Humanist Update

** Book Group **
The Humanist book group will be starting a new book by Isabel Wilkerson – Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents on Sunday, October 4 @ 11 am.
The author provides a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. She explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. This book documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews and discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against. The author explores the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.
This promises to be a timely and interesting read! We would love to have new people join the discussion! Send a note to if you would like an invite to join the Zoom session, or if you have any questions.
** November Meeting **
The Humanist Society will meet via Zoom with the UUS Secular Humanists of Iowa City, and SecSI (Secular Students at Iowa) on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 pm. The speaker will be Mark Stringer, Executive Director of the ACLU of Iowa. He will be giving us an update on ACLU activities and what lies ahead, especially with the ongoing struggle to maintain separation of church and state. I’m sure the election will be high on everyone’s mind! This will be a great opportunity to network with the Iowa City humanist group and to hear what is on the minds of Iowa City students. Plan to join us for what promises to be a very interesting evening! Contact Al Powers at with any questions.