Nottingham Secular Society

Nottingham Secular Society meetings

Meeting Information:


Now Meeting at The Canal House, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH.



The Canal House is situated behind the Broadmarsh Centre to the right of Fellows Morton and Clayton.






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Past Meetings and Events.


24/04/17


Speaker: Professor Bill Lockley

Subject: What have isotopes ever done for us?


27/03/17


Speaker: Professor Ted Cantle

Subject: Will Hope and Respect trump Hate and Fear?


27/02/17


Speaker: Dr Riadh Abhed

Subject: Dawinian Theory: Medicine's Neglected Basic Science


06/02/17


The Debate: "FrackOff, FrackOn" Garry Haywood, CEO of INEOS Shale, for the motion, Dennis May of Frackfree Nottinghamshire, against the motion.

The Motion: "This House believes that Fracking is intrinsically safe and will be of great benefit to our country".


........HD Video of the talk        HD Video of the Q & A Session

28/11/16


Speaker: Pilar Lopez

Subject: "Libres" An evening of Spanish stories and songs of resistence.


31/10/16


Speaker: Alastair Lichen

Subject: The Government’s recently announced changes to faith based free schools and academies.


20/06/16


Annual General Meeting


31/05/16


Your starter for ten.


25/04/16


A Social Evening with Nottingham Secular Society and Nottingham Sunday Assembly.


21/03/16


Speaker: Anne Marie Waters

Subject: "Islam and the Political Left"


29/02/16


Speaker: Gordon Ward

Subject: "An Atheist on the Alpha course"


25/01/16


Film Night

Religulous, a documentary film starring Bill Maher, directed by Larry Charles .


28/12/15


End of the Year Party


26/10/15


Speaker: Nishith Chennakeshava


Subject: Islam and it's Relationship with Secularism and Science


28/09/15


Speaker: Reverend Christopher Harrison


Subject: Secularism and the State


20/7/15


Speaker: Dr Peter K. Milligan


Subject: Creationism 101 (An updated version)


29/06/2015


Subject: "Annual General Meeting"


18/05/2015


Speakers: "Various"

   Subject: "YOUR STARTER FOR 10, Selected members speaking for 10 minutes on any subject and then being questioned. "


27/04/2015


Speaker: "Chris Moos"

Subject: "From Jesus & Mo to Charlie Hebdo"


30/03/2015

Speaker: Dr. Michael Irwin

Subject: "Speaking on Assisted Dying"


........HD Video of the talk + Q & A session

23/02/2015


Speaker: Leo Igwe. (Prominent Nigerian Secularist)

Subject: "Religion, Witchcraft and a Fleet of Jets!"


26/01/2015


Speaker: Glen Carrigan (Researcher, from University of Central Lancashire)

Subject: "Brains, Bats, Star Trek and Psychopaths: The Neuropsychology of Morality."


08/12/2014


An Informal mid-Solstice Social Gathering


24/11/ 2014


Speaker: Martin Smith, secretary of Nottingham A S H

Subject: Censorship of Students, (with reference to events at the London School of Economics)


18/11/2014


Organiser:  The Voice Your Rights group at Nottingham University.


Motion   :      This House believes in a Secular Society, and that all religion should be completely separate from the State.


Proposing:   Tony Challis,  Secretary of the Nottingham Secular Society. Cllr Clare Coghill, Councillor and National Secular Society representative.

Opposing:    Abdullah al Andalusi, Islamic activist and international speaker. Reverend Christopher Harrison, Vicar of the parish of All Saints, St Mary and St Peter.


Venue:  The Great Hall, Trent Building, Nottingham University Campus.


27/10/2014


Speaker: Jamie Smith

Subject: "speaking on Thomas Jefferson's secular contribution to the USA Constitution."


01/10/2014


Speakers: Various

Subject: "Joint meeting with UNASH, SITP and Sunday Assembly, organised by UNASH"


30/06/2014


Annual General Meeting


19/05/2014


Filmshow - Collision

(Is Christianity Good for the World?)


