Monthly Public Lectures and Discussion Group
Public lectures are held on a Thursday, 7:30 pm for 8.00 pm, Meeting Room 3-4, Hawthorn Community Precinct, 584 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, Victoria (Melway map 45 D11). See the current program.
Visit the list of lectures held in previous years.
We also conduct monthly in-house discussion meetings and shared lunch beginning 11 am on the second Sunday of each month at the Tresise Community Centre, 37 Bowler Street, Hawthorn East, Victoria (Melway map 45 G12). For an introduction, contact a committee member.
Special Events (see also category Events)
22 April 2017, 1:00–4:00 pm – March for Science
State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne
The march celebrates the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet. Talks start on the lawn of the State Library at noon. The march starts from there at 1:00 pm, proceeding to Parliament House and ending at the Treasury Gardens.
7–9 April 2017 – 52nd Annual Convention of Australian Humanists
Ibis Melbourne Hotel, Therry Street (close to the popular Victoria Market)
Speakers include Matt Awad, Kevin Bain, Geoffrey Ballard, Monica Bini, Pauline Brown, Philip Cam, Alice Carr, Meredith Doig, James Fodor, Adam Ford, Katerina Gaita, A C Grayling, Clive Hamilton, Douglas McCarty, Jonathan Meddings, David Mould, Joanne Roberts, Ali Sayed, Peter Singer, Tim Soutphommasane, Lyndon Storey, Rodney Syme, Tanya Watkins, Travis Wisdom.
20 March 2016, 1:30 pm – Palm Sunday Walk for Justice March
State Library, Swanston Street, Melbourne
Join the march for People Seeking Refuge. Add your voice to musicians, performers, bands and speakers demanding change to refugee policy! Stand with people from all over Melbourne, demanding the closure of camps on Manus and Nauru, Free the Refugees and Provide Permanent Protection.
18 April 2015, 8 pm – Happiness through science
Storey Hall, Melbourne
Lecture by Robin Ince
16–17 December 2015 – Rethinking the Enlightenment
Deakin University, Burwood
Philosophical conference focusing on a re-examination of the complex legacies of the European enlightenment, the realities of its history, and the vicissitudes of its contestation and receptions in the light of the events of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
31 October 2015, 9:30 am–4:10 pm Conference: Secularism in the Modern World
Melbourne Unitarian Church, 110 Grey Street, East Melbourne
30 September 2015, 6:00–7:30 pm – Bringing Ethical Understanding to Primary Schools
State Library of Victoria Theatrette, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Professor Philip Cam launches the Humanist Society of Victoria report on teaching ethics in Primary Schools.
29–31 May 2015 – Annual convention of Australian Humanists
Featuring Australian Humanist of the Year presentation dinner (Saturday) and public lectures (Sunday).