Oct
22
1:00pm 1:00pm

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
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

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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Nov
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
6:30pm 6:30pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
6:30pm 6:30pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
6:30pm 6:30pm

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
5:30pm 5:30pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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
12:00pm12:00pm

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
10:30am10:30am

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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May
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Humanist social gathering and discussion

Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal intro to Humanism for newcomers, followed by a group discussion on "Education and how it relates to humanism". 


We will be in a room called the "Snug" upstairs behind the bar in O'Malleys Pub, Civic. If you're unsure where the Snug is, just ask at the Bar.  Please RSVP at our Meetup page. Hope to see you there.

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May
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

Humanist social gathering and discussion

Meet at 6.00 pm for a 1/2 hour informal intro to Humanism for newcomers, followed by a group discussion on "The conscious and subconscious and how they can influence our actions and free will". Is conscious choice just an illusion?

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

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Apr
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Humanist Society Member's Forum

Thoughts after the ACTHS AGM and the annual Australian Humanist Convention. Several members of ACTHS attended the Australian Humanist Convention (April 7-9) in Melbourne. Let's meet to discuss thoughts and insights after both our AGM and the Convention. People who did not attend the Convention are especially invited to this Forum to hear from those who did. Everyone though is welcome to express their thoughts and ideas on the themes that emerge.

Call Mary-Anne on 0408 945 360 for location details.

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Australian Humanist Convention 2017
Apr
7
to Apr 9

Australian Humanist Convention 2017

  • Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments (map)
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The Council of Australian Humanist Societies, together with the Humanist Society of Victoria present the Australian Humanist Convention 2017. The 52nd annual convention promises to be educational, motivational and fun for all delegates. Humanists from around Australia will gather to share their insights and listen to world renowned speakers including A.C. Grayling and Peter Singer.

For tickets and more details, visit the CAHS website.

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Apr
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

ACT Humanist Society Annual General Meeting

ACTHS will hold their first AGM at the Civic Library on April 4.

Lyndon Storey (Convenor) will give his talk Humanist community workers: A project for Australian Humanism

Many social movements offer the option of a life focussed on the movement’s values. Religion has priests, Trade Unionism the “union organiser”, Marxism the “cadre”, Confucianism the “junzi”, and so on.

This talk advocates creating a recognisable Humanist equivalent; provisionally called “Humanist community worker”; someone inspired by humanism and trained and ready for a range of community building roles such as chaplaincy and ethics education. Encouraging and supporting humanist community workers will benefit society and attract and engage idealistic humanists. Lyndon is Humanist Chaplain at Canberra Hospital.

Geoff Ballard (Treasurer) will be speaking on Secularism, diversity and university chaplaincy

Geoff is a Humanist chaplain at the ANU and the University of Canberra. Chaplaincies in universities are welcoming of all faiths and no faith but normally do not have a chaplain for those of ‘no faith’, the majority. This presentation will inform Humanists of the opportunities in university chaplaincy and encourage those with the necessary skills to get involved.

A university education is remiss if it ignores life, and the questions of meaning and purpose. These can be found outside of religion and as Humanists we should be challenging student’s to question and use reason.

We will also be voting in a new committee, so please come along to have your say.

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