Past Events Archive 2006 to 2007

YEAR 2006

These were the planned events; some events or guests may have changed slightly at some point.

TUESDAY , JANUARY 3
7:30 p.m. CFI-LI Patchogue General Discussion Group, usually the first Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.

FRIDAY , JANUARY 12
7:00 p.m. Either one of the following books on the related topic of the Drug Companies in the US: The Truth About Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It by Marcia Angel. B. Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine, by John Abramson. Contact Bob @ BBrains@optonline.net.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17
7:30 p.m. CFI-LI "Plato's Footnote, a Philosophy for All Café!" discussion group, third Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions. For further info about the topic, contact Massimo Pigliucci by e-mail to skeptic@rationallyspeaking.org.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CFI-LI Annual Winter Brunch, to be hosted by CFI-LI coordinator Gerry Dantone. Every year the hungriest CFI-LI friends get together on the weekend before the Super Bowl and enjoy good company and good food. Instead of a local restaurant, this year's event will take place at the home of CFI-LI coordinator Gerry Dantone. This homemade brunch will be an even better opportunity for meeting fellow CFI-LI community members and will additionally be a new fundraising event. The even will be only $15 for CFI-LI supporters with teens to 17 and admitted for only $7 and children under 13 free! Muffins and breakfast pastries will be served along with eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage and lots of coffee and tea!  You can bring your own brunch goodies as well!

Details and directions will follow via postcard for this CFI-LI Community member-only event! If you are not yet a member, this event alone will be worth the membership. If you are not sure whether you are an up to date supporter, call Gerry @ 516 742 1662 or Rhiannon @ 212 265 2877.

Please RSVP ASAP to Gerry @ 516 742 1662 so that we can plan efficiently if you are attending!  Volunteers to assist in the brunch are appreciated.

1:00 p.m. CFI MetroNY, Harlem Discussion Group, Freedom Hall, 113 West 128th Street, NYC.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
6:30 p.m. CFI MetroNY, Thomas Paine Memorial Lecture:  Prof. Mike Wallace, Thomas Paine Memorial Lecture. Location: Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets), Room to be announced. Admission: Free, Pre-registration for the Mike Wallace lecture is required. Call 212-265-2877 to reserve.

TUESDAY , FEBRUARY 7
7:30 p.m. CFI-LI Patchogue General Discussion Group, usually the first Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9

7 p.m. CFI-LI, Darwin Day Lecture, featuring Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) and Dr. Massimo Pigliucci @ Stony Brook University. Nicholls Road, Stony Brook, Suffolk County, NY. Details to follow!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
7:30 p.m. CFI-LI "Plato's Footnote, a Philosophy for All Café!" discussion group, third Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions. For further info about the topic, contact Massimo Pigliucci by e-mail to skeptic@rationallyspeaking.org.

TUESDAY , MARCH 7
7:30 p.m. CFI-LI Patchogue General Discussion Group, usually the first Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.

FRIDAY, MARCH 10
7 p.m. CFI-LI Book Discussion Club, book: "When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity During the Last Days of Rome" by Richard Rubenstein, presenter, Dr. Massimo Pigliucci. Contact Bob @ BBrains@optonline.net.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15

6:30 p.m. CFI MetroNY, Charles Darwin Memorial Lecture: Guest speaker Dr. Marcia Angell, former executive editor of The New England Journal of Medicine and author of The Truth about the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It . This lecture will be held at the Columbia University campus, Further details to announced. Location: Columbia University, Room to be announced.

FRIDAY, MARCH 17
7:00 p.m. CFI-LI monthly forum featuring David Levin, Executive Director of Compassion & Choices of New York on "End of Life Decisions; Who is in Charge?" For info call 516 742 1662.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21
7:30 p.m. CFI-LI "Plato's Footnote, a Philosophy for All Café!" discussion group, third Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions. For further info about the topic, contact Massimo Pigliucci by e-mail to skeptic@rationallyspeaking.org.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14
7 p.m. CFI-LI Book Discussion Club, book: "A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War" by historian Victor Hanson, presenter Dr. Massimo Pigliucci. Contact Bob @ BBrains@optonline.net.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21
7:00 p.m. CFI-LI monthly forum tentatively featuring a debate between the God Squad Rabbi Marc Gellman and Father Tom Hartman, and Austin Dacey and Gerry Dantone of CFI. The God Squad has been challenged to this debate but has not yet, as of this printing, responded. For info call 516 742 1662.

