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Be Part of a Public Reading of "It Can't Happen Here"!

  • When: Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
  • Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

In 1936, Sinclair Lewis adapted his novel into a play under the auspices of the Federal Theatre Project, and theatres across the country opened productions on the same night.

On the 80th anniversary of the first theatrical adaptation of Lewis’s novel, and in cooperation with the Sinclair Lewis Estate, Berkeley Rep is organizing a nationwide reading of the new adaptation on Monday, October 24. Theatres, universities, and libraries across the United States have been invited to organize free public readings of the new adaptation by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen.

If you would like to be a reader, please contact Chris Smith to volunteer at

And if you'd like to be part of the listening audience, then join us for a very interesting night!

Free and open to the public!

"It Can't Happen Here" is a semi-satirical 1935 political novel by American author Sinclair Lewis, (and a 1936 play adapted from the novel by Lewis and John C. Moffitt). Published during the rise of fascism in Europe, the novel describes the rise of Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip, a populist United States Senator who is elected to the presidency after fomenting fear and promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and "traditional" values. 

After his election, Windrip takes complete control of the government and imposes a plutocratic/totalitarian rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force, in the manner of Adolf Hitler and the SS. The novel's plot centers on journalist Doremus Jessup's opposition to the new regime and his subsequent struggle against it as part of a liberal rebellion.

Reviewers at the time, and literary critics ever since, have emphasized the connection with Louisiana politician Huey Long, who was preparing to run for president in the 1936 election when he was assassinated in 1935 just prior to the novel's publication.


FREE Film Screening - "Dream On" with comedian John Fugelsang

  • When: Monday, November 07, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
  • Jefferson Parish Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA view map

In an epic road trip, political comedian John Fugelsang retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose study of our young country in 1831 came to define America as a place where anyone could climb the ladder of economic opportunity.

Following in the Frenchman's footsteps, Fugelsang speaks with fast-food workers and retirees, prisoners and entrepreneurs, undocumented immigrants and community organizers about their hopes, dreams, and daily struggles. 

DREAM ON explores whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream that Tocqueville observed is alive and well in the twenty-first century, or whether George Carlin was right when he famously quipped "It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it."

Download the viewer guide here!


"Cat's Cradle" - NOSHA Book Club

  • When: Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
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We're ready to take on our next title for discussion: "Cat's Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut.

This book explores issues of science, technology, and religion, satirizing the arms race and many other targets along the way. After turning down his original thesis in 1947, the University of Chicago awarded Vonnegut his master's degree in anthropology in 1971 for Cat's Cradle.

The title of the book derives from the string game "cat's cradle." Early in the book, the character Felix Hoenikker (a fictional co-inventor of the atom bomb) was playing cat's cradle when the bomb was dropped, and the game is later referred to by his son, Newton Hoenikker.

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New Episodes - The New Orleans Humanist Perspective

Program #216: Ryan McGehee, Louisiana Socialist Network

Host Jim Dugan talks with Ryan McGehee of the Louisiana Socialist Network (LSN). Recorded 17 Oct 2016. Airdate 23 Oct 2016. By NOSHA (

Posted on 2016-10-18T16:30:04+00:00
Program #215: Julie Schwam Harris, Legislative Agenda for Women (LAW)

Host Jim Dugan talks with Julie Schwam Harris of Legislative Agenda for Women (LAW) Recorded 17 Oct 2016. Airdate 23 Oct 2016 By NOSHA (

Posted on 2016-10-18T16:15:22+00:00
Program 214: William Gautreaux

Host Beth Deitch talks with foreign language instructor and Francophile William Gautreaux.

Posted on 2016-10-03T18:16:55+00:00
Program 213: Marshall Harris

Host Beth Deitch talks with actor, singer, and artist Marshall Harris.

Posted on 2016-10-03T17:54:10+00:00

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