Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 1:30 PM: Darwin Day Program: Darwin and the Voyages of the Beagle
Guest speaker: Dr. Brian Regal, Assistant Professor, History of Science, Kean University
Got all your shoveling done and a case of cabin fever? Join us at our Darwin Day program with Brian Regal.
From 1831-1836 Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary biology, sailed on the British warship HMS Beagle on a five year surveying mission around the world. Commonly referred to as The Voyage of the Beagle it was not the first such mission to bear that name—indeed, Darwin’s was the second voyage of the Beagle. One of our most popular guest speakers, in this lecture Dr. Brian Regal will recount this great adventure and how it led to Darwin writing On the Origin of Species. He will also discuss what happened to the captains of these voyages and what ultimately happened to the plucky little ship Darwin sailed upon.
Starting this month, we are asking our members to bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Franklin Township Food Bank to every meeting. There are collection bins at the library where we can add our items.
Come at 1:30 pm for snacks and to socialize. After announcements, the program will start promptly at 1:45 pm. After the meeting, everyone is welcome to join us for an early dinner at the Somerset Diner, 1045 Easton Ave, Somerset.
Franklin Township Library
485 DeMott Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 7:00 PM: Monthly Dinner
Come out for dinner and camaraderie with fellow humanists and atheists in your area! Always an interesting conversation and new participants are always welcome. If you're new, just tell the staff you're with the meetup group.
If you know you're coming in advance, please RSVP for the event on Meetup or Facebook. Use one of the links to the right.
1337 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ
(map and directions)
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Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it is suicidal for nations in the long term. One of the criteria for national leadership should therefore be a talent for understanding, encouraging, and making constructive use of vigorous criticism.
- Carl Sagan
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