- Absurdities in Scripture
- Buddhism and Humanism
- The Humanist View
- An Introduction to Humanism
- Privacy in the Information Age
- Transhumanism and the Singularity
January 2022 - No meeting.
December 2021 -
No more Faith Schools with Alastair Lichten.
November 2021 -
How to Live to 100 with Ariane Sherine.
October 2021 -
Time Travel for Beginners - York's archival history at the Borthwick with Gary Brannan.
September 2021 -
The Return of Industrial Hemp to fight Climate Change with John Pittock.
August 2021 - No meeting.
July 2021 -
Why playing digital games can be good for you. with Professor Paul Cairns.
June 2021 -
Well-being and well-doing: a History of Humanism in the UK with Madeleine Goodall.
May 2021 -
Religious Language and Mental Ill Health with Isabel Clarke.
April 2021 -
The Humanist case against Patriotism with David Mountain.
March 2021 -
Six faces of Language - What makes language language? with Deak Kirkham.
February 2021 -
Sustainable development, climate change and the CO2 refinery with Michael North.
January 2021 - No meeting.
December 2020 -
Fish - What they know, their personalities and will we have any left by 2050?, with Annie Evans (The Humane League).
November 2020 -
My Year in Chains – Being the Lord Mayor of York, with Barbara Boyce.
October 2020 -
The case for Proportional Representation, with Paul Cooney.
September 2020 -
The Trouble with Faith (in) Schools, with Dr Ruth Wareham.
March 2020 -
Leaving Faith – the experience of a Jehovah's Witness with Sarah Bryan.
February 2020 -
Defusing an Explosive Issue: Engineering GM plants to remove explosives and other pollutants from the biosphere with Professor Neil Bruce, University of York.
January 2020 -
The New Working Class: How to win hearts, minds and votes with Claire Ainsley.
December 2019 -
Mormonism - the invention of a religion with John Adams
November 2019 -
Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale with Marlon Solomon
October 2019 -
What's the point of Clinical Trials? with Marc Taylor
September 2019 -
Christianity versus Curiosity with Brian Gane
August 2019 -
How to explain Humanism to a ten-year-old with Ian Hodgson
July 2019 -
Universal Basic Income with Dr Louise Haagh, University of York
June 2019 - A Soapbox Evening
May 2019 -
Fantastic planets, and how to find them, with Dr Emily Brunsden, University of York
April 2019 -
Providing Emotional Support for People in Distress, from York Samaritans
March 2019 -
Effective Altruism, with Sally Waters and Jamie Gittins
February 2019 -
Evolution – It's a Fact, with Andy Parkin
January 2019 - No meeting.
December 2018 -
The Crisis of Islam and the Koran with Colin Taylor.
November 2018 -
Clit Stirrer with Kate Smurthwaite.
October 2018 -
The Global Problem of Pharmaceutical Pollution with Professor Alistair Boxall.
September 2018 -
Harnessing Chemistry to Re-wire Biology with Dr Alison Parkin.
August 2018 -
Digital Trust with David Key.
July 2018 -
Why does God hate women? with Brian Quinn.
June 2018 - A Soapbox Evening.
May 2018 -
Death by Chocolate – the Death Café experience with Cate Quinn.
April 2018 -
Child Poverty in the UK: Understanding its nature, causes and consequences, with Dr Gill Main.
March 2018 -
Logic and Argumentation, with Angelos Sofocleous.
February 2018 -
Why are there so many insect species?, with Dr Peter Mayhew of the Department of Biology, University of York.
January 2018 - Social evening and Quiz of the Year.
December 2017 -
Britain's Changing Religion and Belief Landscape, with Jeremy Rodell.
November 2017 -
On the Historicity of Jesus Christ, with Colin Taylor.
October 2017 -
The Luck Factor, with Prof. Richard Wiseman.
September 2017 -
The Grammar of Selection, with Dr Chris Renwick.
August 2017 -
The Multiverse - Are We Alone?, with Andy Parkin.
