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Socrates: The First Humanist?

Presentation by HGP member Dave Collamer.

Socrates is often regarded as a major contributor to ideas in western civilization, frequently compared in significance to the Buddha and Jesus. Was he a secular kind of guy? If he came to a HGP meeting, would he feel at home? Is he really deserving of the praise he has received for 2,400 years?

Dave Collamer has served in the Peace Corps and has worked in public health agencies. He retired from teaching high school science and moved from Oakland to Portland in 2010. Dave has always been interested in philosophy and history. It seemed to him that a talk about Socrates would fit right into what humanism is all about.

We make it worth your while to get up early on Sunday morning.  =-)

Programs are presented in four broad areas relevant to Humanism:

Human Well Being



Humanities, Culture, and Morality

Sun @ HGP program details -- for this week's speaker follow this link and read the "Next Speaker" announcement on the HGP website home page, left side; for future speakers and activities, click on the "Calendar" button, upper left:

Sunday Morning Schedule:

8:45  Early Bird discussion, choose topic by consensus (Garden Room)

9:45  Children join parents in East Room for simulcast

9:45  Coffee, juice and cookies (Arts and Crafts Room)

10:00 Main program, weekly speakers on topics of interest to Humanists (Keeston Room)

10:05 Humanist discussion, each week a different theme (Garden Room)

11:30 AfterThoughts: engage the speaker over light snacks (Arts and Crafts Room)

11:45 Classes, discussions, musicians, committees meet until 1:00 PM

12:15 Lunch at nearby eatery, all are welcome!

Be sure to peruse our humanist library while you're here -- books available to lend upon HGP membership.

Find more information about the Humanists of Greater Portland by clicking on the sponsor link at the left side of the webpage, then check out the full calendar of activities on HGP's main website.

All Meetup fees are paid by our sponsor through your memberships; donations toward the work of HGP are gratefully accepted.

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