Book Club: Soul of an Octopus
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club: Soul of an Octopus

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.

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Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

ACT Humanist Society Annual General Meeting

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: convenor@canberrahumanists.org.au. Nominations are welcome for all positions:

  • Convenor

  • Deputy Convenor

  • Treasurer

  • Secretary

  • Committee Members

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Mar
10
to Apr 14

Introduction to Humanism Course

  • Weston Creek Community Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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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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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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