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The Roots and Fruits of Humanism - a talk by AC Grayling

CLHG are delighted that AC Grayling will be joining us to give a talk on The Roots and Fruits of Humanism.

Door at 6.30 pm for talk at 7.00 p.m.

Please arrive early to have a glass of wine from our Charity Wine Bar, donations to the wine bar will go to A C Graylings chosen charity Plan UK and specifically their campaign for education for girls.

You can find out more at:


You can also browse the Newham Books book stall, Professor Grayling has also kindly agreed to sign some copies of his books.

All our talks are open to the general public and free to attend but we ask those who can to make a donation of what they can afford to cover costs and keep our talks free to all.

To many of you our speaker tonight needs no introduction, but for those of you who are perhaps new to the group here is a little information about him.

Anthony Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and edited over twenty books on philosophy and other subjects; among his most recent are "The Good Book", "Ideas That Matter", "Liberty in the Age of Terror" and "To Set Prometheus Free". For several years he wrote the "Last Word" column for the Guardian newspaper and now writes a column for the Times. He is a frequent contributor to the Literary Review, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Times Literary Supplement, Index on Censorship and New Statesman, and is an equally frequent broadcaster on BBC Radios 4, 3 and the World Service. He writes the "Thinking Read" column for the Barnes and Noble Review in New York, is the Editor of Online Review London, and a Contributing Editor of Prospect magazine.

In addition he sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals, and for nearly ten years was the Honorary Secretary of the principal British philosophical association, the Aristotelian Society. He is a past chairman of June Fourth, a human rights group concerned with China, and is a representative to the UN Human Rights Council for the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, the Patron of the United Kingdom Armed Forces Humanist Association, a patron of Dignity in Dying, and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society.He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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  • Alan P.

    A brilliant talk by a brilliant speaker!

    November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for all the nice comments I have received for organising this evening but also thanks to all of you for turning up on a damp November night, without an audience it would not have been a great evening.

    November 29, 2012

  • carol anne j.

    Was a transcript made of Prof. Grayling's talk on Tuesday evening? cj

    1 · November 29, 2012

  • David M.

    Isn't he a great speaker! Thanks to everyone for their support tonight. We've raised £85 for Care UK from the drinks bar and all the door takings will go to (South Place) Conway Hall Ethical Society for supply of the room and equipment (and because we like them).

    2 · November 27, 2012

    • Josh K.

      I think I read somewhere that Grayling's charity choice was Plan UK and in particular their campaign for girl's education.

      November 28, 2012

  • Steve C.

    What an amazing evening. A big thank you to our events organiser Helen, who managed to get AC (as the posse in the hood call him) to speak to us.

    Even though I have heard of the themes before it was good to hear a timeline, and to hear about the giants, upon who's shoulders we stand. He managed to speak in prose, one thinks of Jonathan Miller at his peak, he spoke without notes, managed to adapt jokes so that they did not sound contrived, spoke at a level that anyone can understand, stopped early rather than too late giving plenty of time to answer questions. A gentle man.

    Time in the pub afterwards was great, my community, if they are happy, then I am.

    1 · November 28, 2012

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    November 28, 2012

  • Jas

    A great talk!

    November 27, 2012

  • James

    Will people be going to the Enterprise afterwards? I will try my best to make it to the talk, but might have to either slip in the back late, or join you all for a drink and a 5 minute summary!

    November 21, 2012

    • Sanch

      I hope so. I have uni til late so will miss the talk but want to come later

      November 21, 2012

  • Porsche

    Any cost?

    November 1, 2012

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