Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Israel and the Occupation of Palestine

  • Delhi 6 Authentic Indian Cuisine (map)
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The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) and
Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine (AJPP) present
Speaker: Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy on Israel and the Occupation of Palestine

A fundraising dinner at Delhi 6 restaurant. Cost $50 and $35 for concessions. Donations also welcome.

Gideon Levy is a well known Israeli journalist who has been writing brilliant and courageous articles about the occupation of the Palestinian Territories for the Haaretz newspaper for many years.  He has been brought to Australia by the Australian Friends of Palestine in South Australia for the Edward Said Memorial Lecture in Adelaide.  We are very fortunate that he will be in Canberra for a visit and able to speak here. He will be introduced by Senator Janet Rice, who has recently been in Palestine.

Please RSVP to kathrynk09@gmail.com with payment by Friday November 24.

Proceeds will go jointly to IPAN and AJPP

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Nov
28
5:15 PM17:15

Attacks on the ABC: In whose interests?

ABC Friends in the ACT presents

Public Broadcasting in the Pub: 
Attacks on the ABC: In whose interests?

The ABC’s independence and funding is under threat, with an “inquiry” prompted by Pauline Hanson and powerful private media interests attempting to undermine it. Come and hear:
• Margaret Reynolds, ABC Friends National Founding President and former Senator
• Ranald Macdonald, former editor-in-chief of The Age, broadcaster - and Collingwood Football Club President
    o with Canberra’s own David Kilby as MC
speak on the challenges facing those who value the ABC’s role in promoting independent Australian journalism, drama and good music – and what you can do about it.

“We have an immense national asset, a tremendous legacy. Its job is to connect us, to help maintain some common understandings of who we are, the issues we face, and the values we share. We have to hope that our own generation will not be the one that allows that to slip away.” - Margaret Simons, journalist, writer

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Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

Humanist Society Member's Forum

At our November monthly member's forum we'll be sharing "This is a great book - and why". We might discover some gems to add to our bedside tables or e-readers.

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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Oct
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 "Teaching ethics to Canberra students – a role for humanists?".

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.

Please RSVP at our Meetup

 

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Oct
22
1:00 PM13:00

Canberra says YES! Rally for marriage equality

Equal Love Canberra is hosting a rally in support of marriage equality.

On September 2, we had the largest rally for LGBTI rights in Canberra's history.

On September 10, 50,000 marched in Sydney, while tens of thousands have rallied in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Now's the time! Join us to stand for LGBTI rights and equality and to make this the biggest, most vibrant rally yet. As the plebiscite continues it's more important than ever that we stand with one another and keep the pressure on to at long last win marriage equality in Australia!

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Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Humanist Society Member's Forum

Our October monthly member's forum will be an activity to gather jokes, cartoons, and humour to contribute to the national Australian Humanist magazine's "Humourist Column". Bring any humour you think might work well, and we'll also do some searching during the forum.

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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Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

In Conversation with Peter Greste

The ANU’s Department of International Relations presents In conversation with Peter Greste, Monday October 16, 6:30pm.

Peter Greste spent two decades reporting from the front line in the world’s most dangerous countries before making headlines himself following his own incarceration in an Egyptian prison. Charged with threatening national security, and enduring a sham trial, solitary confinement and detention for 400 days, Greste himself became a victim of the new global war on journalism. For details and registration, visit: http://bellschool.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/5661/meet-author-conversation-peter-greste 

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Sep
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 "A humanist approach to cultural differences in ethics".

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.

Please RSVP at our Meetup

 

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Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

The role of U.S. bases in the world

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network in the ACT presents:

Professor David Vine, Department of Anthropology, American University, Washington DC: The role of U.S. bases in the world

David Vine will discuss Australia's critical role in the global network of U.S. military bases, which now total an estimated 800 outside the United States. He will also discuss the role of U.S. bases in Australia and beyond in U.S.- led wars and the significance of this unprecedented network of bases for global peace and security.

The seminar will be of interest to humanists concerned about world peace, particularly in these times of the Korean crisis when Malcolm Turnbull is ready to join Australia to the US in any military action which might occur there.  That situation is still critical as it seems the Americans are set on continuing war games in South Korea.

David Vine is the author of Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, August 2015) and Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (Princeton, 2009). David Vine’s work focuses on issues including U.S. foreign and military policy, military bases, forced displacement, and human rights.

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Aug
30
6:30 PM18:30

Meet a Muslim

  • Griffin Centre (Meeting Room 8, Level 2) (map)
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Discover common ground between Humanists and Muslims at this event hosted by Muslims for Progressive Values Australia.

