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2014 Archive Event Calendar

Join Future of Ethical Societies for Local Community Project

When: Sunday, December 28, 2014 @ 11:00 am
Our School at Blair Grocery , 1740 Benton Street , New Orleans, LA view map

Future of Ethical Societies (FES) is a group of young adults across the United States who are invested in humanism and ethical culture. Ethical Humanism serves as an alternative to traditional religion for folks who seek it. They believe in "deed before creed", and bringing out the best in each other so as to realize the best in ourselves.

FES has planned a service trip to New Orleans and they would love to meet like minded humanists while they are here!

This will be a work day at the community farm, Our School at Blair Grocery, which serves youth and the community by educating them about food justice. Founder Nat Turner will also share his vision for the Lower 9th Ward community.

You are encouraged to bring your own lunch, snacks and beverages for the afternoon.

 

NOSHA Winter Solstice Party ~ An Elfin' Good Time

When: Saturday, December 20, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Greenberger's on Bayou St. John, 4314 Bancroft Drive, New Orleans, LA view map

In lieu of our regular monthly meeting, please join us for our annual festive Winter Solstice party to celebrate the holidays! It is our time to enjoy good friends, good food and goodwill, so we welcome all supporters of our organization to join in the fun!

This will be a potluck event, so we are asking all guests to bring a dish to share. Please send your RSVP to hpgreenx@yahoo.com to advise that you will attend and what you plan to bring from the following suggestions:

• Favorite entree

• Appetizers

• Salads - tossed green, fruit, pasta, etc.

• Sides - vegetables, potatoes, etc.

• Fruits, cheeses, crackers

• Desserts

As part of our HumanLight participation, we'll once again collect canned goods and other non-perishable foods for Second Harvest Food Bank. Please take a look at their list here to put together your donation bag.

HumanLight is a celebration of "a Humanist's vision of a good future." We celebrate a positive approach to the coming new year through the lens of secular humanism.


*** Please be sure to RSVP, so our host will have an accurate count for his preparation. Many thanks to NOSHA President Emeritus, Harry Greenberger, for opening his home to our friends!

If you have further questions,call 504-596-3006.

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in December

When: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Mizado Cocina, 5080 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA view map

Mizado Cocina offers modern, Mexican cuisine with authentic Latin American flavors, featuring hand-crafted salsas, a ceviche bar, sharable plates and small batch tequilas. The name "Mizado" is derived from the Spanish words for viewpoint and crossing, and represents a mix of Latin cultures, cuisines and traditions.

As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in December

When: Wednesday, December 03, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Bei Tempi Italian Restaurant, 901 Convention Center Blvd., #115, New Orleans, LA view map

Another of our most accommodating and welcoming restaurants, if you haven't tried it, it's a great place for Italian downtown. And it will be a nice departure from all of the Thanksgiving leftovers. There is street parking available or you can park in the building's garage above the restaurant.

As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

NOSHA Hits the High Seas ~ Cruise With Us!

When: Saturday, November 29, 2014 @ 11:00 am
Cruise Terminal, 100 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA view map

Ahoy, or something like that!

Members of NOSHA will be on this 5-day Carnival cruise at the end of November. We regret that the timing may not be convenient for every schedule. However, the starting price of an interior cabin is appealing ($299 and up) which makes this one of the most affordable cruises between the major holidays.

Check here for the itinerary and room selections! (You will need to go through their online reservation process which will be identified at the website. This is only an info page, so you know the details that you will be selecting.)


If you've never taken a cruise, then trying out 5-days is an easy start. For the price, you can't take a land vacation that includes all the food, hotel and amenities for less than this per day. And someone else is doing all the driving (well, sailing) for a change.

But don 't worry, this will be relaxed! There won't be any requirements or secret handshakes. We will set a short meetup event on each day at sea for anyone wishing to visit with fellow NOSHANs , but otherwise, you are encouraged to do what you and your family enjoys. It's your getaway! But chances are you will meet some nice people who enjoy doing some of the same things.

If you have any questions, please feel free to post.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in November

When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Dolce Vita Pizzeria, 1205 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, view map

You know there will plenty of turkey and fixins' coming your way next week, so in case anyone wants something easier and not so traditional before the family shows up, we are heading back to one of our beloved pizza joints. They have plenty of tables, so if we have to branch out, we should be fine.


As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

15th Anniversary Banquet -- NOSHA's Crystal Gala

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Palace Cafe, 605 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA view map

THIS IS A TICKETED and MEMBER EVENT! No tickets will be sold on site.

Please purchase your seat(s) first before RSVPing at Meetup.

DEADLINE to purchase is midnight FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7.

Our guest speaker will be Rob Boston, Director of Communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Editor of Church & State magazine.

Tickets are $95.00 per person (non-member) which will include your 2015 NOSHA membership for $20. (The "member" price is available only if you are a current 2014 NOSHA member. Members have been notified separately.)

If you would like to pay via PayPal, go to www.nosha.info and click on the "Pay Now" button under the NOSHA Gala Logo in the right-hand column. There is a menu link as part of your online ticket purchase.

If you would like to mail your check, please make it payable to "NOSHA" for $95 (1 seat) or $190 (2 seats). Include your email address for a confirmation and a link to the menu survey, and mail payment to:

NOSHA
P.O. Box 58536
New Orleans, LA 70158-8536

*** Classy cocktail attire requested.

 

Roy Zimmerman's "Blue Dot Tour"

When: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Community Church Unitarian Universalists , 6690 Fleur de Lis Boulevard (in Lakeview), New Orleans, LA view map

Roy Zimmerman tours constantly, taking his funny songs about fracking, creationism, marijuana laws, government shutdown, same-sex marriage, guns, taxes and abstinence across the country, often playing in some of the least Progressive places in America for the most Progressive people there - the “Blue Dots” he calls them.

In thirteen albums over twenty years, Roy Zimmerman has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. Zimmerman’s YouTube videos have amassed over seven million views. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered", and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. The world is full of funny songs, but Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive originals are also incisive calls to action, smart, savvy and undeniable.

A few songs of his songs: "Scrotus", "Creation Science 101", "The Faucet Is On Fire"

Pay at the door -- $15 or what you can

 

Save Our Cemeteries Maintenance & Cleanup - Carrollton Cemetery

When: Saturday, November 08, 2014 @ 7:00 am
Carrollton Cemetery, 1701 Hilary St., New Orleans, LA view map

A popular activity for our NOSHA Social Aid & Pleasure Club volunteers ...


Update:
The Carrollton Cemetery cleanup will be from 9 AM to noon. We will meet at the Adams St. gate. It is a residential neighborhood, so on-street parking should not be a problem.


Gloves, trash bags, clippers, bottled water, sunscreen and bug repellent will be provided by Save Our Cemeteries.

Sturdy close-toed shoes are recommended.

This is the description of the cemetery:

"Established in 1849, Carrollton Cemetery is owned and operated by the city. The growing suburb of Carrollton was incorporated in 1845 and historian William H. Williams, writing in 1876, described the cemetery:

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“A cemetery was established as an appendage to the town government, and owned by the corporation. It is situated in the rear of town, formed by the sedimentary deposit from the waters of the Macarty crevasse. The height of the land renders it suitable for burying in the ground – the most pleasant and beautiful as well as the most permanent mode of preserving our dead. The grounds are now becoming handsomely improved with tombs, trees, shrubbery, and flowers. The dead of forty years lie reposing here; many, it is true, now wholly neglected and forgotten; while on the other hand, the honored and well remembered names here scattered around on marble, are so many and so familiar to us all, that we feel, in the walks in our cemetery, as if we were moving in the midst of our friends.”

