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How can the education system be improved?

Event: Inquiring Minds Discussion Group

February 06th, 2016 9:30 am - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Topic: How can the education system be improved?

The subtopic on this is "Testing Methodology" but the discussion can have a much broader range than that. Possible subtopics include: Should the system be run at the federal level or state or where? Are charter schools good or bad? Voucher systems? How to get religious doctrine out of the school system? etc. And, of course, should I be required to go back to school to learn proper grammar? Since we have numerous teachers in our Meetup followers, as well as other professionals in the education system, I suspect that this will be a very informative discussion. I hope you can join us!

Do some research on your own if you like and find some articles or links to help with the discussion and feel free to post related articles in the comments section on our Meetup page (see the link below).

If you are interested, a group of us like to go out to lunch afterward. We will wrap up the meeting around noon so you just might be hungry by then.

Please go to our Meetup page to RSVP and to see related articles: HSGP Inquiring Minds Meetup.

Hosted by Richard Dewey the first Saturday of each month.

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The Origins of Life

Speaker: Richard Miller

February 07th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

HSGP member and frequent speaker Richard Miller will be sharing what he has found out about the origins of life from many different sources.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing with an optional Continental breakfast available for a $5 donation. The meeting begins at 10:00 am.

Please consider volunteering to help make this event possible. Click on the SignUp Genius button below for a list of volunteer opportunities.

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Darwin Day Lecture: Lee Dugatkin at ASU Tempe

Event: Humanities Project Monthly Cultural Presentation & Meeting

February 12th, 2016 5:30 pm - Friday


Location: Biodesign auditorium B105, ASU, 727 E. Tyler St. Tempe, AZ 85287-5001, Tempe

(POETRY FEST WAS SCHEDULED FOR THIS DATE, BUT IT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 7PM AT HSGP)

Humanities Project Monthly Cultural Presentation & Meeting

Darwin Day Lecture: Lee Dugatkin
The Evolution of Goodness, Justice and Empathy

We humans often display acts of kindness and generosity. As it turns out, nonhumans are also good to one another, sacrificing to help those around them. But why? Why do both humans and animals show such altruistic, self-sacrificial behavior? Scientists and philosophers have long pondered these questions. In a fast-moving, action packed talk, I will bring us up to date on what we know and what we don’t know about the roots of goodness by focusing on both the fascinating history of this subject, which includes true stories that are the stuff of movies, and the latest, cutting edge research in the field of evolution and behavior, including my own work on altruism.

Dr. Dugatkin is a Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Biology at The University of Louisville. His main area of research interest is the evolution of social behavior. His lab studies the evolution of cooperation, the evolution of aggression, the interaction between genetic and cultural evolution, the evolution of antibiotic resistance, and the evolution of risk-taking behavior. Dr. Dugaktin has spoken at over 125 universities, written 150 articles on evolution and behavior, and authored two widely-used textbooks including: Principles of Animal Behvaior and Evolution.

Biodesign auditorium B105

Lecture Begins at 5:30pm, Reception to follow at 6:30pm.

This is a free event, but you must RSVP with ASU. Please go to Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/Humanist-Society-of-Greater-Phoenix/events/225402617/?eventId=225402617, where you can RSVP to ASU and to us.

Mike Franklin will be at the entrance of the auditorium (NORTHEAST corner of the building) a little before 5:30. If you run late, go ahead in and we will see you inside.

Afterwards, some of us plan to go to dinner somewhere nearby. You are invited to join us.

***We previously scheduled Poetry Fest for this date, but we couldn't pass up this very interesting and meaningful talk. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we dearly hope that those who signed up will be able to come on March 11 instead.

The HSGP Humanities Project holds free and open meetings on the 2nd Friday of each month at 7pm at HCC. The majority of the evening is given over to one or more of our HSGP members or guests, to share with us some aspect of arts & humanities that they are passionate about!

Throughout the year we will invite you to join us at free or inexpensive excursions to various arts & humanities events around the Valley.

We are committed to bringing outstanding people from the world of humanities to present to HSGP at least once per year at the Sunday Speaker Meetings.

