IAF Book Discussion, Session 2017.08 – Orwell’s 1984.

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 conclude our series on fictional texts. It has been a productive series so far as we’ve built up to the 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’… As previously stated, the book of choice is “1984” – another text of dystopic fiction, by the classic author George Orwell.

Note: The above image represents one of many editions of this fine text. It is not meant to represent the exact text one must read for our purposes.

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.

If you prefer, though, here is a brief synopsis of the title from the same –

The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever.

1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” – a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions – a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

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Labor Day Picnic at Lake Ahquabi

IAF has reserved the beach shelter at Lake Ahquabi for a Memorial Day picnic. We have met out there before and have always had a great time. This is a family-and-friend-welcome event.  Please feel free to bring guests of any age.

Please bring something to grill, drinks, and a dish to share as well as games or activities. The beach will be open for swimming and the boat rental facilities will be open all day. IAF will provide plates, cups, napkins and utensils. We will need a few additional grills, if people are able to bring them.

For more information about the lake please check this link: http://www.iowadnr.gov/parks/state_park_list/lake_ahquabi.html It’s a great facility and there’s plenty to do there!

For simplicity’s sake, take HWY 69 south out of Des Moines to where 65 splits off from 69. There in that vicinity you will find hwy G58, which takes you west from 69. This will lead you into the park. Once you cross 118th Ave, keep driving until you reach the beach.

Look forward to seeing you!

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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Capital City Pride IAF Booth

Concurrent with the Capital City Pride Parade we also have our community outreach opportunity with our booth! We will need people to help set up the canopy and tables at 10:30am, a couple individuals to occupy the booth during the parade and, of course, everyone can join in the FUN following the parade! We will also need help for tear down by 6:00pm.

Checking the map the booth location should be in front of the Lime Lounge.

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Capital City Pride Parade 2017

Please join the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers in celebrating Capital City PRIDE 2017!

DUE TO THE EXTREME HEAT AND WIND we WILL NOT be marching in the Parade this year but instead try to find a shady spot and enjoy watching the festivities. We WILL still have our booth!

Concurrent with the Capital City Pride Parade we also have our community outreach opportunity with our IAF booth! We will need people to help set up the canopy and tables at 10:30am, a few individuals to occupy the booth during the parade and, of course, everyone can join in the FUN following the parade! We will also need help for tear down by 6:00pm. This should be located in front of the Lime Lounge at the intersection of Grand Ave and E. 5th St.

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Café Scientifique: Subtle Stressors & Brain Breakdown

Stress does more than disrupt your day — it may damage your brain over time. Over decades, the nervous system reacts to small stressors by slowing down, inhibiting everyday processes that can ultimately lead to Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. We quickly ascribe old age as the ultimate, inevitable cause, but these diseases aren’t spontaneous, and we can proactively prevent them through simple behavioral changes.

Join us as we explore the basics of the nervous system and how to keep your brain cells healthy and happy as you age.

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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IAF Election Nominations

Greetings Friends,

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 –

election@iowaatheists.org

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.

Regards,

J. Holmes
2017 Election Officer

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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