LVH has a very active calendar of events, including...
- Speaker Series - first Sunday of each month
- Lunching Secularly - first Wednesday of each month
- Discussion Group and Lunch - second Sunday of each month
- Drinking/Dining Skeptically - third Friday of each month
- Book Club - fourth Tuesday of each month
- Seasonal Picnics and 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
LVH also hosts special events just for families with children, and sometimes provides limited childcare at our monthly Speaker Series events. Please see our families page for more information.
Below, you'll find information on events that are already scheduled on our calendar. Please click the links for more information. You may not see many RSVPs on these event pages, as many people RSVP to events on other platforms such as Meetup and Facebook. If you want to get notifications of events as they are posted, please join our LVH Meetup page. We hope to see you at an event soon!
It's well past time for us to do our part for the community blood bank. Let's get out there and save some lives! It's pretty quick, and amazingly easy to give. If this date doesn't work for you, please go when you can at any of Miller-Keystone's locations and give them our group code #7789. They usually ask in the little room where they check you in.
As always, to help out there is a pre-registration procedure that will make things go more smoothly. First, you should call Miller-Keystone to get an appointment time between 9:00am and 1:00pm Saturday June 23rd at 800-B-A-DONOR (223-6667). Then, on the day of your appointment, go to their online screening at https://www.giveapint.org/iScreen and preregister. Then show up at Cedar Crest Professional Park, 1255 S Cedar Crest Blvd # 1300, Allentown, PA to donate. Please give group code #7789 for LVH when they check you in so your donation will add to our total. Walk-ins are also welcome, but it will take a little time.
After we donate we'll head across the parking lot to Penn Pizza for a bite. It's a nice place with outstanding food at a good price.
As usual, we'll try to cluster our times (around 11:00am or thereabouts) so as many of us can eat together as possible. Please post your appointment time in the comments.
At June's Book Club, we will discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.
Carol will be moderating this month. We hope you can join us for some thoughtful discussion.
June also is book selection month for August, September, and October. Bring a book to recommend.
Upcoming book for July is White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson. Rodney will be moderating.
Colleen Lutz Clemens and Amanda Morris D'Agostino: "Why Humanists Should Care About Toxic Masculinity"
LVH welcomes Colleen Lutz Clemens and Amanda Morris D'Agostino, who will help us explore why humanists should care about toxic masculinity, which is rampant and causing real harm in our society. We must become aware of it, acknowledge it, and then work to dismantle it so we can all be safer. Even still, it is ignored in mainstream media and news outlets when they report and opine about mass school shootings - primarily committed by angry young white men who feel violence is the only way to assert their "manliness." We will also discuss why gender and gender identity formation matters to everyone.
Timeline for this event:
10:30 a.m. - coffee and conversation
11:00 a.m. - announcements and presentation
12:30 p.m. - "lunching in" at the center - feel free to pack a lunch or bring cash to take part in our group order for delivery from a local Italian restaurant
Parking: The Community Parking Deck (6th & Walnut) is a few feet from this event. Street parking is available, but limited; meters are not enforced on Sundays. See http://www.allentownparking.com/ for more information.
Colleen Lutz Clemens, Ph.D., associate professor of Non-Western Literatures and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, earned her Ph.D. in Post-Colonial Literature at Lehigh University. Her dissertation focuses on issues of veiling in literature and studies the intersection of women’s issues in art and politics.
Previously, she earned her M.Ed. in English Education at DeSales University (where she still teaches courses on South Africa and English Composition) while teaching twelfth grade English in the public system. She earned her undergraduate degrees in English and French Education from Penn State University where she was a Schreyer Scholar focusing on French drama.
Her academic work has been published in Feminist Formations, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and NCTE’s English Journal and online at World Literature Today. She serves as an academic consultant for the Contemporary Literary Criticism series, where she focuses on postcolonial writing by women, and for the Norton Anthology of World Literature. She reviews novels by postcolonial authors for Mosaic Magazine and World Literature Today and scholarly texts about world issues and American culture for The Journal of American Culture.
