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Welcome to the Grand Traverse Humanists. If you value science, reason, and compassion and believe that humans are responsible for their own destiny, you have come to the right place. We are a community for the non-religious in the Grand Traverse area, offering a forum for discussing and advancing a secular worldview based on our common humanity. Our programs include monthly speakers and discussions, film and book groups, and various volunteer and social events. All are free and open to the public. Check out Upcoming Events below, or click on the calendar. Nontheists, agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, rationalists, humanists, and more…we welcome you to join us!

Grand Traverse Humanists Main Meeting

Second Monday of each month, 7 p.m.

Traverse Area District Library main branch, 610 Woodmere Ave., TC

Please note: MEETINGS AT THE LIBRARY ARE TEMPORARILY ON HOLD DUE TO
COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS
We have been holding virtual meetings over Zoom: check the upcoming events for details.

Upcoming Events

  • Virtual G.T. Humanists Meeting: Election Reflections

    Monday, November 9, 7 p.m.

    By the time of this meeting, we will have just had an election, and we want to talk about it! No matter what the outcome (if we even know the result yet), discussing it together will help us process what’s happening and see what’s likely to come. This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom–register in advance here:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUldO-vpj4tHNweKlGY5OTi43wYYGhUI1Fq

    And if you’re reading this before the election, don’t forget to vote!

     

     


  • Virtual Hungry Humanists: Soup!

    Monday, October 26, 6:30 p.m.

    Hungry Humanists will hold a virtual event to share food and camaraderie via Zoom. This month, the theme is soup! Join us online at 6:30 for food and conversation. Then at 7:00, Healthy Chef Ali Lopez (also a former GT Humanist presenter) will join us to share some healthy soup cooking tips and entertain any questions you may have. 

    Register in advance for this meeting:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckcOitqzkjG9FFYUSxQM86GccBg1nUpy9n  

     

     

     


  • Virtual Hungry Humanists: Fish!

    Monday, September 28, 6:30 p.m.

    Hungry Humanists will hold a virtual event to share food and camaraderie via Zoom. This month, the theme is fish or any seafood. Join us online at 6:30 for food and conversation. Then at 7:00, Healthy Chef Ali Lopez (also a former GT Humanist presenter) will join us to share some of her favorite fish cooking tips and entertain any questions you may have.

    Register in advance for this meeting:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcucOmtqTkoEtPcux7TbB_kRXOsOzw9dMD_

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Hope to dine with you (virtually) soon!

     


  • Hungry Humanists Virtual Pasta Night

    Monday, August 24, 6:30 p.m.

    We miss seeing you for our monthly restaurant outings, so we’re having our inaugural online Hungry Humanists event this month! It’s PASTA NIGHT for Hungry Humanists… make your favorite pasta dish at home, and join us online at 6:30 for food, conversation, and camaraderie. Then at 7, Healthy Chef Ali Lopez (also a former GT Humanist presenter!) will join us to share some of her favorite summer pasta cooking tips, and entertain any questions you may have.

    Register in advance for this meeting:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvceGsqD0oGNTn_Fh4tWKgucFirTUVW3Zt

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Hope to dine with you (virtually) soon!

     

     


  • G.T. Humanists Book Club: Spillover

    Sunday, October 11, 6 p.m. (meeting over Zoom: link below)

    We’ll meet via Zoom to discuss David Quammen’s Book “Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic,” a masterpiece of science reporting that tracks the animal origins of emerging human diseases.

    The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia―but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen tracks this subject around the world. He recounts adventures in the field―netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo―with the world’s leading disease scientists. In Spillover Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge, and he asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be? This book was published in 2012 and could not be more timely today.

    Registration required: click here https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodu-pqzotG9JF8ReGSzWKkJeTjye7vnVT. You will receive your own link to join the conversation. 

     


  • G.T. Humanists Virtual Meeting: Rabbit Hole

    Monday, September 14, 7 p.m.

    We’ll meet via Zoom to discuss the excellent 9-episode New York Times podcast “Rabbit Hole.” What is the internet doing to us? The Times tech columnist Kevin Roose discovers what happens when our lives move online.

    Available on Apple Podcasts here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rabbit-hole/id1507423923 or on the NYT website here: https://www.nytimes.com/column/rabbit-hole

    Stay tuned for a link to join in the conversation.