AHS Annual convention, 7-9th Mar (We will be there with a LAAG (& SBAS!) stall)


LAAG will have a stall at this event, with space for SBAS to represent as well ( Cloe will be there wearing both a LAAG and an SBAS hat ...or something like that!).

Come along and join us!

Text from AHS website:

Convention 2014 Friday 7th – Sunday 9th March, Conway Hall & UCL

The annual convention of the AHS - National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies – will be held in London on the weekend of 7 – 9th March 2014 , and we have one of our best line-ups ever! You can buy your tickets here.

Our incredible speakers on Saturday 8th March  include:

A. C. Grayling

- Philosopher and Master of New College of the Humanities

Simon Singh

 - Mathematician and libel reform advocate

Andrew Copson

 - chief executive of the British Humanist Association

Kenan Malik

 - Neurobiologist and philosopher of race and multiculturalism

Richard Norman

 - Philosopher and ethicist

Christina Patterson 

- Journalist

Mary Honeyball

 - Labour MEP and womens’ rights advocate.

Sheila McLean

 - Professor of Law and Ethics in Medicine and right to die advocate

We also have a performance by the BHA Choir, who have delighted us in previous years with their alternately touching and amusing non-religious songs.

We will be meeting on Friday 7th March from 7.30pm onwards for Welcome Drinks and food after your long journey at the Friend at Hand, a pub located right beside Russell Square tube station. See their website here and see how to get there from the train stations using google maps, as it is within walking distance from Long Kings Cross and easily accessible by tube from any station. This is a great chance to meet new people and get into the secular swing of things!

On Saturday 8th March, you will have the opportunity to listen to lots of interesting speakers on a variety of atheism, humanism and secularism related topics, not to mention meet loads of awesome new people. We will also have stalls run by a range of non-religious organisations which might be of interest to our members, which you can visit in breaks between speakers.

There will be an End of Convention Party at the Enterprise pub after the speakers day, when you’ll get plenty of opportunity to socialise with your fellow heathens.

Sunday 9th March, will be a day of workshops and discussions aimed at current and prospective committees, kindly hosted by Imperial College London. Workshops are a mixture of fun and usefulness, plus we will be giving out a number of awesome awards to societies – make sure to be there to pick yours up!

Book tickets here - £10 for students, £12 for non-students.

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  • Georgi L.

    Mary Honeyball...

    February 10, 2014

    • Jorge

      It seems to me a common pattern with politicians is that they never go after the core issues themselves. In this case, she started from the conclusion that prostitution is evil, period. OK, fine, let's entertain that thought. If it is bad then, what causes it? Childhood abuse for the most part, she said. OK, great. And what causes that, then? And by who? And by what means? How about zoning it on the very core problems, instead of wasting time making everything a crime, just because "I don't like it", as Grayling correctly put it? The pinnacle was when she was asked about women that actually want to do this as choice, the answer being "it's not about choice". Right. I'm starting to wonder if this pattern of blindness is on purpose, like some crazy voodoo conspiracy or something, to indefinitely continue feeding off the symptoms instead of sorting out the root of the issues. After all, if human education itself gets sorted out, who will need politicians, anyway?

      2 · March 9, 2014

    • Adrian

      Interesting article on Bloomberg about how pimps see themselves as business managers and entrepreneurs: http://www.bloomberg....­

      March 12, 2014

  • Georgi L.

    Simon Singh's talk was the most worthwhile for me; not just talk but also activism! Surprise surprise, we're again the country has such poor regard for free speech that our legislature is used by foreign nations to bring even non UK cases to be tried here. LAAG is getting behind Simon's campaign, please support it:LINK: http://www.meetup.com/London-Atheist-Activist-Group-friendly-community/messages/boards/thread/42485602/0/#[masked]

    1 · March 9, 2014

    • Jorge

      An atheist conference, now that would be seriously cool. No, not would, *will*, so I don't jinx it. Oh bugger, there goes some woo out, some habits are hard to break. Now seriously, that's the stuff I'd really like to see, some live talks on how to properly disabuse people from woo, why it is important or debate it when needed.

      March 11, 2014

    • Jorge

      That whole "deeply held" concept and the irrational respect for it are the great issues that needs to fixed in our society. I'd be interested to know in what ways we can tackle this issue. If faith is the sword, deeply-held-smoke-screen­ing is definitely the shield and both need to be disarmed.

      1 · March 11, 2014

  • Grumpy G.

    It was my very first time attending an event where politicians speak. I thought I'd find out what I have missed upon all those years....well, conclusion: nothing. Good to know I had some sense to value my precious time all those years.

    I wasn't particularly impressed by this MP. I wonder if it hadn't been a better choice to get the philosopher to speak before her to prompt her to reassess her methods.

    March 10, 2014

    • Adrian

      ...or an ATHEIST!

      March 10, 2014

    • Jorge

      Definitely an Atheist! Were are those awesome guys anyway? Do we have to bribe someone to go there or something? :)

      March 11, 2014

  • Grumpy G.

    Which reminds me of a video I saw recently that said something along the line those in politics aren't the best people to do a good job when it gets to matters relating to society. Think it was Richard Dawkins on Ted, can't remember

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • Georgi L.

    UPDATE: Starts at 10am on the 8th (the main day), and details of the pre-event drinks on the 7th is now shown/linked above

    March 1, 2014

    • Georgi L.

      Sorry Roger, I think it was something to do with the problems meetup.com is having. Have added it all again and looks like the links are working now.

      March 3, 2014

    • Roger


      March 3, 2014

  • John P

    This looks very tempting, but it would mean missing my usual Saturday morning lie in :)

    February 28, 2014

    • John P

      Yeah, I did think about that, but if I am going to buy a ticket and make the trip up there I wouldn't want to miss anything (especially A C Grayling). Maybe by the end of this weekend I'll decide not to be such a big girl's blouse and just go and buy a ticket ;)

      March 1, 2014

    • John P

      ...actually, I have just bought my ticket. See you there at around 10am (I'll have a nice lie in on Sunday morning).

      1 · March 1, 2014

  • Jorge

    Just booked the two of us heathens in. We'll try and look for the LAAG stall to say hi and introduce ourselves too.

    2 · February 26, 2014

    • Georgi L.

      Excellent, look forward to meeting you!

      February 27, 2014

  • Adrian

    Anyone know how to pronounce AHS? ;-)

    1 · February 6, 2014

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  • Georgi L.
    FOUNDER, ORGANISER, cat herding faith virus boghossinator, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Adrian
    FOUNDER, Cat herding KingHell of Puns, Organizer
    Event Host
  • Kieron
    ORGANISER, Founder Member.
    Event Host
  • Cloe +1
    Initiation Organiser ;-) Charlie Sheen, Horny Devil, Shots Queen
    Event Host
  • Roger
    ORGANISER, A "lert" to smut
    Event Host
  • Jorge
    Prince char-ming
  • Andre
    Tee-total whimsy
  • John P
    PREMIUM Laager,LINKS-MEISTER & Mr Fix-it Star!
  • Graham B.
    Organiser, Speaker
  • Caroline C H
    Blue is my colour!
  • A former member

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