Catching Up; Plans for the Rest of the Semester; etc.

Hey guys! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been so overwhelmed with midterms and various other commitments that I ultimately neglected this. However, here’s a nice post to update you all on recent happenings.

Unfortunately, our last few meetings haven’t had the best turnout. We figure this is probably due to midterm season being upon us, but we’d love if anyone would even stop in for a few minutes to say hi during meetings! In the past few weeks we’ve discussed Columbus Day and its origins, Feminism, Reproductive Rights, and even had a fun little Halloween Celebration. It has been nice to see familiar faces attend our weekly meetings, but as always, we encourage you to bring friends who either share our views, or provide diverse view points to add to our discussions!

A few interesting things have happened recently. Last week was the semi-annual Break The Silence event with Active Minds. A few of our members, including Sam, Arianna, and Alvaro, spoke at the event. There was a pretty big turnout so thank you to everyone who participated! Break the Silence is very important to several of us, especially those of us who have previously suffered from mental illness. It’s extremely important that we continue to increase education surrounding mental illness so that we can eliminate as much stigma as possible.

In other exciting news, Arianna was featured in a new BU Today series called Threads. I’ll be sharing that video as well as some more information about Arianna in an upcoming post.

Next week is going to be our fantastic Election discussion and celebration courtesy of Allie. Look forward to some fun election trivia and an interesting discussion provided to you from the point of view of a history and international relations major. Same bat time, same bat place, CAS 225 from 5-7 on Monday.

Tonight is our biweekly study sesh in Mugar 203 from 6-8pm. Feel free to stop by and say hi even if you don’t plan on sticking around(: As always, our upperclassmen will be around to assist with homework if you need it, and I’ll probably be complaining about my problem set as per the usual. I hope to see you there.

Regardless, I hope you all have a fantastic week and midterms aren’t killing you too bad.

Stay Golden!

P.S. We’ll be putting up a link on the page soon to the drive so you can put your next semester schedule in. We’ll begin planning meetings for next semester ASAP so make sure you put your schedule in whenever possible (:

 

Week Two; Discussion on Terrorism; Upcoming Events

Hey Humanists!

Welcome to the weekly blog post. It was good to see some more returning members this week, and we’re glad we didn’t scare (m)any of the new members off.

Last week, in light of the recent attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota, as well as the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we discussed terrorism. Important to our discussion was commenting on the difference between domestic and international terrorism, as well as the racist implications of the growing terrorist problem across the world. We discussed several different terrorist organizations, both with and without religious ties, and how the actions of a few do not reflect the views of many. This is important to note when it comes to the increasing problem of racial profiling in settings such as airports, as well as in every day life, as seen in the video linked below.

Also, me being me, I mentioned an article I had read regarding ISIS’s magazine and their media savvy approach to recruiting possible jihadis. If anyone was interested, I also linked it below. I promise it’s pretty interesting, and worth the read or at least the skim.

http://www.cracked.com/blog/isis-wants-us-to-invade-7-facts-revealed-by-their-magazine/

In other news, we are going to begin our biweekly study sessions starting next week on the October 5th, on Wednesday nights from 6-8pm in Mugar Room 424. These will just be two-hour casual sessions where you can work on homework and hang out with us. Again, they’re going to be really low-key so you can feel free to bring friends. We’ll let you know more information once our room reservation comes through!

Tonight is once again our weekly meeting, from 5-7pm in CAS225. We hope to see you all there.

Have a great week! (:

First Meeting Recap; New Semester!

Hey Humanists, and welcome to the new semester. We hope that your first week or so has gone by swimmingly, and even if it hasn’t, hang in there! There’s plenty of exciting things coming from Humanists this semester so there’s something to look forward to.

First off, we wanted to introduce you to our new EBoard. Olivia had announced it earlier, but here is a little more about ourselves:

 

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Carly Rose Willing (Co-Chair)
CAS Junior
Major: Mathematics/Statistics and Psychology
Minor: Modern Greek
Fun Fact: Works as a producer on BUTV’s longest running show, and works as a lab tech in BU’s Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

 

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Allie Martin (Co-Chair)
CAS Junior
Major: International Relations and History
Minor: Modern Greek
Fun Fact: Spent part of the summer in Cyprus studying international relations.

