Events Archive 2018

2018 Global Atheist Convention

Friday 9 to Sunday 11 February 2018 – CANCELLED

Losing Your Religion: Ex-Muslims Speak Out

Saturday 10 February 2018, 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Bayview on the Park, 52 Queens Road, Melbourne
The conference aims to highlight the plight of ex-Muslims, challenge the punitive attitudes that plague them and take a stand for reason, secularism and human rights. Speakers include Hessam Shiralizadeh. Read Event Details …

International Darwin Day

Monday 12 February 2018, 5:00 pm onward

Charles Darwin Charles Darwin - portrait by George Richmond, 1840. CD, English scientist: 12 February 1809– 19 April 1882. GR, English painter: 28 March 1809 – 19 March 1896.Studley Park, Kew, Melbourne
Anyone interested in evolution or Humanism is invited to join us at picturesque Studley Park (under the shelter by the electric barbecues) for a BYO picnic to celebrate the enormous positive impact Charles Darwin has had on the world. Each year on Darwin’s birthday, Humanists and other freethinkers celebrate his contribution to our understanding of the variety of life forms. The contribution Darwin made has completely transformed the way we humans perceive our place in the universe. His contribution enables us to see that all life forms, including humans, are naturally evolved rather than specially created. Read Event Details …

Discussion Group on ‘Famine, Affluence and Morality’

Sunday 11 March, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

421 Smith St, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Hosted by Effective Altruism Melbourne. In this famous essay, Peter Singer argues that Western society’s norms around charitable giving fall well short of what affluent individuals are morally obligated to contribute to humanitarian efforts. This text, seminal in the Effective Altruism movement, raises many important questions about charity and wealth. We will discuss Singer’s argument, and its implications for how we ought to live our lives. Read Event Details …

Atheist Society: ‘The Christian Right’s war on America’

Tuesday 13 March, 8:00 pm

Unitarian Church, 110 Grey St, East Melbourne
Monthly address by Robert Bender

Book Launch: ‘A Transnational History of the Australian Animal Movement, 1970-2015’

Monday 19 March, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

Forum Theatre, Arts West Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville
The Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network (HRAE) is hosting the launch for Gonzalo Villanueva’s new book, ‘A Transnational History of the Australian Animal Movement, 1970-2015’ by Professor Peter Singer, with Guest Speakers Professor Peter Singer and Glenys Oogjes. Read Event Details …

Palm Sunday Walk For Justice For Refugees

Sunday 25 March, 2:00 pm

Justice for Refugees logoState Library, Swanston St, Melbourne
The walk will commence outside the State Library, proceed through the Bourke Street mall and return to the State Library. Humanists will be joining people from faith groups, community organisations and unions for this year’s Walk for Justice for Refugees, expressing our support in solidarity with refugees and people seeking asylum.

Australian Humanists’ Convention

Friday 13 April to Saturday 14 April

The Humanist Society of South Australia (HSSA) is co-hosting the 2018 Australian Humanist Convention. The theme for the conference, Equality Is for Everyone, will be upon human rights and the need for equality. To this end, HSSA has teamed up with some other like-minded organisations and university clubs in South Australia to bring a diverse section of people and ideas to the convention. Read Event Details …

Q&A with Peter Singer

Tuesday 22 May 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Peter Singer speaking at a Veritas Forum event on MIT's campus on Saturday, March 14, 2009. AMREP Education Centre Lecture Theatre, 89 Commercial Road, Melbourne
The Philosophy Behind Effective Altruism – Peter Singer is one of the world’s leading moral philosophers and a founder of the effective altruism movement. Effective Altruism is a philosophy and social movement that seeks to use evidence and reason to answer one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most? Explore the ideas of effective altruism, and in particular the key philosophical criticisms of the movement, with Professor Peter Singer. Read Event Details …

Symposium: Religious Freedoms in a Secular Australia

Saturday 26 May, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm

Venue TBA
The symposium is organised by the Progressive Atheists Inc. Topics addressed on the day will be:

• stopping the Rise of the New Religious-Right in Australia

• the ‘Religious Freedom Review’

• Ending Government support for Dangerous Religious Cults Read Event Details …