TUESDAY, MAY 3
6:30 p.m. CFI MetroNY. A panel discussion featuring Todd Gitlin, Peter J. Boyer and Susan Jacoby, topic: "Why the Press Lets Religion off the Hook". 777 United Nations Plaza (44th St. & 1st Avenue.) For info call 212 265 2877.

FRIDAY, MAY 12
7 p.m. CFI-LI Book Discussion Club, "The End of Faith," by Sam Harris. Presenter TBD. Contact Bob @ BBrains@optonline.net.

THURSDAY MAY 18
7:30 p.m. CFI-LI Philosophical General Discussion Group, led by Dr. Phil Pecorino, at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview. For info on the topics, email PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu. FREE!

FRIDAY, MAY 19
7:00 p.m. CFI-LI monthly forum. For info call 516 742 1662.

SUNDAY TO WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 TO JUNE 4
CFI Alaskan Cruise! Call 800 398 7571 for reservations!

FRIDAY, JUNE 9
7 p.m. CFI-LI Book Discussion Club, Book, TBD. Contact Bob @ BBrains@optonline.net.

SUNDAY, JUNE 11
11:30 a.m. Long Island Pride Parade-march with CFI-LI. Meet us at the municipal lot on Gerard Street in Huntington Village. Volunteers wanted for tabling & marching! Call 516 742 1662 for details.

MONDAY, JUNE 15 7:30 p.m. CFI-LI Philosophical General Discussion Group, led by Dr. Phil Pecorino, at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview. For info on the topics, email PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu. FREE!

FRIDAY, JUNE 16
7:00 p.m. CFI-LI monthly forum tentatively featuring a debate DJ Grothe of CFI and Frank J. Russo, Jr. of the American Family Association, topic: "Should gay marriage or civil unions be lawful?" For info call 516 742 1662. Link to email from Frank Russo Jr.  Link to emails from Dr. Marshall & Dr. Knight Link to email from Dr. Copeland.

FRIDAY JULY 14
7 p.m. CFI-LI Book Discussion Club, Book, TBD. Contact Bob @ BBrains@optonline.net.

SATURDAY, JULY 15
7 p.m. CFI-LI Community Annual Robert G. Ingersoll Memorial Fundraising Picnic. Location Elwood Park, Cuba Hill Road, just west of Elwood Avenue, Elwood, Suffolk County, NY. $15/adult, teens discounted, children free. Please RSVP to Gerry Dantone @ 516 742 1662 or LISecHum@aol.com if you plan to come.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
7 p.m. CFI-LI Book Discussion Club, Contact Bob @ BBrains@optonline.net.

FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI Book Discussion Group
Usually the second Friday of the month; this month is the book, "American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century" by Kevin Philips.  Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, Nassau County, NY.  Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info.   FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2006, 7:30 p.m.
CFI-LI Patchogue General Discussion Group
Usually the first Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.   For CFI Friends only!

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2006, 7:30 p.m.
CFI-LI Patchogue General Discussion Group
Usually the first Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.  For CFI Friends only!

NOTE: NEW DAY!
THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2006 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI Philosophical Discussion Group
Starting in September, the Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY.  For info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino @ PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu .  FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2006 6:00 p.m.
CFI-LI Book Discussion Group
NOTE: NEW LOCATION & DAY!
Starting in September, the Book Discusion Group will usually be the second Tuesday of the month; this month is the book, "Standing Bear Is a Person: The True Story of a Native American's Quest for Justice" by Stephen Dando-Collins.  At Ayhan's Shish-Kebab Restaurant, 379 South Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY, at the corner of Woodbury Rd.  Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info.  Still FREE and open to the public!

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2006 , 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI monthly forum
Reba Boyd Wooden, from the Center for Inquiry, on "The Ten Amendments vs. the Ten Commandments."  At the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, Nassau County, NY.  For more info contact Gerry @ LISecHum@aol.com .    FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, October 3, 2006 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI Book Discussion Group
The Book Discusion Group will usually be the first Tuesday of the month; this month is the book "With God on Their Side," by Esther Kaplan.  Presenters, Emmy & Warren.  Note than Ms. Kaplan will be our forum guest in November.  At the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info.
Still FREE and open to the public!

