Convention line-up announced: Simon Singh, Kenan Malik, A C Grayling and more!

AHS Convention Line-Up Announced

We’re now able to announce the (almost) complete list of speakers for the AHS Convention, which will be held in London from the 7th -9th March. It’s an impressive collection of speakers that includes everything from politicians to scientists.

Speakers at the Convention will include:

Simon Singh – Mathematician and libel reform advocate
A. C. Grayling – Philosopher and Master of New College of the Humanities
Kenan Malik – Neurobiologist and philosopher of race and multiculturalism
Richard Norman – Philosopher and ethicist
Christina Patterson – Journalist
Mary Honeyball – Labour MEP and womens’ rights advocate
Andrew Copson – BHA Chief Executive
Sheila McLean – Professor of Law and Ethics in Medicine and right to die advocate

You can also now buy your tickets for £10 for the weekend on the BHA website.

Should atheists shun the Sunday Assembly?

A few weeks ago, the AHS Campaigns Officer, DI MacDonald, wrote an article about his experiences at the Sunday Assembly in Oxford. Now he poses the question of whether atheists should avoid the increasingly anti-atheist group.

Writing for this website, DI points to criticisms that have been made about the Assembly’s top-down structures and avoidance of talking explicitly about atheism, as well as co-founder Sanderson Jones’ comments in August that the Sunday Assembly should be “not very” atheist.

The Sunday Assembly has prompted a lot of discussion and debate between AHS members around the country, and DI’s article strikes a significant note of caution which is well worth reading if you or your society are considering working with or around the Sunday Assembly.

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Letter from the Editor

The line-up for the convention in a couple of months is truly spectacular – and there’s even the possibility that we’ll be adding more great speakers to it in the next week or two. Unfortunately, Alom Shaha has had to withdraw, but there’ll be no shortage of interesting ideas and fantastic speakers. Make sure you grab your tickets soon!

Oh, and happy new year, by the way.

Tim

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