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Humanism 2019

May 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm UTC+0

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Enlightenment values in a post Brexit Scotland

Please join us for the biggest Humanist event in Scotland. We have our first confirmed speakers for 2019 with more to follow. As always our conference will also be the perfect opportunity to meet up with other Humanists from around Scotland.

Lunch and refreshments throughout the day are included. The 2019 AGM of the society will follow the conference in the same venue for members.

2019 Speakers

A.C. Grayling
Anthony is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is the author of over thirty books including The Good Book and The God Argument: The Case against Religion and for Humanism. He was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian, the Times, and Prospect magazine. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3 and the World Service, for which he did the annual ‘Exchanges at the Frontier’ series; and he has often appeared on television. He has twice been a judge on the Booker Prize, in 2014 serving as the Chair of the judging panel.

Rebecca Stott
Rebecca is a writer and professor of literature and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Her memoir In The Days of Rain, is an account of her childhood growing up in the Exclusive Brethren, for this she won the 2017 Costa Book Award in the Biography category. The Exclusive Brethern seek to live separately from the rest of the world because they believe that it is ruled by Satan. During the 60s, when Stott was growing up, the cult banned newspapers, television, cinema, radio, pets, universities, wristwatches, cameras and holidays, required women to be entirely subject to their husbands and controlled every aspect of members’ lives. Stott’s family left the sect in the 1970s after a sexual scandal involving the world leader, the Man of God, split the movement and when her family broke away to join a new splinter group. They left the Brethren altogether in 1972.

Mike Haines OBE
Mike is a campaigner challenging extremism and intolerance in society. In 2013 his brother David was working for a Humanitarian aid charity in Syria when he was kidnapped by ISIS. In 2014 David was executed by his captors who published video footage of his murder online. Since his brother’s death Mike has set up Global Acts of Unity which seeks to promote unity, tolerance and understanding in schools across the UK. Mike believes it is important to tackle the fear, misunderstanding and anger that terrorists and extremists use to turn people against each other.


May 17, 2019
11:00 am - 7:00 pm UTC+0
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Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George St
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