THURSDAY, October 5, 2006 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI Philosophical Discussion Group
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY. Topic: The Mind Body Problem: Is there a mind separate from our physical bodies?  If not, what are the implications?  We will be exploring the assumptions and presuppositions associated with those questions: A critical examination into the idea that human beings have a mind that is in any way separate from their brain.  Also being considered will be the question: What does it mean to "have" a mind? For more info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino @ PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu .  FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, October 10, 2006, 7:30 p.m.
CFI-LI Patchogue General Discussion Group
Usually the second Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.  For CFI Friends only!

WEDNESDAY, October 11, 2006, 6:30PM
An Evening with Salman Rushdie At the NY Society for Ethical Culture 2 West 64th St., NYC, NY $10 for Friends of the Center; $20 for others With an introduction by Ibn Warraq author of "Why I am Not A Muslim" (For reservations call 212 265 2877) For details go to: http://cfinyc.org/events//

FRIDAY, October 20, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
SPECIAL TOWN HALL MEETING!
CFI-LI monthly forum
Meet the candidates for the 2nd district of NY, US House of Representatives as they answer questions from CFI-LIs Gerry Dantone.  Challenger John Bugler (Rep.) and incumbent Steve Israel (Dem.) have accepted our invitations!  At the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, Nassau County, NY, in the auditorium.   For more info contact Gerry @ LISecHum@aol.com .    FREE and open to the public!

THURSDAY, November 2, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI Philosophical Discussion Group
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY.  Topic for this month: Reality: What is real and what is not real?  Are there multiple realities?  You get the idea!  For more info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino @ PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu .  FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, November 7, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!
CFI-LI Book Discussion Group
The Book Discusion Group will usually be the first Tuesday of the month; this month is the book, "The Ethical Brain," by Michael S. Gazzinaga.  Presenter, Dr. Phil Pecorino.  At the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY.  Discussion leader: Dr. Phil Pecorino.  Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info.  Still FREE and open to the public!

November 9 through 12, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
Science & Art Festival
Go to: http://cfinyc.org/events/

FRIDAY, November 17, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI monthly forum
Esther Kaplan, author of "With God on Their Side: George W. Bush and the Christian Right" will speak about her book and the effects of religious extremists on the US.  Also, singer-songwriter Frank Gambino will be there to provide musical entertainment!  At the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, Nassau County, NY.  For more info contact Gerry @ LISecHum@aol.com .   FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, November 21, 2006, 7:30 p.m.
NOTE THE DATE THIS MONTH!
CFI-LI Patchogue General Discussion Group
Usually the second Tuesday of the month, but this month it's the THIRD Tuesday, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 warrenrothstein@optonline.net CFI Friends only! to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.  For

TUESDAY, December 5, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!
CFI-LI Book Discussion Group
The Book Discusion Group will usually be the first Tuesday of the month; this month is the book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma," by Michael Pollan.  At Ayhan's Shish-Kebab Restaurant, 379 South Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY, at the corner of Woodbury Rd.  If you want to have dinner at Ayhan's, arrive before 5:45PM. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info.  Still FREE and open to the public!

THURSDAY, December 7, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI Philosophical Discussion Group
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY.  Topic: "Religion and Morality:  What is their relationship to one another?  Is it possible to have a moral society without a religious foundation?" For more info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino @ PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu .

FREE and open to the public!
TUESDAY, December 12, 2006, 7:30 p.m.
CFI-LI Patchogue General Discussion Group
Usually the second Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.  For CFI Friends only!

FRIDAY, December 15, 2006, 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI monthly forum
Special Year End Celebration!
End of the year celebration featuring music and fellowship!  Guest musical artists include Sonny Meadow's band "Blacklisted and the Banned."   Visit http://www.sonnymeadows.com/ . At the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, Nassau County, NY.  For more info contact Gerry @ LISecHum@aol.com .    FREE and open to the public!

