The Humanist Association of Toronto provides a focus of activities and discussion for Humanists in the Toronto area. Please note: HAT events are open to the public, and views expressed do not necessarily represent the official views of the Humanist Association of Toronto. For all public statements, educational events, media enquiries, please contact the webeditor, who will forward your enquiry to our Spokesperson.
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm
The Monthly Meeting the 2nd or 3rd Saturday at 1:30pm (TBD)
The Steering Committee meets 1st Wednesday, 7pm
The Book Group meets monthly.

HAT FORUM: Sat July 30, 11am-1pm OISE Room 2-198

DATE: July 30 11am-1pm   OISE  Room 2-198
FACILITATOR:  Robin Russell
TOPIC:  Representative Democracy versus Limited Right to Vote/Direct Democracy
In ancient Greece only a tiny minority of people had the right to vote, and they voted directly on the issues of the day.  Is there merit in only allowing people who have demonstrated an ability to understand the issues the right to vote, and employing direct democracy? Who would decide who has the right? Are the issues of today too complex to even contemplate this model? Would the hard decisions on financial matters be better served with this model? Would the overall welfare of all people likely improve or decline? Pros and cons

HAT Monthly Meeting: Saturday September 11, 1:30-3, OISE

“The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”, Performed by David Calderisi
Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 1:30 – 3 pm
OISE  252 Bloor west, Room 4-426

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam,” actor David Calderisi performs the poem as translated by Edward Fitzgerald. David has had a long acting career spanning over 40 years and has appeared in a number of TV series, features and TV movies, as well as performing in live theatre.

HAT Forum Saturday July 24, 11am - 1pm OISE Room 2-198

HAT FORUM  Saturday July 24
TOPIC: Is Marriage a Tradition in Decay?
Facilitator: Silvia Blejman Kantor

- How valid is the institution of marriage in 2010?
- Are there any compelling factors that make marriage an institution to be preserved and kept alive?
- As humanists, what is our position in supporting this institution?

all are welcome

HAT Forum Sat. July 17, 11am-1pm OISE Room 2-198

HAT FORUM: Saturday, July 17th
TOPIC:  Civil Liberties and Public Safety
Facilitator: Moses Klein

How do you see the relationship between freedom or privacy on the one hand, and law and order on the other? Does a commitment to civil liberties require limitations to police power, and if so, what limits? Does a commitment to law enforcement require limitations to personal freedom, and if so, what limits?

EVENT: Film Screening of the BOHEMIAN EMBASSY, July 12, 7pm

A special invitation from Don Cullen (to the left!) for the film debut/screening of Bohemian Embassy.  It is being held this Monday, July 12th at the Toronto Underground Cinema located at 186 Spadina (1½ blocks N of Queen). 
This film documents the history of the Bohemian Embassy, and features: 
Margaret Atwood, Mark Breslin, Jackie Burroughs, John Robert Colombo, Joanne Crabtree, Don Cullen, David French, Greg Gatenby, Paulette Kirkey, Dennis Lee, Gordon Lightfoot, Gwendolyn MacEwen, George Miller, Bram Morrison, Robert Priest, Chick Roberts, Sylvia Tyson, Nancy White - among others.

More info HERE

NEWS: Janet Carding Appointed ROM’s New Director and CEO

Janet Carding Appointed ROM’s New Director and CEO
Janet Carding Appointed ROM’s New Director and CEO

On June 27, Sal Badali, Chair of the ROM Board of Trustees, announced the appointment of Janet Carding as the new Director and CEO effective September 2010. Carding joins the ROM from the Australian Museum, Sydney, the country’s preeminent museum of nature and culture, where she has held the position of Assistant Director, Public Programs & Operations since 2004.

At the ROM, Carding will be responsible for furthering the Museum’s mission, advocating for its ongoing public and private sector support, promoting its research, programs, and collections, and overseeing the management of the Museum’s operations, which include exhibitions, programs, education, visitor services, administration and facilities management. Carding is the first woman appointed to the position of ROM Director and CEO.

'We are absolutely delighted that Janet Carding, a museum professional for over two decades, brings her wealth of experience to the ROM. She’ll provide inspired and strategic leadership to one of Canada’s most revered and preeminent educational, research and civic institutions,'

Carding currently teaches the Museums and Galleries Administration segment of the University of Sydney’s Museum Studies program. She holds a degree from Cambridge University in History and Philosophy of Science and a Masters from the University of London in History of Science and Medicine.

HAT SUMMER PARTY: Sun Aug 29, 4-8pm

HAT members & guests are Warmly Invited to the
Humanist Association of Toronto 20th Anniversary Party

Sunday, August 29, 2010 4 – 8 p.m.
123 Howland Avenue
Home of Moses Klein

Limited parking—take TTC if possible. East from Bathurst subway station & North of Bloor

Pot-luck Buffet, Stimulating conversation and fun!

RSVP 416-922-8972
No meat or shellfish, please, in deference to
Moses’ mother’s kosher diet. In order to assure food variety, please contact co-ordinator of party: Cecilia Rayo

HAT Book Group: CHANGE OF DATE: Sunday Oct 10, 11am Manic Cafe

Book to be discussed:
Manufacturing Depression by Gary Greenberg
Facilitator: Paula O'Connor

Gary Greenberg is a practicing psychotherapist and author of The Nobel Lie. He has written about the intersection of science, politics and ethics for
many publications, including Harper's, The New Yorker, Wired, Discover, Rolling Stone and Mother Jones.

We will be discussing the book on October 10.

Meet at:

The Manic Cafe
426 College Street (just east of Bathurst Street)
at 11:00 a.m.

HAT FORUM: Sat. July 10, 11am-1pm, OISE, Room 2-198

HAT FORUM: Saturday, July 10
LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 2-198
TOPIC: Why are we attracted to Violence?

All are welcome to this free group discussion.
HAT meetings are free and open to members and the public. Call (416) 966-1361 for location information. ___________________________________________________
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.