Join Aboriginal storyteller Larry Brandy in the Gardens as he shares his Wiradjuri culture with people of all ages through performance and storytelling.
Members of all Australian Humanist Societies are welcome to attend the AGM of our umbrella organisation, the Council of Australian Humanist Societies.
In a world riven by violence and misunderstanding, prominent atheist author Sam Harris and Islamist-turned-liberal Muslim Maajid Nawaz seek to provide a remedy to the polarizing rhetoric and obscurantism around the topic of Islam
Humanism in Popular Culture
Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways.
Tour Mulligans Flat in the evening, with a group of friendly humanists. Maybe you’ll see one of these cute little fellows! Limited spaces so BOOK NOW at https://mulligansflat.org.au/event/woodlands-twilight-tour-24-04-19/
What is the impact of the teachings and popularity of Jordan Peterson on humanists and Humanism?
Our 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held at the Weston Creek Community Centre, off Parkinson St, Weston from 7-9pm on Wednesday 27 March.
The meeting will start with Welcome Drinks and a chance to meet and chat with fellow members.
Find out what the Society has been doing for the last year, and how your membership fees have been used.
Have your say on who will guide our society for the next twelve months.
If you are interested in nominating to join the ACTHS
committee, please contact our convenor: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations are welcome for all positions:
Can the world shift to healthy diets from sustainable food systems? Discover the EAT-Lancet planetary diet.
This course, written and presented by Lyndon Storey (inaugural Convenor of ACTHS and current President of the Council of Australian Humanist Societies) provides an introductory overview of Humanism as both a philosophy of life and a method for developing ideas and values. The course takes place over six weeks on Sunday mornings from 10:30am to 12:00 midday, from March 10 through April 14.
Enter a world of Love & Desire as the Tate lends exclusive masterpieces from its unsurpassed collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://nga.gov.au/lovedesire/.
How can we as a community build empathy for our indigenous people?
What are your hopes and dreams for the new year? Get to know members of the ACT Humanist Society with this fun activity.
Fundraising piano recital
By Dr Robert Schmidli
Music by Haydn, Beethoven, Liszt and more
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for venue details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for venue details.