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The first lot purchased in this cemetery was lot number 405 in November, 1849 by Neil Cochran for $15. Carrollton was annexed to the city in 1874, and the management of the cemetery was handed to the city government. Many of the cemetery’s early tombs are badly in need of repair. In 1969, the city issued bonds for improvements to be made, the sidewalks were paved and the drainage was improved.

There is a small wall vault and a few temple tombs found in the cemetery. Although the tombs are not necessarily architecturally significant, there are some notable burials, such as Frederick Fischer and the Kirchoff and Lochte families. Throughout the cemetery are tombs of pioneering families, like the Heatons, Herrles, Thielers, Gogreves, Deibels, and O’Dwyers."

 

"Family Values in the Age of Autonomy"

When: Wednesday, November 05, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Liberal Arts Building, Room #236, UNO Lakefront Campus, New Orleans, LA view map

Can family law continue to enforce traditional family values? Presented by Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer.

Meyer’s lecture, “Family Values in the Age of Autonomy,” couldn't be more timely, as it comes on the heels of court decisions around the country overturning the laws concerning same-sex marriage. Meyer, who specializes in family and constitutional law, will review recent developments in constitutional doctrine expanding autonomy rights and explore what role remains for the enforcement of majoritarian values through family law.

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David Meyer became the 22nd Dean of Tulane Law School in 2010. Dean Meyer’s expertise relates to constitutional law and family law, and he has written extensively on topics at the intersection of the two fields.

Before coming to Tulane, Meyer was on the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to entering academia, he served as a legal advisor at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague and practiced law in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. He was a law clerk for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. Meyer graduated with a B.A. with Highest Honors in History and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, where he also served as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the lot indicated on this map.

Funding for this lecture has been provided by the law firm of Adams & Reese; the UNO Student Government; the UNO Department of Philosophy; and the Alexis de Tocqueville Project in Law, Liberty, and Morality at UNO.

 

"Perspectives on the Existence of God and the Nature of Religious Knowledge"

When: Tuesday, November 04, 2014 @ 5:30 pm
Rogers Memorial Chapel, Tulane Campus, New Orleans, LA view map

Not everyone's cup of tea, but it might interest some of our members.

Please join the Tulane Philosophy Club and their panel of speakers as they share their perspectives and engage in an open discussion with each other and the audience on the existence of God and the nature of religious knowledge.

Bruce Fleury (Faculty, Biology)

Nancy Lawrence (Faculty, Philosophy)

Sarah Rivkin (Director of Chabad Center)

Rabbi Yochanan Rivkin (Director of Chabad Center)

Will Tabor (RUF Campus Minister)

Richard Velkley (Faculty, Philosophy)

Come with your friends, your questions, and your search for meaning! Free and open to the public.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Tuesday in November

When: Tuesday, November 04, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Reginelli's Pizzeria, 930 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA view map

After you've voted (it is Election Day, after all), treat yourself to a slice and more. We haven't had a pizza night in a long time and we should be able to have plenty of room for a fairly large group. Bring a friend and say hello.

Street parking should be free at 6pm.

*** It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for these events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the event, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Volunteering with Second Harvest Food Bank

When: Saturday, November 01, 2014 @ 9:30 am
Second Harvest Food Bank, 700 Edwards Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

Here's a chance to do some community volunteering with a very needed, local organization. We'll do food sorting and packing in their warehouse and Saturdays are very coveted shifts, so we want to have a great turn out as the local humanists, right?

Many thanks to Glenn Pearl for taking the lead to organize this activity!

√ The warehouse is not climate controlled so please dress accordingly. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are acceptable. It should be cooler in November, so come prepared.

Outside work is un-shaded, we have sunscreen available, but it is recommended to bring sunglasses, hats and any other necessary sun protection.


YOU MUST WEAR CLOSED TOE SHOES! Anyone wearing flip-flops or sandals will not be permitted to work the shift.

√ Cold water bottles are available for all volunteers.


Minimum age to volunteer at Second Harvest is 9 years old.


We'll have more info the closer we get to November.

 

Rally to Protest Hobby Lobby Policies

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 7:30 am
Elmwood Shopping Area, 5151 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, LA view map

NOSHA members were a major part of a previous rally a few months ago, so this is another opportunity for secular people to show our support for a society that shouldn't place religious beliefs above the law. The theme is "A Scary World for Women" due to the Supreme Court ruling that allowed a corporation to deny employees certain methods of contraception simply because they didn't want to if it went against the owners' religious beliefs.

And with corporate malfeasance like this being passed off as good business practice, it's also a scary world for non-believers, the LGBT community and anyone who cherishes the separation of Church and State.

Bring a sign with your spooky message and wear a costume if you find the spirit. All like-minded friends are encouraged to attend. The more the scarier.

 

"Trek-A-Go-Go"

When: Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA view map

A little something for the Trekkie in all of us!

Power up the warp drive, set your phasers to stun and prepare to boldly go where no audience, or cast, has gone before as Mid-City Theatre presents "Trek-A-Go-Go", the show where the audience sits in the Captain's chair.

Episode titles and characters of Star Trek: The Original Series are drawn randomly out of a hat, as are the names of our cast members, guaranteeing every performance will be something completely and totally different.

This is a ticketed event and there are other dates available. Scroll down the list to find the best one for you. Click here to purchase tickets.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in October

When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company, 4141 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, view map

It's been a while, but we thought we would try this old favorite again. We need good table karma and the burger gods to shine down on us. But there's always the ice cream and we love ice cream!

*** It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for these events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the event, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

"...don't know much biology": Sex Education in Louisiana with Planned Parenthood

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

What you don't know can hurt you. And the rest of us, too! It's known that what passes for sex education in some schools in Louisiana is inconsistent and even lacking medical accuracy and our public health system is paying for it. Even if you don't have school age children, you need to know how your tax dollars are being spent to educate our children about reproduction and human biology in public schools.

We'll hear from Melissa Flournoy, Executive Director for Planned Parenthood in Louisiana, who will discuss recent legislation, public school curriculum and the status of their new health facility on Claiborne Avenue.

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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.

REMINDER: The gate will be locked, so you will need to press a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, please check our website atwww.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

Think and Drink - The Skeptic's Cocktail Hour

When: Wednesday, October 01, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Treo, 3835 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, view map

We've been asked every now and then to have a cocktail event to change things up and give people more of a chance to mingle (which you can't do easily at restaurants, of course.)

Treo is a new place on Tulane Avenue that is doing some interesting things with drinks and small plates, so we thought it might be fun to be up on the trendy places.

*** It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for these events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the event, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

"Challenges to Religious Liberty" - Free Seminar at NOBTS

When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 3939 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, view map

Sponsored by the Institute for Faith and the Public Square at NOBTS.

The evening conference will feature:

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, speaking on "Challenges to the Church."

Mathew Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University's School of Law will examine "Challenges in Counseling."

Carol Swain, professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University will consider "Challenges in Education."

FROM THE PRESS RELEASE: "The traditional understanding of religious liberty is being recast as toleration of religious people, as long as they keep their ideas inside the church," said Lloyd Harsch, professor at NOBTS and director of the Institute for Faith and the Public Square. "Our hope is to highlight issues that Christians are, or could be facing as people of faith interact with the public square and what is the best strategy in meeting those challenges."

Read more here and here

 

NOSHA Social, Aid, & Pleasure Club - Cemetery Clean-up with Save Our Cemeteries

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 7:00 am
Lafayette Cemetery #2, Washington Ave., between Loyola and Saratoga Streets, New Orleans, LA view map

This is an interesting chance to work in yet another cemetery in which we haven't previously worked. These projects have been very popular for our members, so we didn't want our group to miss out.

IF YOU SIGN UP FOR THIS, PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS NOT LAFAYETTE CEMETERY NO. 1, WHERE WE HAVE PREVIOUSLY WORKED.

