What: Humanism Haven, YHC’s nonreligious community gathering
When: Second Sunday of each month, 1 PM (with refreshments to follow)
Where: Clubhouse at The Grove (760 Chapel St., New Haven)
Who: Open to the public!
January 11: Tom Krattenmaker on what you might not know about evangelicals
What do you think when you hear the word evangelical? Krattenmaker, a self-described secular progressive, will discuss his interactions with and research on American evangelicals. Come learn about the surprising changes in evangelical America—and how the nonreligious might collaborate with some evangelicals in pursuit of the common good.
Tom Krattenmaker is a contributing columnist for USA Today specializing in religion in public life and author of the award-winning book The Evangelicals You Don’t Know on the new evangelicals in post-Christian America. A secular progressive, he joined the Yale community this fall as the new communications director at Yale Divinity School.
February 8: Tony Pinn on his personal journey and Humanism in African American communities
In “When College Is More Than the Classroom: A Personal Journey from Belief in God to Humanism,” Professor Pinn will discuss his movement away from theism toward an approach to life devoid of God and gods. In telling the story of the Humanist he knows best, he will provide a sense of what Humanism means and does within the context of African American communities in larger terms.
The author and editor of thirty books, Dr. Anthony B. Pinn is one of America’s leading scholars on Humanism and African American atheism. Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University and serves as the director of research for the Institute for Humanist Studies.
March 8: Vanessa Zoltan on secular spirituality
Once we leave the world of religion, where can we turn for comfort, connection, and wonder? At Humanist Haven, Vanessa Zoltan will tell her story about practicing secular faith by using Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.
Vanessa Zoltan is the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard and the author of a forthcoming book on Humanism and Jane Eyre. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and has worked in the nonprofit/education sector for over ten years as a teacher, community developer and education policy advocate.
April 12: Melanie Brewster and Chris Johnson on the diverse narratives of nonreligious people
What are the stories of nonreligious people? Melanie Brewster will explore the importance of narrative construction and storytelling in identity development and “coming out” for diverse atheists, including implications for mental health and community building. Chris Johnson will talk about his experiences profiling 100 atheists and how they find joy and meaning—and then he’ll take some photos of members of our community!
Melanie Brewster is Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Columbia University’s Teachers College, cofounder of the Sexuality, Women, & Gender Project, and author of Atheists in America, a collection of more than two dozen stories from atheists from diverse backgrounds.
Chris Johnson is a New York-based photographer, filmmaker, and creator of A Better Life, a photography book profiling 100 atheists. He is currently working on the film version of the project. Chris is also the recipient of the Kodak Award for Excellence in Filmmaking and the B.F. Lorenzetti Scholarship for Excellence in Filmmaking.
Other Spring 2015 speakers (on campus), with more to be announced:
February 5: Joshua Greene on moral tribes
Joshua D. Greene is the John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and the director of the Moral Cognition Laboratory in the Department of Psychology, Harvard University. He studies the psychology and neuroscience of morality, focusing on the interplay between emotion and reasoning in moral decision-making. His broader interests cluster around the intersection of philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.
April (TBA): Monica Miller on Humanism and hip hop
Dr. Monica Miller is Assistant Professor of Religion and Africana Studies at Lehigh University and author of Religion and Hip Hop, Co-Chair and founder of Critical Approaches to the Study of Hip Hop and Religion Group at the American Academy of Religion, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Humanist Studies, and serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Hip Hop Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Theology, Ethics, and Human Science from Chicago Theological Seminary.
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