Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, will be at Humanist House to discuss his new book, Creating Change Through Humanism: a concise and comprehensive overview of humanism.
The book has already received advance praise by critics. Founder and CEO of The Young Turks, Cenk Uygur, declares, “The world would be a little bit more rational if we all listened to Roy’s points.” Editor of FriendlyAtheist.com Hemant Mehta proclaims, “This book won’t just convince you to give humanism a chance; it’ll help you realize you’ve been a humanist this whole time.”
With a 2015 Pew Research Center report stating that nearly 23 percent of the US population is nonreligious, Creating Change Through Humanism is a timely exploration of how nonreligious individuals lead ethical, activist lives. Speckhardt explains that the ideals of humanism are rooted in America’s founding, beginning with the First Amendment and the separation of church and state. Creating Change Through Humanism provides examples of how humanist organizations today, like the American Humanist Association, are at the forefront of such pressing issues as civil rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ equality, responsible scientific freedom, and environmental and population dynamics. Speckhardt also offers insights from his own personal story and those of other prominent humanists that prove it is possible to be “good without a god.”
Roy Speckhardt has served as the executive director of the American Humanist Association since 2005. Called the “head humanist” by Bill O’Reilly, he is a frequent media commentator who has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, Fox News, and National Public Radio, among others. He writes a regular column for The Huffington Post and has written for On Faith (published by the Washington Post), Patheos, and other publications.
Copies of Creating Change Through Humanism are available in print and ebook formats at HumanistPress.com and other online retailers.
The event is free, as is lunch to students and first time visitors. For all others lunch is $10. Limited parking will be available in the back parking lot. More parking can be found on Aviation Ave. (approx. 1276 Aviation Ave. San Jose, CA 95110)
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