Out on a Limb: Climate Change, Assisted Migration & Our Urban Forest
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Out on a Limb: Climate Change, Assisted Migration & Our Urban Forest

Join us for this presentation by ReForest London to learn about some of the fundamental implications of climate change and what our rapidly changing climate will mean for London's trees. Will trees be able to keep up with the increase in heat and extreme weather? What will our forests look like in the future? How might assisted migration strategies be used to help our forests adapt, and what can we as caring citizens do to help? 

Presenter Bio: Amber Cantell

As Director of Programs at ReForest London, Amber is responsible for helping set strategic direction for the organization and developing new programs to increase tree planting in London. She has a Masters in Planning from the University of Waterloo, as well as a certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College. She has worked for a number of different environmental organizations over the years, including the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax and Waterloo Region Green Solutions, and has served as the Vice-Chair of the City of London's Trees and Forests Advisory Committee. She is a passionate advocate for climate change adaption and mitigation, and has been working with numerous local partners to explore what can be done to address this extraordinary challenge to our urban forest.

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Basic Income
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Basic Income

Rory is a PhD. sociology student at Western who has studied Basic Income systems and their potential fit in Canadian society. His research has incorporated the views of advocates, critics and aid recipients to provide an expert analysis on Basic Income. Rory will provide an overview of Basic Income, how it is different from other systems of social security, dangers to be aware of and a review of the Canadian job market to survey the fit between basic income and our economy. We look forward to this very relevant and timely topic.

PLEASE NOTE:

There is a room change for this event. It will happen in the Lawson room in the Central public library. You can ask the front desk in the library for directions.

All are welcome!

We ask for a $2 donation to help cover room costs.

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Left Brain/Right Brain
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

Left Brain/Right Brain

Our speaker will be Susan Jones, Ph.D. Susan is Professor Emeritus , Psychological and Brain Science, Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana .

Her topic is : Right Brain, Left Brain : Why You’re Never Alone

We have heard the idea that the two halves of our brain do different things and that we could be “right brained” or “left brained” . Professor Jones will present research that documents the latest findings on this topic .

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Artificial Intelligence
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Artificial Intelligence

  • Stephenson & Hunt room, Central Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our next Humanist Association meeting is on Wednesday, February 13th. Our speaker this month is Lynn Larouche. In this talk, he will offer an overview of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and introduce us to the impact it could have on humanity . In particular he is interested in how AI could help our human intelligence survive and evolve .


As usual, we will be meeting at 7:00 pm in the Stephenson & Hunt room in the Central Library in downtown London. I hope to see you there!

All are welcome!

$2 donation at the door

Stephenson & Hunt room, Central Library

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How I Became a Humanist
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

How I Became a Humanist

At this first meeting of the new year, we will have our Annual General Meeting, with financial, membership, and planning reports from the HALA board, and election of board members for 2019. Two of our newer HALA members will speak about how they became Humanists and what Humanism means to them.

All are welcome!

$2 donation at the door

Stephenson & Hunt room, Central Library

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Winter Solstice Party
Dec
1
5:00 PM17:00

Winter Solstice Party

Our annual HALA Winter Solstice Party this year will be on Saturday, December 1, starting around 5:00 pm. This is always a good time of fun, food, and fellowship, and an opportunity to get to know your fellow Humanists better. 

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November Monthly Meeting: Anova and Gender-Based Violence in London
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

November Monthly Meeting: Anova and Gender-Based Violence in London

  • Stephenson & Hunt Room, Central Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dr. AnnaLise Trudell is Manager of Education, Training & Research at Anova (formerly Women’s Community House & Sexual Assault Centre London). In this presentation she will discuss the dynamics of sexual and domestic violence -- statistics, emerging trends, and causal factors -- and explore what this means locally in terms of services and prevention work.

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My American Life
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

My American Life

Tony Martin

Our speaker this month is our own Tony Martin, a long-time member of HALA, and a lifelong resident of Detroit, Michigan.  In his presentation, entitled "My American Life,' he will speak about his experience of growing up in Detroit and living as a person of colour in America, from the period of the civil rights movement in the 1960s to the present Trump era. 

