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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.
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Obituary for Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens Dead at the Age of 62

A lion of intellectual honesty has died. One of our members came across this eloquent piece written by David Frum. Please follow the link below; you will have to scroll a little down the screen:

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/tag/christopher-hitchens/

HAT FORUM on DEC 24, Dec 31 - alternate meeting site

The HAT Saturday Forum will not meet on December 24th or December 31st. Instead, we will meet for lunch at the Fox and Fiddle, on Bloor St. between St. George and Huron, at 12:00 PM.

HAT Monthly Meeting, Sat Jan 14, 1:30pm: "Russia"

HAT Monthly Speakers Meeting Saturday, January 14, 2012 1:30 – 3pm
Location:   OISE, 252 Bloor St. west, Room TBD
Speaker: Dr. Nikolay Zyuzev, “Is Russia on the Road to Liberalization?”

Dr. Nikolay Zyuzev is a member of the Russian Humanist Association; he has a PhD in Philosophy from Moscow State University and currently holds positions in the Departments of Philosophy of Komi State Pedagogical Institute and Syktyvkar State University; he has presented, written and edited many papers and books on Russian culture; and he is also a professional journalist (he has been for many years a "Radio Liberty" freelance contributor) with political experience.

Dr. Zyuzev will talk about the current situation in Russia. Revolts are going on in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities; demonstrations are being held about the illegitimacy of the elections; arrests are occurring; and there are rumours that soldiers are being prepared. Dr. Zyuzev believes it is all just the beginning of a new long and painful phase in the process of liberalization in his country. Some aspects of the events sometimes are misread by local commentators. Whether Dr. Zyuzev is right or wrong in this observation – you can decide. Please join us for an insightful look at a fascinating country in turmoil from someone who knows Russian political life from within.

HAT Forum - 17th December


HAT FORUM  Sat Dec 17, 11am - 1pm
LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street W, ROOM 2-286
TOPIC:   Modern Taboos

All are welcome.

HAT Book Group meeting, Sunday Jan 8, 11-12:30: Montaigne

The HAT book reading group will meet next:
Sunday, January 8th, 2012, from 11:00-12:30 at OISE, 252 Bloor Street W.

We will be discussing selected essays from the work of Michel de Montaigne, one of the earliest influences on the Humanist project:

One edition is: Essays by Montaigne, Michel de, 1533-1592. Translated by: Florio, John, 1553?-1625. Year/Format: 2005
The edition has 5 copies in the library

There are many editions of Montaigne's essays and many volumes, so we suggest we read some of them and share our insights. Montaigne writes about vanity, the value of friendship, constancy, idleness, liars, virtue, cowardice, prognostication, cannibals, the greatness of Rome, "That to Study Philosophy Is to Learn to Die," and a host of other topics.

Filled with insights and keen observations that have inspired later writers as diverse as Shakespeare, Bacon, Voltaire, Rousseau, Flaubert, Virginia Woolf, and Roland Barthes, the Essays of Montaigne should be on the shelf of every student, scholar, and book lover.

All welcome

HAT FORUM Sat Dec 10, 11am OISE, 252 Bloor St West

HAT FORUM  Sat Dec 10, 11am - 1pm
FACILITATOR:  Isabel Foot
LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street W, ROOM 2-286
TOPIC:   NATIVE PEOPLES INTERFACING WITH THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT.
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All are welcome.

HAT Monthly Meeting, Sat Dec 10, 1:30-3 "Compassionate Care"

Saturday, December 10, 1:30 – 3pm
Room 2-211, OISE, 252 Bloor St. west
Michael J. Wheeler, “Compassionate Care: A Humanist Perspective”

Michael Wheeler is the Vice-President, Ontario Humanist Society Board, and the Membership Chair.  He holds a Masters Degree in Education and Applied Psychology. He has had a long and varied teaching career as well as a dynamic history of social activism.  Over the years, Michael has provided hospice care as a volunteer in varied settings. These include a hospital and a community centre with people of different intellectual capacities, and cultural traditions. It is from those experiences that he wishes to share his observations and insights.

All welcome:  HAT members and guests are warmly invited to attend our monthly (free) presentation - and share your thoughts.

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.