Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

ACT Humanist Society Member's Forum: Humanism and the Future

ACT Humanist Society members and guests are invited to our November Forum: Humanism and the Future. What does Humanism have to offer for this new century? What do you think the role of the Humanist movement should be?

The Forum is a great opportunity to discuss an interesting topic and chat with members of the ACT Humanist Society. The Forum is held at a member's home in O'Connor so please contact the convenor, Mary-Anne, at convenor@canberrahumanists.org.au for venue details. 

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Oct
31
6:00 PM18:00

Humanist social gathering and discussion

Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion on "How does being a humanist influence our everyday lives". Everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted.

We will be in a room called "The Snug", upstairs behind the bar, in O'Malleys, Civic. If you're unsure where the Snug is, just ask at the Bar. 

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Oct
23
12:30 PM12:30

Regulating transparency in corporate supply chains: Australia’s draft Modern Slavery Act.

Jo Ford is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean (International) at the ANU College of Law. This seminar engages with June 2018 draft federal legislation that would create a requirement for the largest Australian firms (and the Commonwealth) to report annually on measures taken to identify and address the risks of human trafficking and forced labour in their national and transnational supply chains.

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Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

ACT Humanist Society Member's Forum: Meet two influential guests

At our next Forum we will be visited by the President of the Rationalist Society of Australia Meredith Doig and prominent writer on philosophical topics Paul Monk.
Both will give brief talks about the ideas that help give meaning to their lives and these will be followed by a general discussion.


This is an opportunity to explore secular ideas about meaning and purpose in life in a friendly and community oriented discussion, and to meet two interesting people. The Forum is also a great opportunity to meet members of the ACT Humanist Society.
The Forum is held at a member's home in O'Connor so please contact the convenor, Mary-Anne, at convenor@canberrahumanists.org.au for venue details. 

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Oct
9
6:00 PM18:00

IPCC report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

On 8th October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will publish a report outlining possible pathways to meet the Paros Climate Agreement targets, their feasibility, costs and the benefits of limiting global warming to 1.5°C vs 2°C. Prof Mark Howden will discuss the findings of the report, and outline impacts on human health, the Australian economy and the global environment. Free.

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Oct
6
5:30 PM17:30

Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

Let the beautiful and profound artworks from the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize take you on an inspiring exploration of our natural environment. The biennial prize is an opportunity for artists to investigate the world around them, and present their perspectives on natural science. The National Archives of Australia will once again be hosting an exhibition of the winning and highly commended artworks from the Prize, the only venue outside of the South Australian Museum to do so.

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ICAN Peace Ride, March and Rally
Sep
20
11:00 AM11:00

ICAN Peace Ride, March and Rally

It is almost one year since the historic day the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was concluded and approved by 122 countries at the UN. Since it opened for signature in September, 59 countries have signed on and 10 have ratified. The Treaty is well on the way to entering into force, which we expect within the next year or two.

Our government says that it wants a world free of nuclear weapons, while continuing to claim that these weapons are necessary for our security. This kind of hypocrisy undermines progress on disarmament. The ban treaty forces all nations to choose whether they side with, or against, nuclear weapons.

All of the federal Greens, two Centre Alliance, one Independent, one National, one Liberal and73% of federal Labor parliamentarians have pledged to work for Australia to sign and ratify the ban. In the last two weeks, another 30 state and territory parliamentarians from across the political spectrum have also pledged their support. It's inevitable that Australia joins the ban.

Nobel Peace Ride

This September, we're embarking on an epic cycling adventure to carry the Nobel Peace Prize medal and the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons from Melbourne, where ICAN began, to Parliament House in Canberra. Our journey will culminate in a peace march and rally on September 20 , marking one year since it opened for signature.

We're seeking participants for the 3-week journey, stopping in towns along the way to meet with local communities. You can find further information and register your interest here.

We encourage everyone to join us in Canberra on September 20 to amplify our demand for Australia to sign and ratify the nuclear ban treaty as a matter of urgency! RSVP here.

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Aug
28
6:00 PM18:00

Humanist social gathering and discussion

Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion on " Is Nationalism contrary to human flourishing and if so, how can humanism oppose Nationalism?". Everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted.

