will be in your area of the city....AND it will just be more interesting to try new places!

We will gather at 6pm for good conversation, so if you have a topic you'd like to discuss, please feel free to share. Let's aim for variety and friendship in 2009!

 

NOSHA January 2009 Meetup

When: Saturday, January 17, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

"Why do people believe weird things?"

NOSHA board member Denis Dwyer has volunteered to lead this discussion and he hopes everyone will participate and will bring your own stories to share on this topic.

And here's your chance to get involved....NOSHA needs topic suggestions and volunteer speakers for upcoming 2009 meetings. So make your voice heard and become a presenter and/or propose a topic.

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February 12, 2009 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin as well as Abraham Lincoln. As someone said, "...the two great emancipators."

Plans are underway for a Darwin Day celebration in New Orleans. More info is forthcoming, so check back soon for local events.