July 2017 -
Pagan Culture, with Debra Scott.
June 2017 - A Soapbox Evening.
May 2017 -
What does science really tell us about the world?, with Dr Mary Leng.
April 2017 -
The Massacre of York's Jews in 1190, with David Kennard.
March 2017 -
Segregation, Segregation, Segregation: Government policy on faith school admissions, with Jay Harman, BHA Campaigns Officer.
February 2017 -
On not being an atheist, with Simon Blackburn.
January 2017 -
The Charms of Expressive Theism, with Dr Stuart Jesson.
December 2016 -
Yoga as Medicine/Secular Practice. With Anna Semlyen.
November 2016 -
Political Islam, with Dr Afshin Shahi.
October 2016 - No meeting
September 2016 -
Science as King, with Prof. Peter Atkins. Our 4th Annual Lecture.
September 2016 -
How I Became a Humanist.
August 2016 -
A talk about Positive Money, with Marie McCahery.
July 2016 -
A Universe from Nothing?, a talk by Andi Ye.
June 2016 -
A Study in Grey: Critically re-assessing the worldwide programme for Smallpox Eradication, with Prof. Sanjoy Bhattacharya
May 2016 -
Rites of passage: humanist ceremonies and the need for non-religious ritual, with Ewan Main
April 2016 -
Cults and extremist groups - when the deed and creed entrap and enslave, with Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall and Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall
March 2016 -
Migrant or Asylum Seeker? with Catherine Hemmings.
February 2016 -
The Evolution of Mimicry with Dr Chris Hassall
January 2016 - Dr Stuart Jesson talking about
Theology in disguise: reflections on the limits of reason.
December 2015 -
The Philosopher’s Prejudice: Can thinking make you good? with Dr Amber Carpenter.
November 2015 - Pavan Dhaliwal talking about the BHA's parliamentary campaigning.
October 2015 -
Why We should make Monarchy History, with Mark Sutton from Republic.
September 2015 -
Is Artificial Intelligence a Threat to Mankind? with Tim Stephenson.
August 2015 - A soapbox evening.
July 2015 -
Why Vegan? ...looking towards a more sustainable and compassionate lifestyle, with Hilary Wilson.
June 2015 -
Giving the Gift of Offence with Martin Rowson.
May 2015 -
Agnosticism and the dangers of stepping-stones, a talk by Prof. Robin Le Poidevin.
April 2015 -
Is Fracking a Good Idea?, with Jon and Val Mager.
March 2015 -
Why Should Humanists Vote For You?, with Cllr Chris Steward.
February 2015 -
The illusion of choice: Genetic screening during pregnancy, a talk by Prof. Karl Atkin.
January 2015 - Our 10th Anniversary Celebration.
December 2014 -
Is there Life out there?, A lecture by Dr John Baruch from Bradford University.
November 2014 - A Soap Box evening.
October 2014 -
Politics, Freethought and Humanism, with Tim Stephenson.
September 2014 -
Dignity in Dying, with Anne Norfolk and Lloyd Riley.
August 2014 -
Organised Religion is the Greatest Global Threat to Human Rights by Peter Tatchell.
July 2014 -
Faith and Education by Prof. John Adams.
June 2014 -
What is Religion For (and can we do better)? by David Kennard.
May 2014 -
That's Handy! - A truth detection kit by Brian Quinn.
April 2014 -
Why Religion is in Decline by Burt Flannery.
March 2014 - A talk by Sandy Irvine from the organisation Population Matters.
February 2014 -
The European Witch-hunts, Persecution, Myth and Reality by Hugh Clayden.
January 2014 - A presentation by local Humanist Celebrants on their work.
January 2013 - A selection of Humanist and Atheist videos from YouTube.
February 2013 - Dr Graham Smith, talking about
Scientific Evidence, Critical Thinking and Government Decision Making.
March 2013 -
Spirituality with Dr Jackie Watson of the University of East Anglia.
April 2013 - A discussion -
What do we do with a problem like ... spirituality ?.
