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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IAF Book Discussion Group, Session 2016.04

The IAF Book Discussion Group is an ongoing effort to provide interesting intellectual conversations for members of IAF on texts and topics relevant to the Secular perspective.

For this session J will lead our second discussion of “AMERICAN NATIONS: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America” by Colin Woodard.

The reading assignment for this session will cover Parts 2 and 3 (chapters 10 through 21). 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.

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 a brief about the book on Colin’s Website by following this Link.

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

“If you want to better understand U.S. politics, history, and culture, AMERICAN NATIONS: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard is to be required reading. In AMERICAN NATIONS, Woodard leads us through the history of our fractured continent, and the rivalries and alliances between its component nations. He explains why “American values” vary sharply from one region to another—how an idea like “freedom” as understood by an East Texan or Idahoan can be the polar opposite of what it means to a New Englander or San Franciscan. Woodard reveals how intra-national differences have played a pivotal role at every point in the continent’s history, right up into the 2012 election cycle. AMERICAN NATIONS is a revolutionary and revelatory take on America’s myriad identities, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and mold our future.”

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Bill Nye the Science Guy Lecture

Drake University has announced that Bill Nye will speak at the Knapp Center this spring!

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The event is the 36th installment of the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series at Drake University.  It will be April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Knapp Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Nye is a renowned scientist, inventor, and host of the TV show “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”

“Bill Nye has inspired multiple generations to dive into science and to embrace their curiosity about the world around us,” said Neil Hamilton, chair of the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lectureship Committee in a news release. “We share Nye’s commitment to the value of inquiry, discovery, and scientific literacy, and we look forward to his lecture complementing Drake’s other major projects—like the $65 million STEM@Drake initiative—that elevate and enhance STEM education in Des Moines.”

Nye will also hold a book signing for his new book, “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World.”

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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 Book Discussion Group, Session 2016.03

The IAF Book Discussion Group is an ongoing effort to provide interesting intellectual conversations for members of IAF on texts and topics relevant to the Secular perspective.

For this session J will lead our first discussion of “AMERICAN NATIONS: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America” by Colin Woodard.

The reading assignment for this session will cover the Introduction and Part 1 (chapters 1 through 9). 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.

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. 🙂

*NOTE*

Owing to circumstances beyond our control, this session of the Book Discussion Group is meeting on a Tuesday. We will resume meeting on the first Thursday of the month beginning in April.

You can read a brief about the book on Colin’s Website by following this Link.

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

“If you want to better understand U.S. politics, history, and culture, AMERICAN NATIONS: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard is to be required reading. In AMERICAN NATIONS, Woodard leads us through the history of our fractured continent, and the rivalries and alliances between its component nations. He explains why “American values” vary sharply from one region to another—how an idea like “freedom” as understood by an East Texan or Idahoan can be the polar opposite of what it means to a New Englander or San Franciscan. Woodard reveals how intra-national differences have played a pivotal role at every point in the continent’s history, right up into the 2012 election cycle. AMERICAN NATIONS is a revolutionary and revelatory take on America’s myriad identities, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and mold our future.”

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