Meet Mike Franklin by the entrance to the auditorium, which is at the Northeast corner of the building.

Your HSGP Humanities Project Committee.

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Crochet Sleeping Mats Using Plastic Grocery Bags, to Benefit Homeless

Event: Service Outreach - Crochet Sleeping Mats

February 13th, 2016 10:00 am - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Anita will be resuming her grocery bag sleep mats crochet class.

This class will be limited to 10 people, first come, first serve. Bring your plastic grocery bags, the only bags we can use are the ones they put your groceries in at the register.

For those of you who have attended my previous classes, please bring the crochet hook that you bought from Anita. If you have a 10mm or 11mm hook, please bring it. Anita will have hooks to sell to those who don't have one.

If any previous class attendees have finished or partially done mats, please bring them.

In addition to your Meetup RSVP, please also RSVP to Anita at anita.romanowski@hsgp.org.

See you there,

These are very useful items for people who must sleep on the ground.

Feel free to bring your beverage of choice and if you'd like to share some snacks, it's always appreciated!

Thank you!

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Game Night - Joint Event with Mensa

Event: Game Night Fundraiser

February 13th, 2016 6:30 pm - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Join our Game Nights to play board and card games like Dominoes/Mexican Train, Bridge, Catchphrase, Taboo, Apples to Apples, Guesstures as well as any other game you bring along.

Please feel welcome to BYOB as well as any snacks you would like to enjoy as you are playing.

Consider RSVPing on Meet Up so we can see who is coming - also consider bringing a $5 donation to help us fund our wonderful community center!

If you have questions or want to organize, for instance, a game of bridge, please make use of the comments on MeetUp.

See you soon!

Ann Marie

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Volunteer Outing: St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance

Event: Service Outreach - St. Mary's

February 20th, 2016 12:00 pm - Saturday


Location: St Mary's Food Bank, 2831 N. 31st Ave, Phoenix

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, the world's first food bank, is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to sites that serve the hungry. Serving two-thirds of Arizona's 15 counties, the organization is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need.

Each Volunteer, youth and adult, will need to complete a release form. Release forms can be found under the "More" tab at the top of the page, in the section labeled "files". If you have volunteered with us at St. Mary's before, you do not need to fill out the form again.

Details for the day:

Parking is limited on some days due to activity at their campus locations. Let’s try to carpool as much as possible. East Valley volunteers, I'll be in southwest corner of the parking lot of AZ Mills Mall on I-10 and US-60 (behind Joe's Crab Shack) at 11:15, to leave at 11:30 for carpooling.

Due to Health codes and safety reasons, a required dress policy is in effect! Volunteers MUST wear Closed Toe Shoes, Shirts need to be short or long sleeved (No tank tops, spaghetti straps, etc.) and Shorts are okay. Please leave valuables, purses or backpacks in your vehicle for your safety and security! St. Mary’s Food Bank is not responsible for lost and/or stolen items brought into our facilities! Stay alert at all times— Please DO NOT operate Cell Phones or IPods on the volunteer floor!

Please RSVP on Meetup so we have an accurate count.

Hosted by Gwyndolynn, who will be wearing a humanist/secular themed t-shirt. There will be a group of us gathered in the seating area.

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The Humanist Experience

Speaker: Seráh Blaine and Evan Clark

February 21st, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

On October 1st, 2015 Seráh Blain and Evan Clark launched a year-long road trip and podcast called the Humanist Experience. Their project has taken them all over the United States directly experiencing contemporary social issues.

With a car full of microphones, camping gear, and spunk, they gave up permanent residences in search of stories and experiences that help people learn about the most critical challenges facing our society.

They’ve spent time living in a California community almost completely destroyed by wildfire. They’ve volunteered as patient escorts for an abortion clinic surrounded by protestors. And they’ll attempt the “food desert challenge” and eat only food that can be purchased at a gas station.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing with an optional Continental breakfast available for a $5 donation. The meeting begins at 10:00 am.

Please consider volunteering to help make this event possible. Click on the SignUp Genius button below for a list of volunteer opportunities.