We will be in a room called the "Castle room", to the left of the bar, in O'Malleys, Civic. If you're unsure where the Castle room is, just ask at the Bar. 

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Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

The Human Union Project: Member's Forum

Our August monthly forum will be a discussion on The Human Union Project: What it is and how could we participate. The idea is to build a political system based on respect for all human beings; a Human Union. The current system of competing national states has given us entrenched inequality, conflict and warfare. People work against their fellow humans on behalf of their nation states rather than for the building of a human political community (see: http://www.thehumanunion.org)

Come meet members of the Canberra Humanist community for a social evening with interesting conversation. Drinks and supper provided. Please contact the convenor, Mary-Anne, at convenor@canberrahumanists.org.au for venue details. 

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Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

Humanist social gathering and discussion

Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion on " Social media - Everyone seems to be on some form of social media these days but what is its effect on face-to-face communication and human connections? Does this help or hinder human flourishing?". Everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted.

We will be in a room called the "Castle room", to the left of the bar, in O'Malleys, Civic. If you're unsure where the Castle room is, just ask at the Bar. 

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Five Years on Manus Island And Nauru - Protest
Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

Five Years on Manus Island And Nauru - Protest

On July 19th this year, it will be five years since Kevin Rudd announced that “any asylum seeker who arrives in Australia by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees”. This has resulted in the imprisonment of up to 2000 men women and children in Australia’s offshore detention camps in Manus Island in PNG and on Nauru for up to five years or more.

Come to this protest organised by the Refugee Action Committee

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Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Humanist social gathering and discussion

Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion on "My Beef with Belief". Everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted.

We will be in a room called the "Castle room", to the left of the bar, in O'Malleys, Civic. If you're unsure where the Castle room is, just ask at the Bar. 

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Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

Humanist social gathering and discussion

Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion on "The philosophy and work of Stephen Pinker ". Everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted.

We will be in a room called the "Castle room", to the left of the bar, in O'Malleys, Civic. If you're unsure where the Castle room is, just ask at the Bar. 

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Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Humanist social gathering and discussion

Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion on "Social media - Everyone seems to be on some form of social media these days but what is its effect on face-to-face communication and human connections? Does this help or hinder human flourishing?" Everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted.

We will be in a room called the "Castle", to the left of the bar, in O'Malleys, Civic. If you're unsure where the Castle is, just ask at the bar. Hope to see you there.

Please RSVP at our Meetup

 

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May
22
6:00 PM18:00

Humanist social gathering and discussion

Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion on "Do humanist ethics differ from traditional conceptions of ethics? is there a humanist approach to ethics?" Everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted.

We will be in a room called the "Castle", to the left of the bar, in O'Malleys, Civic. If you're unsure where the Castle is, just ask at the bar. Hope to see you there.

Please RSVP at our Meetup

 

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May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Humanist social gathering and discussion

Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion on "Why would someone bother to describe themselves as a humanist? Are humanists different to atheists, freethinkers or rationalists?" Everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted.

We will be in a room called the "Castle", to the left of the bar, in O'Malleys, Civic. If you're unsure where the Castle is, just ask at the bar. Hope to see you there.

Please RSVP at our Meetup

 

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May
1
12:30 PM12:30

Change the Rules Rally

  • cnr University Ave and Childers St Canberra, ACT, 2601 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ACTU/UnionsACT are organising a rally to "Change the Rules"

Rally for the Global Campaign on Military Spending - 12 noon, Tuesday 8 May, Parliament House lawns. 
Protest the Government's plans to become a major arms dealer, and the excessive military spending which takes money from essential social needs, such as housing, education. climate change.
Speakers include Senator Peter Whish-Wilson and MC Dr Sue Wareham.

Further details are available here.

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Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Humanist social gathering and discussion

Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion on "Looking after our ageing population - How can we make sure that people are able to live the best life they can in their declining years? Can younger people support the growing number of elderly people in society?" Everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted.

We will be in a room called the "Castle", to the left of the bar, in O'Malleys, Civic. If you're unsure where the Castle is, just ask at the bar. Hope to see you there.

