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Free Speech: The Foundation for All Liberty

  • When: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
  • Metairie Park Country Day School, 300 Park Road, Metairie, LA view map

Free and open to the public!

Greg Lukianoff is a graduate of Stanford Law and president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

He is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and Freedom From Speech, and the co-author with Jonathan Haidt of The Atlantic’s September 2015 cover story, “The Coddling of the American Mind"; and co-author with Harvey A. Silverglate and David French of FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus.

Lukianoff is also widely published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, TIME, The Boston Globe, Forbes, the New York Post, and U.S. News & World Report. He is a frequent guest on national televison and syndicated radio programs, including CBS Evening News, NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s New Day, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox Business’s Stossel and The Independents; and he has testified before both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives about free speech issues on America’s campuses.

FIRE’s mission is to defend free speech, equal rights, due process, religious liberty and the sanctity of conscience at American colleges and universities.

Supported by: Greg Rusovich and Jay Lapeyre Families
Sponsored by: Metairie Park Country Day School and Isidore Newman School 


“At Night in Your Backyard: The suburban ecology of West Nile virus"

  • When: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
  • Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

NOLA Science Cafe - May

Every spring thousands of birds hatch into a harsh reality of predators, parasites, and pathogens. This seasonal pulse of susceptible West Nile virus avian hosts and abundant mosquito vectors fuel the potential for West Nile virus outbreaks in humans. 

Techniques combining thermal imaging, field work, and mathematical models are leading to new insights into the ecology of West Nile virus.

Speaker: Kevin A. Caillouet, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., Research Entomologist with St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District

Free and open to the public!

Sponsored by NOSHA and the Virology Institute of New Orleans


Celebrate National Astronomy Day 2016!

  • When: Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am
  • Audubon Zoo Education Lawn, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA view map

National Astronomy Day is celebrated twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. In the spring, the holiday is held on the Saturday closest to the first quarter Moon between the months of April and May.

So here we are! Join members of the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society and learn more about astronomy in a hands-on day of demonstrations and discussions.


NOSHA's Annual Discussion Meeting!

  • When: Saturday, May 21, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
  • Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

One of our most popular events is the meeting where we get to discuss topics of interest as a group and learn about each other's opinions and experiences.

You don't have to be an expert or give a speech! Just friendly conversation that will allow for everyone to have an opportunity to discuss their thoughts on what should be enlightening issues that will allow us learn a lot from each other about our secular and personal beliefs.

This event is free and open to the general public, so bring a friend!


God Took Care of Us!

    A NOSHA member passed along this cartoon from a former New Orleans resident, Ralph Scheeler, who was a kindred spirit as you can see from the punchline :

"We lost the house, the barn, the livestock and the farm equipment. Our two kids are still in the I.C.U. My wife has permanent brain damage and I have internal organ damage. 
But! God took care of us! We're still alive!"

    Ralph Scheeler and his wife, Annette, moved from New Orleans to Oregon in 2005 after the lost their home in Hurricane Katrina. He has continued his artistic work in Beaverton with his contributions to the Beaverton Resource Guide. His characters have become part of the community. You can read more here.

    We're delighted that he thought of us and wanted to share some of his recent work with his friends in New Orleans. We're certain that will hear this same tired line over and over again as we experience future storms here in the South. Anytime the inspiration strikes, we'll look forward to his secular take on life.

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