YEAR 2007

THURSDAY, January 4, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI Philosophical Discussion Group
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY. Topic: "Religion, Theism and Reason; Is belief in God rational?" The evidentialist objector says "No" due to the lack of evidence. Theists who say "Yes" fall into two main categories: those who claim that there is sufficient evidence and those who claim that evidence is not necessary. Theistic evidentialists contend that there is enough evidence to ground rational belief in God, while Reformed epistemologists contend that evidence is not necessary to ground rational belief in God (but that belief in God is grounded in various characteristic religious experiences). Philosophical fideists deny that belief in God belongs in the realm of the rational. And, of course, all of these theistic claims are widely and enthusiastically disputed by philosophical non-theists.  Readings: http://www.iep.utm.edu/r/relig-ep.htm#H http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reformed_epistemology ; http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/religion-epistemology and also see Dr. Pecorino's textbook .  For more info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino @ PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu .  FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY,  January 9, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
CFI-LI Patchogue General Discussion Group
Usually the second Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.  For CFI Friends only!

Sunday, January 28, 2007, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Annual Fundraising Winter Brunch!
The popular CFI Community of Long Island annual fundraising brunch (one week before the Super Bowl) will be hosted by CFI Community of LI coordinator Gerry Dantone and will feature a vast spread of bagels, coffees, teas, pastries, eggs and other brunching favorites! Meet your fellow Long Island and Metro area freethinkers and enjoy the great food and company! $15/person, children 12 and under free, R.S.V.P to Gerry Dantone, PO Box 119, Greenlawn, NY 11740. You will be receiving a mailing in January for this event! Payments in advance please, for CFI Friends only!

THURSDAY, February 1, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI Philosophical Discussion Group
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY, in the auditorium this month only .  For info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino @ PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu .  FREE and open to the public!
TUESDAY, February 6, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

CFI-LI Book Discussion Group
The Book Discussion Group will usually be the first Tuesday of the month; this month is the book, "Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction," by Eugenie Scott.  Confirmed to be held at Ayhan's Shish-Kebab Restaurant, 379 South Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY, at the corner of Woodbury Rd.  If you want to have dinner at Ayhan's, arrive before 5:45PM. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info.  Still FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY,  February 13, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
CFI-LI Patchogue General Discussion Group
Usually the second Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.  For CFI Friends only!

Darwin Day Events!

THURSDAY, February 15, 2007, all day!
Darwin Day Information Table
Students will be staffing an information table in the Student Activities Center lobby all day.

THURSDAY, February 15, 2007
Darwin Day Videos!
Student Activities Center, Room 302

10:00AM- 11:30AM: "Great Transformations," facilitated by Aman Gil
11:30AM-1:00PM: "Why Sex?" facilitated by Joe Lachance
2:30PM-4:00PM: "The Evolutionary Arms Race," facilitated by Toni Lynn Morelli
4:00PM-5:30PM: "Extinction," facilitated by Josh Banta

Open to everyone!

THURSDAY, February 15, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
Darwin Day Lecture
Special Darwin Day Provost Lecture: Sean Carroll , the Howard Hughes Professor at the University of Wisconsin, speaking on the topic, "The Making of the Fittest" - LECTURE AT STUDENT ACTIVITIES CENTER AUDITORIUM, Stony Brook University, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY.  Get there early - every seat will be filled! After the lecture, Sean will be signing his book .  Still FREE and open to the public!

FRIDAY, February 16, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Darwin Day Panel Discussion
"Faith & Science: Is there an interface?"
Special Panel: Katy Hinman, Director, Georgia Light and Power; Rev. Richard Edwards, pastor, Stony Brook Community Church; Rev. Catherine Schuyler, SBU pastor; Rabbi Joseph Topek, Director, Hillel Foundation for Jewish Life and Director of the Interfaith Center; Jeffrey Levinton, SBU Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution; Robert Crease, Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Dept. and Director of SBU -Templeton Trust Institute .   At the Earth and Space Sciences Lecture Theater 001 .  Still FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, February 20, 2007, 6:30 p.m.
CFI New York City Darwin Day Event
Dr. Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Medical School and author of the bestselling "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating," will deliver the annual Darwin Day lecture.  This year's lecture, entitled "Junk Science, Real Science and the Search for the Perfect Diet: Separating Whole Grains From Chaff," is co-sponsored by the New York University Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health.   Location: 60 Washington Square South, Kimmel Hall Room, 401, New York University, NYC, NY, @ 6:30p.m.  Admission: $10; free to Friends of the Center.  You may pay at the door, but advance registration is suggested. Call 212-265-2877 ×10; or email.   For more info, go to CFINYC .

