Monthly Public Lectures

Humanist Society of Victoria public lectureThe Humanist Society of Victoria hosts a series of monthly lectures on a variety of current social and philosophical issues. We welcome everyone interested in fostering a more rational and caring society. Entry is by donation at the door. For enquiries, phone (03) 9857 8318.

Where: Hawthorn Community Precinct, 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria (Melways map ref. 45 D11)

When:  Fourth Thursday of each month, 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm start

Thursday 9 March 2017

(Note: This lecture is on 2nd Thursday of the month)

Dionne Wright and Nick Bastow photoEducation in Victoria – From Schools of the Future to Gonski and Beyond. Where Are We Now?

Dionne Wright (former state school principal) in conversation with Nick Bastow (speech writer)

Education is one of the most important, complex and contentious services delivered by the public sector. Our guest speaker for the March meeting is Dionne Wright, a recently retired state school principal. Dionne is a widely respected practitioner and her career has given her a unique perspective on trends in the public sector education system. Dionne will be in conversation with Nick Bastow, speechwriter and great great grandson of Victoria’s first education Education Department architect. This will be an informal discussion, with plenty of time for questions.

Thursday 23rd February 2017

Leslie Allan photoIs Morality a Matter of Taste?

Leslie Allan (philosophy writer)

It may seem that a naturalistic view of humankind renders ethics as a matter of taste. Science seems to dictate that there can be no objective standards for how we ought to behave. In fact, both of these positions misconstrue the nature of ethical reasoning and greatly impoverish our view of ourselves and of our social norms. In this talk, Leslie Allan invites you to consider how both objectivity and subjectivity are essential elements of moral discourse.

Bio: Over a decade, Leslie studied philosophy and history of religions at La Trobe University. Now largely retired from a business career, he devotes his time to exploring the boundaries between science and philosophy on his Rational Realm web site.

Thursday 24 November 2016

Teaching Humanism in Schools

Panel: Dr Harry Gardner, Stephen Stuart, John Russell (HSV)

Thursday 27 October 2016

The Memory Code — How Do Indigenous Societies Orally Transmit Knowledge?

Dr Lynne Kelly (writer)

Thursday 22 September 2016

Homelessness: The Problem and Some Solutions

Jacqueline Gibson (Council to Homeless Persons)

Thursday 25 August 2016

Lessons from Iraq: What has Australia Learnt?

Dr Margaret Beavis (Medical Association for the Prevention of War)

Thursday 28 July 2016

Reducing Domestic Violence: What Does the Evidence Tell Us?

Professor Thea Brown (Monash University)

Thursday 23 June 2016

Effects of Religion on Prosocial Behaviour

Katja Petrovic (PhD student)



2 Responses to Public Lectures

  1. Jim says:

    I’d like to attend but it’s too difficult from where I live by public transport. Are there still lectures in the city? I’ve been to one in Melbourne/Fitzroy before, some years ago.

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