Category Archives: Upcoming Events

EVENT: NIKKI STERN’S “HOPE IN SMALL DOSES” @ DEMAREST HALL

nikki sternNikki Stern, author of “Hope in Small Doses,” comes to Rutgers on Tuesday, January 28 to optimistically kick off the Spring semester in an event sponsored by the Humanist Chaplaincy and cosponsored by the Rutgers Integral Spiritual Network.

The talk will take place at 7:30pm in Demarest Educational Building (not the dorm), which is behind the Second Reformed Church, 100 College Avenue, second floor Gym.  The entrance is on Mine Street at the back of the Rutgers Fed. Credit Union Parking Lot. Free parking for visitors is available in lots 26 (closest), 30 and the College Ave. Parking Deck.

Stern will describe how family history and personal experience, including her husband’s death on 9/11, have led her to search for a practical definition of ‘Hope.’

As a skeptic, neither (more…)

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NEW EVENT: THIS THURSDAY 21st, AMERICAN ATHEIST’S DAVE MUSCATO ON ATHEISM, ACTIVISM, & POLITICS

American Atheist’s Dave Muscato at Rutgers November 21 to
Rally Support for Court Battles That Seek To Separate Religion from Government

daveAmerican Atheists Public Relations Director Dave Muscato will urge students and others to move From Slactivism to Activism: Turning Atheists into Activists” in a talk Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:30pm. The event will take place in the Red Lion Café, Rutgers Student Center, Lower Level, on the College Avenue campus.

Front and center will be a discussion of three cases that American Atheists are currently pursuing in the courts.  American Atheists v IRS seeks the elimination of favoritism toward religious institutions as opposed to other non-profits in national tax policies.  American Atheists v Kentucky seeks to remove language stating reliance on ‘Almighty God’ from the training and educational materials  and from public plaques of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.  American Atheists v Port Authority seeks to disallow solo placement of a Christian Cross at the 9/11 Memorial.

Muscato is a former Christian praise and worship musician who became an atheist activist in 2009.  His projects have appeared in Rolling Stone, People, Time, The New York Times, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard Magazine, and on MTV News, NPR, MSNBC, Kevin & Bean/KROQ in LA, and Howard Stern.

Free parking for campus visitors is available in Lot 26 (Entrance on Bartlett St), Lot 30 (Sicard St.) and the College Ave. Parking Deck

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ADVANCE NOTICE OF AMERICAN ATHEIST’S SCHOLARSHIPS

Dave Muscato, our speaker later this week on Thursday the 21st, wants Rutgers students to know about the 2014 Student Atheist Activist Scholarships. Notice hasn’t been released to the press yet of the three awards: two for $1000 and one for $2000.  One of the $1000 scholarships is set aside for LGBT atheist activism.

All who enter will receive free membership in American Atheists for one year. Winners will receive free admission to the National Convention in April. Activism includes letter writing and work promoting student Atheist groups on campus. An essay describing such activities is (more…)

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EVENT: LET’S TALK @ RED LION CAFE – OCT 14th

Where do we come from?
Where are we going?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow do you describe yourself? Why?

  • atheist?
  • agnostic?
  • humanist?
  • freethinker?
  • something else?

How did you arrive at this? How important is this to you?
Have you been open about this?
What’s been the reaction of family? Other students?
How do you think this will this affect your future?

PLEASE JOIN US NEXT MONDAY, Oct. 14, 7:30pm

At the Rutgers Student Center,
Red Lion Cafe (one level down)

 

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EVENT: PETER SINGER, CHARLES CAMOSY DISCUSS RELIGION & ETHICS, SEPT 9TH

Come join the Humanist Chaplaincy at Rutgers in our first event of the 2013-14 school year!

Peter Singer and Charles Camosy will be discussing whether Camosy’s Christian ethics compares to Singer’s secular Utilitarianism.  The conversation will be moderated by Rutgers Philosophy Professor Jeff McMahan.

The event will be held on September 9th at 7:30pm in the Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Rm.  Make sure to check our Facebook Event page!

For more information on the event and the speakers, please check out our earlier post (more…)

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NEW EVENT: PETER SINGER AND CHARLES CAMOSY DISCUSS CHRISTIANITY & SECULAR ETHICS

Is ethics possible outside of religion?  Are Christian and secular or atheist ethics compatible?  Incompatible?

Come listen to RU Philosophy Professor Jeff McMahan moderate a discussion between Peter Singer and Charles Camosy on these and related issues at Rutgers University on September 9th at 7:30pm in the Rutgers Student Center Multipurpose Rm 126 College Ave.

HCRU Camosy-Singer Discussion
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WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!!

A whole new year is about to start.  And with the RU Seniors of 2013 graduated and off into the ‘real world’ we have a whole new class – with fresh ideas and spirit – coming in.

