External Event - NSS Conference on Secularism

  • September 22, 2012 · 10:00 AM

This year's secular conference will take place on Saturday 22nd September in central London (10am-5pm).

Tickets are priced at £35, or £10 for students with valid photo student ID. The price includes lunch & refreshments.

The location details will be released once you have purchased your ticket.

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Following last year's successful event, this year's one-day conference promises to be even bigger and even better with a great line-up of speakers – including keynote speaker Richard Dawkins.

 

Speakers Professor Richard Dawkins Professor Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and author of several best-selling books including The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion. In 2006 he founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. In 2010 he presented a documentary on More4, The Faith School Menace.

 

Nia Griffith MP Nia Griffith MP

Nia Griffith is Member of Parliament for Llanelli, Shadow Minister for Wales and a campaigner for Lords reform. She is a firm believer in the need for the separation of church and state.

 

Nick Cohen Nick Cohen

Nick Cohen is a journalist, author, political commentator and eloquent supporter of secularism. He is a critic of the increasing role of religion in state education and of the Left's tendency to pander to religious fundamentalists. His latest work,You Can't Read This Book, is on freedom of expression.

 

Pragna Patel Pragna Patel

Pragna Patel is a secular campaigner, founding member of Southall Black Sisters and co-founder of Women Against Fundamentalism. In 2010 Pragna received the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year on behalf of Southall Black Sisters.

 

Peter Tatchell Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for human rights, democracy, LGBT freedom and global justice since 1967. Through the Peter Tatchell Foundation, he campaigns for human rights in Britain and internationally. In 2012 Peter was awarded the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year.

 

Maryam Namazie Maryam Namazie

Maryam Namazie is a secular campaigner and commentator, spokesperson for the One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. In 2005 she was awarded the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year.

 

Professor Ted Cantle CBE Professor Ted Cantle CBE

Ted Cantle is Professor at the Institute of Community Cohesion. His report into the northern riots of 2001 drew attention to the "segregated" ethnic and religious communities living 'parallel' lives. His new book confronts the failures of multiculturalism head on and establishes a new concept — interculturalism — for managing community relations in a world defined by globalization and super-diversity.

 

 

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  • Helen

    Great speakers really nice atmosphere, it is a shame more people from the CLHG didn't attend.

    September 23, 2012

  • stells d.

    Excellent

    September 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful speeches, inspiring ideas and transcendent truths.

    September 22, 2012

  • asif

    Hi everyone , its sold out but if is there anybody with the ticket and not able to attend ? or any updates for after conference , thanks . Asif

    September 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, I am new to the group. I have purchased a ticket for the conference and am now wondering how I should spot you guys tomorrow (since I won't recognise anyone)? Will there be a sign?!

    Thanks, Matthew

    September 21, 2012

    • Helen

      Hi Matthew, I will be running a stall with a big banner saying CLHG on it so should be easy to spot. The Humanists and Secularists are a friendly bunch so you won't feel alone for long.If you want you can give me a call or text. Tel:[masked]

      September 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Waited to long to buy a ticket and now it's sold out. Anybody with a change of plans that wants to sell a ticket, please email me. Thanks

    Larry

    September 21, 2012

  • Fiona W.

    Joyce -NSS stands for National Secular Society. At this late stage you'd probably be best to phone them: [masked], or email [masked]. Do look at their website and consider joining!

    September 17, 2012

  • Joyce J.

    Thankyou for the reply Helen. I don't suppose you have a contact email for the NSS. By the way what does it stand for?

    September 17, 2012

  • Joyce J.

    Hello Helen,

    Just checking if you managed to find out more about the concessionary bands for ESA recipients.

    The date is almost upon us. Thank you for the reply.

    September 16, 2012

    • Helen

      Hello Joyce, Terry Sanderson the President of the NSS informed me there is a Student Concession but that they don't have the resources to extend this concession further. As Fiona mentioned below, anyone in this position could contact the NSS and explain their personal circumstances to them, but this may not be something people wish to do. I am sorry I cannot be of more help. As I mentioned before this is not an CLHG event.

      September 16, 2012

  • Fiona W.

    Helen/Joyce

    I've spoken to the NSS office and they say that if anyone has a
    genuine problem paying the full price they should speak to them
    privately.

    August 28, 2012

  • Joyce J.

    Are there any other consessionary bands - for people who are in between work etc. or off sick and getting an ESA?

    August 27, 2012

    • Helen

      Hi Joyce, I agree there should be other concessions but it is not a CLHG event, I will check and get back to you as soon as possible.

      August 27, 2012

    • Fiona W.

      Fiona Weir

      August 28, 2012

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