Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Shadow of a Doubt - October 2014

The Monthly Calendar of the National Capital Area Skeptics
  • Oct 11 NCAS Lecture: Not your Parents' Gospels: Historicity, Literary License, and the Crafting of the Gospels.  Natalie K. Houghtby-Haddon, PhD, Associate Director of The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, and an Associate Professor in the GW College of Professional Studies
  • 2014 NCAS Philip J. Klass Award Presentation
  • Amazon Smile
  • Shadow Light
  • Oct 8 Drinking Skeptically in MD and VA!
  • Skeptic Line Number
  • Time to Renew?
NCAS Public Lecture Series

October 11 NCAS Lecture: Not your Parents' Gospels: Historicity, Literary License, and the Crafting of the Gospels.  Natalie K. Houghtby-Haddon, PhD,

Saturday, October 11, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Bethesda Regional Library
7400 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD [map] [directions]
(Bethesda Metro station)
FREE admission – Everyone welcome, members and non-members

In this talk we will explore how the Christian gospels came to be written, what their purpose might have been, and how ancient communities may have understood the "truth" of the gospels, in comparison to modern audiences. For example, how might the first followers of Jesus have understood his role as "miracle-worker?" We will also consider how myth-making and social formation go together, as a way to create new or alternative communities of interest.

Houghtby-HaddonDr. Natalie K. Houghtby-Haddon is the Associate Director of The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, and an Associate Professor in the GW College of Professional Studies. She teaches leadership theory, ethics, change management, and personal development for a number of the Center’s leadership development programs. She is also the Academic Program Director for the Center’s Master of Professional Studies in Public Leadership with a Specialization in Multi-Sector Management.

She received the Ph.D. in the Human Sciences from The George Washington University, and holds the Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity Degrees from the Claremont School of Theology, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boston University. She is the author of
Changed Imagination, Changed Obedience: Social Imagination and the Bent-Over Woman in the Gospel of Luke, published by Wipf and Stock Publishers.

Refreshments and socializing after the talk.

November NCAS Lecture
John Cmar, MD, an Instructor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University and Assistant Director of Infectious Diseases at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, will speak on "How To Read A Medical Study."  Cmar is a regular contributor to "Midday On Health" on the "Midday with Dan Rodricks" show on WYPR-FM, and regularly blogs and podcasts at  Saturday, November 15 at 1:30 pm at National Science Foundation.

2014 NCAS Philip J. Klass Award Presentation Preceding Dr. Cmar's lecture, the 2014 NCAS Philip J. Klass Award for outstanding contributions in promoting critical thinking and scientific understanding will be presented to Steven Salzberg, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics in the Institute of Genetic Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Drinking Skeptically, now in MD and  VA!

On Wednesday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m., please join fellow NCASers at either of our simultaneous DC-area Drinking Skeptically events:
Drinking Skeptically Bottle
                          Cap Logo Jackie's Sidebar
 8081 Georgia Avenue (entrance on Sligo Avenue) in Silver Spring, MD

 The Front Page Arlington
 Rear patio / National Science Foundation atrium
                        4201 Wilson Blvd (across from Ballston Common Mall) in Arlington, VA
                        (703) 248-9990

The most recent Washingtonian magazine list of the best DC-area bars (2013) includes Jackie's Sidebar: "Insider tip: Sop up the spirits with some of the best bar snacks around. We love the Chicago-style dog and grilled-seaweed-sprinkled popcorn."

Drinking Skeptically is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship and networking among skeptics, critical-thinkers, and like-minded individuals. There's no cover charge and all are welcome. Don't drink? Don't let that stop you from joining us! Some of the world's most famous skeptics are teetotalers, and we are happy to have you! Remember that drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. If there's one thing science has taught us, it's the effects of alcohol on the human body.

Skeptic Line Number
As of March 2013, NCAS has switched telephone numbers, from 301-587-3827 to 240-670-NCAS (6227).

Time to Renew?
Be sure to check your renewal date above your postal address on the Shadow Light postcard. Send any queries to  Use theonline membership form to renew.