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EVENT REPORT: Sean Faircloth Tour




EVENT REPORT

"RECLAIMING A SECULAR AUSTRALIA"
Sean Faircloth Tour: 31 April - 3 May 2013


The Humanist Society of WA is thrilled that Sean Faircloth so generously agreed to include Perth in his 2013 tour of Australia and New Zealand. We feel very privileged that the official host and tour organiser – the Rationalist Society of Australia - was so forthcoming in allocating three days out of Sean’s hectic schedule for a side trip to the West.

Whilst in Perth, Sean delivered an impassioned lecture at the University of Western Australia. Given that this event was scheduled on the back of the Easter long weekend, we were delighted with the numbers in attendance – a nearly sold out event in a theatre holding approximately 330!

Our partner, Boffins Bookstore, held a book signing for Sean earlier that day in the city and sold books at the lecture. Boffins were pleased to report back that they had virtually sold out of Sean’s book, ‘Attack of the Theocrats’; they have since conveyed that they are keen to assist us in the promotion of similar events in the future.

After the lecture, the ever charismatic Sean networked with Perth’s secular movers and shakers at the local university tavern. Sean was extremely well received, making some valuable connections that evening – as did the HSWA!

In addition to the book signing and lecture, Sean also managed to squeeze in a radio interview with Russell Woolf on ABC 720’s Drive Show - just hours before his speaking engagement at UWA. The interview went very well and even helped to secure us a few last minute ticket sales.

Sean Faircloth’s visit to Perth exceeded our expectations in every way! This ‘testing of the secular waters’ – which was achieved almost exclusively through the use of social media – has confirmed that there is indeed a strong appetite for the advancement of secularism in Western Australia.

The networks, relationships and alliances that have been forged as a result of Sean’s visit have proved invaluable. The HSWA looks forward to a close ongoing working relationship with our allies, the Rationalist Society of Australia, the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists, as well as the various university and other free-thought groups around the nation.

The secular message is now out there loud and clear!

The HSWA and local kinship groups are very excited to be playing an active role in this rapidly growing global secular humanist movement. A huge thank you to Sean Faircloth and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science for what is sure to be the start of something big Down Under!


Jaye Christie
(HSWA Committee Member and Lead Organiser for Sean Faircloth in Perth)




If you'd like a printable PDF version of this report please click Sean Faircloth Tour Lead Organisers Report.pdf







Table of Contents

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Presidents Report October 4, 2013 2:57 PM anonymous
INTRODUCTION TO THE HUMANISTS July 9, 2013 10:14 PM anonymous
President of the Humanist Society of WA April 26, 2013 4:18 PM anonymous
EVENT REPORT: Sean Faircloth Tour April 25, 2013 7:57 PM anonymous
useful web links for Humanists January 30, 2013 2:52 PM anonymous
Rationalist Society plan for a secular Australia January 30, 2013 2:22 PM anonymous
WA Humanists: How are we doing? December 18, 2012 10:09 AM anonymous
Constitution of the Humanist Society of WA January 19, 2013 4:22 PM anonymous
Humanism in brief – a personal view November 15, 2012 12:50 PM anonymous
Bookclub Books - Scheduled and Under Consideration March 12, 2015 10:53 PM anonymous
Explaining and defending Humanism September 10, 2012 9:26 PM anonymous
Constitutional recognition for Aboriginal People August 23, 2012 10:28 PM anonymous

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