• Open Forum
  • NSW Humanist Meetup
  • Activism meetings
  • Occasion meetings

HuVAT meetings
Humanist Viewpoints Afternoon Talk (general format more varying)

The HuVAT program was started in February 2001 as a means for members and friends to meet regularly to talk about issues of direct interest to the Society to help the formation and development of Society policy.
Supper available for a small donation.

They are held on

  • usually the second Sunday of the month
  • note starting time is 4:00pm
  • at Humanist House 10 Shepherd St Chippendale.
  • Members and prospective members welcome to attend.

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(Note while this meeting series is sponsored by us its program is often not representative of the views of the Humanist Society at all. In fact it may run topics contrary to our interests! David Duffy's interest is to provide a regular venue to air matters of contemporary interest. If you are interested in what the Society as a body is concerned about click the HuVAT tab above).

26 Apr "The Art of War"

Sunzi vs Machiavelli
A comparison between two philosophers of war (Sunzi was a Chinese philosopher of approx 2000 yearsa ago)

Mr Joffre Balce

Economist and business strtegist.

3 May "Defeating toxic power to achieve wellbeing"

Dr Shann Turnbull (PhD Harvard Business School)

Chair; International Institute for self governance.

  Ring 9212 2122 for details for dates not covered here  

The Open Forum has been running for 44 years.

They are held

  • Every Wednesday
  • Starting at 8pm
  • at Humanist House 10 Shepherd St Chippendale.
  • Public Welcome.
  • Phone a recorded message service for last minute updates to the program.
    (+61 2) 9212 2122
  • Note: if there is no guest speaker a discussion evening on a topical issue occurs.
  • Supper available for a small donation.


The Wednesday Open Forum meetings are sponsored by the Humanist of Society of NSW to promote lively debate about topical issues. It has been held every Wednesday since 1971. You are welcome to come along and bring some friends. With a wide range of speakers and audience participants, views expressed by speakers and audience cannot be taken as a reflection of Humanist views .

Humanism fosters constructive intellectual exchange which can become impassioned at time. This requires a commitment from you to appropriate behaviour at all times. Unruly or offensive behaviour will not and cannot be tolerated.

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David Duffy the long-time convener!
Tel: 4782 1130 AM only

The Society also runs the HuVAT (Humanist Viewpoints Afternoon talk) series usually on the second Sunday of each month 4 pm. These meetings are more orientated to the Humanist position as such. Click the HuVAT tab above.

NSW Humanist Special Meetup & Society event

Sunday 26 February 2017 3 - 5pm

At the core of Human beliefs and practices are ideas concerning deities, ethics, personal responsibility and absolute versus relatives values. "Experts" in various fields, discuss issues like how we should 'punish' wrongdoers. But how do we know these things and how sure are we? Our vice president Ian Bryce argues fundamental physics surprisingly gives answers to these questions. We don't all agree. Also he argues that science goes on to address sentience and ethical 'considerations' in the language of Peter Singer.
Ian will lead a discussion on the implications for religion, justice, education and humanism.

Click here to go to their regular Meetup group`s logo page.

First Activism Meeting of 2017

Sunday 12 March 3:15 - 5:15pm

At these meetings, the Humanist Society of New South Wales gets together with guest activists, to share concerns, and learn about projects, view and ideas which offer progress regarding the values and issues that disturb, and inspire, our broad humanist community. Members are one again invited to tell us what they're doing, and what they'd like the Society to focus on. We can also discuss our approach to items at the forethcoming cAHs Australian Humanist Conventios to be held 7-9 April at the Ibis hotel in Melbourne.




Sunday 21st June 2015 at Humanist House starting 1.00 for 1.30 p.m.

We begin gathering informally at 1.00pm with light refreshments, moving on to the Keynote address at 1.30p.m. The event will then be launched by the Independent MP for Sydney, Alex Greenwich.

This will be followed by Victor Bien discussing 'The rise of political orders, the Enlightenment, & modern Humanism', then John August will review 'Highlights and Lowlights of Australian Secular History'.

The first session will finish with Peter Furness from Humanist Aid Inc., who will talk about his recent trip to Uganda with the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust, and the work of this charitable foundation.

There will be time for Q&A with each speaker. A break for light refreshments and informal networking will divide this from a second session which will begin sometime between 3.30pm and 4.00p.m.

The second session will contain briefer talks and still include opportunities for Q&A and participation:

Erik Alslaksen on 'The goal of evolution remains survival, but the subject of evolution has changed from species to societies, and the mechanism from random mutations to intelligence'; Fay Love on 'Fictional People, Real Issues'; then senior members David Duffy and Brian Edwards will each share their views on the ongoing value of Humanism, and a new Meetup member Steve Hulme will speak at his first event.

The session will be closed by Ian Bryce, President of the Humanist Society of NSW, who will talk about current developments in the work of Humanists at state and national levels.

Things should finish around 5.30p.m. with informal networking and tidy up until 6.00p.m. when participants can move on to a dinner together at a nearby restaurant.

Timings may vary on the day as we balance the values of tight entertaining presentations and open participatory audience involvement. Participants get the opportunity to celebrate the international, national, and local Humanist movement in expressing and sharing those values which bring them to this movement.

This event will be enjoyed best by those who attend for the entire event, so please come for the afternoon and do be ready for the formal start at 1.30p.m. The event is also open to the public and to NSW Humanists Meetup. Please feel encouraged to share this invitation with your associates.
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Enlightenment roots of Humanism(*)

Held in NSW Parliament House on 20 June 2014 to celebrate World Humanism Day.
There were six speakers addressing the topic from different points of view:

International Womens Day

This was held in NSW Parliament House on 10 March 2014. It was jointly convened by the NSW Humanists and the UNAA NSW (United Nations Associations of Australia NSW branch).

The following are videos of the speeches:

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