HSV Monthly Public Lectures Archive 2018

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.

Where: Hawthorn Community Precinct (upstairs), 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria (Melways: 45 D11)
When:  Fourth Thursday of each month, 7:30 pm for 8:00 pm start

Does Australia Support or Oppose Nuclear Weapons?

Thursday 22 February 2018, 8:00 pm

Photo of Tim WrightTim Wright

On 7 July 2017, 122 nations voted to adopt the historic UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, laying the legal foundations for a nuclear-weapon-free world. What is Australia’s position on the existential threat posed to the whole of humanity by nuclear weapons?

Bio: Tim Wright is Asia-Pacific Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”. He helped establish the campaign in 2006 and spent the past decade advocating for the negotiation of a global ban on the worst weapons of mass destruction. Tim studied law and international relations at the University of Melbourne. Read Lecture Summary …

The Ten Commandments and Humanist Ethics

Thursday 26 April 2018, 8:00 pm

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

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.