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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.

What Ails Muslims Today?

Tue, 31 May 2016

Date: Tuesday 31 May | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Tickets: £5. Concessions £3. Free to Conway Hall Ethical Society members.
Details: Pervez Amir Ali Hoodbhoy is a nuclear physicist who teaches mathematics and physics in Lahore and Islamabad. He is active in defending human rights, opposing religious extremism, and advocating peace between Pakistan and India.

Pervez Amir Ali Hoodbhoy is currently Zohra and Z.Z.Ahmad Distinguished Professor of Physics and Mathematics at FC College, Lahore.

Earlier, he had taught for 40 years at Quaid-e-Azam University. He graduated from MIT with undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics, a master's in solid state physics, and a Ph.D degree in nuclear physics. In 1968 he won the Baker Award for Electronics, and in 1984 the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics. In 2003 he was awarded UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science. In 2010 he received the Joseph A. Burton Award from the American Physical Society and the Jean Meyer Award from Tufts University. In 2011, he was included in the list of 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. In 2013, he was made a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs, a position he currently holds.

The event will be chaired by Terry Sanderson. Terry is a journalist and writer, and is the President of the National Secular Society.

Maryam Namazie: Apostasy, Blasphemy and Resistance to Islamism

Sun, 17 Jul 2016

Date: Sunday 17 July | 18.30
Location: Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester, LE1 1WB
Tickets: Free
: Leicester Secular Society will host Maryam Namazie, an Iranian-born secularist and human rights activist, commentator and broadcaster. An honorary associate of the NSS, Maryam is also spokesperson for Iran Solidarity, One Law for All and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.

Robbie Travers: Islam and Islamism

Sun, 24 Jul 2016

Date: Sunday 24 July | 18.30
Location: Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester, LE1 1WB
Tickets: Free
: Leicester Secular Society will host Robbie Travers, a commentator for the Gatestone Institute, for a discussion on the differences between the religion of Islam and the religiopolitical ideology of Islamism.

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
: 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, 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.

Book your ticket by the end of May to take advantage of our early bird discount!

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