LVH hosts a variety of periodic and special events, including, but not limited to:
- Speaker Series - first Sunday of each month
- Lunch Discussion Group - second Sunday of each month
- Drinking/Dining Skeptically - third Friday of each month
- Book Club - fourth Tuesday of every month
- Seasonal Picnics/Parties (Memorial Day & Labor Day weekends, Summer & Winter Solstices)
- Movie Outings - scheduled throughout the year
- "Bleed & Feed" Service Project - every 8 weeks on a Saturday morning
- Adopt-a-Highway Road Cleanup - 4+ times per year
- Other Service Projects - scheduled as opportunities arise
Below, you'll find information on events that are already scheduled on our calendar. Please click the links for more information. We hope to see you at an event soon!
This event is for the weekend of the Museum of Indian Culture's big festival. There will be crowds of people there and it's a great opportunity to show just how much Lehigh Valley Humanists support our community in general and Native culture in particular. There are several chances to help out... on Thursday the 17th there is a need for four people to help stock the food stands at 10 am... on Saturday and Sunday the 19th & 20th they would like four volunteers for kitchen duty from 10 am 'til 8 pm (cleaning dishes and keeping the food stand stocked up) as well as a few folks to help serve food from 9 am 'til 6 pm... and Sunday the 20th the manual labor returns with cleanup and taking down canopies and fences from 3 pm 'til sundown.
There's lots to do, but feel free to jump in for a shorter period of time if it suits you and you can switch off with someone else, so please make note of when you are available in the comments on the Meetup page, if you are able.
Note: This is an article (not a book) available at this link.
Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him. And he thinks you should be frightened too. Inside his efforts to influence the rapidly advancing field and its proponents, and to save humanity from machine-learning overlords.
Some other interesting information you might want to take a look at:
Steve will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion.
This year's big end-of-summer event will be at Hugh Moore park in Easton PA. Our annual picnic is THE event of the year. If you've never been to an LVH event before, then this is the event you need to attend!
***Note that the event is on Monday, Labor Day - but still replaces our Speaker Series event for the month.****
Park has lots of wooded areas, a play ground area, canal, (with mule driven boat rides), the D&L bike/hiking trail, and the National Canal Museum! There are bathroom facilities and electricity at the covered pavilion as well.
- FREE for paid or renewing members and first time guests.
- $10 for non-members, (you have the option to sign up for membership at the event if you wish).
- Membership forms will be available, (cash. check, and credit cards accepted!).
- Student/limited income $15
- Individual $30
- Family $50
- Life $1,000
There is NO ALCOHOL allowed at this public park. Pets must be on a leash.
Food to bring:
LVH will supply meat and vegetarian grillables, drinks and paper products.
Last names beginning with:
A-H, bring salad or side
I-S, bring appetizer
T-Z, bring dessert
(This is only a suggestion - if you have a specialty outside of the perimeters, feel free to bring that instead. We just don't want to have too much of one thing or the other).
Directions are available at this link.
We look forward to seeing you there!
"A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought." -Los Angeles Times
"POWERFUL . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing." -Washington Post Book World
How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don't understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.
Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.
Darren will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion. It's a book selection month, so please bring a book you would like the group to read.
A full weekend of activities including our Friday the 13th Friggatriskaidekaphobia party and a wide variety of speakers and entertainment on Saturday and Sunday! On Sunday, come help us feed people in need!
Tickets are available here, with a discount available through March 31.
LVH is a sponsor of this event through its membership in PAFTO, the PA Freethought Organization Coalition. PAFTO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing a coalition of atheist and humanist groups throughout the state.
Book Club: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Meyer
NATIONAL BESTSELLER - ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Who are the immensely wealthy right-wing ideologues shaping the fate of America today? From the bestselling author of The Dark Side, an electrifying work of investigative journalism that uncovers the agenda of this powerful group.
In her new preface, Jane Mayer discusses the results of the most recent election and Donald Trump's victory, and how, despite much discussion to the contrary, this was a huge victory for the billionaires who have been pouring money in the American political system.
Why is America living in an age of profound and widening economic inequality? Why have even modest attempts to address climate change been defeated again and again? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? In a riveting and indelible feat of reporting, Jane Mayer illuminates the history of an elite cadre of plutocrats—headed by the Kochs, the Scaifes, the Olins, and the Bradleys—who have bankrolled a systematic plan to fundamentally alter the American political system. Mayer traces a byzantine trail of billions of dollars spent by the network, revealing a staggering conglomeration of think tanks, academic institutions, media groups, courthouses, and government allies that have fallen under their sphere of influence. Drawing from hundreds of exclusive interviews, as well as extensive scrutiny of public records, private papers, and court proceedings, Mayer provides vivid portraits of the secretive figures behind the new American oligarchy and a searing look at the carefully concealed agendas steering the nation. Dark Money is an essential book for anyone who cares about the future of American democracy.
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
LA Times Book Prize Finalist
PEN/Jean Stein Book Award Finalist
Shortlisted for the Lukas Prize
Carol will be moderating this month. Hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion!