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. 

William A. Zingrone, PhD.

Author of The Arrogance of Religious Belief: Information Kills Religion

At the Dole Branch, Oak Park Public Library

Sunday, March 18th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Katherine Ozment

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
2018 Humanist Speaker Series

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



Hemant Mehta

Editor of Friendly, 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.

Meet Bill Zingrone, PhD. Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, secular activist, and Illinois chairman of the Secular Coalition for America.  Bill will discuss and sign his book, The Arrogance of Religious Belief, “a provocative, challenging and irreverent expose of the obnoxious arrogance inherent in all religious thinking.”  The author’s research includes consciousness and cognitive evolution, and his stated driving motivation is to dispel outdated religion-based ideas about human nature that are ingrained in the folk beliefs of our modern culture.   Bring your questions!

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 further events in the ELH 2018 Humanist Speaker Series

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.