 

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Alvaro Imedio (Co-Chair)
CAS Senior
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Psychology
Masters in Biotechnology
Fun Fact: Played on the Spanish National sub-21 Rugby team

 

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Puja Patel (President)
CAS Senior
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Minor: Public Health
Fun Fact: Fluent in 3 languages

 

Every week we’re going to highlight one of our members, starting off with some of our seasoned veterans, and moving on to our newer members.

So last week we talked about our ever popular “What is Humanism”. Basically Humanism boils down to the rejection of a god as a cornerstone for moral principles. Humanists operate on the idea that we should treat others the way we want to be treated, and behave in accordance to our own ideals, not the way some distant deity “tells” us to behave.

We also wanted to welcome all of the new people who we saw at our first meeting. The turn out was great, and it was awesome to see new and old faces alike. We’ll see you tonight in CAS 225 again at 5pm.

Stay Golden.

Last Meeting; End of Semester; Congratulations to our Seniors !

Hello Humanists,

My apologies for not writing our final post of the 2016 spring semester sooner , but I was busy with graduation ceremonies and everything else. I can’t begin to explain how much I will miss Boston University, and especially the Humanists, who have been a critical part of my BU career.

But before we get into all of that, let’s do a review of our wonderful semester this past spring and our last meeting a few weeks back.

On the day of our last meeting at the end of April, we discussed “What is Human” lead by Zak. We discussed it in terms of humanity, humaneness, or biologically being human. It was an interesting question to ponder with no one right answer, and we left encouraged to ponder, “why?” . Just the “why” of life. A great way to end the semester , and one that really left us thinking. Our undergrads also honored all of our graduating seniors with beautiful cards and the weather was nice enough that we were able to hang around on the BU Beach for a while. 🙂

Let’s review the past semester : We’ve done some  incredible volunteer work, had epic game nights, performed in the interfaith fair, and so much more. This semester and this entire year have been incredible for the growth of the Humanists of Boston University as an organization and have been incredibly fun and rewarding for our members.

Here are the highlights of this past semester :

Activism : 

  • Break the Silence In April, we participated in our once a semester event, Break the silence, with Active Minds to listen to student speakers tell their stories about mental illness. This semester we had some new and awesome speakers who truly inspired the audience with their tales of perserverance and strength.
  • BUnited Diversity Conference The first annual BUnited Diversity Conference was held at the end of April and the Humanists of Boston University were honored to be there and to have helped organize the conference. We learned, discussed, and came face to face with issues prominent on campus and in our societies. We openly discussed race, diversity, inclusion, mental illness, class, and more. It was such an important weekend of learning for the Boston University Community and we hope to be around next year for it as well!

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    Danielle, Lauren, Zak, Olivia, and Puja attended the BUnited Diversity Conference in April.
  • Darwin Day Darwin Day this year was a huge success. We made a TON of delicious cupcakes and spread the word about Darwin, Evolution, and Science at the GSU all week in February.

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    An array of delicious Darwin Day Cupcakes !

Community Service: 

  • Global Days of Service Several of us participated in Global Days of Service this year, including Danielle, Lauren, and Puja at Strongwater Farms and Olivia and Zak at Franklin Park Zoo. Humanists are always eager to give back to the greater Boston Community!

Social : 

  • Interfaith Fair The Humanists were a big presence at the Interfaith Fair this year, performing “Athiests Don’t Have No Songs” and showing off some Humanist talent. We got to mix and mingle with some of the awesome faith groups on campus.
  • Game Nights Throuhout the first part of the semester we hosted bi-weekly game nights, which were a ton of fun ! We kept track of all point accumulated throughout game nights and the person with the most points would win *drumroll* A date with our very own President, Lauren! But guess who won? Lauren! What a better way to TREAT YO SELF.Game Night
  • Culture Council Zak and Puja were very influential in Cultural Council, a bi-weekly meeting of different cultural student groups at the Howard Thurman Center, this semester. We hope to stay connected to the friends we’ve made and collaborate with more diverse and interesting cultural groups for future social or fundraising events.

And Lastly, we elected next year’s E-board :  Puja as President, and Allie, Carly Rose, and Alvaro as Chairs.

We can’t wait to have everyone back next year. Keep up with us on our Facebook Page throughout the summer and alumni, stay in touch.

Finally, congratulations and best of luck to all of our graduated seniors ! Keep the Humanists in your minds and hearts as you go forth to do great things !

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Some of our graduating seniors : Danielle, Zak, Bryan, and yours truly (Olivia here !) Congrats to : Danielle, Lauren, Zak, Bryan, Ben, Olivia, Patrick, and John as Humanists of Boston University Alumni as of May 15, 2016! 

