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Our speaker, Anthony Radosti, has had to cancel at the last minute, due to circumstances beyond his control. NOSHA will meet again in September!

Last Supper Dinner Club - September

  • When: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
  • Where: Venezia, 134 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, view map

Noi non potemo avere perfetta vita senza amiciWe cannot have a perfect life without friends. ~Dante

So very true, right? Join your NOSHA friends at Venezia and enjoy "Homestyle Italian cooking with a New Orleans flare."

Established in 1957, Venezia Restaurant is well known among locals for authentic Italian dishes and handmade pizza cooked in their original stone oven. 

We rely on accurate RSVPs to work with the restaurant, so please update your RSVP if it changes. If you won't be coming after choosing "Yes", then take 10 seconds and let us know. It is the courteous  thing to do especially since we have a seat waiting for YOU. Where food is concerned, be a friend!


The Modern Day Relevance of Volney's Ruins

  • When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
  • Where: Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

Volney's Ruins of Empires was the most popular Freethought book in the United States during the 19th century. George Washington, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman all read it. What they didn't know was Thomas Jefferson liked the book so much he anonymously translated it into English.

In 1923, a French researcher discovered letters between Volney and Jefferson that implied, but did not prove, Jefferson translated Ruins of Empires.

The book provides solutions to the problems humanity faces today, including religious conflicts. Volney's Ruins isn't about Yesterday. It's about Today—and Tomorrow. That's why Jefferson translated it.

Thomas Christian Williams, our guest speakerdiscovered, or more accurately, rediscovered, Thomas Jefferson’s anonymous translation of Volney’s Ruins of Empires and that the Massachusetts Historical Society possessed a manuscript that proves, once and for all, Jefferson’s involvement with this controversial book.

Williams was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. But he's spent most of his adult life in Europe. He's worked as an accountant, a commodities trader and a domestic affairs analyst in the political section at the US Embassy in Paris, France.

He is the world's leading expert in Volney's Ruins of Empires. His first novel, English Turn: Napoleon Invades Louisiana, featured Volney. He is currently finishing his second novel, a freethought adventure story set in the desert southwest.