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2006

Content for year 2006.
HoWSC Website Back Online
Our website is finally back online after a long hiatus. Sorry about that.
Just Views
JUST VIEWS: a Monthly Video/ Discussion Program
The Joys of Humanism: Experiencing the sheer delight of being a Humanist Mar 09, 2006 from 12:30 AM to 02:00 AM DUUC, Naperville,
The Humanists Of West Suburban Chicagoland will meet at the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church in Naperville. Rev. Don Wheat will present "The Joys of Humanism: Experiencing the sheer delight of being a Humanist". Don Wheat is a graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School. He was the minister at the Third Unitarian Church on the West Side of Chicago from 1969 through 1996. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm on March 8th 2006 at DUUC. Q and A will follow. You are invited and urged to attend. Please plan to stay for coffee, cookies, and informal conversation at 9 pm.
Just Views: The Question of Torture Mar 11, 2006 from 12:20 AM to 02:00 AM DUUC, Naperville,
This free, public program features a documentary by Michael Kirk aired on Frontline in October of 2005. An internal battle within the Bush administration is revealed -- captured in a series of blunt memos. We see the struggle to create a legal framework to give the U.S. Presidency authority to coercively interrogate the enemy in ‘the war on terror’. Those interviewed include policymakers, interrogators and their subjects. The film shows how increasingly tough measures were taken to gather information about Osama bin Laden, Al Quada, and later the rising insurgency in Iraq. Our discussion following the film can pick up with the current debate about secrecy and legality, functionality and appropriateness of treatment of detainees in the U.S. prisons at Guantanamo! Bay and Abu Ghraib -- and elsewhere, including when rendition has been involved.
Secular Humanist Society of Chicago
Some members of our group (HoWSC) are also members of the Chicago Secular Humanist group.
Immigration Law May 17, 2006 from 11:00 PM to 01:00 AM DUUC, Naperville,
The Humanist Group will meet Wednesday, May 17th 2006 at 7:30 pm in Kreves Hall at the DUUC. August Staas, an attorney, will talk from his experience with "Immigration Law." August Staas served as the Director of the Asian Human Services Legal Clinic, providing free legal representation to low-income immigrants. He has significant experience with a series of “know-your rights” symposia under the auspices of the United Way; working with the ACLU; the Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center; the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and other community-based organizations. He hosted a regular CAN-TV public access program “Immigrant Issues,” and received a Community Empowerment Award for his work in the Asian community. August currently serves on the board of directors for a homeless shelter for Hispanic families, and provides pro bono legal counsel to a grass roots Hispanic community organization. August is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, has been on the adjunct faculty at the Chicago-Kent School of Law; studied Chinese intellectual history at the University of Chicago and National Taiwan Normal University; and he is an attorney in private practice. August was born and raised Unitarian-Universalist. Members and friends of DUUC are especially invited.
Buddhism and Humanism Apr 12, 2006 from 11:30 PM to 01:00 AM DUUC, Naperville,
Howard Katz, an AHA Celebrant, will present "Buddhism and Humanism", a comparison, at our next Humanist meeting, Wednesday, April 12th 2006.
A Humanist Landing on K Street Sep 13, 2006 from 11:30 PM to 01:00 AM DUUC, Naperville,
The Humanists of West Suburban Chicagoland is proud to announce its premier lecture for the 2006-07 year with guest speaker, Lori Lipman Brown, the director of the Secular Coalition for America, a lobbying organization based in Washington DC, addressing the interest and concerns of American atheists, humanists and freethinkers. The American Humanist Association is one of its seven member groups. She will be speaking about the current issues and problems, the progress achieved during her first year and the plans for the future. Ms Brown served as Nevada State Senator from 1992 to 1994 and has received honors from the ACLU and the National Association of Social Workers. She has been a frequent political commentator on television and radio and a columnist in a variety of print media. A former private practice lawyer, she also served on the faculty of the University of Phoenix.
Roy Speckhardt Oct 11, 2006 from 11:30 PM to 01:00 AM DUUC, Naperville,
Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director for the American Humanist Association, will speak at our October meeting.
Urban Nightmares Jun 14, 2006 from 11:30 PM to 01:00 AM DUUC, Naperville,
The Humanist Discussion Group will meet Wednesday, June 14th at 7:30 pm in Kreves Hall. Dr. Stephen Macek will be discussing his book, "Urban Nightmares: The Media, the Right, and the Moral Panic over the City".
Corporate Personhood Nov 09, 2006 from 12:30 AM to 02:00 AM DUUC, Naperville,
August Staas will address the group on "Corporate Personhood."
Poverty, Trade and Immigration Dec 14, 2006 from 12:30 AM to 02:00 AM DUUC, Naperville,
John Laesch (Lash), in his presentation "Poverty, Trade and Immigration", will tell us how we can make a difference through extending American Labor Standards to those who produce the goods we buy. On Wednesday evening, December 13th 2006 at 7:30 pm, at DUUC in Kreves Hall, John will show a documentary video exposing the abuses of sweatshop owners in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Following the video, John Laesch will talk about political and individual solutions that people can take to encounter sweatshop labor abuses and human rights abuse.
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