The first event in our Humanist Speaker Series was a great success! Representatives from six local/national organizations
joined us at the Oak Park Public Library to speak on the topics of civil rights, gay rights, women’s/reproductive rights
immigrant rights, climate change and money in politics. Panelists discussed what has happened around these issues under the new administration, what to expect next, and how the average citizen can get involved to safeguard essential rights and freedoms and the planet. A lively Q&A session followed.
Author/editor/educator Hemant Mehta was a fitting and fun finale to our 2017 speaker series, and broke all records for attendance at an ELH event. Hemant discussed what humanists can learn from churches and church organizations, as well as how to borrow some of their methods and tactics. An engaging Q&A period followed, covering a wealth of issues of interest to nonbelievers everywhere.
We were so fortunate to have author Katherine Ozment for the second event in our Humanist Speaker Series. Katherine read from and discussed her work, then answered questions and signed books. Her warm, funny and highly intelligent remarks on how she became a humanist and made that meaningful for herself and her family were enjoyed and appreciated by all. Much discussion was generated about how ritual and tradition can be adapted to humanist life.
And the adventure continues...
Watch our website for announcements about the ELH 2018 Humanist Speaker Series
Editor of Friendly Atheist.com, co-host of Friendly Atheist Podcast
Author of I Sold My Soul on eBay and The Young Atheist's Survival Guide
At the Oak Park Public Library, Sunday, July 9th, 2017, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Author of Grace Without God: the Search for Meaning, Purpose and Belonging in a Secular Age
At the Oak Park Public Library, Sunday, May 7th, 2017, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
End of the Line Humanists
2017 Humanist Speaker Series
Wide Awake: Progressive Rights Watch for 2017 and Beyond
A panel discussion on safeguarding our democracy, rights, and environment
at the Oak Park Public Library, Sunday, March 26th, 2017, 1:30 - 4:30
Brad Bartels, Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association
Anthony Clark, Suburban Unity Alliance
Terry Grace, Move to Amend
David Holmquist, Citizens Climate Lobby
Ian Wagreich, American Immigration Council
William Zingrone, Secular Coalition for America/Illinois