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Does Humanism Have Survival Value?

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Our eighth annual Darwin Day celebration meeting, featuring a keynote by David Niose, president of the American Humanist Association.
When Feb 11, 2010
from 01:30 AM to 03:00 AM
Where DUUC, Naperville
Contact Name
Contact Phone 630 554 8058
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Members and friends of our Humanist movement:

You are invited to participate in the high point of our Program year.

Eighth Annual Darwin Day Celebration:

February 10th 2010, Wednesday at 6:30 pm for our Potluck Dinner and 7:30 pm for the regular meeting

Our Keynote speaker will be David Niose,
President of the American Humanist Association

Keynote address: Does Humanism Have Survival Value?

DAVID NIOSE will discuss Humanism and its basic concepts as ideas that, like all ideas, can either thrive or die. David will discuss Humanism with an eye toward what it will take for the "meme" of humanism to have survival value in the modern world. Just because many of us feel that Humanism is the best philosophy to bring the human race into the future, that does not mean that it will necessarily survive and thrive. Just because we feel we have a better methodology for determining truth, that doesn't mean our methodology will win out in the marketplace of ideas. The same can be said for the Humanist view of ethics. Humanism may be the best idea since sliced bread, but it could easily end up in the dust bin of history. Thus, what can we as Humanists do to maximize the likelihood that our philosophy will in fact survive and thrive?

DAVID NIOSE, President of the American Humanist Association, has a background that includes experience in law and mass communication. A graduate of Boston University's School of Public Communication and Suffolk University Law School, he has practiced law in Massachusetts since 1990. He has also worked in print and broadcast media, taught both history and law, and written extensively on a wide array of social and political issues. As chair of the AHA's Media Committee, Niose has helped initiate and develop the AHA's media campaign, where the AHA has begun promoting Humanism in national media to build awareness and acceptance of the Humanist worldview. Niose has spoken to freethought groups around the country, emphasizing the importance of utilizing mass media to inject Humanist ideas into the public dialogue, improve the public image of Humanists, and sway public opinion away from the religious right. Niose has also sat on the advisory panel of the Secular Coalition for America (SCA), and in 2004 he filed a complaint with the FCC on behalf of SCA, protesting the granting of educational television channels to televangelists. Niose is also a board member of the Humanist Association of Massachusetts, a member of the Secular Student Alliance, and a founding member of Greater Worcester Humanists.

Admission is free; however, you are requested to bring a dish to pass for the potluck dinner. Also, you may attend just the keynote address at 7:30 pm. In either case, you are requested to make your reservations with Jack Sechrest at or call 630 554 8058. Let me know whether you will attend the potluck and/or the Keynote Address. Be enthusiastic: register early.

Directions to the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church: Take I 88 to Naperville Road. Approaching from the west, prepare to exit after the 127 mile marker. The exit ramp will take you to Freedom Drive. Go south to Diehl Road, then go east to Naperville Road. Diehl becomes Lacey. Continue 200ft to Old Naperville Road. Turn left and go ½ block to the Church on the right.

Approaching from the east, prepare to exit after the 128 mile marker. The exit ramp will take you to Naperville Road. Go south to the next traffic light at Diehl Road. Diehl becomes Lacey. Go east 200 feet and turn left on Old Naperville Road. Go ½ block to the Church on the right.

For more information contact Jack Sechrest at or call 630 554 8058.

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