TUESDAY, March 6, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI Book Discussion Group
The Book Discussion Group will usually be the first Tuesday of the month. Book: " Roosevelt's Secret War ," 1st half, by Joseph Persico.  Confirmed to be held at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info. 
Still FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY,  March 13, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
CFI-LI Patchogue General Discussion Group
Usually the second Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.  For CFI Friends only!  Canceled Due to Ice Storm!

FRIDAY, March 16, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI monthly forum
Nica Lalli, author of the new Prometheus book, " Nothing: Something to Believe In ," will speak  at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, Nassau County, NY.  Her new book will be available for sale at the forum.  For more info contact Gerry @ LISecHum@aol.com .  FREE and open to the public!

SATURDAY, March 24, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
 A Special CFI Community of LI Event A Lecture & Book-signing Featuring
Best-selling Author Victor Stenger at the Book Revue, Huntington Village. Author Vic Stenger has a book on the NY Times 25 best selling non-fiction list titled, "God: The Failed Hypothesis."  For more info on the book go to Prometheus Books .  He will be speaking and signing books bought at the Book Revue , 313 New York Avenue, Huntington Village, Suffolk County, NY.  For more info contact Gerry @ LISecHum@aol.com .  FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, April 3, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI Book Discussion Group
The Book Discussion Group will usually be the first Tuesday of the month.  Book: " Roosevelt's Secret War ," 2nd half, by Joseph Persico.  Confirmed to be held at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info.  Still FREE and open to the public!

THURSDAY, April 5, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI Philosophical Discussion Group
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY. TOPIC: Ethical Issues at the End of Life: Refusing Treatments and Hastening Death.  What are the big questions?  Who decides?  For whom?  What is the law in NY?  Whose life is it anyway?  I expect that we will spend the 2 hours we have exploring the meanings and assumptions and presuppositions associated with those questions.  (See Dr. Pecorino's online textbook. )  For more info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino @ PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu .   Still FREE and open to the public!

FRIDAY, April 20, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
CFI-LI monthly forum
Dr. Massimo Pigliucci, author and popularizer of science will speak!   His latest book is " Making Sense of Evolution ."  The title of his talk is, "Is Dawkins delusional? On the relationship between science and religion," a critique of Richard Dawkin's book, "The God Delusion."  For more by Massimo go to http://www.rationallyspeaking.org/ .  Guest musician: Walter Sargent .  At the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, Nassau County, NY.  For more info contact Gerry @ LISecHum@aol.com .  FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY,  April 24, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
CFI Comm. of LI Patchogue General Discussion Group
Usually the second or third Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein 631-869-5140 warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.  For CFI Friends only!

TUESDAY, May 1, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
CFI Comm. of LI Book Discussion Group
The Book Discussion Group will usually be the first Tuesday of the month. Book: "The Culture of Fear: Why Americans are afraid of the Wrong Things," by Barry Glassner.  Could the media have something to do with this? Confirmed to be held at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info.  Still FREE and open to the public!  National Day of Reason Event!

THURSDAY, May 3, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
CFI Comm. of LI Philosophical Discussion Group
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY.  In honor of the National Day of Reason , Dr. Pecorino will discuss the work of Dr. Susan Haack, an expert on logic, coherence and reason.  For info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino @ PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu .  FREE and open to the public!

May 9th to 19th, 2007
Following in the Footsteps of Darwin
A CFI Trip to the Galapagos Islands!
Go to: http://www.cfitravel.org/galapagos/

FRIDAY, May 18, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
CFI Comm. of LI monthly forum
Brian Trent , author of the novel, "Remembering Hypatia," will speak.  "Remembering Hypatia" is a vivid retelling of a now-forgotten historical tragedy, when courage stood against fear, when the legacy of the wise vanished in the dark. The author resurrects the ancient world's most famous metropolis and explores the final days, not just of a brilliant mind, but of a lost era.  For more info on Mr. Trent and the book, go to http://www.briantrent.com/ . and also http://www.rememberinghypatia.com/ .  At the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, Nassau County, NY.  For more info contact Gerry @ LISecHum@aol.com .  FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY,  May 22, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
CFI Comm. of LI Patchogue General Discussion Group

Tuesday, June 5th at 7:00 pm
Book Discussion Group
Location: Jericho Library Auditorium, Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY
The Book Discussion Group will usually be the first Tuesday of the month.  Book: "Conservatives Without Conscience," by John Dean.  Confirmed to be held in the auditorium at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info.  Still FREE and open to the public!

Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 pm
Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY.  TOPIC: BELIEF: Is there a Right to believe whatever one wants to believe?   For info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino @ PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu or visit his website @ www2.sunysuffolk.edu/pecorip/SCCCWEB.   FREE and open to the public!

Sunday, June 10th at 11:30 am
Huntington Village, on Gerard Street off of Clinton Street, Huntington
Volunteers needed!
Marchers will be meeting @ the municipal parking lot in Huntington Village, on Gerard Street off of Clinton Street, Huntington @ 11:30 a.m.  The festival in nearby Heckscher park begins after the Parade @ 1 p.m.  If you don't feel like marching, we will also need persons to staff our table at the fair to hand out CFI Comm. of LI literature.  Last year over 1000 pieces of information were handed out!  The mission of the Parade and the Festival at Heckscher Park is to foster a safer environment for persons of all sexual orientations involving consenting adults, and raise awareness of inequities in existing law.  If you want to be a part of the event, call Gerry Dantone @ 516 640 5491 or send an email to LISecHum@aol.com .  FREE and open to the public!

Friday, June 15th at 7:00 pm
Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, Nassau County, NYGeorge Levine, retired Rutgers professor, and author of "Darwin Loves You," will speak!  Publishers Weekly wrote, "Levine argues persuasively that an understanding of Darwinism can lead to a secular enchantment of the sort experienced by Darwin himself."  For more about "Darwin Loves You," go to Princeton Univ. Press .   Musical guest: Walter Sargent!  For more about Walt, go to www.waltsargent.com .  FREE and open to the public!

Monday, June 25th at 8:00 pm
313 New York Avenue, Huntington Village, Suffolk County, NY
Nica Lalli , author of the new Prometheus book, " Nothing: Something to Believe In ," will speak  at the Book Revue, 313 New York Avenue, Huntington Village, Suffolk County, NY.  Her new book will be available for sale at the event.  For more info contact Gerry @ LISecHum@aol.com .  FREE and open to the public!

Tuesday, July 3rd at 7 pm
The Book Discussion Group will usually be the first Tuesday of the month.  Special meeting: Pick one of your favorite books, bring it and talk about it!   Confirmed to be held in the auditorium at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info.   Still FREE and open to the public!

Tuesday, July, 10th, 7:30 pm. 
Patchogue General Discussion Group.  Usually the second or third Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein  warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions. For CFI Friends only!

Saturday, August 4th, Noon to 6 pm
The popular CFI Community of Long Island annual fundraising Robert G. Ingersoll Memorial Picnic will be held at our favorite venue, Centerport Beach Park, Little Neck Road, Centerport, Suffolk County.  Meet your fellow Long Island and Metro area freethinkers and enjoy the great food and company!  You can also take a dip in the Long Island Sound, so bring your bathing suits if you wish!  The picnic is held under a large pavillion in a shaded area in the park.  All charcoal, paper plates, plastic utensils, etc. will be provided, you YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINK; everyone is encouraged to share goodies from home!  Free parking. $10/person, teenagers (13 to 17 years old) $5, children 12 and under free.  Just show up with the admission fee and your own food and drink.

TUESDAY, August 7, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
CFI Comm. of LI Book Discussion Group.  The Book Discussion Group will usually be the first Tuesday of the month.  Book: "Doubt: A History," by Jennifer Michael Hecht.  Confirmed  to be held at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info.   Still FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, August 14th, 7:30pm
Patchogue General Discussion Group

TUESDAY, September 4th , 7:00pm
CFI Comm. of LI Book Discussion.  "Economics in One Lesson", by Henry Hazlett.   A kind of "Economics for Dummies."  Confirmed  to be held at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info.   Still FREE and open to the public!

THURSDAY, September 6th, 7:00 pm
The Philosophy Group
Location: Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY.  Led by Dr. Phil Pecorino, the group will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month;  for info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino @ PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu or visit his website @ www2.sunysuffolk.edu/pecorip/SCCCWEB .  Always free and open to the public! 