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The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives

Event: Book Club

February 27th, 2016 10:00 am - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Join us to discuss The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky.

from Amazon...
Sasha Abramsky brings the effects of economic inequality out of the shadows and, ultimately, suggests ways for moving toward a fairer and more equitable social contract. Exploring everything from housing policy to wage protections and affordable higher education, Abramsky lays out a panoramic blueprint for a reinvigorated political process that, in turn, will pave the way for a renewed War on Poverty.

If you purchase this book from Amazon through the Amazon Smile program, HSGP will benefit. Click on the link below.



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Darwin Day Luncheon

Event: Annual Darwin Day Celebration

February 27th, 2016 12:00 pm - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

During the month of Charles Darwin's birthday, we'll dine together in celebration of our common ancestry with fish and dinosaurs!

Starting time is Noon with Appetizers and Beverages. Feel free to bring adult beverages. Lunch will be served when it is ready. In the meantime we'll play some games, give away some prizes and share some conversation.

Menu:
Primordial Soup, Grilled Fish, Rotisserie Chicken, Vegetables, Bread, Dessert

Suggested Prices:
$20.05 per premium meal*
$16.87 standard price
$8.13 per child 6-12
-$2.73 for children 5 and under! (Yes: credit for bringing little people: we have high chairs!)

* Premium meals come with the right to snap your fingers at whippersnappers and demand that your drink be refreshed or your plate be cleared. I'm not saying those things will happen, but you can snap to your heart's content.

(Bonus points for those who figure out the significance of the pricing numbers. This year they are related to significant scientific events or phenomena rather than birthdays. We are doing this again in spite of the protestations of the cashiers. Please bring exact change or round to the nearest dollar.)

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VOLUNTEER HERE to set-up, prepare food, grill fish, replenish the table, clean-up, and have fun with the children. Who would like to be the exalted Grillmeister? Make a comment when you RSVP, then bring your apron and chef's toque to the party.

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Topics chosen by attendees

Event: TED Video and Interesting Topic Discussion Group

March 02nd, 2016 7:00 pm - Wednesday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

AGENDA

Attendees who have topics present (5 minutes per presentation discussion lengths vary)

TED video (or any public domain video) is voted on for presentation order

Videos are watched and discussed in order as time permits

Led by Anna Carter

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To be determined

Event: Inquiring Minds Discussion Group

March 05th, 2016 9:30 am - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Topic: To be announced

Do some research on your own if you like and find some articles or links to help with the discussion and feel free to post related articles in the comments section on Meetup.

If you are interested, a group of us like to go out to lunch afterward. We will wrap up the meeting around noon so you just might be hungry by then.

Hosted by Richard Dewey the first Saturday of each month.



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Meeting has been rescheduled

Speaker: Meeting Date has been changed to March 13

March 06th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Please see the event scheduled for March 13

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4th Annual Chocolate, Wine & Poetry Fest

Event: Humanities Project Monthly Cultural Presentation & Meeting

March 11th, 2016 7:00 pm - Friday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Note: this event was originally scheduled for Feb 12, but was postponed to Mar 11.

Bring one or more of the following:

• a poem or spoken word piece written by you or someone else (heck, bring several)

• some chocolate anything

• some wine

• other snacks or drinks

• your rapt attention and appreciative applause

(Come to enjoy; reading aloud not a requirement!)

The HSGP Humanities Project holds free and open meetings on the 2nd Friday of each month at 7pm at HCC. The majority of the evening is given over to one or more of our HSGP members or guests, to share with us some aspect of arts & humanities that they are passionate about!

Throughout the year we will invite you to join us at free or inexpensive excursions to various arts & humanities events around the Valley.

We are committed to bringing outstanding people from the world of humanities to present to HSGP at least once per year at the Sunday Speaker Meetings.