Lafayette No. 2 is located on Washington Avenue between Saratoga and Loyola Streets

Gloves, trash bags, clippers, bottled water, sunscreen and bug repellent will be provided by Save Our Cemeteries.

If you have any questions, please e-mail soc@saveourcemeteries.org.

Thank you for your support!

 

"Live at the PinChurch" - Humorist and Musician, Eric Schwartz!

When: Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
The PinChurch, You will receive the location upon ticket purchase, Metairie, LA view map

All the way from Los Angeles, CA, the amazingly-talented, Internet sensation, humorist, satirist and all-around killer-musician, Eric Schwartz will be live at the PinChurch in Metairie!

If you’ve been on the Internet, you’ve probably seen some of Eric’s socially-conscious and occasionally irreverent music videos. He’s an outspoken critic of various social policies including fundamentalist religion and wingnutty politics. His video, "Keep Your Jesus Off My Penis" has been downloaded over a million times.

Tickets $20.00 in advance - no onsite sales are available.

Click here to see some of Eric's performances

Buy your ticket here!

 

New Orleans Banned Books Event 2014

When: Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, view map

This is our kinda people!

Co-sponsored by the New Orleans Public Library, the Jefferson Parish Public Library, the ACLU of Louisiana, and the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association, the evening promises to inform and entertain attendees with a stellar roster of participating authors and local luminaries.

Scheduled to read are the following:

Thomas Beller, author of J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist

Nancy Dixon, author of N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature

Bill Lavender, author of Q

Constance Adler, author of My Bayou: New Orleans through the Eyes of a Lover

Bill Loehfelm, author of The Devil In Her Way

Rebecca Snedeker, co-author of Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas

Kim Vaz-Deville, author of The 'Baby Dolls': Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition

Stephanie Grace, New Orleans Advocate columnist

Charles Brown, Library CEO & City Librarian, New Orleans

Nevada Barr, author of Destroyer Angel

Amanda Boyden, author of Babylon Rolling

Maurice C. Ruffin, attorney and author with the MelaNated Writers Collective

 

Join Team NOSHA "The Unholy Strollers" at the NO/AIDS Walk

When: Sunday, September 21, 2014 @ 7:30 am
Audubon Park, 6500 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

For several years now, this has been an annual activity for the "NOSHA Social Aid and Pleasure Club" volunteers from our group.


Please join us as a participant or a donor (or both) to help us reach our team's goal of $500.00.

Click here to sign up or donate!

 

NOSHA Hosts Annual Secular Discussion 4.0

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

At least once a year we offer a meeting where everyone is entitled to everyone else’s opinion, because conversation is the only way we can achieve understanding and is the only way to learn more about each other.

Over the past year, one of the fascinating things we've noticed is that there are more disagreements over how people perceive their personal non-belief and how that pervades online topics and applies to personal self-image.


Some suggested topics will be:

* The difference between being an atheist and being a humanist. Do the differences between the two positions change the responsibilities we have to society as a whole?

* How does a secular person participate in society to make it more secular? Have you recently experienced any bullying or rejection because you are a non-believer?

* Is there any hope for a secular Louisiana? Are there any “low-hanging fruit” issues you would like to change about the state?

* What are the topics that have the most diversity for non-believers? Do you feel anything is off limits or doesn't apply to humanism or secularism?

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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.

REMINDER: The gate will be locked, so you will need to press a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, please check our website at www.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in September

When: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Theo's Neighborhood Pizza, 4024 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA view map

We're heading to Mid-City for a visit. What's easier than pizza and beer? Look for us in "the back room". It's the perfect night for dropping by if you haven't been in a while!

As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Thursday in September

When: Thursday, September 04, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Nirvana Indian Cuisine, 4308 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA view map

Next week is a short week, so we decided to go back to a comfortable favorite -- Nirvana's Thursday Night Buffet! There's something for everyone including vegetarian options and you can easily pay separately. What's not to like?


We've had a lot of luck with this place and we know that many of you enjoy it, so we hope those of you who can't make it very often check back in with us.

As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Decision Day Rally

When: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 3:30 pm
Jackson Square, French Quarter, New Orleans, LA view map

Forum for Equality joins with the ALCU, Human Right Campaign, LGBT Community Center and PFLAG New Orleans to protest the marriage equality US District Court ruling. We encourage and welcome everyone to join with us at Jackson Square this evening at 5:30PM.

The ruling today upheld the unconstitutional ban on recognizing loving and committed same-sex couples. Forum for Equality and the courageous couples who have lead this battle will not stop! We will take this fight all the way to the Supreme Court! We will not let one decision turn back the tide of victories because we stand on the right side of history. Rally with Forum for Equality, ALCU, HRC, LGBTCC and PFLAG today to show Louisiana that we are committed to standing for love and fairness for all.

Come with your partners, wives and husbands! Bring the entire family! Invite along your friends, neighbors, allies and co-workers! Don't forget your signs, banners, and flags!

Press, organizations, and individual community members are all encouraged to attend.

 

Heretics Brunch - August

When: Sunday, August 31, 2014 @ 9:15 am
Ignatius Eatery, 3121 Magazine St, New Orleans, view map

Before the old religion of Sunday football starts, we have to get in one more Heretics' Brunch. Then it's really back to the grind of school and shorter days. But if you have been meaning to get out of the house and enjoy some good conversation, this might fit the bill.


*** It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending, even early Sunday morning, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

The Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in August

When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Samuel's Blind Pelican, 1628 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

We haven't been back since they opened and we should enjoy the summery atmosphere while we can! Feel free to check it out or look at the menu!


It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. (Join our Meetup Group here.)

As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Author Chris Mooney on "The Science of Why We Don't Believe in Science"

When: Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

We are pleased to announce that author and journalist Chris Mooney will be our August speaker.

In this talk, Mooney will describe the major findings from his last three years of reporting on the role of psychological factors in promoting science denial,with a focus on the all important subject of left-right differences in personality traits and the processing of information.

Mooney is the author of four books including the 2005 New York Times Best Seller, The Republican War on Science. From Wikipedia: Mooney's writing focuses on subjects such as global warming and the creation–evolution controversy, and he has been described as “one of the few journalists in the country who specialize in the now dangerous intersection of science and politics.”


Mooney grew up in New Orleans. He attended Isidore Newman School before entering Yale University, where he graduated with a B.A. in English in 1999. His interest in science, and especially biology and the impact of Charles Darwin, was strongly influenced by his grandfather Gerald A. Cole,a biologist at Arizona State University and author of Textbook of Limnology,a noted book in the field. His mother, Sally, is a former board member of NOSHA, so we are very happy to claim Chris as one of us!

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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.

NEW: The gate will be locked, so you will need to look for a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, please check our website atwww.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in August

When: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Dolce Vita Pizzeria, 1205 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, view map

Pizza makes for a complete meal and Dolce Vita is the coolest and easiest we have found. So let's go back to a favorite where you can buy at the counter and relax.

*** It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Heretics Brunch - July

When: Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ 9:00 am
Santa Fe Restaurant, 3201 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

Before summer gets away from us, let's have another brunch and see who's around braving the New Orleans heat. There should be lots to talk about!


It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Sailing the Rising Tide of Reason with Fred Edwords

When: Saturday, July 19, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

Our guest speaker in July will be Fred Edwords with the United Coalition of Reason!

Over the past decade, with the rise of the “New Atheism,” interest in freethought and humanism has exploded. And the more recent billboard and bus ad campaigns have stoked the fires of enthusiasm. So how have local humanist groups benefited from this secular "coming out?" And how have they captured this interest to help their memberships grow?

This lecture and PowerPoint presentation will provide an illustrated history of the exciting, stunningly successful advertising and media campaigns of various organizations in the community of reason, with particular focus on the thriving coalitions of reason.


