A Humanist Evening with A. C. Grayling

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A. C. Grayling

A. C. (Anthony Clifford) Grayling – philosopher, humanist, atheist, author, academic, entrepreneur, and ‘man of the left’ is touring Australia in Aug-Sep 2016. He will finish his tour with a special appearance for Australian Humanists, presented by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies together with the Humanist Society of New South Wales.

An evening of dinner, philosophy and discussion for Humanists and all alike will occur as Professor Grayling presents on “The Philosophy of Humanism and its Roots.” This is a special opportunity for Sydney and its visitors to experience an international guest addressing the enduring value of the insights of Humanism in the 21st century, and the philosophy’s deep roots in Antiquity, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment.

The Occidental Hotel on York Lane is a completely accessible venue in the heart of Sydney and makes this exciting event open for everyone to attend.

The evening begins promptly at 6:00pm and the formalities will conclude by 9pm.

For the fantastic value of $49 you get a dinner of either roast lamb rump or a crispy salmon fillet, followed by one of two gourmet desserts (alternate drop). Anyone with dietary requirements should email GraylingDinner@humanist.org.au at least 3 days prior to the event.

Places are limited for this exciting event. If you miss out email GraylingDinner@humanist.org.au with your contact details and “waitlist” as the subject. Should any places become available they will be offered in the order that requests were received.

This event is run on a non-profit basis, and whilst full refunds are not feasible your ticket is fully transferable. However, to avoid hardship, a $40.00 refund will be made available up to August 24th, for tickets purchased before 14th August. Please email GraylingDinner@humanist.org.au

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A Humanist life from Shakespeare

John Bell - 2016 Australian Humanist of the Year
John Bell – 2016 Australian Humanist of the Year

John Bell was named Australian Humanist of the Year for 2016 joining such people as Lionel Murphy (parliamentarian and jurist who introduced no-fault divorce and civil marriage ceremonies among many other reforms), Fred Hollows (ophthalmologist), Eric Bogle (singer/songwriter) and many others. It is customary for the recipient to give an address on the occasion of their presentation. Unfortunately, John Bell wasn’t able to be present in Brisbane in person but gave his address from Humanist House in Sydney. His address is reproduced here in full where he speaks about his life journey through the works of Shakespeare and how it has led him to a humanist philosophy and outlook on life. Continue reading “A Humanist life from Shakespeare”

Humanist of the Year awards for 2016 Announced

John Bell
2016 Australian Humanist of the Year John Bell AO OBE

The Council of Australian Humanist Societies inc. (CAHS) is pleased to announce that the Australian Humanist of the Year for 2016 is John Bell AO OBE, one of Australia’s most acclaimed theatre personalities. He is recognised as Australia’s premier Shakespearean actor and director. Over five decades he has won many accolades from theatre critics and playgoers alike for presenting plays with a secular, yet theatrical flair. His outlook on life, like Shakespeare’s, is distinctly humanist.

Jason Ball – Inaurgural Young Australian Humanist of the Year 2016
CAHS is also pleased to announce that the inaugural Young Australian Humanist of the Year is Jason ball, an LGBTIQ+ activist. Jason has been successful in leading the charge against homophobia in sports, particularly the AFL with the start of a Pride Cup in his local league which has been followed up with a Pride Round in this years AFL Fixture.

“These two winners help demonstrate the diverse fields that one can find Humanists in,” said Scott Sharrad, president of CAHS. “John Bell has, for decades, brought the works of The Bard to audiences with a distinctly secular yet theatrical flair. While Jason Ball shows us all that we cannot be complacent, we must continue to strive to make the community and the world we live in a better place for all; not just for ourselves.”

John Bell – Australian Humanist of the Year 2016

John BellBell was raised a Catholic and acknowledges that the theatricality and mythology of church-going had an important influence on his life’s work.  In an interview he said: ‘It’s easy if you were brought up as a Catholic, you believe anything … heaven and hell, and devils and angels, all those very vast concepts.  The imagination is ready to receive Shakespeare.’ Continue reading “John Bell – Australian Humanist of the Year 2016”