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. Read Lecture Summary …

Seminar: 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, 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’.

Documentary Screening: Fade to Black

Thursday 26 July 2018, 8:00 pm
Hawthorn Community Precinct (upstairs), 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
 (Melways: 45 D11) Find on Google Maps

Picture of Fade to Black medicine bottlePeter Short, aged 57, is diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer and given less than nine months to live. His death, he learns, is likely to be painful and undignified. Peter decides instead to take matters into his own hands and to search out the lethal and illegal drug Nembutal. With the help of a rogue doctor who supplies the drug to suffering patients, Peter sets out to get voluntary euthanasia legalized in Australia. 77 minutes. This documentary also features Dr Philip Nitschke and Dr Rodney Syme (AHoY 1998 and 2017). In October 2014, the Humanist Society of Victoria contributed $200 towards the production of this film.