Fred Edwords, a former executive director of the American Humanist Association and editor of the Humanist magazine, is today the national director of the United Coalition of Reason. Over his 34-year career as a humanist leader he has also been president of Camp Quest, the summer camp for freethinking kids; served on the faculty of the Humanist Institute; and lectured, debated, and taught on humanist philosophical issues and effective public relations techniques.

He has appeared on national and local television in the United States and Canada, has been interviewed on radio and for newspapers around the world, and has lectured in North America, Europe, and India.

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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.

NEW: The gate will be locked, so you will need to look for a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, please check our website atwww.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in July

When: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Tacos and Beer, 1622 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, view map

You can't get more basic than this, right? It's hot and sweaty and that's about all there is mid-summer in New Orleans, so we need a place that doesn't ask much of us beyond being friendly and not too smelly.

*** It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Secular Humanists - Make Your Voice Heard Against Hobby Lobby

When: Saturday, July 12, 2014 @ 7:30 am
Elmwood Shopping Area, Citrus Avenue and Clearview Parkway, Harahan, LA view map

Join Louisiana residents to protect reproductive rights! No religion or corporation should decide our healthcare choices! Let's create a united front to show lawmakers we won't take this lying down!

Secular people must show that they care about the political climate of our country and here's a great way to participate.

- INVITE EVERYONE YOU KNOW! Kids are welcome, too!


This will be a peaceful demonstration on the grass in front of the main entrance to the Elmwood Shopping Center, essentially in front of La Madeline.

- Please bring your own signs. (You can look for great slogans online to help you!)

- Try to wear ORANGE or BLUE (colors of Hobby Lobby).

POSTS

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in July

When: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Squeal BBQ, 8400 Oak St., New Orleans, LA view map

If you are hanging around Hot Orleans this week, we'll be heading to our first ever barbecue dinner (I think!) Perfect timing in keeping with the holiday weekend.

*** It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with NOSHA!

When: Saturday, June 21, 2014 @ 1:30 pm
Caribbean Blue Holiday House, 1817 Marengo St., New Orleans, LA view map

Every June, NOSHA takes a break from our usual monthly activities to enjoy good food with good friends! Many thanks to Beth Deitch for hosting our annual solstice event this year.

Please bring a favorite entree, salad, side or dessert to share (and don't forget a serving utensil.) And it's BYOB this year! (Bring your own beverage)


Children are welcome to attend and enjoy playing in the pool (please bring your own towels!)

Please RSVP to charlotte@nosha.info with the food you'll be bringing (at least the category to help us plan.)

Summer afternoon...Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in June

When: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
T.G.I. Friday's, 1201 Manhattan Boulevard, Harvey, LA view map

We haven't been to the West Bank for a long while, so it's time we crossed the bridge for our Best Bank friends!

TGI Friday's menu offers a lot of variety .... the "2 for $10" is just one of their great values that will please many of you. You just can't beat good prices like that!

*** It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Community Projects -- NOSHA Committee Meeting

When: Sunday, June 15, 2014 @ 9:00 am
Fair Grinds Coffee - Upstairs, 3133 Ponce De Leon St, New Orleans, LA view map

Our committee is meeting to discuss ideas for what NOSHA members and supporters might enjoy doing as volunteers in our community.

Anyone who has interest in this topic, please feel free to attend. Our goal is to set up some activities at least through summer. All hands are welcome!

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in June

When: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Bei Tempi Italian Restaurant, 901 Convention Center Blvd., #115, New Orleans, LA view map

It shouldn't be a surprise that we keep coming back to pasta! But here we are and it will be plentiful and affordable.

If you haven't joined us in a while, please say hello. Good conversation and good food abound!

*** It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Truth-Telling: Living with Integrity

When: Sunday, June 01, 2014 @ 1:00 pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha C Haley Blvd, New Orleans, view map

How often do we not tell the truth? Speaking truth to power, and also to our friends and acquaintances, is no small challenge.

This is an important issue for non-believers in our society who face a lot of myths and lies that are perpetuated in our laws, schools and in our society overall. Also, in keeping our (non) religious views private, we also maintain a level of secrecy from people who are part of our everyday lives for very good reasons. Seculars may find this topic very interesting and compelling.

There is a $5.00 admission fee for the session.

Join A Studio In The Woods (a Tulane program) for an interdisciplinary conversation and story circle gathering about truth-telling, accountability, and health—an opportunity to reflect upon and adjust our ethical compasses.

 

NOSHA Social Aid & Pleasure Club - Helping Homer A. Plessy School

When: Friday, May 30, 2014 @ 11:00 am
Homer A. Plessy Community School, 3820 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

This is an opportunity to help parents of this local school to prepare for their move to a new location. They need extra pairs of hands to get packed up. We realize this time may be impossible for many of you during a work day, but if not, and you can spare some time, the parents would really appreciate the help.


Carey Rowanoak is a NOSHA member and will be the organizer for this activity.

 

A Marriage Made In Heaven: How Religious Right Politics Damages LA Lawmaking

When: Thursday, May 22, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
Abita Springs Town Office, 22161 Level St, Abita Springs, view map

Barbara Forrest, a professor at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, a former board member of the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association and a nationally recognized authority on the separation of church and state, will speak on the topic, "A Marriage Made In Heaven: How Religious Right Politics Is Damaging Louisiana Lawmaking."

Her appearance is free and open to the public and is being sponsored by Progressive Northshore Democrats and the Northshore Democratic Women's Club, both St. Tammany Parish political organizations.

There will be a question and answer portion following her presentation and light refreshments will be available afterwards.

Forrest is a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Science Education and a former member of the board of trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She is a co-founder of the Louisiana Coalition for Science which has worked to protect science education in Louisiana public schools.

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Forrest's scholarly area of expertise is the analysis and criticism of intelligent design and creationism.

She was an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the first legal case involving intelligent design, Kitzmiller vs. Dover, Pa. Area School District which was won by the plaintiffs in 2005. She was featured in a 2007 Peabody Award winning NOVA documentary on public television stations about the Kitzmiller's successful challenge of intelligent design creationism called "Judgement Day: Intelligent Design On Trial."

She has appeared on Larry King Live, ABC Nightline and the BBC's Horizon documentary about the intelligent design creationism issue. She has also appeared on National Public Radio's Science Friday hosted by Ira Flatow and Culture Shocks hosted by Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in May

When: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
The Irish House, 1432 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT

We're trying something new with this Last Supper. We'll have a private room upstairs at The Irish House which will offer us a different environment than we've had before.

We'll be able to have more of a conversational group situation, which may appeal to some people and not to others. But we thought it was worth a try and we hope those who attend will enjoy!


There will be 20 seats available. We'll have a menu specific to our dinner which will include vegetarian options.

If you are not a member of Meetup, you can join in our group here

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Please make sure your RSVP is correct before our deadline, so we'll have accurate numbers and everyone will know if a spot opens up!

 

NOSHA Social Aid & Pleasure Club - Volunteer for Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners

When: Sunday, May 18, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners, 2523 George Nick Connor, New Orleans, LA view map

This is a new activity that we thought would be fun for our groups especially for book lovers. Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit effort to correspond with inmates and mail them free books.


Their goals are to encourage literacy, make prison-life more endurable, and support prisoner interests to the best of our ability. Which is a wonderful project and something that is indoors and easy to do!

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Learn more about the volunteer activities here.

 

Author John Barry on "Making Louisiana Whole Again"

When: Saturday, May 17, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

We are delighted that we have been able to re-schedule acclaimed author and environmental activist, John Barry, for our May meeting! Barry, who was removed from the board of the New Orleans flood protection authority that is suing oil companies for coastal damages by Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2013, has recently formed a new organization, Restore Louisiana Now, that is making waves and drawing national attention for their efforts to counter opposition to the lawsuit.


