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Humanist Network News

 

Humanist Network News, or HNN, is a weekly Internet magazine produced by the American Humanist Association (AHA). A typical edition of HNN contains news, opinion, lifestyle pieces, cartoons and humor...just like a regular newspaper except each piece addresses the nonreligious philosophy of humanism. HNN articles are written by the staff of the AHA and a variety of guest writers. HNN is published every Wednesday.

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Recent HNN Articles

Friendly Atheist: Teacher Suspended Because He Made Students Think

Posted May 18, 2011

Hemant Mehta reacts to a teacher in Canada who was removed from his position for encouraging his students to think differently.

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New Feature! The Weekly Humanist Puzzle

Posted May 18, 2011

If you like cryptograms or crossword puzzles, you'll love Drop Quotes! This week's puzzle, with a special Humanist theme, contains a hidden quote—all you have to do is solve it! Created by Dan Mason.

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The Comics Section: Rapture Edition

Posted May 18, 2011

Are you ready for the Rapture? Featuring comics by Ape Not Monkey!

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Message from the Editor: More Fun in Humanism

Posted May 12, 2011

The readers have spoken! You enjoy our Top Ten movie lists. You love our Comics Section. You like our music suggestions, book reviews, YouTube videos, and other articles that share the fun side of humanism. And you're proud to read about all the important activity going on at the American Humanist Association and the movement at large. We're glad you're enjoying Humanist Network News each week. Email us at hnn@americanhumanist.org and share what you'd like to see in future issues.

“Ignorance!” by Isaac Asimov

Posted May 12, 2011

Famed science fiction author and former AHA president Dr. Isaac Asimov writes in 1989 about the state of science education in America.

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Reason Cinema: Bringing Humanism and Film Together

Posted May 12, 2011

By Maggie Ardiente 

The American Humanist Association has launched a new project and website to promote and support humanist films—just in time for the upcoming first-ever freethought film festival.  

Reason Cinema is a film series project sponsored by the American Humanist Association. Since 2008, the AHA has hosted free screenings of films with humanist or progressive themes open to the public in Washington DC and other cities in the United States. These screenings are often followed by informative discussions with directors, producers, and leading philosophers and policy experts on humanist issues. Our aim is to advance a secular agenda through innovative films that connect humanism and the arts.  

Visit Reason Cinema’s new website at www.reasoncinema.com 

The AHA has recently helped promote the major motion pictures Creation starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly and The Golden Compass starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig; the Sundance award-winning documentary FUEL; PBS's miniseries Becoming Human; comedian Bill Maher's Religulous; Vivek Palavali's Creator of God, and more.  

The AHA is also a lead sponsor of the first International Freethought Film Festival, to be held at the historic Tampa Theatre in Tampa, Florida from May 13 to May 15, 2011. Visit www.freethoughtfilmfest.org for the latest updates, or read an interview with Andrea Steele, the festival’s organizer, in Humanist Network News. 

Movies that we’ve co-sponsored or promoted include: 

  • Creation, a major motion picture starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly
  • Becoming Darwin, a three-part PBS miniseries on evolution
  • FUEL, a documentary on biodiesel by Josh Tickell
  • Religulous, a comedic critique of religious belief from comedian Bill Maher
  • The Golden Compass, a major motion picture on the children’s book by 2008 International Humanist of the Year Philip Pullman
  • The God Who Wasn’t There, directed by Brian Flemming
  • Heart of the Beholder, directed by Darlene Lieblich
  • So Help Me God, directed by Simon Cole
  • Creator of God, written and directed by Vivek Palavali

If you are a filmmaker interested in promoting your film, or are interested in volunteering with Reason Cinema, contact us at reasoncinema@americanhumanist.org.  

Maggie Ardiente is the development and communications director for the American Humanist Association and editor of Humanist Network News.

Secularism as a College Major? Interview with Phil Zuckerman of Pitzer College

Posted May 12, 2011

Monica Miller, extern for the AHA's Appignani Humanist Legal Center and a graduate of Pitzer College, talks with Dr. Phil Zuckerman on the recent addition of Secularism as an undergraduate major at Pitzer.

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North Carolina Humanists to Throw Rapture After Party

Posted May 12, 2011

Looking to attend a post-rapture party with your fellow humanists? If you live in the central North Carolina area, don't miss this special event featuring American hip hop artist and atheist Greydon Square.

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