May 2013 -
Why Does God Hate Women? - a talk by Brian Quinn.
June 2013 -
The Science and Superstition of Teams and Types, a talk by Drew Rae.
July 2013 -
Judaism, a talk by Jerry Carlin and David Kennard.
September 2013 -
The Roots and Fruits of Humanism, by Prof. A.C. Grayling.
October 2013 -
Origins of Islam, a Mythology, by Guy Otten.
November 2013 - Sue Cox of Survivors Voice Europe
December 2013 - Our fourth annual Review of the Year Quiz.
December 2012 - Our third annual Review of the Year Quiz.
November 2012 - Steve Hurd talking about the work of the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust.
October 2012 - A talk on
Evolution and Human Nature by Dr Gijsbert Stoet from the Psychology Department of the University of Leeds.
September 2012 -
Why I am not a Cultural Christian, a talk by Dan Bye of Sheffield Humanist Society.
July 2012 - A discussion on the topic "Gay Marriage".
June 2012 - A discussion on Free Will.
May 2012 -
Christian Values - No good without God? - a talk by Brian Quinn.
April 2012 - A showing of the film
The God Who Wasn't There.
March 2012 -
Is it Racist to criticise Islam?, a talk by Mat Baily of Sheffield Humanist Society.
February 2012 -
Who's right about Darwinism: atheists, moderates or fundamentalists?, a talk by Dr Peter Mayhew from the Department of Biology, York University.
January 2012 - A selection of Humanist and Atheist videos from YouTube and other sources.
December 2011 - A relaxed evening of seasonal festivities, including the Review of the Year Quiz.
November 2011 - "An Introduction to Humanism", presented by Tim Stephenson
October 2011 - "The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone", a talk by Prof. Kate Pickett
September 2011 - Discussion Group: "How does a Humanist see 'The Purpose of Life'?"
July 2011 - "Creationist Conspiracy", a talk by Mark Edon from the BCSE (British Centre for Science Education) about the latest activities of creationists in UK schools.
June 2011 - "Superstition - The Odd Delusion - a presentation by Brian Quinn."
May 2011 - "Does Religion Have a Place in Nursing Care?" - a talk by Corinna Dass, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Humanist.
March 2011 - Dr Gijsbert Stoet from the Psychology Department of the University of Leeds religious theology.
February 2011 - Just Suppose! A presentation by Michael Lawrence, exposing the link between primitive astronomy/astrology and modern day
January 2011 - A selection of Humanist and Atheist videos from YouTube and other sources.
December 2010 - A relaxed evening of seasonal festivities, including the Review of the Year Quiz.
November 2010 - Maryam Namazie, talking about One Law for All, which campaigns against the use of Sharia and all religious laws in the UK.
October 2010 - Brian Quinn, BHA Regional Representative for Yorkshire and the Humber, talking about
Giving Humanists a Voice in Your Community.
September 2010 - Michael Granville presented a talk entitled, "The Vatican - Where Now for the Catholic Church?".
July 2010 - A talk by Michelle Burns on "Being a Humanist Celebrant".
June 2010 - Soap Box Evening. A chance for members to get up and start brief debates on a topic of their choice.
May 2010 - An open forum discussion on 'Faith in the Public Square', with Alistair Rycroft, Curate at St Michael le Belfrey church.
April 2010 - Gary Knamiller talking about the charity, WaterAid, which uses practical solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people.
March 2010 - A selection of Humanist and Atheist videos from YouTube and other sources.
February 2010 - 'What's it all for?: a Lesson on Humanism', led by Andrew Copson, CEO of the British Humanist Association.
December 2009 - Journalist and comedy writer Ariane Sherine spoke about creating the global Atheist Bus Campaign, and how it started with just 700 words on The Guardian website.
November 2009 - A talk by Tim Stephenson on 'Bad Science'.
October 2009 - 'The Unwoven Rainbow': Richard Parker tells the story of his journey to rational thinking.