Humanists in Global Days of Service and BUnited

Hello Humanists! We’ve had a lot of really exciting things going on, but before I get into what we’ve been up to rounding out the semester, I’m excited to announce next years E-board:

Puja Patel, President

Alvaro Defonte Imedio, chair

Carly-Rose Willing, chair

Allie Martin, chair

Next year is sure to be a great one with an amazing new E-board on deck!

Second, I want to give a shout-out to all of our graduating seniors, who were honored at the last meeting of the semester this past week (see next blog post). Our seniors include Lauren, Zak, Danielle, Ben, Bryan, Patrick, John, and yours truly, me , Olivia!

So what fantabulous shenanigans have been going on ??

Well, two weeks ago, we participated in Boston University’s annual Global Days of Service. Zak and I went to the Franklin Park Zoo and learned about organic and environmentally friendly gardening practices, then put our new knowledge to work by building a Hugelkultur, a pyramid-like structure of logs, dirt, and mulch, that allows seeds to grow while only  needing to be watered around once a month. The organic gardens at the Franklin Park Zoo grow special treats for our animal friends at the zoo, like carrots and raspberries (which we planted). After a hard day’s digging and gardening, our group took off to explore some of the zoo and check out all the animals- including gorillas, lemurs, a tapir, zebras, and more !

 

Meanwhile, Lauren, Danielle, and Puja went to the Strongwater Farms and worked with some beautiful horses! It was a great day all around!

The next weekend we participated in the BUnited Diversity Conference, a Boston-area conference for college students to discuss important issues of diversity within universities. We listened to speakers and attended workshops on racial diversity and equality, immigration, mental health, and LGBTQ issues. There were some awesome “plenary sessions” to openly discuss how to promote change and inclusivity within the university. There was also an amazing cultural show. The event was a success and we’d love to be part of it again next year!

Check out the up-coming blog on our final meeting, and then look out for a year-end wrap up after finals period.

Good luck on finals and thanks to everyone for being such an amazing part of our HBU community!

Last Two Weeks Re-cap; Beauty Standards; and Mental Health Awareness

Hello Humanists and readers!

We’ve been incredibly busy in the past two weeks, as April is a notoriously busy time on campus. Before I get into the wonderful discussions we have held during the last two meetings, here’s some reminder’s about what’s been going on and what’s to come in these next last few weeks of the semester (Can’t believe it goes by so fast)!

  • Interfaith Fair : The fourth annual Boston University Interfaith Fair was this past Tuesday in the GSU Back Court. We are so grateful for the large number of Humanists who showed up, and it was so fun to meet new people and learn more about different faith and non-faith traditions. There was amazing food, good conversation, and some amazing performances, including one the Humanists. Check it out below:
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  • BU Global Days of Service 2016 : This past weekend, several of us participated in different Community Service events for the Boston University Gobal Days of Service 2016. We had a great time, met some cool animals, and helped make the Greater Boston Area a better place.  A blog post full of pictures and fun times to come !
  • Break The Silence Our bi-annual event, Break the Silence, is this Tuesday, April  19, from 5 to 7 pm in CAS 316. There will be pizza and fruit! Come and listen to some BU students share their mental health stories and show solidarity and support. There will be a Q&A session after the speakers share. We are very excited to be collaborating with Boston University’s Active Minds to host this event once again. RSVP Here
  • BUnited Diversity Conference : The BUnited Diversity Conference is a conference open to the Boston public, Boston University students, and other college students in the Boston area. It will feature speakers, workshops, and performances and explore the important topic of diversity on college campuses. Admission is free to BU Students and $30 for non-BU students. It will be held in the Questrom School of Business on BU’s Campus on April 22 and April 23, 2016. Learn more on the BUnited Conference Website, and if you haven’t registered yet, Register Here! BUnited

 

And now, on the past two week’s discussions! On April 7, Olivia (hey, that’s me) lead us in a discussion on beauty standards and the media. We took turns investigating our unique definitions of “beauty” and examining how the beauty industry is trying to be more inclusive and less oppressive, and the steps it still has to take to make a healthy impression , especially on young people. We agreed that appreciating beauty in your own way and using makeup and clothing as a means of self-expressing is not a problem, but what is a problem is when we fail to accept that our idea of beauty isn’t the only one. We must know that beauty is subjective and unique to each of us, and yet appreciate that beauty comes in many shapes and forms. Most of all, imposing a “standard” of what is beautiful is impossible, oppressive, and damaging because beauty is unique to the individual and shouldn’t be standardized for profit.

