Future Meetings

What value, if any, is there in retaining the monarchy?

Date:        Monday 16th April 2018, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

Our speaker for our April meeting will be HERHG committee member Dr Lisa Whitehouse who will be making the case for the abolition of the monarchy:

“In light of the ‘Paradise Papers’ and the upcoming Royal wedding questions are being raised (yet again) about the role of the monarchy. While acknowledging the well rehearsed arguments both in favour of and against the abolition of the monarchy, this talk will focus on assessing the legitimacy and value of the British monarchy. Regardless of whether it reaffirms your view on the monarchy or causes you to reassess it, the hope is that this timely and topical presentation will, at the very least, provoke a lively discussion.” All welcome.


AGM and Soap Box Meeting

Date:        Monday 21st May 2018, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG 

Our May 2018 meeting will begin with a brief AGM to elect the executive committee for the next ear and be followed by our usual soap box discussion where attendees can raise issues relating to Humanism.
All welcome.


Has Market Capitalism Delivered?

 

Date:        Monday 18th June 2018, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG 

May 2018 saw the bicentennial of the birth of the influential thinker Karl Marx whose books, including “Das Kapital”, have influenced the intellectual, economic and political history of the world since they were written in the mid-nineteenth century. Marx’s criticisms of what he called “capitalism” have seen renewed interest in western countries since the beginning of the financial crisis ten years ago. The leading Humanist Steven Pinker’s new book “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress” includes a defence of modern market capitalism as an important component in achieving Humanist objectives in the twenty-first century. Our June meeting will be a discussion led by group chair John Hawkins on the relevance of Marx to contemporary Humanist discourse and asking the question “Has Market Capitalism Delivered?”

John says of his talk:

“I will give an outline of Karl Marx’s life and work, showing that whatever the failures of Capitalism of his time, he and Engels made their living by means of it, and go on to maintain that the Russian and Chinese Revolutions which to which their ideas contributed, caused more misery and mass starvation that could directly attributed to capitalism up to 1960. I will go on to argue that Paul Mason’s recent book ‘POSTCAPITALISM’ is a heroic failure because its impressive scholarship is not matched by sufficient analysis of the global, social and economic realities of our time and the world’s ‘political infrastructure’. However, we are greatly in Mason’s debt for an account of some of the major problems that face contemporary statesmen and women.”

All Welcome.


Meeting topic to be confirmed

Date:        Monday 16th July 2018, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG 

 


Meeting topic to be confirmed

Date:        Monday 2oth August 2018, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG 

 


Consumerism: Scourge of our Time or Path out of Poverty

Date:        Monday 17th September 2018, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG 

Our September meeting will be a discussion lead by Susan Harr who will be making the case against the consumerist society we live in. All welcome.


Meeting topic to be confirmed

 

Date:        Monday 15th October 2018, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG 

 


United Nations Peacekeeping

 

Date:        Monday 19th November 2018, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG 

At our November meeting, Nigel de Lee will be giving a brief introduction to the United Nations and Peacekeeping, with a focus on the basic principles and matters arising from them. All welcome.



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