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Professor Amelia Hadfield: Inaugural Professorial Lecture and Humanist Stall

Thursday 18 January 2018, 18:00pm

at Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christchurch University, CT1 1NX

We are delighted to have been invited by Amelia Hadfield (Professor of European and International Relations) to hold a Humanist stall at Canterbury Christchurch University on the occasion of her Inaugural Professorial Lecture on the theme "Reform, Rework or Reject? Charting Britain's European Future"

The event is free and open to all and you can book your place at the lecture by emailing Theresa Gadsby.

Leigh and Richard will be holding the fort and engaging the attendees about humanism.

Ideas of Humanism

Sunday 21 January 2018, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

What is humanism – and what does it mean to you personally? We always emphasise that humanism is not a rigid set of dogmas and doctrines. It’s a broad framework which we each interpret and apply in our own way. Some of us may have a clearly defined interpretation of it, for others of us it may be very hazy – or indeed we may have no clear idea at all of what we mean by it! The aim of this meeting is to share our understandings and misunderstandings in a lively and informal discussion.

The Big Change in Religion and Belief - How might a Humanist respond? A talk by Jeremy Rodell

Sunday 18 February 2018, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Britain is currently going through what’s been called the biggest change in religion and belief landscape since the Reformation, 500 years ago. But what's really going on? What are the facts? And what are the practical implications? Can the non-religious help make it work?
Jeremy Rodell is co-founder and chair of SW London Humanists, a Trustee of Humanists UK and its Dialogue Officer.

"The Moral Case for Abortion" Ann Furedi

Sunday 18 March 2018, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Ann Furedi is the chief executive of BPAS, the UK's largest independent abortion provider. She has worked in pro-choice organizations for more than 20 years, mainly in policy and communications. Ann will be joining us to talk about her book "The Moral Case for Abortion"

A talk on secular Buddhism by our Chair, Peter Morgan

Sunday 15 April 2018, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Secular Buddhism is a broad term for an emerging form of Buddhism and secular spirituality that is based on humanist, skeptical, and agnostic values, rather than religious (or more specifically supernatural or paranormal) beliefs. Secular spirituality emphasizes the personal development of the individual, rather than a relationship with the divine. If it is possible to experience the spiritual without the need for gods, is this evidence of the great delusion at the heart of traditional religions? Is this the future of what is left of religion in a scientific, materialistic and self-focused world?

Understanding Unbelief: A talk by Lois Lee

Sunday 20 May 2018, 2:30pm–4:30pm

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

Understanding Unbelief is a major new research programme, based at the University of Kent, aiming to advance the scientific understanding of atheism and other forms of so-called ‘unbelief’ around the world. Its central research questions concern the nature and diversity of ‘unbelief’. Lois Lee is the Programme Leader.

Brush Up Your Brexit: Examining the Political and Social Consequences of Brexit

Sunday 17th June 2018, 2:30PM - 4:30PM

at St Stephens Church Hall, Hales Drive, St Stephens, Canterbury, CT2 7AB.

The presentation by Dr Hadfield will first review the main political developments between the UK government and the EU, looking at the key agreements of late 2017 and those emerging during Spring 2018. She will then examine broader issues regarding the social impact of Brexit on key sectors like healthcare and higher education, as well as the knock-on effect for regions like the Southeast of England, counties like Kent, and finally the impact on local government and citizens.

Making Politics Matter:

Various: See Below

at Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christchurch University, CT1 1NX

Kent Humanists now have a regular stall at Christchurch Canterbury University timed to coincide with their series of public talks under the banner of "Making Politics Matter". This is an opportunity to engage with students and the general public about humanism. The talks are free to attend so please come along and say "hello".

Up coming talks are:
- Vic Paulino (Hope Not Hate). 02/02/2018; 1800 – 1930; Og32.
- Richard Seymour (LSE; Lenin’s Tomb), 16/02/2018; 18:00 – 19:30; Og32.
- Phil Parvin (Chair of Loughborough University's Ethics in Public Life Research Group; former Director at the Hansard Society and Research Associate at Think Tank Catalyst) 01/03/2018; 17:30 – 19:30; Og32.
- Neal Lawson (Compass; UK Feminista) 16/03/2018; 18:00 – 19:30; Og32.

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