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Last week, April 14, Carly Rose led us on a very important discussion on mental health, erasing stigma, and mental health care in the U.S. Important points were touched upon, such as the need to de-stigmatize mental health because everyone deserves help and treatment, and stigma often prevents people from seeking it, causing horrible consequences for them and the people around them. We also talked about how celebrities coming out about their own mental health struggles has caused mental health issues to become “fashionable” and idea which not only insults but also prevents those with mental health issues from getting help. Mental health is a very serious issue and should not be taken lightly or as a “trend”. On the reverse side, we also talked about it from the point of view of survivors, who often think their “not sick enough” or blame themselves for “just wanting attention” and thus refuse to get the help they need. This is not a productive line of thinking either. If you’re sick, you need help, you don’t have to reach a standard of “sick enough”. And attention or not, your feelings are valid and part of a larger problem. Lastly, we talked about the larger stigma mental health has in marginalized and minority communities, and the need to make mental health care accessible and affordable to all, especially since those who might suffer the most are those who can’t access care. We encourage mental health survivors to speak out and  those struggling to get help and to not give up on the process of recovery, even though our current system makes treatment hard, it’s worth it, and we will continue to fight for better treatment of mental health. Always speak out if you need help or are struggling. This discussion segways perfectly into next week’s Break the Silence event on Tuesday, April 19, from 5 to 7, in CAS 316. We hope to see you all there! Break the Silence

Free Will & Humanism

Hello all !

Weekly Reminders: 

There’s many exciting things coming up for the Humanists of BU, and we couldn’t be more excited for the final month of classes. Here are the weekly reminders :

  • Interfaith Fair is next Tuesday, April 12th, in the GSU back court from 7 to 10 pm. Some of your favorite humanists will be performing, so get pumped and come out and support us!
  • BU Global Days of Service runs this weekend and next weekend (April 9th, 10th, and 16th) ! Some of us will be volunteering at various service sites around Boston and the Greater Boston Area, if you are, make sure to take some pictures to share on the blog of humanists doing good work for the Boston Community!
  • Break the Silence, our joint discussion on mental health awareness with Active Minds, will be held April 19th from 5 to 7pm. There will be pizza! Come and listen in solidarity and to learn more about mental illness and end the stigma.
  • The BUnited Diversity Conference will be held Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23. Friday will be devoted to speakers on diversity in Boston and Saturday will include many workshops on the topics of race, religion, gender and sexuality, mental health, and more. This is a Boston-wide event, so bring your friends! Tickets are FREE for B U Students and $30 for the general public. The event is being held in BU’s Questrom School of Business. Our E-board was personally involved in planning for the event – check out the promotional video :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n95adZchRpo&feature=youtu.be

 

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Free will- what road will you take ?

Weekly Discussion: At discussion this week, Ben lead us in a riveting conversation about Free Will and Humanism. First we were asked what free will means, and to what extent we have it. While there are many things out of control, such as where we are born, our families, our genetics- free will applies to those things that we can make our own choices about and seems to be on a spectrum, varying from situation to situation. Others said that if the religious idea is that there is a divine plan laid out for us, then free will is the opposite of that. But those roads are somewhat laid out for us based on situation and biology, so we generally disagreed with Descartes claim that “the will is subject to nothing”. We examined free will on a philosophical, psychological, and biological basis, and explored the concepts of complete free will subject to nothing; free will subject to situation; the difference between possibility and feasibility; the psychological effect of previous experiences on our present thoughts; ideas, and circumstances; biological determinism; and the relation of free will to humanism.  On a philosophical basis, free will seems to be a good alternative to “divine plans” which we as humanists reject. However, part of our ability to choose is based in our sociological circumstances- for example, we could say a person from a very poor rural village could go to college and that’s their choice, and act of their own free will, but it is not feasible for that same person to go to college because socioeconomic structures and their rural lifestyle may have made it so college isn’t even thought of as an option. This is the difference between possibility and actual feasibility. We also discussed through the lens of biological and behavioral determinism, realizing that some choices are limited because of our biological makeup or because of previous conditioning and experiences. But it was also brought up that previous conditioning and experiences can be over-ridden when consciously aware of them; yet somehow, that awareness is still limiting or alternating the choice. Talk about some inception-ish  mind games. All of us seemed to be coming at the topic from our various disciplines – me from a psychological and philosophical view as a humanities major, the science and math majors taking a different approach- a complete example of past experiences having influence over present choices of words! Overall, from the conversation, I came to think of free will on a scale from no choice (completely deterministic), limited choices (somewhat deterministic, some what complete free will) to completely free and  undetermined where all possible options in the universe are available to someone. Neither end (no choices or all the choices ever) would be humanly possible, so we largely determined that human beings fall somewhere in the middle, or at least I did. At the end of the conversation, we were left to ponder how free will relates to Humanism, and to think about how free will can be used as a tool so long as it does not encroach on other’s free will. Thanks to Ben for a great conversation!