Currently, he has been in the news about legislation designed to thwart this lawsuit during the current session in Baton Rouge.

From a recent editorial by Barry in the Times-Picayune: “Why are taxpayers paying for work that oil and gas companies are legally obligated and voluntarily agreed to perform? There is one simple answer: because for decades the industry has used its political muscle to block enforcement of the law. Now, when the flood authority, trying to protect people's lives, seeks to make companies comply with the law and honor their contractual obligations, industry lobbyists demand that the legislature rewrite laws to kill lawsuits that have already been filed. They believe the industry is above the law.”


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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.

NEW: The gate will be locked, so you will need to look for a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, please check our website atwww.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

Skeptic's Cocktail Hour -- May

When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
The Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

Time for another cocktail hour, you say? We will head to one of the more iconic places in New Orleans to enjoy the scenery and sip on whatever you are into these days (non-imbibers welcome, too!)

It should be easy to imagine yourself in another time, since Louisiana seems to be stuck in the days gone by, but don't let that get you down. We can commiserate on the news of the day and enjoy the shade before it gets too warm out there.

*** It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

NOSHA Social Aid & Pleasure Club - SpayMart Volunteer Day

When: Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 8:30 am
SpayMart's Cat Sanctuary, 28060 Caesar Neicasse Road, Road 215 (28060 Road 215), Picayune, MS view map

For all NOSHA lovers of cats! Another opportunity to volunteer some of your time: help with clean-up and maintenance at their facility near Picayune, MS.

From their website ...

"Our next Volunteer Day is Saturday, May 10. If you’d like to join us, we’ll meet at the sanctuary in Picayune between 10:30 - 11am, spend 3 - 3.5 hours at the sanctuary (we'll provide lunch)."


**** The group will leave Mississippi around 2:30ish to make it back to the city by 4:00 pm. To sign up or to learn more about future dates and projects, email Patsy at volunteer@spaymart.org or call 504-460-6080."

 

NOSHA Social, Aid, & Pleasure Club - Cemetery Clean-up with Save Our Cemeteries

When: Saturday, May 03, 2014 @ 7:00 am
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, 1400 Washington Ave, New Orleans, view map

Here's another chance to help Save Our Cemeteries before it gets too hot.

They will provide basic tools, but wear comfortable, cool clothing and good shoes. If you haven't been up close and personal with one of our historic cemeteries, here's your chance.

Lafayette Cemetery #1

 

Introduction to Libertarianism with Walter Block

When: Friday, May 02, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Miller Building - Loyola University, Lecture Hall 114, New Orleans, LA view map

Sponsored by New Orleans Lyceum

We know many of our members enjoy learning about different political philosophies, so we wanted to make sure everyone knows about this special event.

FROM THE ANNOUNCEMENT: Libertarianism is the philosophy of liberty. It is based on private property rights and the non aggression principle. The most popular exponents of this philosophy are Ron Paul, Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek. However, not all of these people are libertarians!

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Walter E. Block is Harold E. Wirth Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics, College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans, and senior fellow at the Mises Institute. He earned his PhD in economics at Columbia University in 1972. He has taught at Rutgers, SUNY Stony Brook, Baruch CUNY, Holy Cross and the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of over 400 refereed articles in professional journals, two dozen books, and thousands of op eds. He lectures widely on college campuses, delivers seminars around the world and appears regularly on television and radio shows. He is the Schlarbaum Laureate, Mises Institute, 2011; and has won the Loyola University Research Award and the Mises Institute’s Rothbard Medal of Freedom, 2005; the Dux Academicus award, Loyola University, 2007.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - National Day of Reason!

When: Thursday, May 01, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Nirvana Indian Cuisine, 4308 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA view map

We haven't been to the Nirvana buffet in so long, it's entirely unreasonable! And we know this restaurant makes it easier for vegetarians and those of you Uptown and elsewhere who hate to venture too close to downtown after work. Let's toast to National Day of Reason with your NOSHA friends.

*** It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Senate Hearing to Repeal the Louisiana's Creationism Law

When: Thursday, April 24, 2014 @ 8:00 am
Louisiana State Capitol, 900 N 3rd St, Baton Rouge, LA view map

SB 175 to repeal Louisiana’s creationism law will be heard in Senate Education Committee meeting in the Hainkel room of the Louisiana State Capitol on Thursday April 24th. We need your support!

Please join our campaign to repeal the misnamed and misguided Louisiana Science Education Act, R.S. 17:285.1, which was passed by the Louisiana Legislature in 2008.

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Please come support science. Even if you can't make it or are from out of state, you can follow these steps to help:

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Step 1: Tell your friends to take part in our day of action and share this event with them. Email them, talk to them in person, and share it on social media.

Step 2: Contact the Louisiana Senate Education Committee and your legislators ask them to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/Bios.aspx?cid=H

Senate Education Committee Contacts:

Senator Conrad Appel (Chairman)
(866) 946-3133
appelc@legis.la.gov

Senator Eric LaFleur (Vice-Chairman)
(337) 363-5019
lafleure@legis.la.gov

Senator Dan Claitor (Tell Senator Claitor "Thank You!" for voting to repeal creationism last year)
(225) 765-0206
claitord@legis.la.gov

Senator Jack Donahue
(985) 727-7949
donahuej@legis.la.gov

Senator Elbert L. Guillory
(337) 943-2457
guillorye@legis.la.gov

Senator Mike Walsworth (Remind Senator Walsworth how evolution works
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQObhb3veQA

(318) 340-6453
walsworthm@legis.la.gov

Senator Mack "Bodi" White
(225) 272-1324
whitem@legis.la.gov

Senator Page Cortez
(337) 993-7430
cortezp@legis.la.gov


Step 3: Sign our petitions and share it with 50 friends.

http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-louisiana-to-teach-real-science-in-public-schools-not-creationism-and-climate-change-denial

Step 4: Share our website, www.repealcreationism.com with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter and other social media like Reddit.

Step 5: Set up a meeting with your legislator and ask them to repeal this law.

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Background:

According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, the Louisiana Science Education Act is “widely viewed as Louisiana's creationism law.” Simply put, the intent of this law is to create loopholes that allow the teaching of creationism, including intelligent design creationism, into public school science classes in Louisiana. Senator Karen Carter Peterson has filed SB 175 to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.

Governor Bobby Jindal recently advocated teaching creationism using the Louisiana Science Education Act, saying, “what are we afraid of?”

The repeal effort has the unprecedented support of 78 Nobel laureate scientists--nearly 40% of all living Nobel laureate scientists in physics, chemistry, or physiology or medicine. This incredible number surpasses the historic 72 Nobel laureate scientists who filed an amicus brief in opposition to Louisiana’s first creationism law during the Edwards v. Aguillard Supreme Court case.

Other prominent scientists including Ken Miller, the author of the popular Miller-Levine biology textbook are also strong supporters of the repeal.

Nobel laureate chemist and supporter of the repeal effort, Sir Harry Kroto, says,

"One can only be amazed that [the repeal] has managed to assemble such massive support (75 Nobel laureates) for the effort to ensure that only educational material which is supported by reliable evidence is presented in the science lessons of Louisiana's schools."

The conservative Thomas Fordham Institute released a report that said Louisiana's science standards suffer from a "devastating flaw" because of the Louisiana Science Education Act. The report said:

“The Louisiana science standards are reasonably challenging and comprehensive, but they suffer from a devastating flaw: Thanks to the state’s 2008 Science Education Act, which promotes creationism instead of science, the standards (especially for biology and life science) are haunted by anti-science influences that threaten biology education in the state.”

The repeal is supported by local and national educator organizations. The Louisiana Science Teachers Association, the Louisiana Association of Biology Teachers, and the National Association of Biology Teachers all have called for a repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act.