Your HSGP Humanities Project Committee

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Volunteer Outing: UMOM - Time and Details TBA

Event: Service Outreach - Umom

March 12th, 2016 11:00 am - Saturday


Location: Human Services Campus, 230 S 12th Ave, Phoenix



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Game Night - Get to know others, have fun, benefit HSGP

Event: Game Night - Joint Event with Mensa

March 12th, 2016 6:30 pm - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Join our Game Nights to play board and card games like Dominoes/Mexican Train, Bridge, Catchphrase, Taboo, Apples to Apples, Guesstures as well as any other game you bring along.

Please feel welcome to BYOB as well as any snacks you would like to enjoy as you are playing.

Consider RSVPing on Meet Up so we can see who is coming - also consider bringing a $5 donation to help us fund our wonderful community center!

If you have questions or want to organize, for instance, a game of bridge, please make use of the comments on MeetUp.

See you soon!

Ann Marie

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God, The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction

Speaker: Dan Barker

March 13th, 2016 5:00 pm - Sunday


Location: 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Joint meeting with Freedom from Religion Foundation-Valley of the Sun chapter.

Dan Barker, co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) will discuss his new book.

This special evening meeting will start with a potluck dinner at 5:00 pm. Dan's presentation will begin at 6:00 pm.

Dan's book is entitled GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character In All Fiction and features a foreword by Richard Dawkins.

According to Dan "Dawkins asked me to write the book, to defend his famous sentence from The God Delusion:

'The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.'

I have one chapter for each of those 19 nasty adjectives, plus 8 more.

PART 1 is 'Dawkins was right.' PART 2 is 'Dawkins was too kind.'

If we could just get people to READ the bible, there would be a lot more atheists."

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March 20th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa



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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Event: Book Club

March 26th, 2016 10:00 am - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Join us to discuss The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.

from Amazon...
The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years -- except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work "reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams".

If you purchase this book from Amazon through the Amazon Smile program, HSGP will benefit. Click on the link below.



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Thomas Jefferson

Speaker: Dr. James Richardson

April 03rd, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Former history professor Jim Richardson will discuss Founding Father Thomas Jefferson in his series of popular lectures.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing with an optional Continental breakfast available for a $5 donation. The meeting begins at 10:00 am.

Please consider volunteering to help make this event possible. Click on the SignUp Genius button below for a list of volunteer opportunities.

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Proposition 123: Education Finance Amendment

Speaker: Dianne Post

April 17th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Proposition 123 is on the ballot for the May 17th election. This is a constitutional amendment which would allocate $3.5 billion for educational funding. About $1.4 billion would come from General Fund money and $2 billion would come from increasing annual distributions of the state trust land permanent funds to education.

Dianne will discuss the implications if this proposition is passed.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:00 am for socializing with an optional Continental breakfast available for a $5 donation. The meeting begins at 10:00 am.

Please consider volunteering to help make this event possible. Click on the SignUp Genius button below for a list of volunteer opportunities.

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Sin in the Second City

event: book Club

April 23rd, 2016 10:00 am - Saturday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa

Join us to discuss Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul by Karen Abbott.

from Amazon....
Step into the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history–and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation. Operating in Chicago’s notorious Levee district at the dawn of the last century, the Club’s proprietors, two aristocratic sisters named Minna and Ada Everleigh, welcomed moguls and actors, senators and athletes, foreign dignitaries and literary icons, into their stately double mansion, where thirty stunning Everleigh “butterflies” awaited their arrival. Courtesans named Doll, Suzy Poon Tang, and Brick Top devoured raw meat to the delight of Prince Henry of Prussia and recited poetry for Theodore Dreiser. Whereas lesser madams pocketed most of a harlot’s earnings and kept a “whipper” on staff to mete out discipline, the Everleighs made sure their girls dined on gourmet food, were examined by an honest physician, and even tutored in the literature of Balzac.

If you purchase this book from Amazon through the Amazon Smile program, HSGP will benefit. Click on the link below.



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May 01st, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa



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May 15th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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June 05th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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June 19th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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July 10th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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July 24th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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August 07th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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August 21st, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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September 11th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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September 25th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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October 09th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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October 23rd, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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November 06th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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November 20th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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December 04th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


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December 18th, 2016 10:00 am - Sunday


Location: Humanist Community Center, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa



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