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 April 27, 11am - 12:30pm (note time)

[The Forum will be a shorter length this week due to the HAT AGM beginning at 1:30]
:LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
DATE:  Saturday April 27th from 11:00am to12:30pm
TOPIC: Can Humanism include concepts of Transcendence (eg. ideas of 'higher powers', the spiritual, etc.) in its worldstance?
Background: see TVO Steve Paikin's interview with Mario Martinez:"How Culture influences Aging" April 18, 2013.

REMINDER: HAT Annual General Meeting, Sat April 27, 1:30 PM

HAT Annual General Meeting - April 27, 1.30pm

DATE:  Sat April 27, 2013,  1:30pm-3pm
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West,  Room 4410

We look forward to seeing you there!

HAT FORUM Sat. April 20, 11am - 1pm

HAT FORUM Date: Sat April 20, 2013, 11am - 1pm
LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
FACILITATOR: William Kennedy

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” - Ernest Hemingway
What is hidden in ‘completely’?
What does complete listening have to do with being a Humanist?

All are welcome.

Gender Equality - Stephen Lewis at Ryerson, April 17, Free

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After the excellent presentation on Education of women and girls in Afghanistan at the HAT monthly meeting yesterday, here is an opportunity to hear Stephen Lewis on Gender Equality at Ryerson

 Gender Equality: the Most Important Struggle on the Planet

All are welcome and admission is free.
  • WHAT:
    Gender Equality: the Most Important Struggle on the Planet
  • DATE:
    April 17 - April 17,  2013
  • TIME:
    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • WHERE:
    upper level of the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre: 245 Church Street

Our guest will be Stephen Lewis, internationally renowned humanitarian, political figure, diplomat, author, and scholar. Board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, he is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University. Among many accomplishments, he is co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World in the United States and Senior Fellow of the Enough Project. He served on the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and is an Emeritus Board Member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. He also served as a Commissioner on the newly formed Global Commission on HIV and the Law, whose landmark report was released in July 2012. Lewis’ work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades. He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from between 2001 and 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Between 1970 and 1978 Lewis was leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, during which time he became leader of the Official Opposition. His awards include the Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement, and being named the inaugural recipient of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Lewis is the author of the best-selling book Race Against Time and holds 35 honorary degrees from Canadian and American universities. 

HAT FORUM: Saturday April 13, 11am

TOPIC:  Atheism in the Public Sphere
DATE:  Sat. April13, 2013
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
FACILITATOR:  Deborah Jenkins

Reminder: HAT MONTHLY MEETING SAT April 13, 1:30-3pm "Afghan Women and Girls"

You are cordially invited to attend the HAT Monthly Meeting, Saturday, April 13, 1:30 - 3:00 pm: Topic: Afghan Women and Girls: Their Courage and Resilience OISE, 252 Bloor St. west, room 2-214 "Afghan Women and Girls: Their Courage and Resilience" Elizabeth Watson, representing Canadians in Support of Afghan Women The organization Canadians in Support of Afghan Women - is an affiliate of the national organization, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan - It is made up of volunteers and focuses on the empowerment of women and girls through education by its projects. The talk is based on what is happening in Afghanistan now regarding Afghan women, girls, and education in Afghanistan and what the organization is doing to address the issues. Elizabeth Watson is a retired teacher of the deaf. She joined Canadians in Support of Afghan Women in 2001, especially interested in helping to support schools in Afghanistan. She found not only the opportunities to do that but also to connect with Afghan women by obtaining and selling their goods and by talks to the public. By beinginvolved in this organization Liz has also been involved in the rewriting of a human rights kit for use in Canadian schools and has done several talks in schools, thus exposing many students to the curriculum materials and to the situation in Afghanistan. When Liz is not doing something for the organization she enjoys music, loves to fiddle, to travel and the outdoors, and reading inspiring stories, and those where folks are struggling. Come and listen to Elizabeth Watson, and ask questions about the situation in Afghanistan, and what we, as humanists, can do.

HAT FORUM SAT April 6, 11am-1pm, OISE 252 Bloor Street West

HAT SATURDAY DISCUSSION FORUM DATE: Sat April 6, 2012, 11am -1pm LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, ask for room at front desk TOPIC: Social Justice - a discussion of terms FACILITATOR: Erich Kronlacher The opinions expressed in their forum are those of the participants, and not necessarily of HAT

The Peace by Piece Initiative: Competing Narratives and Competing Truths of Israeli-Palestinian Peace and Conflict

The Peace by Piece Initiative: Competing Narratives and Competing Truths of Israeli-Palestinian Peace and Conflict Call to Dialogue

Israeli-Palestinian dialogue is often criticized as a method of “normalizing” the conflict or “preaching to the converted.” Goals to reconcile disparate narratives between “Palestinian” and “Israeli” positions are frequently cited as impossible, if undesirable, owing to the sensitivity of the past and the desire to maintain the independence of the narratives involved. Efforts to foster tolerance are continually viewed as cloaked tactics of perpetuating uneven power relations, maintaining the status quo, and furthering “facts on the ground” that are inimical to brokering final and lasting peace, security, and justice. Together, these criticisms of Israeli-Palestinian dialogue are indicative of, on the one hand, a desire to respect the disparity between so-called “Israeli” and “Palestinian” narratives and historiography and, on the other, a growing need for alternative models of dialogue that focus on mutual understanding, respect, and dignity, rather than striving for what are increasingly considered chimerical aims of reconciliation and tolerance.

In view of these criticisms, the “Competing Narratives and Competing Truths” (CNCT) project has three main goals: (1) to engage in dialogue as an end in itself, viz., for participants to enter into dialogue as a means to bring about greater mutual understanding, dignity, and respect for the multitude of narratives and truths endemic to Israeli-Palestinian peace and conflict; (2) to develop a model of dialogue as a corrective to the salient criticisms of traditional dialogue of Israeli-Palestinian conflict noted above; and (3) to provide qualitative information about the assumptions, reasoning, logic, and mythoi behind the competing narratives and competing truths of Israeli-Palestinian peace and conflict that can advance interlocutors’, facilitators’, and researchers’ understandings of the inherited, Diasporic, trans-generational, and intergenerational perspectives of Israeli-Palestinian peace and conflict in a Canadian context.

The CNCT project seeks graduate and undergraduate students as well as faculty—with informed opinions of Israeli-Palestinian politics—as partners in dialogue
Tuesday April 9, 2013 9:00am – 3:00pm
University of Toronto’s Multi-Faith Centre
Registration is limited.

If you have any further questions, we invite you to contact our executive director, Matt Gordner (PhD Student, University of Toronto, Dept. of Political Science), at
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.