The Louisiana Science Teachers Association said “with a great sense of urgency” because the “[Louisiana Science Education Act] is an attack on scientific evidence to allow the teaching of a religious belief in science class, a direct violation of the United States Constitution.”

The Louisiana Science Teachers Association explained, “at a moment in time when Louisiana is in search of economic development we can least afford such a dramatic step backward... We risk losing highly educated adults and their children to other states.”

The Advocate, Baton Rouge’s newspaper also has called for repeal. Its editorial page wrote, "we hope the Louisiana Legislature takes the opportunity it has this year to repeal entirely the misnamed 'Louisiana Science Education Act.”

Major science organizations are backing the repeal effort. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest science organization in the world with over ten million members has endorsed the repeal. Other organizations have which have called for the repeal are the American Institute for the Biological Sciences, the American Society for Cell Biology, The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Society for the Study of Evolution with the Society of Systematic Biologists and the American Society of Naturalists.

The teaching of evolution is sound science and is also compatible with religious faith, a position that is supported by mainline religious denominations. This is why the Clergy Letter Project, an organization with over 15,000 clergy members who support teaching evolution in public schools have endorsed the repeal effort.

This law is costing our state; tourism is the largest industry in New Orleans and the third largest industry in Louisiana. The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology pulled a prescheduled convention from New Orleans in response to the passage of the Louisiana Science Education Act. Their 2011 convention was in Salt Lake City rather than Louisiana. Our tourism industry is less competitive because science organizations don’t want to come to our state. It costs us jobs.

The New Orleans City Council voted unanimously to endorse the repeal because they’re tired of hemorrhaging jobs and threatening the future of our students. Council Member Kristin Gisleson Palmer said,

"The Louisiana Science Education Act inhibits science focused students of all ages and inadequately prepares them for jobs in the science field. With the New Orleans Medical Corridor poised for tremendous growth, this law also profoundly impacts our ability to fill jobs in the cutting-edge science fields with students educated in our state's public schools."

Joining these other calls for repeal are over 70,000 people who signed a Change.org petition calling for the repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act.

The Louisiana Science Education Act is already producing its intended result; the Livingston Parish School Board is taking steps to act on the legislation’s goals. According to an account in the July 24, 2010, Baton Rouge Advocate, discussing the Louisiana Science Education Act, board member David Tate said: “We let them teach evolution to our children, but I think all of us sitting up here on this School Board believe in Creationism. Why can’t we get someone with religious beliefs to teach Creationism?” Fellow board member Clint Mitchell responded, “I agree … Teachers should have the freedom to look at creationism and find a way to get it into the classroom.”

Please take action to help us repeal this bad law!

Other information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Science_Education_Act

http://www.repealcreationism.com/endorsements/

http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2013/04/science_education_act_provides.html

 

Grief Without God: Surviving Tragedy as a Non-Believer in a Sea of Religion

When: Saturday, April 19, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

....Could Someone Throw Me a Life Raft?


Our speaker in April will be Kristi Hart, RN, CCE, Anthropologist, Museum Specialist, and Advocate. This is a very important topic, since many of us may have already dealt with inadequate and insensitive reactions from the medical community, relatives and others who assume that religion will comfort us when it obviously won't. It's a chance to improve awareness for you and your family!


Here’s an overview of what she will cover:

* The experience of dealing with grief as an atheist or agnostic.
* Dealing with well meaning (and sometimes not so well meaning) religious people during intense grief.
* Brief overview of non-religious funeral options
* The serious lack of secular grief support services in hospitals (and communities and examples of what is available.) She will also address how many of the "support services" are solely based around Christianity, which not only alienates atheists and agnostics, but people of different religious beliefs as well.
* Her own personal "struggles" as an RN with trying to introduce secular grief and bereavement support into hospitals and the strong resistance she has faced from hospital administration.
* Testimony of other grieving atheists and agnostics and their struggles to find secular support.
* Suggestions for establishing local secular grief and bereavement support services.

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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.

NEW: The gate will be locked, so you will need to look for a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, please check our website atwww.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in April

When: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Sun Ray Grill, 1051 Annunciation Street, New Orleans, LA view map

Heading back to another group-friendly restaurant that has a nice atmosphere and a creative menu. According to the Sun Ray website, actor and WWE wrestler John Cena and former Saints cornerback, Jibari Greer, had nice things to say about this place over the past couple of years and so do we. We can take them, right?

*** It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending even as late as the afternoon of the dinner, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson - Presented by TUCP

When: Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
McAlister Auditorium, 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

Tulane University Campus Programs is proud to present a lecture by award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson!

Neil deGrasse Tyson, a renowned astrophysicist, who earned his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia, conducts research in such areas as star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way.

In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. From 1995 to 2005, Tyson was a monthly essayist for Natural History magazine under the title "Universe." To date, Tyson has published ten books, including his memoir, The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist.

Tyson is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive by People Magazine in 2000.

Currently, Tyson is working on a 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan's landmark television series COSMOS, currently airing Sunday nights on FOX.


This event is free and open to the public.

The venue is of medium size, so the possibility of filling to capacity exists. It is advisable to arrive early in order to be able to park, walk to the auditorium, and get a seat.

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Finding McAlister Auditorium: McAlister Auditorium is near the middle of campus, within a square bordered by Willow Street, Audubon Boulevard / Newcomb Place, Freret Street, and Calhoun Street.

The auditorium is located near the Lavin-Bernick Student Center (usually called “the LBC”). Most people on campus should be able to point you toward the LBC and/or McAlister Auditorium.

If you park along St. Charles Avenue, you’ll have to walk through the front-most quad to Freret Street, cross Freret Street, and enter the main section of campus.

On the following map, McAlister Auditorium is building #43, near the yellow circle containing the letter “G”, on the Calhoun Street side of campus. Note that on this map, “up” is West.

Parking for the event: Free parking is usually available on campus-adjacent streets. Some sections have no time limits, but many have a sign specifying a 2-hour parking limit. Many of these state that the 2-hour time limit ends at 7PM, so you should have no trouble if you park there after 5PM (pay attention to the details on the sign).

It is usually possible to find street-parking along the following:
• St. Charles Avenue, between Walnut Street and Calhoun Street.
• Walnut Street, between St. Charles Avenue and Hurst Street.
• Freret Street, between Broadway and Hillary.

Parking within Tulane’s uptown (main) campus is very limited and will fill up quite early for this event. If you’re feeling lucky and want to try to park on campus, enter from Willow Street onto Audubon Blvd / Newcomb Place and drive around looking for an empty spot.

Keep in mind the following:
• Parking on campus requires a Tulane Parking sticker until 5:30 PM. Don’t even try before that time.
• Don’t park in metered spaces, because you are likely to overstay the time limit and could be ticketed , booted, or towed.
• Don’t park in any space marked “reserved,” as you could be ticketed, booted, or towed.

Many, many thanks for Jim Dugan's detailed info on campus access and parking!

 

Join Team NOSHA "The Unholy Rollers" at the NOAF Game -A-Thon

When: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
Shamrock Saloon, 4133 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

This is a great opportunity for members and supporters of NOSHA to raise money and awareness for the New Orleans Abortion Fund (NOAF). Abortion Fund organizations like NOAF fill a vital health care gap by helping women get the health care they want and need across the country.

Why a Game-a-Thon?

Last year, in planning the first annual event, they discovered that a popular local bowling alley refused to host their event. Undaunted, they started a new tradition: the Game-a-Thon! Now, after months of fundraising, players shoot pool, ping-pong, throw darts, and arm-wrestle their way to victory!

Go here to join our team and/or donate!

In the year that they have been distributing pledges, NOAF has helped over 100 people get the abortion care they need. We believe that every woman should have the right to shape her own life and the right to care for herself and her family with dignity.