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Where Eastern Tradition Meets Western Science: Mindfulness and its Application in Psychotherapy
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Where Eastern Tradition Meets Western Science: Mindfulness and its Application in Psychotherapy

Monica Tomlinson is currently completing her PhD in clinical psychology at Western University. Her research focuses on substance use, depression, and rehabilitation programs in forensic psychiatry. The “third wave” of psychotherapy has incorporated mindfulness meditation as a psychological approach for putting space between thoughts, emotions, and behaviour. In this talk, she will offer an overview of mindfulness, introduce us to mindfulness meditation, and briefly describe how she has applied mindfulness to non-clinical groups (e.g., those with chronic pain, parents) and clinical groups (e.g., individuals suffering from psychosis). Discussion and participation are welcome!

Listen to the recording of the meeting on the Humanist Agenda podcast.

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Pride Parade
Jul
29
11:30 AM11:30

Pride Parade

Come and march with us in the Pride Parade! As usual, the Humanist Association will have a place in the parade, but this year will be a little different. This year, one of our board members (Sherry) will be getting married on our Humanist float! There will be a flatbed trailer where Andre, our Humanist Officiant, will be marrying the couple, and we will all be walking behind, watching the ceremony and celebrating during the dance party that follows.
The parade starts at 12:30 so don’t be late (we have no control over when we leave and we can’t wait for anyone). It’s best to plan to be there by 11:30-12:00 so that you can plan for traffic delays, parking, and finding the location. If you want to help decorate, you are welcome to join us in the parking lot.
The Pride Parade formation will take place in the Western Fair District parking lot. You should avoid parade route roads when travelling to the Western Fair District, as they close off the parade route early in the morning. All personal vehicles will be asked to park at the Western Fair Farmers’ Market at the corner of Dundas Street & Ontario Street to allow room for the parade formation.
The parade will travel north on Ontario Street to Queen’s Ave; West on Queen’s Ave to Wellington Street; and North on Wellington Street to Wolfe Street. The parade will disperse at Victoria Park where the annual Pride Closing Speeches will take place.
Walking distance: approximately 2.8 kilometres

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Patriotism
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Patriotism

Patriots love their country and show special concern for their compatriots. But is patriotism morally legitimate? Loyalty to country or nation seems to be a powerful value, but putting your country first seems to violate equal concern for all human beings. How should we think about patriotism? 

Dr. Charles Jones is a professor of political science at Western University. He specializes in contemporary political theory and the history of political thought, with an emphasis on global justice, human rights, freedom, and equality - all important Humanist topics!

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Stoicism: An Ancient Philosophy for the 21st Century
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Stoicism: An Ancient Philosophy for the 21st Century

Stoicism is a philosophical tradition founded in Athens around 300 BC, which flourished for 500 years and still fascinates people today. 
In this talk, Rod Martin will provide an overview of the history and key concepts of Stoicism and will discuss its relevance for us today. 

Rod Martin is the president of HALA and is a retired professor of clinical psychology at the University of Western Ontario. 

After the talk, there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

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Poverty in London and Barriers to Success
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Poverty in London and Barriers to Success

Eric Todd will be joining us to tell us his own story about how experiencing poverty has affected him personally and how it affects society as a whole. He will also talk about some of the systemic barriers faced by those living in poverty and how we can address them.

Eric is a Circles Program Leader at Goodwill Industries, and a community anti-poverty advocate.

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13th - Film Screening and Discussion
Apr
8
1:00 PM13:00

13th - Film Screening and Discussion

This is the first of what we hope will be many public movie and documentary screenings where we will try to bring the community together to expand our thinking, and perhaps challenge ourselves, on a variety of topics. Our first screening will be the documentary, 13th.

After the documentary, we hope you will stick around for some cordial discussion. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. We hope to see you there.

Cost: Free

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Epigenetics: When Genetics Does Not Explain Disease
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Epigenetics: When Genetics Does Not Explain Disease

In the last 20 years it has become clear that an individual's genetic makeup alone can not account for many of the complex diseases that affect humans, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The environment's role is at least equally important as genetics. 

This talk will describe the field of epigenetics, the point at which the environment and genetic makeup intersect, and how knowledge in this field is helping to understand, diagnose, and treat disease.

