Monthly Public Lectures

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Humanist Society of Victoria public lectureThe Humanist Society of Victoria hosts a series of monthly public lectures by guest speakers raising questions of public interest and importance. We welcome everyone interested in fostering a more rational and caring society. You will find a link to a summary of each lecture as they become available.

Entry is by gold-coin donation at the door. For enquiries, contact Stephen Stuart on (03) 9857 8318 or at victorianhumanist@gmail.com

Where: Hawthorn Community Precinct (upstairs), 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria (Melways: 45 D11) Find on Google Maps

When: Fourth Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm for 8:00 pm start

The Sting in the Tail – The Ten Commandments and the Humanist Agenda

Thursday 26 April 2018, 8:00 pm

Photo of Paul TonsonPaul Tonson

In this address, Paul Tonson will draw on his biblical scholarship in the texts of the Torah (Pentateuch) to reveal how they contain enduring and universal wisdom that transcends culture.

Bio: Paul is a member of the HSV and still active as a Uniting Church minister with a progressive stance. Around Melbourne, Paul is committed to dialogue between worldviews, sometimes described as ‘interbelief’, believing that the authenticity of one’s own beliefs and living may be tested most effectively not by a fellow believer but by the Other, including those of no faith.

Supporting Survivors of Religion

Thursday 28 June 2018, 8:00 pm
Unitarian Hall, 110 Grey Street, East Melbourne
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Photos of Steven Unthank and Lara KaputSteven Unthank and Lara Kaput

Steven and Lara will be discussing how we can support Jehovah’s Witness survivors and the upcoming class action against the Jehovah’s Witness organization. Their shared objective is to campaign for recognition and support for their community. In conjunction with global advocates, they provide facts to professionals and Government bodies from their personal experiences and from ongoing dialogue with former Jehovah’s Witnesses and experts.

Bios: Steven, a former Jehovah’s Witness and founder of JW Survivors, is regularly involved in state, federal, and international inquiries and investigations into the Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Between 2011 and 2012, Steven prosecuted the Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses and related corporate entities in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria over criminal breaches of child protection laws. A successful campaigner who is often sought out as a consultant and for access to his large legal war chest of internal and confidential church documents and records spanning the past 100 years.

Lara was a child-indoctrinated Jehovah’s Witness. She has a Bachelor of Chemistry, was a Personal Trainer and became a Management Consultant. Lara has submitted formal complaints to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, the Australian Human Rights Commission and objected officially to the charity status of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society and related corporate entities. Lara is the co-host of ‘JW Community Podcast’.

Topic: TBA

Thursday 23 August 2018, 8:00 pm
Balwyn Library, 336 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Victoria
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Speaker: Babu Gogineni (past-Executive Director, International Humanist and Ethical Union)

The Global Sanitation Crisis

Thursday 27 September 2018, 8:00 pm
Balwyn Library, 336 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Victoria
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Photo of Kathryn HarriesKathryn Harries

Sanitation is a basic human right. However, globally 1 in 3 people don’t have a basic toilet. 1 in 8 don’t have a toilet at all. Good sanitation – using a basic toilet and hand washing with soap – underpins health, education, maternal and child mortality, as well as dignity and safety. But it’s often as hard for someone who is used to using a toilet to ‘open defecate’ as it is for the other way around. This presentation will explain the global sanitation crisis, the global goals, the challenges and current good practice including behaviour change approaches.

Bio: Kathryn is an expert in water, sanitation and hygiene who has worked in the Philippines, East Timor, Geneva, India, Somalia and across the Pacific in international development and humanitarian response.

Topic: TBA

Thursday 25 October 2018, 8:00 pm
Balwyn Library, 336 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Victoria
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Speaker: TBA

Topic: AGM and Public Lecture

Thursday 22 November 2018, 7:30 pm
Balwyn Library, 336 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, Victoria
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Speaker: TBA