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Tues 1 June 2021Madeleine Goodall

Well-being and well-doing: a History of Humanism in the UK with Madeleine Goodall.

In celebration of Humanists UK’s 125th anniversary, this talk explores the long history and significant influence of humanism in the UK, with a specific focus on the development of the organisation we know today.

Humanists UK was formed in 1896 as the Union of Ethical Societies, pursuing the 'good life' without reference to theological ideas. Many members and leaders, including those little remembered today, actively pursued a range of social reforms, continuing a strong tradition of change-making by freethinkers. They also initiated and developed many of the campaigns which remain at the heart of Humanists UK today.

This talk draws on research carried out as part of the Humanist Heritage project, launched in 2019 to uncover and share the lesser known stories that make up the history of humanism in the UK.

Maddy is the Humanist Heritage Coordinator for Humanists UK, researching and writing about the history of humanism to celebrate the organisation's 125th birthday. She has a background in education, museums, and community history, and is also Humanists UK's Wikimedian in Residence.

7.30pm online talk - Zoom link to be confirmed.

Wed 14 July

Book Group - Never Let Me Go and Klara and the Sun, both by Kazuo Ishiguro. 7.30pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 3 August 2021Victoria Wild

Extinction Rebellion - Community, Chaos and Change with Victoria Wild.

Extinction Rebellion can seem like a disorderly rabble but behind the chaos is an organised, horizontal structure and a theory of change drawn from other successful non-violent movements.

The communities within it are its most vital element, providing support, ideas and training, but also by their very nature presenting a challenge to the destructive economic model which is fuelling climate change.

Victoria Wild works in fair trade and has been involved in the local green movement for the last few years, including setting up the XR group in Harrogate.


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