September 2009 - A Discussion on Contradictions and Absurdities in Scripture.
July 2009 - 'A Conversation between Paganism and Humanism', led by Kim Dent-Brown
June 2009 - 'What Humanism Means To Me', a talk by Phil Mason.
May 2009 - 'Humanists and their Political Beliefs', a group discussion that tried (among other things) to find out if being a Humanist makes you more likely to subscribe to particular political positions.
April 2009 - A discussion on the topic, 'Should we be actively promoting Humanism, and, if so, how?'.
March 2009 - Our speaker was Dr Stephen Burwood of Hull University, who talked about 'Indoctrination, Religious Schools and a Plural Society'.
February 2009 - Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of 'The Origin of Species', Chris Street presenting a talk on 'Darwin, Science & Humanism'.
January 2009 - A talk by Gerry Hannant entitled, 'Religion: how does it get away with it?'.
December 2008 - An evening of seasonal festivities.
November 2008 - a talk by Tim Stephenson on
The New Atheists, the term that's been used to describe writers such as Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins.
October 2008 - Pepper Harow from the British Humanist Association, giving a talk on
The Inclusion of humanists and non religious people in local government work.
September 2008 - a Small Groups Discussion Evening, talking about
What does Humanism mean to you?
July 2008 - Soap Box evening. A chance for members to get up and start brief debates on a topic of their choice.
June 2008 - Father Gerard Burns talking on
Are Humanists and Christians trying to build the same sort of Utopia despite having different starting points?
May 2008 - A talk by Roderic Vassie on Islam.
April 2008 - A talk by Professor Colin Campbell of York University on `Humanism and the Search for Meaning in a Post-Modern World'.
March 2008 - Retired Humanist Officiant Charles Miller talked to us about some of his experiences from twenty years of officiating at Humanist weddings, naming ceremonies and funerals.
December 2007 - Showings of short films on the topic 'Why Atheism?'
November 2007 -
Heaven on Earth: Gerrard Winstanley and the 'True' Levellers - a talk by John Severs.
October 2007 - A talk by Charles Anderson on
Transhumanism and the Singularity.
March 2007 - A talk by Alan Pennington on
February 2007 - Soap Box evening. A chance for members to get up and start brief debates on a topic of their choice.
January 2007 - An open discussion on the question,
Where Do Morals Come From?
December 2006 -
Running the W. Yorkshire Group - the First 40 Years; a talk by Bob Tee, Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the Humanist Society of West Yorkshire
November 2006 -
Politics, Power, and Cultural Change a talk by retired Chief Probation Officer Roger Statham
October 2006 -
Intelligent Design, a talk by Dr Simon Hardy of York University
September 2006 -
Coming to Humanism: personal accounts of how members realised they were Humanists
July 2006 -
June 2006 - A talk on
Religion and Education by Dr John Adams
May 2006 - A talk on Quakerism by local Quaker, Joyce Pickard.
April 2006 - A showing of the film,
The God Who Wasn't There.
March 2006 - A talk by Peter Hale of Climate Concern UK:
Climate Change - a Threat to Mankind?
February 2006 - A talk by Dr Stephen Burwood from the University of Hull on
Intelligent Design vs. Anthropic Agnosticism.
January 2006 - A talk by our Treasurer, Paul Smith, on the topic,
Where the BHA has Been Going Wrong.
December 2005 - A discussion on the topic,
Faith does breed charity.
November 2005 - A talk by Jason Tipples entitled,
Evolutionary Psychology: An Answer to Life's Problems?
October 2005 - A talk by Charles Anderson on
Privacy in the Information Age.
September 2005 - Humanist Officiant Lorraine Emms talking about Humanist ceremonies.
August 2005 - A discussion on the ethical problems caused by emigration.
July 2005 - A discussion about
Thinking the Unthinkable.
June 2005 - A talk by Prof. Colin Campbell of York University on
The history of humanism in the UK.
May 2005 - What Humanists Would Like from the General Election.
March 2005 - A discussion on
What is Humanism?