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I apologize for the shameless Fangirl plug, but it’s related to Free Will! 

That’s all folks!

Consumer Culture

Hey Humanists! We made it through the first week back after spring break, and the semester’s closing in!

At this week’s discussion meeting, we discussed consumer culture, and discussion was  led by Bryan. We started off by trying to define what it means to “consume” or “be a consumer”. Surprisingly, answers varied tremendously. Some believed that consumption is necessary in order to obtain the things we use every day for basic needs. Others saw consumption as the acquisition of luxury goods and associated it with the subsequent production of waste. Still others suggested consumption is the opposite of production.

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So what makes consumption of commodities and goods good or bad ? Moreover, how does one become an informed and conscientious consumer? We are all familiar with the corporate manipulation, greed, and waste that goes into some of the most popular “luxury” items sold by massive businesses. Where do ethics come in ? And what are some answers to the seemingly pervasive question of consumer culture in this day and age?

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First off, we discussed becoming an informed consumer through realizing what goods and services create the most waste and trying to use those that are sustainable and create less waste. Second, we discussed necessary “consumption”, that is, the need for food, shelter, etc. and ways we can participate in this kind of economy without damaging the earth and taking away from others. We realized that there is no way to be 100% ethical unless you refuse all goods and services, because on that basis one could always say “I won’t buy x, I will give money to charity instead”- but at the end of the day, that could categorize anything as immoral, even buying groceries or something you enjoy. In the end, moral aestheticism doesn’t seem to be the answer, but we can strive to make sure that what we do gives back to the community or at least doesn’t harm it. One of the solutions offered was small businesses. Massive corporations, especially agribusinesses, do huge amounts of damage to the environment and often exploit workers, whereas buying from a local farmer, crafts person, or trades person, helps those in the community make a living, with no damage or even a benefit to the environment. But this brought up the proposal that global commerce and trade has made international relations more stable and important than ever before, and therefore we need some bigger, global enterprises. Perhaps there are ways that larger corporations or companies can use more ethical practices when it comes to production (workers rights, sustainability) and consumption (manipulation of consumers, price inflation) , but the only way to make this happen would be to have stricter regulation on large businesses and corporations so that such businesses cannot get away with immoral practices. Finally, on the more philosophical side, we discussed that  consumption can make one happy in so far as it meets a basic need , but it cannot make one happy in the long term- that is an inner state that must be reached through self-awareness and awareness of the world around oneself, not through the acquirement of goods. Great discussion overall this week, and a here’s hoping everyone had a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and a Lovely Spring Equinox!

On Deck :

  • Global Days of Service : Boston University Global Days of Service has FIVE different dates available and a number of different options for places to volunteer under each date. Some of us will be going to volunteer at the Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday, April 16th, from 8:30am -1:00pm. If you are interested, sign up ASAP and message or email Olivia. Even if you cannot go with us, it is strongly encouraged to go as an individual to any of the volunteer sites that are still open! Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/student-registration-global-days-of-service-2016-registration-22294308878
  • Break the Silence is coming up in the first few weeks of April ! Please join us and Active Minds in Co-hosting bi-annual event to end the stigma on mental health and let survivors, those struggling, and friends know they are loved and not alone ! If you are interested in speaking about your experiences, contact Zak.
  • Interfaith Fair is April 12th ! If you are interested in putting together a performance piece for Humanists, please plan on staying after this week’s meeting.
  • See you all next meeting , this Thursday March 24, from 5-7pm in CAS 320! 

 

 

Population Growth

Hey Humanists!