TUESDAY, September 11th, 7:00 pm
Patchogue General Discussion Group

FRIDAY, September 21st, 7:00 pm
Location: Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, Nassau County, NY. Ed Klein of the Queens Community for Cultural Judaism will be speaking on the topic, "Who Wrote the Bible?".  Special musical guest: Hank Stone!  For more on Hank Stone go to: www.hankstone.net.   For more info contact Gerry @ LISecHum@aol.com .   FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, October 2, 7 pm
The Book Discussion Group will usually be the first Tuesday of the month.  Tentative book: "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference," by Malcolm Gladwell.  Tentatively scheduled to be held at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info.   Still FREE and open to the public!

THURSDAY, October 4, 7 pm
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview, Nassau County, NY.   TOPIC: "Love."   For info on the topics, email Dr. Pecorino @ PPecorino@qcc.cuny.edu or visit his website @ www2.sunysuffolk.edu/pecorip/SCCCWEB.   FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, October 9th, 7:00 pm
Patchogue General Discussion Group

TUESDAY November 6th at 7:00 pm
Book Discussion Group
Location: Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY
Book: "The Courtier and the Heretic," by Matthew Stewart. Held at the Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY. Contact Bob @ Bbrains@optonline.net for info.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, November 9 to 11
Secular Society and its Enemies
The 2007 Conference of the Center for Inquiry-New York City will take place at the New York Academy of Sciences at 7 World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, overlooking the World Trade Center site and construction site of the Freedom Tower, on November 9 - 11.  Renowned speakers, scholars, and media personalities will meet to discuss the future of reason and secularism in an America and a world increasingly divided by religion.  Join Christopher Hitchens, Alan Dershowitz, Peter Singer, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, Wendy Kaminer, and RICHARD DAWKINS, and many others for this historic event.

FRIDAY, November 16, 7:00 pm
John Rafferty, secretary and editor of Pique, the newsletter of the Secular Humanist Society of New York , will speak on the topic, "Is America a Christian Nation?  Was it Ever?"   At the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, Nassau County, NY.  For more info contact Gerry @ LISecHum@aol.com .   FREE and open to the public!

TUESDAY, December 4th at 7:00 pm
Location:Jericho Library, One Merry Lane, Jericho, Nassau County, NY
Book: "Chinese Lessons," by John Pomfret.

THURSDAY, December 6th at 7:00 pm
Location: Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY
The Philosophy Group led by Dr. Phil Pecorino.

TUESDAY, December 11th at 7:00 pm
Usually the second or third Tuesday of the month, topic TBD, contact Warren Rothstein  warrenrothstein@optonline.net to reserve a place (limited seating) and for directions.

FRIDAY, December 21 at 7 pm
CFI Comm. of LI Annual Celebration!
Our annual end-of-the-year celebration!
Friday, December 21 @ 7PM a FREE CONCERT featuring the Americana band, "Tornado Alley"!  At the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library!  This is going to be a great FREE event - bring your friends and family!

Not long ago, Island Songwriters Showcase members Sonny Speed, Tim Huss and Vincent Crici, three singer-songwriters with very distinct musical personalities, decided to join forces with percussionist Robert Langley and violinist Lora Kendall and form Tornado Alley. As their distinctive styles merged into a unified sound, an experiment in original American roots music was born.

Tonight, they'll treat us to the thrills of their BIG sound that resonates as an acoustic revival band with sumptuous vocal harmonies on their diverse original compositions.

The members of Tornado Alley challenge themselves to write all original material that reflects the many genres of roots music: bluegrass, country, gospel, traditional blues and folk idioms found in California, New England and the Texas plains. A signature of Tornado Alley's sound is their emphasis of three- and four-part harmonies, coupled with up-tempo energy and universal appeal. The Tornado Alley line-up is also adept at seamlessly switching instruments and roles: Vincent Crici on vocals, guitar, bass and mandolin; Tim Huss on vocals, guitar and bass; Robert Langley on percussion and backing vocals; Sonny Speed on vocals, guitar, mandolin bass, harmonica and melodica. Tornado Alley has just finished recording its first CD and will release it very soon.

For more on Tornado Alley, go to their website: http://www.tornadoalleyband.com.
Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, Nassau County, NY

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