Future Meetings

AGM followed by “Humanism and the Intellectual Dark Web”


Date:        Monday 20th May 2019, 7.30pm
Venue:    Willerby & Kirkella Parish Institute, 58 Main St, Willerby, Hull HU10 6BZ

We will begin our May meeting with a brief Annual General Meeting to confirm the executive committee. If anyone is interested in joining the committee, please let group Secretary Tim Stephenson know as soon as possible. The AGM will be followed by a talk by Tim Stephenson on the rise of what has been jokingly referred to as “The Intellectual Dark Web” which is a network of public intellectuals including well known Humanists who have come to prominence because of the shift from mainstream media to increasingly popular online podcasts and YouTube conversations that has taken place in recent years. These conversations on politics, philosophy, science and religion are now watched by millions of people with a growing number of live events such as the discussion between new atheist Sam Harris, Professor Jordan Peterson and Douglas Murray at the O2 arena in London in July 2018 which was attended by 8000 people. Tim is a keen supporter of the IDW and associated online magazines such as Quillette and will be making the case for a close fit between Humanism, the classical liberal tradition, freethought and the Intellectual Dark Web. See here for a recent article about the IDW: Looking for Enlightenment on the Intellectual Dark Web.

For a more in depth discussion about the IDW, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKeMIWVOnbo

All welcome.

New Venue:

Willerby & Kirkella Parish Institute, 58 Main St, Willerby, Hull HU10 6BZ

The Willerby & Kirkella Parish Institute is within the library building shown above and we will be meeting in the front room on the ground floor on the left as you enter the building.

We will be continuing to have our book club events at the Tiger Inn.

The Relevance of History to Us

Date:    Monday 17th June 2019, 7.30pm
Venue: Willerby & Kirkella Parish Institute, 58 Main St, Willerby, Hull HU10 6BZ

Our June 2019 meeting will be a talk by Dr Christopher Fear on the subject “The Relevance of History to Us”. Dr Fear says of his talk,
“Each autumn, in universities from Cardiff to Sydney, students find themselves in seminar rooms invited to discuss the writings of long-dead European men concerning events and situations that are no longer happening—usually beginning in ancient Athens. But these people are not history students. They are not literature students either, necessarily. They are very often politics undergraduates, who are primarily interested in the political problems of today and perhaps tomorrow. So what relevance does history have to them, and to us, given that history does not really repeat itself, and that no historian has successfully demonstrated that his discipline can provide “laws” which we might use for predicting the future? In this presentation I discuss the way in which this and related questions were tackled in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s by the Oxford philosopher, archaeologist, and historian of Roman Britain, R. G. Collingwood. Collingwood’s answers do not help us to see into the future; they help us to do something much more important: to understand better the problems of the present.”
Dr Fear lectures in Politics at the University of Hull.
All welcome

Towards a National Education Service, an NES like the NHS:  thinking outside the box?

Date:    Monday 15th July 2019, 7.30pm
Venue: Willerby & Kirkella Parish Institute, 58 Main St, Willerby, Hull HU10 6BZ

Our July 2019 meeting will be a talk by Dr Jackie Lukes who is a long time contributor to the national debate on education through her work at the University of Hull, contributions to parliamentary consultations on education and work with the Socialist Education Association. Jackie spoke to the group on faith schools ten years ago in September 2009. This time she will be talking about the thinking behind the creation of a National Education Service, something that is a current Labour Party manifesto commitment. Is this an opportunity to create a cradle to grave education service free at the point of delivery similar to the NHS? All welcome.

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