The Meet a Muslim initiative is a social yet informative event which brings together Muslims and non-Muslims in a relaxed environment to get to know one another as well as giving people an opportunity to ask questions about Islam. 

Please register at Eventbrite for catering purposes.

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Aug
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 "Does artificial intelligence pose a threat to humanity and how might a humanist approach mitigate that threat".

This topic was suggested separately by two recent members, and the Humanist Society convener authored an article last year on aspects of the issue. There have been some interesting views expressed recently in the media, making this a timely topic.  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.

Please RSVP at our Meetup

 

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Aug
15
6:30 PM18:30

Fade to Black

Fade to Black is an intimate chronicle of the final months of former Coles Express CEO and terminal cancer patient Peter Short. We follow him as he demands the legal right to end his life with dignity, igniting the issue and debate along the way.
 
This is a powerful film that explores the issue of Assisted Dying from all sides.
 
The film maker - Jeremy Ervine - is holding a screening at the Dendy cinema at 6.30pm on August 15, followed by a Q&A session with himself, Peter Short’s wife Elizabeth, and a panel of politicians and assisted dying experts:
  
Trailer and limited tickets are available only from Demand Film – https://au.demand.film/fade-to-black/

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Jul
4
5:30 PM17:30

War, Peace and Independence

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network invites you to a 

FORUM

‘War, Peace and Independence’

5.30 for 6pm, Tuesday 4 July 2017

Reception Room, ACT Legislative Assembly, London Circuit

MC: Dr Sue Wareham, Vice President, Medical Association for the Prevention of War

Speakers: 

Professor Ramesh Thakur - The UN nuclear ban treaty and Australia
Prof Thakur is Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in the Crawford School, The Australian National University and co-Convenor of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament . He was Vice Rector and Senior Vice Rector of the United Nations University (and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations) from 1998–2007. 

Dr Alison Broinowski - What dependence costs us
Dr Alison Broinowski, formerly an Australian diplomat, including to the Australian Mission to the UN, has written and edited 14 books about the interface between Australia and Asia and Australia’s role in world affairs, the latest being (with David Stephens, The Honest History Book). She is a Research Affiliate at ANU, Vice President of Honest History, Vice President of Australians for War Powers Reform, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. 

Dr Mike Gilligan – Can Australia defend itself?
Mike Gilligan was formerly a senior public servant in the Defence department responsible for capability analysis and development for the defence of Australia.

At this time, when Australia has just increased its military commitment in Afghanistan, the forum will provide a timely opportunity for discussion on the crucial issues of war, peace and independence.

Authorised by IPAN ACT: ACT Quakers, MAPW, AJPP. Enquiries: 0417 269 984 www.ipan.org.au

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Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

Meet a Muslim

Discover common ground between Humanists and Muslims at this event hosted by Muslims for Progressive Values Australia.

The Meet a Muslim initiative is a social yet informative event which brings together Muslims and non-Muslims in a relaxed environment to get to know one another as well as giving people an opportunity to ask questions about Islam. 

Please register at Eventbrite for catering purposes.

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Jun
17
12:00 PM12:00

Australia is opposing the banning of Nuclear weapons! Make your voice heard.

  • Garema Place Canberra, ACT, 2601 Australia (map)
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UN negotiations to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons will resume in less than a month, with the draft treaty text to be released this coming Monday by the Chair of the conference, Costa Rican Ambassador Elayne Whyte. 

Over 130 countries are supporting the ban but it is opposed by Australia! Saturday 17th June will see a mass mobilisation in New York City, the Women's March to Ban the Bomb. In Australia ICAN (International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons) in association with WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom) are responding with a National Day of Action, including events in seven cities.

CANBERRA 

Rally to Ban the Bomb... finally! 
Saturday 17th June from 12-1pm
Garema Place, Canberra 

Speakers: Alex White, Unions ACT
Barbara O'Dwyer, WILPF
Angela Chen Chen and Byron Knight, ANU students
George Browning, former Anglican Bishop for Canberra and Goulburn
Sue Wareham, ICAN

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Jun
17
10:30 AM10:30

ACTHS Committee Meeting

Any member of the ACT Humanist Society is welcome to attend the next Committee Meeting, which will be at 10:30am-12.30pm on Saturday 17 June in Evatt. If you would like to attend call Mary-
Anne Cosgrove on 0408 945 360. To receive copies of Committee Meeting minutes or send items for the agendas email: secretary@canberrahumanists.org.au

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