Dr. Pin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at Western, and the Scientific Director of the London Regional Transgenic and Gene Targeting Facility.

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How Do We Ensure Canada's Youth Will Have the Skills They Need For the Future
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

How Do We Ensure Canada's Youth Will Have the Skills They Need For the Future

Dr. Hollis completed her PhD in Physiology and Biochemistry at Western in 2014. She is a Program Support Coordinator with Let’s Talk Science, a national charitable organization committed to inspiring and empowering Canadian youth to develop the skills they need to participate and thrive in an ever changing world.

In this presentation, she will describe how this outreach program helps to build enthusiasm for science in young people, and will demonstrate one of the engaging hands-on activities used to introduce them to computational thinking.

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Don Hatch, editor of our mini-journal The Enlightenment, will present a summary of the book "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind", by Yuval Noah Harari. This is a fascinating overview of the rise of homo sapiens over the past 70,000 years. 

Before Don's talk, we will have our Annual General Meeting, with reports from the HALA board and election of executive officers for 2018.

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How Muslims are Embracing the 21st Century: Humanist Perspectives
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

How Muslims are Embracing the 21st Century: Humanist Perspectives

Following Raheel Raza's very interesting and informative presentation on the work that she and other liberal Muslims are engaged in, seeking to bring about a reformation within Islam, two of our own members who are Humanists from a Muslim background, Dr. Imran Atta and Adam Benni, will continue this discussion by presenting their own views of Islamic reform. They will also discuss how non-Muslims can be critical of Islam while showing tolerance and respect to Muslims

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Raheel Raza - How Muslims Are Embracing the 21st Century
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Raheel Raza - How Muslims Are Embracing the 21st Century

We are pleased to welcome Raheel Raza, a leading global voice against radical extremism within Islam, to London Ontario for a FREE public talk titled: How Muslims Are Embracing the 21st Century.

Raheel Raza is President of the Council For Muslims Facing Tomorrow, a founding member of the Muslim Reform Movement, author of the book, Their Jihad - Not My Jihad, award-winning journalist, public speaker, and advocate for human rights, gender equality, and dignity in diversity.

Please come out and join us for this timely and important talk, followed by a Q&A period.

The talk will take place in the Wolf Performance Hall and admission is free

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Dr. Lachance is a professor of biology at Western University, where he is a prolific scholar and popular teacher. He is also our humanist officiant and a long-time member of HALA. 

In this presentation he will speak about the scientific evidence concerning various alternative approaches to medicine such as naturopathy, homeopathy, chiropractic, etc.

After the talk, there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

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HALA Pride Parade March
Jul
30
11:00 AM11:00

HALA Pride Parade March

This year, London's Pride parade is being held on Sunday, July 30. 

We're excited to announce that we have registered ourselves to march in the parade again this year. This will be our fourth year! It's a great opportunity for us to come together as a group to have a really fun time and show solidarity with our LGBTQ community.

Parade formation will take place in the Western Fair District parking lot. All participants are asked to meet just inside the Rectory Street entrance, where you will be given additional information about where to assemble your float/group. All personal vehicles will be asked to park at the Western Fair Farmers’ Market at the corner of Dundas Street & Ontario Street to allow room for the parade formation.

The Parade start time is 12:30pm sharp. It will travel north on Ontario Street to Queen’s Ave; West on Queen’s Ave to Wellington Street; and North on Wellington Street to Wolfe Street. The parade will disperse at Victoria Park where the annual Pride Closing Speeches will take place. 

Walking distance: approximately 2.8 kilometres.

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Donald Trump and Populism
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

Donald Trump and Populism

Why was Donald Trump elected President of the United States? One answer is that he represents a kind of populism that claims to truly represent the people. But what is populism? How does it help explain recent events in the U.S., Britain, France, and elsewhere? And, finally, is populism a coherent or plausible way to understand politics in modern liberal democracies? 

Dr. Jones is an associate professor of Political Science at Western, who specializes in contemporary political theory and the history of political thought, and is a recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence.

After the talk, there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

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Connecting People and the Universe
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Connecting People and the Universe

Although we often think of the universe as a hostile and uncaring place, astronomy brings people together in unique ways. In this talk Dr. Barmby will explore the ways that astronomy brings us together and illuminates our connections to the universe. 

