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Photo of child reading a newspaperWelcome to the Humanist Society of Victoria news portal. The Society keeps abreast of what’s happening in the world of secularism and free thought and partners with a range of groups campaigning for a better world. In this section, you can find out about the latest seminars, demonstrations, conventions, awards and a host of other activities related to the Humanist cause. To review the Humanist Society of Victoria public lecture schedule, held monthly, visit our HSV Public Lectures page. If you would like to get involved with Humanist issues, drop us a line at victorianhumanist@gmail.com or leave us a message on our Contact Us page.

Call for ‘spiritual health’ volunteers

Photo of person contemplating sunset over mountains11 Sep 2017 – Lyndon Storey, president of Australian Humanists (CAHS) and Humanist chaplain at Canberra Hospital, was guest speaker at our last monthly member discussion meeting (13 August 2017). Agreeing with Mencius that being humane depended on empathy, he saw Humanism as a positive vision of life, springing from the human heart and well suited to healing social fragmentation. He appealed to Humanists to move beyond conversation to social action. He had put the committee in touch with Spiritual Health Victoria. Spiritual Health Victoria has offered to give non-religious volunteers a short training course of five half days including a hospital session, finishing with a certificate, at a reasonable cost to Humanist Society of Victoria (HSV). Members are invited to take the course themselves or to recruit a friend. Read Full News Item …

Australian Humanist Convention 2017 and CAHS AGM

Photo taken of Professor A. C. Grayling at April 2017 CAHS Australian Humanist Convention in Melbourne.19 Jun 2017 – The Humanist Society of Victoria (HSV) put its best foot forward in staging the 52nd National Convention, 7–9 April, which had as its theme, ‘Ethics in an uncertain world’. The chosen venue was a city hotel, Ibis Melbourne in Therry Street. We were lucky to have Professors Peter Singer and A. C. Grayling as keynote speakers; they were pictured on the Convention poster, designed by Warren Bonett. Grayling amazed us on 6 April by attracting an audience of seven or eight hundred when he spoke on the history and future of Humanism, for the Wheeler Centre; next morning on Radio Melbourne he plugged the Convention. Some of our invited speakers were published authors – Grayling, Hamilton, Singer, Soutphommasane and Syme – and Embiggen Books sold their works on the spot while the authors signed them. Read Full News Item …

Humanists March for Science

24 Apr 2017March for Science in Melbourne, Australia, on 22nd April, 2017, on the steps of the State Library in Swanston StreetOn March 22nd 2017, people from all walks of life marched in cities around the world in support of the scientific enterprise. They marched in opposition to the climate change denialists who perversely claim science to be on their side. They marched in opposition to governments giving license to homeopathy, anti-vaccinators and the other merchants of woo woo who serve to compromise public health. They marched in opposition to the rich lobbyists for coal and oil getting the close ear of governments. They marched in opposition to the pullback in public funding on medical research, climate change and alternative energy technologies. People around the world are saying they have had enough of the ignorant and the rich power brokers holding to ransom our public good. Read Full News Item …

Book Now for 2017 Australian Humanist Convention

Council of Australian Humanist Societies Annual Convention 2017 flyer31 Mar 2017 – The Humanist Society of Victoria is hosting the 52nd Annual Convention of the Council of Australian Humanist Societies. Have you booked for this exciting Humanist event?

Where: Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments, 15-21 Therry Street, Melbourne, Victoria
When: Friday 7th April to Sunday 9th April 2017

Keynote speakers include UK philosopher and author, A. C. Grayling, and world-renowned ethicist and philosopher, Peter Singer, and many others from across Australia. Read Full News Item …

Right-to-die campaigner recognized as Australian Humanist of the Year

Photo of Dr Rodney Syme, Australian Humanist of the Year 20172 Mar 2017 – Australian Humanists announce Dr Rodney Syme as the worthy recipient of the Australian Humanist of the Year award for 2017. Dr Rodney Syme is a champion for the human rights of those facing a long and painful road to death. Born into an established medical family in Malvern, Victoria, he obtained MBBS (Melbourne) in 1959, FRCS (London) in 1965 and FRACS in 1968. He worked as a highly respected urologist at hospitals in Melbourne and overseas for most of his clinical career. Dr Syme also served as Chair of the Victorian Section of the Urological Society of Australasia from 1990 to 1992 and as Chair of the Urology Study Group of the Cancer Council of Victoria from 1992 to 1994. Read Full News Item …