This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.
The date for the Annual Business Meeting has been set for the 27th of June, at which time IAF members will elect for a two year term a President, Treasurer and At-Large Board Member in addition to one year terms for the positions of Social Chair, IT Officer and Public Relations Officer in Charge of Communications. If you wish to nominate yourself or anyone else for these positions you must be a paid/paying member of the IAF organization. If you have your annual/monthly dues paid then you have until June 6th (tentatively) to submit nominations to me at the following email –
Between the 7th and 14th, a verification phase will be held, after which time the list of candidates will be presented to the voting members. Again, if you wish to participate in this election as a member of IAF, you must have your annual dues of $25 paid (or a sustaining monthly payment in place) before you can participate. For those who merely wish to vote, you must have your status in this regard confirmed with me no later than the day before the actual election.
A word about proxy voting – if you find that for some reason you are unable to attend the annual meeting, you may assign your vote to another individual to cast in your absence. You must have all proxy assignments registered with me by the day before the election and you must have informed the party in question of your assignment.
Thank you to everyone who has cast nominations thus far.
2017 Election Officer
The IAF Book Discussion Group is an ongoing effort to provide interesting intellectual conversations for members of IAF and other interested parties on texts and topics relevant to the Secular perspective.
For this session the group will continue our series on fictional texts as we build up to a more serious discussion series this Fall dealing the mechanics of Propaganda, a particularly relevant topic in this the age of Right-Wing ‘Alternative’ facts and so-called pervasive left-wing media ‘disinformation’… For June, we will take up some more-serious fare with “Brave New World” – a text of dystopic fiction by the celebrated author Aldous Huxley.
The reading schedule for the rest of this series is as follows –
July/August – Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
As previously stated, we will begin in September a serious, non-fiction text, yet to be determined, on the mechanisms of propaganda and how it relates to our modern era. Suggestions have already been made but if anyone has any thoughts on a good text to explore in this regard, please let me know.
For this, and all subsequent sessions, please be prepared if possible, to present things from the reading assignment that stood out for you so that we can gain a good cross-section of individual perspectives where the reading is concerned. Consider questions of content, such as particular passages that really jumped out at you or particular facts/ideas you found interesting that you might want to explore further. Definitely don’t be afraid to ask questions about concepts and ideas that are new to you.
The conference room that has been reserved at Kirkendall Public Library has a maximum capacity of 20 so RSVP early to get a seat. Social time will be available from 6:30 to 7 PM if you want to come and just chat before the discussion begins. We’ll see you there. 🙂
You can read about the book by going to the Goodreads page for the title HERE.<a href=”https://www.chrismoore.com/books/lamb/”></a>
If you prefer, though, here is a brief synopsis of the title from the same –
“Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…
Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.“
The Humanists of Linn County have once again been successful in obtaining a Day of Reason Proclamation from Governor Terry Branstad! This will mark the third year in a row that the Governor has signed the Proclamation. In 2015, the HLC received the first Day of Reason Proclamation by mail from Gov. Branstad and in 2016, the Central Iowa Coalition of Reason received the second Proclamation and with a formal signing ceremony.
Please join the HLC and friends on Thursday, May 4 for this important recognition of REASON! (The Humanists of Linn County are a member group of the Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason.)
As this is a formal signing ceremony please dress in business or business casual attire. The group photo will be shared with the National Day of Reason (a branch of the AHA) and the United Coalition of Reason as well as our own social media. The Governor’s formal office is large and can accommodate a sizeable group.
From the National Day of Reason website: This observance is held in parallel with the National Day of Prayer, on the first Thursday in May each year. The goal of this effort is to celebrate reason—a concept all Americans can support—and to raise public awareness about the persistent threat to religious liberty posed by government intrusion into the private sphere of worship.