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Upcoming Events

Links are provided to events which may be of interest to secularists. Unless otherwise stated the NSS does not necessarily support or endorse these events.

Scottish Secular Society - the Future of Scottish Education

Thu, 01 Sep 2016

Date: Thursday 1 September 2016 | 19:30 to 21:30
Location: Annie Besant Lodge, 17 Queens Crescent, St. George's Cross, Glasgow, G4 9BL
Tickets: Suggested donation £5
Details
: James McEnaney is a former secondary school teacher now
working as a lecturer in Further Education and a journalist who has been described as the "most persistent and informed critic" of the Scottish Government's plans to introduce national standardised testing.

At this talk, he will discuss secular issues such as Religious Observance and Religious Reps on local council education boards) and more general issues related to Scottish education.

NSS 150th anniversary conference - Secularism 2016: living better together

Sat, 03 Sep 2016

Date: Saturday 3 September 2016 | 09:30 to 17:30
Location: Central London
Tickets: See website for details
Details
: The National Secular Society will host a great line up of speakers for a special 150th anniversary celebration including Jacques Berlinerblau, author of the internationally acclaimed How to be Secular, Maajid Nawaz, Douglas Murray, Turkish MP Safak Pavey, Tehmina Kazi of British Muslims for Secular Democracy, Aliyah Saleem, Paul Rowe of Educate Together and historian Devorah Lavin. Our guest speakers, including human rights and education experts, will take a critical look at secularism's successes and areas for development. More speakers TBA.

Secular Social: pay your respects to Bradlaugh

Sat, 17 Sep 2016

Date: Saturday 17 September | 11am – 3pm
Location: Brookwood cemetery, followed by the White Hart pub in Pirbright, near Woking.
Details: An opportunity to pay your respects to NSS founder Charles Bradlaugh by joining NSS council and staff in a visit to Bradlaugh's grave at Brookwood cemetery near Woking, followed by a social event at a nearby pub.

Tehmina Kazi on anti-Muslim sentiment in the UK

Mon, 26 Sep 2016

Date: 26 September 2016 (prompt start 7:30PM)
Location: Canal House
Tickets: £2 entrance
Details: Tehmina Kazi is an advisor to a number of organisations that promote equality and inclusion, including Hope Not Hate, Tell Mama, and the Inclusive Mosque Initiative. She is also an Executive Producer of the Hidden Heart documentary, on Muslim women who marry non-Muslim men.

Scottish Secular Society - What Does the ‘Post-secular Age’ Mean for Education?

Thu, 03 Nov 2016

Date: Thursday 3 November 2016 | 19:30 to 21:30
Location: Annie Besant Lodge, 17 Queens Crescent, St. George's Cross, Glasgow, G4 9BL
Tickets: Suggested donation £5
Details
: Dr. David Lewin is Lecturer in Philosophy of Education at the University of Strathclyde. His most recent book is Educational Philosophy for a Post-Secular Age (Routledge 2016). In 2011 he published Technology and the Philosophy of Religion (Cambridge Scholars). He has also edited 3 books across philosophy, religious studies and education. In addition he regularly publishes articles in a variety of journals such as the Journal of Philosophy of Education, Ethics and Education, and Studies in Philosophy and Education. He is secretary of the Glasgow branch of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.

International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression in the 21st Century

Sat, 22 Jul 2017

Date: Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 July 2017
Location: Central London
Tickets: See website for details
Details: The exciting two-day conference will be a follow up to the historic 2014 International Conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights and will discuss censorship and blasphemy laws, freedom of and from religion, apostasy, the limits of religion's role in society, LGBT and women's rights, secular values and more.

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