The average caller to NOAF's hotline is religiously affiliated, already a mother, and needs between $30 and several hundred dollars (the average pledge is $75.) These women have sold possessions, gone without paying rent or utilities, borrowed money from friends, and taken any measure possible to come up with the $500 or more for mandatory counseling, an ultrasound, and the abortion.

**** The New Orleans Secular Humanist Association is participating in the Game-a-Thon because we believe that abortion access is a matter of basic fairness and that every woman deserves to choose when to become a mother, not her state legislators and not (mostly religious) special interest groups working behind the scenes.

 

"The Evolution of Morality?"

When: Friday, April 04, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Tulane University Law School, 6329 Freret St, New Orleans, view map

The Murphy Institute at Tulane presents Stephen Stich, Board of Governors Professor at Rutgers University on The Evolution of Morality, a topic of much interest to secular humanists across the country. There will be a reception to follow and the event is free and open to the public.

*** About the Speaker

Stephen Stich is Board of Governors Professor at Rutgers University. His research interests are in the philosophy of the mind, cognitive science, epistemology, and moral psychology. In recent years he has been involved in projects that explore the extent to which philosophically important intitutions vary from one culture to another. His most recent books include Mindreading (with Shaun Nichols, Oxford University Press, 2012) Mind and Language (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Knowledge, Rationality and Morality (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Professor Stich was the first recipient of the APA’s Gittler Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contribution in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences and was also the recipient of the Jean Nicod Prize. Since 2005, he has been an Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield, as well as a core member of the AHRC Culture and the Mind Project. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in April

When: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Dolce Vita Pizzeria, 1205 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, view map

Some people say pizza is the perfect food, so who are we to argue with that? We're expanding our knowledge of new pizza joints and we've heard that they are pretty good and eager for our business.

*** It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Volunteer for a NOSHA Committee!

When: Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ 11:30 am
Fairgrinds Coffee House , 3133 Ponce de Leon, New Orleans, LA view map

We are holding a meeting to bring together everyone who has an interest in volunteering to help NOSHA do more activities and events that benefit our organization.

If everyone can give a few hours towards one favorite project or event this year, then NOSHA will become what our members and community deserves.

Please take our survey of what you are willing to volunteer for!

***The areas are community service, special events (banquet, etc.,) the Winter Solstice party, Darwin Day 2015, political and legislative activism and promotion and publicity.


We'll talk more about each of these committees and what ideas the group has for developing area. Now's the chance for you to have input and make your mark!

 

Heretics Brunch - March

When: Sunday, March 30, 2014 @ 9:00 am
Santa Fe Restaurant, 3201 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

We better grab this last Sunday, because next month will be the first weekend of Jazz Fest, so we won't compete with that craziness. And we know that this one Sunday every once in a while works for some of you, so we hope you'll stop back by and say hello.


*** It is very important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. As a courtesy to your organizers and the other guests, if you find out that you will not be attending, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in March

When: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Mellow Mushroom, 8227 Oak St., New Orleans, LA view map

A favorite pizza place that we've been meaning to get back to! If you haven't visited in a while, this is where to jump back in.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Equal Marriage and Louisiana: Where do we go in 2014?

When: Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

Equal marriage and equality for the LGBT community has long been a hot topic across the country and secular humanists should be educated and responsive to these issues.

Mary Griggs, chair of the Forum for Equality executive board, will address NOSHA to discuss the history of the equal marriage movement, highlight the political activism in Louisiana on behalf of LGBT issues and take questions on the recent lawsuit filed to allow recognition of same-sex marriages that have occurred outside of our state.


Forum for Equality is Louisiana’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government. They advocate for policy change at the local, state and federal levels, organize grassroots equality advocates to engage in the political process, educate the public about the experiences, values and needs of the LGBT community and work to elect candidates committed to being champions for equality

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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.

NEW: The gate will be locked, so you will need to look for a button on the left side that will alert zoo security that you are attending the NOSHA meeting.

If it's a pretty day or there is a festival, parking will be at a premium so give yourself plenty of time to find a spot.

For more information about this event, please check our website at www.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 - Volunteer Clean-up

When: Saturday, March 08, 2014 @ 7:00 am
Lafayette Cemetery, 1400 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

Another opportunity to be part of the "NOSHA Social Aid & Pleasure Club" activities! And a nice way to work off some of your Mardi Gras excess while the temps are cool and enjoyable.

Save Our Cemeteries is seeking volunteers to complete tomb restoration work, clean-up, and vegetation removal projects in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.

All supplies will be provided. Pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail Mandy Walker at <a>membership@saveourcemeteries.org</a> and let her know you'd like to participate.

 

Cheer on your Pastafarians at the Krewe of Chewbacchus Parade!

When: Saturday, February 22, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
Mimi's in the Marigny, 2601 Royal St, New Orleans, LA view map

Here's the Noodly Fans' itinerary:



5pm:
Rose will be outside of Mimi's in the Marigny (2601 Royal St.) to await the 'titRex parade (miniature Mardi Gras floats). The Parade should pass there around 5:30.

For 'titRex parade route and info

6pm - 7pm We'll probably wander around and get a drink or a bite to eat somewhere, call Rose at 504-233-4222 for our exact whereabouts.

Between 7pm and 8pm : Meet up back outside of Mimi's in the Marigny


Map to Mimi's

8pm: We'll walk down 3 blocks to the corner of Spain St. and N. Peters St. at the beginning of the Chewbacchus route.

Map of the Chewbacchus route

9pm-ish: Back to Mimi's and have a drink and catch the parade again at the end! Should pass between 9:30 pm and 10pm.

10pm: Walk down 5 blocks to the "Chewbacchanal" party at the "Trash Palace," 2121 Chartres St.

$10 if you are in costume, $15 all others.

Chewbacchanal info

 

Greer-Heard 2014 – “God and Cosmology”

When: Friday, February 21, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Chapel, 3939 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, LA view map

Greer-Heard 2014 – “God and Cosmology” Featuring: Sean Carroll and William Lane Craig. We are always excited to let our group know about this event each year! Here are the speakers tackling this year's focus:


Sean Carroll is a physicist at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Harvard University. His research focuses on theoretical physics and cosmology, especially the origin and constituents of the universe. He has contributed to models of interactions between dark matter, dark energy, and ordinary matter; alternative theories of gravity; and violations of fundamental symmetries. Carroll is the author of From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time, Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity, and the forthcoming The Particle at the End of the Universe.

He has been awarded fellowships by the Sloan Foundation, Packard Foundation, and the American Physical Society, as well as the MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award and the Villanova University Arts and Sciences Alumni Medallion. Carroll is a contributor to the blog Cosmic Variance. He has appeared on TV shows such as The Colbert Report and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, and frequently serves as a science consultant for film and television. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer Jennifer Ouellette.

William Lane Craig is a Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He earned a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Birmingham, England, before taking a doctorate in theology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany, where he was for two years a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung. Prior to his appointment at Talbot he spent seven years at the Higher Institute of Philosophy of the Katholike Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

Research interests include the interface of Philosophy of Religion and Philosophy of Space and Time. He has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology; Time and the Metaphysics of Relativity; and Einstein, Relativity, and Absolute Simultaneity. He has published over a hundred articles in professional journals such as The Journal of Philosophy, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Philosophia Naturalis, and Astrophysics and Space Science, many of which are available online at www.reasonablefaith.org.

***** If you choose to pay online prior to the conference, please choose the NON-NOBTS Student Rate of $10 per person. After that, the form asks you to list your NON-NOBTS student school. Put NOSHA in that column.