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This week’s meeting was lead by Danielle and we discussed the various implications of population growth and what the future might look like. First we looked at several charts of what population growth looks like in different countries around the world, and then we discussed what would happen if we had to work with limited resources in the future. Responses varied, some pointing out the importance of modern medicine and technology in every day life and the need to find more sustainable ways to keep these things going for future populations. Others pointed out that we could sacrifice in some areas -such as technology for entertainment- in order to make sure resources were going towards important things like health care. Later we discussed various ways to combat population growth and why population growth looks so different in developed, stable countries whereas in impoverished third-world countries population growth is booming. Of course the one-child policy that was recently abolished in China was brought up as an inhumane way to quell population growth. Moreover we pondered if most poor, uneducated countries have higher rates of birth as a result of lack of women’s empowerment, lack of health care, lack of sexual education, and lack of access to birth control and women’s health resources. Spreading these to places, starting here in the United States and moving across the globe, was widely agreed to be the best and most ethical form of keeping population growth to safe rates, because those who are educated and have access to birth control and health care have less children, and when they do have children, are able to better care for them. Finally, we brought up the topic of the switch in the 80s to religious conservatism on the American right and the implications this had for sexual education and reproductive health care. We all agree that when religion interferes with a woman’s choice to have children or access birth control , it is interfering in human rights.

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Updates:

  • Next Thursday, March 3, is our last meeting before Spring Break ! We will be meeting as usual at CAS 320 from 5-7pm to discuss Humanitarian Aid with Puja leading discussion. We are expecting some members of Global Brigades to stop by and discuss Humanitarian Aid and see what we’re all about- so definitely find out what they’re about too !
  • Game Night : Because people will presumably be traveling Friday or Saturday, our next game night will be held at Bryan’s apartment across from CAS immediately after meeting Thursday, March 3, from 7 to 9pm. We hope you can all join us for some awesome food and games after a great discussion!
  • We are once again partnering with Active Minds for Break the Silence this semester! Date and time TBA, but if  you would like to get involved we are looking for speakers to share their mental health stories.  Reach out to Zak if you are interested!

Hope everyone is done or almost done with midterms! Remember, Spring break and Spring itself are right around the corner !

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Week of Darwin Day !

Hello Humanists!

This past week was a crazy busy one with all the Darwin Day tabling and festivities we had going on, but it sure was a great time !

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Monday-Friday, we gave out free cookies and cupcakes in the GSU to celebrate Darwin’s Birthday, and the effort was a huge success as far as spreading awareness and recruitment! Who doesn’t want a free cupcake to celebrate scientific advancement? A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated , whether by tabling, baking, buying supplies, or some combination- we can’t tell you how much it was appreciated ! Here’s some of the fabulous goodies we made :

This week, in lieu of regular discussion meeting, we had a Darwin Day Potluck celebration ! There was bunches of great food, we played the “economics of mating” game, (in  which we posed as male and female animals investing a certain amount to see how much it would pay off at the end), we played “draw the beak on the finch”, and then watched an awesome BBC Documentary on Darwin’s life and work. It was a very fun week to celebrate science, thanks to everyone who participated!

Here’s what’s on tap this upcoming week :

  • Next week we continue discussion as per usual, Thursday from 5-7pm in CAS 320. Sarah will be leading a discussion on responsible travel/voluntourism.
  • Game Night ! : Our third game night will be held Saturday, February 20th, from 5-8pm, and will be hosted by the awesome Danielle, Patrick, and Ben. NOTE that game nights are for members of Humanists of Boston University only, or those who regularly attend , have attended at least one meeting, or are interested in attending meetings but have had a legitimate time conflict. Basically, for members of the club- we love that everyone’s been bringing friends, but there is only a certain amount of space and this is a Humanists of BU event.
  • Sunday Assembly: The next Sunday Assembly Boston is this coming Sunday, February 21, from 11am-1pm. If you have never been to a Sunday Assembly but are interested, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! Sunday Assembly is a great time-there will be music, breakfast, and a speaker. This time we’ll be talking about food microbial communities and fermentation! If you would like someone to travel with, reach out to Lauren, Zak, or Danielle. I personally went to my first Sunday Assembly last month and loved it , I guarantee you will too!
  • Volunteering: We still have an event with either the animal shelter or the zoo upcoming in April, but due to increased demand and a full schedule, we are no longer able to go to the Greater Boston Food Bank (however, they have open shifts for the summer and next Fall semester, if anyone is interested !) Currently working on another community service event. If you know somewhere that is in need of volunteers or a great place to volunteer, please contact me (Olivia) at OliviaAlexandraD2016@gmail.com! 

That’s all ! Hope you all had a great week, a fun Darwin Day, a lovely Valentine’s Day, and are enjoying the long President’s Day weekend !