Among her creative endeavors, she is the editor of several books of non-fiction including Philadelphia Reflections: Stories from the Delaware to the Schuylkill and has published short essays in various collections including Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. Her work on miscarriage and infertility has been published in many outlets including here at TRIVIA, in the collection Three Minus One, and in Chatter House Press’s Biting the Bullet collection, where she won honorable mention for her essay “Breath by Breath.” She also contributes to Rag Queen Periodical and Terse Journal.
On the web, she is a staff writer for Bitch Flicks where she writes about issues of gender in popular films. She has published pieces on Scary Mommy, Literary Mama, and feministing. She is an educational expert for noodle.com where she writes about diversity in literature and writing. Her interests in teaching, world literature, and social justice issues come together in her blogging for Teaching Tolerance, a publication she has admired since her undergraduate days.
Colleen has been invited to several venues to talk about the depictions of Islamic veiling in literature and culture and is available for talks and publication invitations. She was the 2016 Chair for the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Schools’ Women’s and Gender Studies Conference held at DeSales University in April 2016 and at Muhlenberg College in 2017. She is also the Kutztown delegate for the PASSHE Women’s Consortium and chaired its 2016 conference at KU.
Colleen lives in Bucks County with her partner, two dogs, and daughter. She can be reached at email@example.com or via her blog.
Amanda Morris D'Agostino , Ph.D. is a member of the KU English Department’s CRLS team and teaches composition and rhetoric courses. Her research interests include contemporary indigenous rhetorics, specifically Native American Rhetorics, creativity in the classroom, and the power of stories. She has published an article on Native American comedy entitled “Native American Stand-Up Comedy: Epideictic Strategies in the Contact Zone” which appeared in the Rhetoric Review and “Seven Texts to Teach Instead of Ceremony“ which was published on Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Amanda currently serves as an editor and photographer for the Wildlife Conservancy in Emmaus, PA and is also a portrait and landscape photographer.
Colleen and Amanda co-host the pocast Inside 254, where they share the conversations they have when they close the door of their office, 254 Lytle Hall at Kutztown University, where they love to talk shop in a fun and approachable way.
What do you hate about local fireworks? Parking, traffic jams and huge crowds, right? Well, all these problems have been solved - Peter has found the PERFECT spot right outside of Dorney Park that is VERY close to the display, (see photo he took last year), and best of all, you can beat the traffic and get out within 10 minutes, (rather than the usual 45 minutes to an hour). He's done this the past two years and would love to have his fellow humanists share the festivities with him this year!
Just go to the Western side entrance of Dorney park and park along Lincoln Ave facing Hamilton, (see map in the photos below). You can then pop right out after the event bypassing all the regular parking lot traffic. Plus, there are hardly any people on this field and you get the best view imaginable!
You DO need to get there about 2 hours early, (that would be 7:30), to get a spot along Lincoln Ave. The fireworks begin at 9:30 so just bring some snacks
We hope to see you there!
How to find us:
Friday, July 13th 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Ye Olde Spring Valley Tavern
1355 Station Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Ye Olde Spring Valley Tavern is a hidden gem and charming local destination. The location is nearby, but scenic and off the beaten path. They have a large selection of inexpensive food with some healthier choices. The portions are generous and the service always is super friendly and efficient.
The trout can’t be any fresher, as they have a stocked trout pond in the outdoor seating area! They use fresh herbs grown right on their property and produce from local farmers.
There’s a nice wine & beer selection, so there's no need to bring your own.
Let’s hope for pleasant weather so we can dine al fresco under the umbrellas by the pond! If not, the tavern is quaint and historic with an old world vibe.
Our lunch bunch is friendly and fun. Please join us for a delicious lunch and some intriguing conversations, and be sure to RSVP here on Meetup. (Registration is free.)