If you choose to pay in-person at the event, identify yourself as a member of NOSHA. Lenny Price will be handling check-in and that will help him to remember to extend the discount to our group.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in February

When: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Bei Tempi Italian Restaurant, 901 Convention Center Blvd., #115, New Orleans, LA view map

In humble honor of His Noodly Appendage, it only makes sense that we have our dinner at a noodly restaurant. A noodle rich environment so to speak. Pirates and parrots, all are welcome.

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

"Judgment Day, Intelligent Design on Trial"

When: Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ 11:30 am
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

Our previously scheduled speaker, renowned author and historian, John Barry, has had to cancel his appearance with us on Saturday, February 15. We are currently working with him to re-schedule for a later date.

In recognition of Darwin Day, we will screen the PBS Film, "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial."

(Due to the length of the movie, we will adhere to the previously scheduled start time of 1:30 p.m.)

In this two-hour special, NOVA captures the turmoil that tore apart the community of Dover, Pennsylvania in one of the latest battles over teaching evolution in public schools. Featuring trial reenactments based on court transcripts and interviews with key participants, including expert scientists and Dover parents, teachers, and town officials, "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial" follows the celebrated federal case of Kitzmiller v. Dover School District.

More information on the film: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/intelligent-design-trial.html

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

For more information about this event, please check our website at <a href="http://www.nosha.info">www.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

Does Neuroscience Undermine Responsibility? ~ Tulane's Murphy Institute

When: Friday, February 14, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Tulane's Rogers Chapel, 1229 Broadway St., New Orleans, LA view map

Walter Sinnot-Armstrong, Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics at Duke, will address the intriguing question, “Does Neuroscience Undermine Responsibility?” and present scientific research recently completed by his research group. It will be followed by a reception at 5:30pm.

**** DIRECTIONS AND CAMPUS MAP
For directions to Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center, please click here. For a campus map, please click here. The Lavin-Bernick Center is located at number 29 on the map.

 

Get Your Noodles in Gear ~ (Another) Chewbacchus Planning Meeting

When: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
Caribbean Blue Holiday House, 1817 Marengo St., New Orleans, LA view map

We need to meet again to shore up the details for the Krewe of Evangelical Pastafarians. If you have questions, then let's find the answers.

Costumes, throws, carts......all ideas and support requested and appreciated!

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 1st Wednesday in February

When: Wednesday, February 05, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Hoshun, 1601 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

We're heading back to a restaurant with an extensive menu and the ability to host a large table. We hope you'll join the party and say hello if you haven't popped by for a while!

Start the year out right, do the humanist thing and all that stuff!

*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Persistence of Drug Enforcement ~ Tulane's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs

When: Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Lavin-Bernick Center, Tulane University, Tulane University, 201 Boggs, New Orleans, Lo view map

Doug Husak, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Law at Rutgers, will lecture on a timely topic, the "Persistence of Drug Enforcement." Given the national debates over issues such as the legalization of marijuana and the incarceration of non-violent drug offenders, we expect the Q and A session that follows the lecture to be a lively one. It will be followed by a reception at 5:30pm.


**** DIRECTIONS AND CAMPUS MAP
For directions to Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center, please click here. For a campus map, please click here. The Lavin-Bernick Center is located at number 29 on the map.

 

Get Your Noodles in Gear ~ Chewbacchus Planning Meeting

When: Sunday, January 26, 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, 3133 Ponce De Leon Street, New Orleans, LA view map

Members of NOSHA who are planning to march with the “Krewe of Evangelical Pastafarians of the Immaculate Misconception of Cannelloni and Space Technology” need to meet to discuss our parade plans.

Let's talk about costumes: far-out pirates, decorated pasta strainer helmets, noodly appendage headdresses, skeletal pirate fish or some galactic variation or combination of the above is the theme we're going for. Creativity will be rewarded!

We need to plan out our throws, and we'll keep it simple this first year. But we need to see who will be costuming and who can help with the details!

You must be a 2014 member of NOSHA ($20)..... pay your dues online via the website or bring payment with you on Sunday.

AND you must be a paid member of the 2014 Krewe of Chewbacchus to participate in the parade ($42). This fee includes your ticket to the Chewbacchanal Ball that night.

 

Heretics Brunch - January

When: Sunday, January 26, 2014 @ 9:00 am
Santa Fe Restaurant, 3201 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA view map

Before we hit the excess of Mardi Gras, it's time to bag another "last Sunday" brunch. Remember the mimosas. And the fact that you won't have anything better to do that morning. Isn't that convenient?


*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

"The Morality of Capitalism"

When: Thursday, January 23, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
UNO Lakefront Campus, Liberal Arts Bldg., Room #236, New Orleans, LA view map

Moderated by Chris W. Surprenant, UNO Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Tocqueville Project in Law, Liberty, and Morality, the panel will springboard off the recent comments by Pope Francis about the moral failure of trickle-down economics and capitalist policies.

Bradley Hobbs, BB&T Professor of Economics and Free Enterprise at Florida Gulf Coast university will be defending capitalism as a moral system of wealth distribution. UNO Provost James E. Payne will respond to Dr. Hobbs presentation.


Each speaker will talk for approximately 15 minutes, then there will be a moderated discussion for 30 minute. There will be 30 minutes set aside for audience questions at the end.

***** If you'd like to know more, please go to Alexis de Tocqueville Project in Law, Liberty, and Morality.

 

Last Supper Dinner Club - 3rd Tuesday in January

When: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Bei Tempi Italian Restaurant, 901 Convention Center Blvd., #115, New Orleans, LA view map

Welcome to 2014!

We'll head back to a fairly new and very popular location for our first dinner club of the year. They have plenty of space to pull up extra tables, so if you haven't been in a while this place might be the one you've been waiting for.


*** As always, it is important for us to have accurate numbers for food events, so please be aware of your RSVP. If you put your name on the list, but find out that you have a change of plans, please update your RSVP, so we will be as close to the actual number as possible. Thanks for your cooperation!

 

Comets, Meteoroids, and Asteroids: End of Days?

When: Saturday, January 18, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

We grew up learning that the most important members of our solar system were the Sun and the (8 or 9) planets.

The other "debris", i.e., meteorites, comets, and asteroids, were considered no more than incidental, unimportant oddities.

In this talk, Patrick Lestrade will expose the great significance of these vagabonds, not only to human culture, but to the beginning of life on Earth, as well as perhaps our end.

Lestrade, a former member of the NOSHA Board of Directors, has a Ph.D. in Space Physics from Rice University and a Certificate of French Language from Universite' d'Aix-Marseille. He retired in 2012 as a professor of Physics and Astronomy at Mississippi State University. He holds dual U.S. and Irish citizenship. Lover of everything French (except salad dressing).


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

For more information about this event, please check our website at www.nosha.info or contact charlotte@nosha.info

All NOSHA meetings are free and open to the general public.

 

“Music for Social Change” -- Tom Neilson, Progressive Folk Singer

When: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Istanbul Cafe, Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA view map

NOSHA will be hosting Tom Neilson, folk singer and performer, known for his warm, funny political satire and commentary via song. He’ll feature his latest album, “It’s a Crime to Tell the Truth”.


We will be asking for a $10 donation and there will be a cash bar available.

"...does a great job of reminding people of what is really important...." ~Michael Stock, WLRN, Miami, FL


"Tom is fabulous; politically cutting-edge, incisive, warm, & very funny. His raucous political satire & social commentary, quick wit, & pointed humor had everyone laughing & engaged." ~Cathy Gilbert, Miami Dade Green Party

"People are still talking about Tom's performance, which brought just the right balance of biting political commentary, humor, personal storytelling, and memorable music to our house concert. His songs, his voice, and his guitar wrapped it all up into one great package."

~Vicki Ryder, South Florida Raging Grannies


*** This event is open to all, so please feel free to bring friends who may not be part of NOSHA, but who enjoy a good time and good music.