As we near Commencement and the end of the academic year, we hope you'll join us for our last Sunday speaker event this Sunday, May 20. We're really excited about our afternoon with love expert and rock star neuroscientist Dr. Paul Zak (love and science -- what could be more Humanistic?). Come early to socialize and get a seat! More details below.
As always, check out our constantly updated blog for some great pieces about community, ethics, and visions for the future of Humanism from Humanist writers all over the country!
|In This Issue|
- Wednesday Discussion: "Humanist Rituals and Celebrations"
- HHA Welcome Reception
- May 20: The Neuroscience of Love
- Harvard Humanist Alumni Reunion
- Harvard Volunteer Service Project at the AHA Conference (June 10)
- Looking Forward to the Fall...
| Wednesday Discussion: "Humanist Rituals and Celebrations" |
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One promising way to maximize being "good without god" is having a clear system of celebrating and mourning life's ups and downs with each other. We need to celebrate births, coming of age, partnership commitments, and other happy moments; and we need to support each other through tough times, such as losing a loved one. How can we do this in a meaningful, current, relevant, and rational way?
Wednesday, May 16, 7-9pm, 12 Eliot Street. Judah Axe, community member and Simmons College Asst. Professor of Education, will facilitate the discussion. More information on Facebook.
| HHA Welcome Reception|
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On Thursday, May 17, 1:30 pm, come join the Harvard Humanist Alumni in welcoming our newest alums into the network! This reception will be a great opportunity for graduating seniors to meet recent alums and community leaders! Refreshments and wine (21+) will be served. 12 Eliot Street.
|The Neuroscience of Love|
Is love, as the Beatles say, really all we need?
On Sunday, May 20, 1:30pm
, we're excited to host Dr. Paul Zak ("Doctor Love"), a neuroscientist and leading researcher on the brain science of love and trust. Dr. Zak is the author of the new book, The Moral Molecule,
a fascinating exploration of how science (and chemicals) makes us moral (or not), how loneliness can kill us, and how our makeup determines how we interact with each other. See more on our website.
Check out his popular Ted talk
and an interview he did with our online magazine, The New Humanism.
The Humanist Contemplative Group will lead us in a loving kindness meditation (one of our favorites!) as part of the afternoon's interactive exploration of love and the brain.
| Harvard Humanist Alumni Reunion|
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Harvard Alumni are cordially invited to the fourth annual Harvard Humanist Alumni Reunion. Please join us from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 at 12 Eliot Street. The event will include an introduction of the organization by Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein. The bulk of the event will be socializing and participants talking about their interest in Humanism, in general and at Harvard. See more on our website.
Please forward this announcement to any Harvard alums you know!
| Harvard Volunteer Service Project at the AHA Conference (June 10)|
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Attention Humanists attending the AHA's 71st Annual Conference in New Orleans June 7-10!
The American Humanist Association and HCH's Values in Action are proud to partner with the Make It Right Foundation, which builds affordable, environmentally-friendly homes in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina, for a service project to close the conference. The Make It Right Foundation was founded by actor and atheist/agnostic Brad Pitt.
Click here for a video with more information on Make It Right. We hope you will join us in putting your humanist values into action by giving back to the city that is hosting us! For more information, contact Chris Stedman at email@example.com.
Looking Forward to the Fall...
Thank you so much to everyone who made a financial contribution to the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard and the Humanist Community Project
in 2011 and 2012! Thanks to your generosity, we have almost completed another amazing Spring semester. As we near Commencement and begin preparations for the Fall, we hope you will keep us in mind as we launch our annual Spring fund drive. Please look out for more information on our drive in the coming weeks. As always you can support us here
address: 12 Eliot Street (3rd Floor) Cambridge, MA 02138