We have a lot planned for this semester:

  • Peter Singer will be discussing Christianity and Ethics with Charles Camosy on September 9th;
  • A Rutgers Humanist Delegation of students will be attending the Interfaith Youth Core’s Leadership Institute in NYC in August;
  • The associated Rutgers Humanist Blog Applied Sentience will be publishing even more as we add on further Staff Writers;
  • Discussions will continue as we look for a house on campus and visit options;
  • And much more!

To new students, I invite you to check out the two student clubs associated with the RU Humanist Chaplaincy: the RU Pastafarians and the Atheist Student Alliance.  You can read more on our Student Clubs page, too.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE? RMWJ RESEARCHER: WHAT WORKS, WHAT DOESN’T – NOV 27TH

Alternative Medicine: What’s Proven?
And What’s Disproven?  

Talk by RWJ Medical School Researcher 

Dr. Beatrix Roemheld-Hamm, MD and PhD, Associate Professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School will report on research findings and on her approach to what is called “Integrative Medicine”, which treats the ‘whole person’ as body, mind and spirit. Her goal is how to help us achieve optimal health and healing by using a variety of effective modalities.

When: 11/27, 7:30pm
Where: 
Student Center, College Ave., Red Lion Café, bottom level (more…)

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NEW EVENT – KNIEF DISCUSSES POLITICS, ATHEISM, THE US ELECTIONS – OCT 23

 Godless Public Policy: Is It a Myth?

Come hear Amanda Knief, former atheist lobbyist, constitutional law and public policy expert, and current managing director of American Atheists discuss the impact of local, state, and national elections on the Non-Theistic movement — as well as how to get active in public policy and politics.

As the 2012 elections draw near, does an atheist have any reason to vote? YES!

Come and hear Amanda Knief speak about: 

-Religion & Politics in the US Elections 
-The Importance of Non-Theistic American Voices
-Atheist and Humanist Activism in the US  (more…)

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AMANDA KNIEF EVENT, UPCOMING ELECTIONS & SECULAR ACTIVISM

Amanda Knief, Managing Director and In-House Counsel for American Atheists, will be speaking about Secular Activism in the upcoming Presidential Elections. Knief is a public policy and constitutional expert on religious freedom and civil liberties.  She has worked as a lobbyist with the Secular Coalition for Americaand is co-founder of Iowa Atheists & Freethinkers.

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Religion has been an unavoidable issue in politics in recent years and has only grown in the last few months as the Presidential Election closes in. What, if any, importance should be placed on Romney’s Mormonism?    Why did Democrats leave God out of their Platform? Why did they put Him back in?  What should we make of growing claims to persecution of Christians in the US? The wall of Separation of Church and State is seeming to grow thin. Is there anything secular and non-theistic Americans can do to strengthen it?  To make sure they are represented? (more…)

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1ST EVENT: DAVID NIOSE’S BOOK “NONBELIEVER NATION”

This September, at the Chaplaincy’s first event of the semester, we will be presenting David Niose, the President of the American Humanist Association.

He will be presenting on his new book Nonbeliever Nation: the Rise of Secular Americans.

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Check out the Facebook Event Page!

The meeting will be Sept 17th at 7:30pm at the RU Student Center in Multipurpose Rm A, New Brunswick.

Parking is available in Lot 30 and in the College Avenue Parking Deck.  Click here for map and directions.

Details about the event in the flyer below:

 

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PRESIDENT’S INVITATION, RU SECULAR HUMANISTS CLUB

By Jimmy Palmer,
President, RU Secular Humanist Club

'Humanists Against Malaria' Bakesale

Every time I am asked in front of Brower Commons, a known hotspot for fundraising and protest, to sign a petition I ask the obvious question, “What does this petition support?”

So I would be doing you a disservice if I were to ask you to join Rutgers University Secular Humanists (RUSH) and ask you to be a student Humanist without backing up what these items entail.

This will give you a good idea what to expect of RUSH, Humanism, and me, if writing is of any indicator.

RUSH is a brand new student organization which has its main goals in mind to, “…understanding the nature of humanity, promote humanism, and bettering the world through community service.” Taken from our Facebook page, we have outlined (more…)

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AHA’S DAVID NIOSE, ‘RISE OF SECULAR AMERICANS’ – MON SEPT 17

This September, at the Chaplaincy’s first event of the semester, we will be presenting David Niose, the President of the American Humanist Association.

He will be presenting his new book Nonbeliever Nation: the Rise of Secular Americans.

The meeting will be Sept 17th at 7:30pm at the RU Student Center in Multipurpose Rm A, New Brunswick.

Details about the event in the flyer below:

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HCRU EVENTS LINE UP – SEPT-DEC 2012

The Chaplaincy is finally finishing up its plans for the Fall Schedule.

Below are our current plans for the semester’s events.

Let us know what sounds good or what else you might like to see.  Suggestions, comments, squeels of excitement?  Write them in the comments below!

Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans

Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular AmericansMonday, September 17, 2012, 7:30pm, Rutgers Student Center

David Niose, President of American Humanist Association, discusses his new book, Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans, about “how public policy has been decimated by the rise of engaged religious fundamentalists since 1980” and how the modern secular movement (more…)

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