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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

Upcoming Events

  • Meeting at the Library: Three TED talks on Human Understanding and Communication

    Roundtable discussion

    Monday, Sep 12 2016

    Meeting at the Library: Three TED talks on Human Understanding and Communication

    7 p.m….main branch of TADL, 610 Woodmere Ave., TC

  • Hungry Humanists: West End Tavern

    Eat Drink and be MerryMonday, August 22 2016

    Hungry Humanists

    7 p.m….West End Tavern, 12719 S West Bay Shore Dr., TC (the old Scott’s Harbor Grill)

    Join us for dinner out! RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com.

  • Meeting at the Library: 1971 documentary with Bonnie Raines IN PERSON

    Monday, August 8 2016

    Meeting at the Library: 1971 documentary with Bonnie Raines IN PERSON

    7 p.m….main branch of TADL, 610 Woodmere Ave., TC

    Film screening with be followed by Q & A with Bonnie Raines, one of the eight citizens who broke into the FBI office!

    On March 8, 1971 eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, a town just outside Philadelphia, took hundreds of secret files, and shared them with the public. In doing so, they uncovered the FBI’s vast and illegal regime of spying and intimidation of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights.

    On the night of the “Fight of the Century” boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, the activists, calling themselves the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, picked the lock on the door to the small FBI field office. They took every file in the office, loaded them into suitcases, and walked out the front door.

    Mailed anonymously, the documents started to show up in newsrooms. The heist yielded a trove of damning evidence that proved the FBI was deliberately working to intimidate civil rights activists and Americans nonviolently protesting the Vietnam War. The most significant revelation was an illegal program overseen by lifelong FBI director J. Edgar Hoover known as COINTELPRO – the Counter Intelligence Program.

    Despite searching for the people behind the heist in one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI never solved the mystery of the break-in, and the identities of the members of the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI remained a secret.

    Until now.

    For the first time, the members of the Citizens’ Commission have decided to come forward and speak out about their actions. 1971 is their story.

  • Bike Ride: Heritage Trail

    Tandem bikeSunday, August 14 2016

    Humanists Bike Ride

    Heritage Trail

    11 a.m.   …  Meet at the parking lot at mile 0 on the Sleeping Bear Trail…9922 West Front St., Empire

    Join us for a bike ride on the paved Heritage Trail, going 9.5 miles from Empire to Glen Arbor. We’ll lunch in Glen Arbor, then bike back. There are some hills! Contact person is Heather…text 503-422-6515.

  • Hungry Humanists: ON HIATUS

    Eat Drink and be MerryMonday, July 25 2016

    Hungry Humanists ON HIATUS

    Please enjoy the Traverse City Film Festival this week.

    Hungry Humanists will resume in August!

  • Meeting at the Library: Dr. Cara Ocobock…”Enduring the Extremes: How to Not Die in the Wild

    Monday, July 11 2016

    Meeting at the Library: Dr. Cara Ocobock…”Enduring the Extremes: How to Not Die in the Wild”

    7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    Ocobock’s research involves the study and modeling of human energy expenditure at extreme climates, altitudes, and physical activities. Her interest in the energetics and physiology of people living in extreme cold climates arose from her work developing a new model, the Allocation and Interaction Model, for predicting human total energy expenditure. The study population for this research, students from the National Outdoor Leadership School, was highly active and lived for extended periods of time in a variety of high altitude climates in the western United States. The Allocation and Interaction Model out-performs current models for predicting total energy expenditure among highly active humans in natural environments.

    Ocobock uses this model to dissect human energy budgets, determining how much energy is allocated to basal metabolism, physical activity, thermoregulation, and the digestion of food. She has found that physical activity level plays an important role in determining thermoregulatory costs. She also explores the body composition changes experienced in extreme conditions, and found that individuals with higher body fat percentages could attenuate muscle mass loss during extended periods of rigorous physical activity at high altitudes. This research can inform proper ration nutrition and survival techniques during extreme climate expeditions. Most recently, Ocobock took part in a large collaborative project focused on runners participating in Race Across the USA. These runners ran a daily marathon for six days a week over 150 days as they ran across the United States of America.

     About Dr. Ocobock…

    Dr. Cara Ocobock earned her Bachelors of Science from the University of Michigan in Anthropology-Zoology and Cellular, Molecular, & Developmental Biology. She earned her PhD in Anthropology from Washington University, St. Louis in 2014. She is currently a professor in the Biomedical Sciences Department at Grand Valley State University. Her research focuses on human energy expenditure and adaptations under extreme conditions of climate and physical activity.

    Ocobock is also deeply involved in science education and encouraging women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medical fields. She founded and is currently running Science on Tap Grand Rapids, which is an opportunity for conversation, debate, and interaction between scientists and the public while enjoying libations at the SpeakEZ Lounge. Ocobock is also a core member of the Association for Women in Science West Michigan and a faculty fellow for the Women in Science and Engineering living learning community at Grand Valley State University.