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January 2018

Friday Night deLights for Spring 2018

January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST
ACC Highland Campus, 6101 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX US

• What we'll doSchedule for Spring 2018Friday Night deLights: Exploring Life on EarthCFI Classes meet in room HLC1 2405 (2nd floor on south side of the big stairs) Jan 19 – CFI class: Introduction; Chemistry BackgroundJan 26 – CFI class: Genetics; Evidence for EvolutionFeb 2 – CFI class: The Tree of Life, an OverviewFeb 9 – no class: Darwin Day Eve (preparing for Darwin Day Feb 10)Feb 16 – Hot Science Cool Talks (HSCT) sponsored by UT Environmental Science Inst.:…

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Film Discussion: The Reader (2008) — not a CFI event

January 20 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Cafe Express, 3418 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 73301 US

• What we'll doJoin the Film&Forum group to watch and discuss The Reader. Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.Come early to get something to eat and drink. Showing begins about 5:15 pm. • What to bring • Important to know

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ACA lecture: “Jesus would have made a good atheist and other stories.”

January 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm CST
Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78701 US

Joshua Richards will speak:  It's not a minister losing faith story, but that's part of it. I was a pastor, I was fired, decided to catch up on all the sinning I missed, wound up homeless, then in rehab. Got over my issues and became a Philosophy instructor.

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Non-Fiction Book: Patent Politics

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm CST
ACA Library, 1507 W Koenig Ln
Austin, TX 78756 US

Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest in the United States and Europe by Shobita Parthasarathy Over the past thirty years, the world’s patent systems have experienced pressure from civil society like never before. From farmers to patient advocates, new voices are arguing that patents impact public health, economic inequality, morality—and democracy. These challenges, to domains that we usually consider technical and legal, may seem surprising. But in Patent Politics, Shobita Parthasarathy argues that patent systems have always…

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February 2018

A Moveable Feast

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Austin, TX US

Join fellow freethinkers on the first Monday each month as we solve the world's problems and fill our hunger for good food and good conversation. Venues are selected from those suggested by members: send a suggestion for a restaurant you would like to include. The key considerations include good food (with vegetarian and gluten-free options) at reasonable prices; separate checks; either a separate area/room or a somewhat quiet location conducive to conversation.

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