An associate professor in Western’s Department of Physics & Astronomy, Dr. Pauline Barmby studies nearby galaxies to determine how their stars, gas, dust, and black holes affect each other.

After the talk, there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

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New Perspectives on First Nations
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

New Perspectives on First Nations

Traditional views of Canada's First Nations have undergone enormous revision since 1945. This talk will examine the nature of these changes and their implications for popular understanding and for public policy. With the plight of our indigenous people much in the news these days, this is a timely and important topic of relevance to Humanism! 

Dr. Leighton is a professor emeritus of history at Huron College. He has researched and taught courses on First Nations history, and is a past president of the Ontario Historical Society. 

After the talk, there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

NOTE: The meeting is in the Stephenson Hunt room at Central Library.

 

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The Problem of Free Will
Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

The Problem of Free Will

Do we choose our actions freely, or is everything we do determined by the laws of cause and effect? John Thorp is a professor of philosophy at Western University, and has won awards for excellence in university teaching. 

We will look at the many different contexts in which the freewill problem has cropped up – from logic to theology to neurology to relativity theory. He will argue that each of these is likely just a symptom of a much deeper underlying problem.  

After the talk, there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. 

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Sources of Ethics and Morality
Jan
11
7:00 PM19:00

Sources of Ethics and Morality

Religions often claim that there is no basis for ethics and morality without God. Don Hatch will present a historical overview of moral and ethical systems, and will make the case that moral principles come from human reason rather than divine decrees. Don is a long-time board member and past president of HALA, and editor of our mini-journal, The Enlightenment.

Before Don’s presentation, we will have our Annual General Meeting (AGM), in which there will be reports from the executive board and the election of board members for 2017.

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How Humanists Find Purpose and Meaning in Life
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

How Humanists Find Purpose and Meaning in Life

Religious believers often claim that without faith in a god, life is empty, meaningless, and devoid of purpose. Rod Martin will make the case that letting go of belief in god and the afterlife actually makes life all the more precious, and enables one to have a life of integrity, fulfillment, purpose, and joy. 

Rod is the president of HALA and a retired professor of clinical psychology at Western University. The presentation will involve opportunities for audience discussion and sharing.

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How I Became a Humanist
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

How I Became a Humanist

Following up on Hemant Mehta's very successful Wolf Hall presentation last month entitled "Why Are Young People Leaving Religion?", three young HALA members (Sherry Keddie, Sara Magee, and Jason Reed) will each give a short talk about their own personal journeys from religious faith to Humanism. This will be followed by a time of general discussion and sharing from the audience.

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Why are Young People Leaving Religion
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Why are Young People Leaving Religion

Please join the Humanist Association of London and Area in welcoming speaker Hemant Mehta, also known as the Friendly Atheist, for a lecture titled: Why Are Young People Leaving Religion?

In addition to the main topic, Hemant will speak on what is taking the place of religion among the younger generation and how they can better organize as secularists in the local community and online. Afterwards, guests will have an opportunity to ask questions and give comments.

Hemant's Bio:

Hemant Mehta is the editor of the Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. He is a former National Board Certified high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, where he taught for seven years.

He currently serves on the board of directors for Foundation Beyond Belief (a charity organization targeting non-theistic donors) after spending several years as the chair of the board of the Secular Student Alliance (which creates and supports college atheist groups across the U.S.).

He is also the author of three books, including I Sold My Soul on eBay (WaterBrook Press, 2007) and The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide (Patheos Press, 2012).

Links:

The Friendly Atheist Blog - http://thefriendlyatheist.com
The Friendly Atheist Podcast - http://friendlyatheistpodcast.com/
The Atheist Voice Channel - http://youtube.com/user/TheAtheistVoice

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HALA Pride March
Jul
24
11:30 AM11:30

HALA Pride March

Because we think it's more important today than ever for people to stand up together against hate and bigotry, we will be marching again in the year's Pride parade!

We would love to send a strong message of support to our LGBTQ community so come on out and march with us or cheer us on from the side lines! Either way, It's quite an experience to say the least! :)

Hope to see you there!

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