Please RSVP at our Meetup

 

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Apr
21
12:00 PM12:00

IPAN-AJPP Palestine Support Rally for Anti Israeli apartheid week

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) and Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine (AJPP) are organising a rally for Anti Israeli Apartheid Week.

* No way to treat any child - on the jailing of 17 year old Ahed Tamimi and other Palestinian children.
* Protest the Israeli killings and injuries in Gaza - 15 unarmed protesters killed and 750 injured by Israeli soldiers. The protest was about the ongoing inhumane siege of Gaza.
* Protest the recent bombings in Syria.

Further details are available here.

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Apr
13
to Apr 14

Australian Humanist Convention

  • Adelaide South Australia (map)
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The Humanist Society of South Australia are excited to be co-hosting the 2018 Australian Humanist Convention on April 14 in Adelaide. The theme for the conference, Equality is for Everyone, will be upon human rights and the need for equality. To this end, they have teamed up with some other like-minded organisations and university clubs in South Australia to bring a diverse selection of people and ideas to the convention.

For full details and registration visit the SA Humanists Website

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Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

Humanist social gathering and discussion

Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion on "Is interfaith action ethical for humanists." Everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted.

We will be in a room called the "Castle", to the left of the bar, in O'Malleys, Civic. If you're unsure where the Castle is, just ask at the bar. Hope to see you there.

Please RSVP at our Meetup

 

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Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

ACT Humanist Society Annual General Meeting

Our 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held at the Dickson Library Community Room,
from 7-9pm on Wednesday 28 March.

The meeting will start with Welcome Drinks and a
chance to meet fellow members, and will include a talk from the President of the Australian
Council of Humanist Societies – Dr Lyndon Storey – as well as an opportunity to view and
discuss some videos about Humanism.

If you are interested in nominating to join the ACTHS
committee, please contact our convenor: convenor@canberrahumanists.org.au

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Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

Humanist social gathering and discussion

Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion on "#Metoo - let's explore the movement, its origins and its consequences from an ethical standpoint." Everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted.

We will be in a room called the "Castle", to the left of the bar, in O'Malleys, Civic. If you're unsure where the Castle is, just ask at the bar. Hope to see you there.

Please RSVP at our Meetup

 

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Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Humanist social gathering and discussion

Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal chat for newcomers and regulars, followed by a group discussion on "Is there really such a thing as ethical tourism or is all tourism selfish & exploitative?" Everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts uninterrupted.

We will be in a room called the "Castle", to the left of the bar, in O'Malleys, Civic. If you're unsure where the Castle is, just ask at the bar. Hope to see you there.

Please RSVP at our Meetup

 

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Feb
23
6:30 PM18:30

What does it mean to say that Australia is a secular state?

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture presents: A secular state? Reason, Religion and the Australian Polity

How did that self-conception develop and how has the meaning of ‘secular’ changed over
the course of the nation’s history? These are the fundamental questions discussed in this
seminar, which will cover the inter-relationship of the secular and religion within the Australian polity from 1788 to the present. This seminar will present ARC-funded research
conducted by the speakers:

Dr. Stephen Chavura teaches politics and history at Macquarie University
Professor John Gascoigne recently retired as Scientia Professor in the School of Humanities
and Languages at UNSW.

Dr Ian Tregenza is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at Macquarie University.
The event starts at 6.30pm with drinks and nibbles before officially starting at 7pm.

For catering purposes register here by Monday 19th February.

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Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Humanist Society Member's Forum

Our February monthly forum will be on the topic: The Religious Freedom Review. You may wish to read our draft submission to the review before the forum.

Please bring a small plate of food for supper - to share and help celebrate Darwin Day (12th Feb)

ACT Humanist Society Members and guests are welcome. Please phone the convenor, Mary-Anne, on 0408 945 360 for venue details. 

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Feb
8
1:30 PM13:30

ANU Climate Update 2018

The ANU presents ANU Climate Update 2018

This symposium will present an overview of how our climate is changing and how we are
responding to these changes in Australia and around the world. You'll hear from experts,
practitioners and leading commentators from across ANU and throughout Australia.

Register here.

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