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At 6.30 on February 2nd in Theatre B in the Science Hub, PZ Myers will be giving a talk with the University College Dublin Secular Humanist Society (now in our first year!), and will receive an honourary lifetime membership of the society in recognition of his contribution to the evolution-creation controversy and the general secular/atheist discourse.

The event is open to the public, with entry costing non-students 5 euro. However, spaces for non-UCD students are limited. If you’re interested, please contact me at ucdhumanistsociety@gmail.com and I’ll put you on the guest list. Tickets can be collected from UCD by appointment, or you can pay at the door, though this isn’t recommended. (Please note that right of admission is reserved and we cannot fill the theatre beyond capacity and if it fills out we will have to turn away anyone who arrives.)

Thanks goes to NUIG Skeptic Soc and Zoosoc for getting the ball rolling. If you’re interested in seeing him in Galway, please contact them via skeptic.nuigalway.ie

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PZ Myers

We’re very pround to announce that on Tuesday2nd of feb, PZ Myers, Humanist of the year 09 and writer of Pharyngula, the world’s top rated science blog, will be speaking with us. Venue TBA, time 6.30 PM.

Thursday, November 19th, 6pm, Arts D418, Irish Independent journalist and author of ISpy column Ian O’Doherty will be speaking with us on Freedom of Speech. This will surely be out last speaker of the year, so don’t miss out!

Light refreshments provided.

News

Well some bad news and some news news.

Maryam Namazie will not be joining us as previously announced, but she will be attending a Law Soc event in 2010, so we’ll at least get to see her.

Also, our next event is Senator Bacik, who will be speaking at 1pm in Arts on the subject of religion in the Irish education system. She’s a fantastic speaker and is the only openly atheist member of either the Dail or the Senate.

This will be our last speaking event of 2009, but next semester we have Fintan O’Toole, Luke Flanagin, Ian O’Doherty, and more TBA (although the two journalists are hard to get a hold of!).

Big News

I’m ecstatic to announce a number of things.

Firstly, Maryam Namazie, the leader of the Council for ex-Muslims in Britain and of the One-Law-For-All movement will be joining us sometime in early 2010.

Secondly, I can announce times for Michael Nugent: Thursday October 8th, 6pm. Due to Lawsoc’s event with Noam Chomsky, we’ve decided to move Senator Bacik’s slot to another time TBA.

Thirdly, it isn’t confirmed yet, but Ian O’Doherty has indicated that he would like to come and speak with us at some point during the year.

This is going to be a most exciting year, and I predict we’ll be one of the most active societies on campus, as we plan to hold events for three weeks out of every month, including at least one guest speaker.

David- Auditor

First Event

Our first event will be held on Wednesday the 23rd of September, Arts, C214. A speaker from the Humanist Association of Ireland will be with us to talk about Humanism, and there will be wine and cheese for all. The time will be shortly after 6.

I’m very happy to announce that Roscommon independent county councilor Luke “Ming” Flanagan has agreed to speak on the subject of the importance of using (non-anecdotal) evidence when legislating.