With Christopher Hitchens vs Douglas Wilson


28th/04/2014


The Debate: Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, in debate with Dr. David Holborn, Principal of St John�s Theological College, Nottingham.

The Motion: This House believes all religions should embrace Secularism.


........HD Video of the talk       
........HD Video of the talk        HD Video of the Q & A Session

27/01/2014


Speaker: Prof. Philip Davies

Subject: "The Dead Sea Scrolls: Contours of Belief"


9/12/2013


A Winterfest Social Evening


27/9/2013


Speaker: Nahla Mahmoud

Subject : International Apostasy Laws: a Journey of an Ex-Muslim


23/06/2013


Historic walk: 'Secular Origins of Co-operation'


03/06/2013


Annual General Meeting


29/04/2013


Speaker: Nigerian, Calistus Igwilo, an M.A. student at the University of Nottingham

Subject : Challenging Religious Privillege in Nigeria!


18/03/2013


Speaker: Douglas Whaley (Professor of Law Emeritus at The Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Subject : Via Skype "A Book reading of "Imaginary Friend" by the author." from his home.


25/02/2013


Speaker: Ross Longhurst Subject : "Against Religiousity in Politics"


28/01/2013


Speaker: Mathew Simpson Subject : "A Not So Grim look at Death" (How Humanists cope with the inevitable)


17/12/2012


A Social Evening


26/11/2012


Speaker: Andrew Copson (Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association) Subject : "New Threats to Secular Education."


........HD Video of the talk        HD Video of the Q & A Session

29/10/2012


Speaker: Michael Granville Subject: "Paedophilia and the Catholic Church - Crimes and Cover-ups."


24/9/2012


Speaker: Dr Peter K. Milligan On: "Creationism 101" (Peter is the Business Development Executive in Nanotechnology and Physics and Astronomy at The Nottingham Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Centre University of Nottingham)


25/06/2012


"Your Starter for 10" (Selected members speaking for 10 mins on any subject they like and then being questioned.)


28/05/2012


Annual General Meeting


30/04/2012


Film Show: "Sinners" - about Magdalene Laundries/Asylums. The institutions ran by abusive nuns who tortured women for decades.


........The Film "Sinners"

26/03/2012


Speaker: Anne Marie Waters - "Sharia Law or One Law for All?"


24/02/2012


Speaker: Keith Porteous Wood (CEO of the National Secular Society) - The Relationship Between the Government, Church and Education.


........HD Video of the talk        HD Video of the Q & A Session

30/01/2012


Speaker: Simon Perry - Skeptical Activism and the Quacklash!


24/12/2011


"A social evening"


24/10/2011


Speaker: Geraint Thomas, President of Nottingham University Secular Society,  talk on  "Science Damn You! Can we make Science more engaging to general society?"


26/9/2011


Speaker: Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham on "Values in Education"

........Text of talk, supplied by Paul Butler (Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham)

22/8/2011


Speaker: Pam Breeze on "Dignity in Dying"


30/7/2011


Forest Fields, Nottingham Pride [stall held jointly with GALHA (Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association)]


27/6/2011


Grosvenor Inn, "An Infidel in Holy Toledo!" The Grosvenor Inn, Barbara Williams: teacher, freethinker, atheist and secularist lives and works in the USA mid-west. Here, she talks of her experiences with right-wing evangelical christians.


26/06/2010:


Grosvenor Inn, Speaker: Robert Harries on "The Real Enemies of Secularism"


26/07/2010:


Grosvenor Inn, Speaker: Geoff Heather on "Giving Up God: Losses and Gains"


23/08/2010:


Grosvenor Inn, 'Starter for Ten' Speakers Glenn Hill on "The Hallucinations of the Prophets", Christopher Hill on "Daniel Dennett's Evolution of Confusion", and Arthur Summerfield on "Humanist Participation in the SACRE"


18/09/2010:


Central London, "Protest the Pope rally".


11/10/2010:


Grosvenor Inn, Speaker: Bob Churchill on "Humanism and the BHA".


30/10/2010:


Nottingham Arts Theatre, Nottingham Secular Society fundraiser.


29/11/2010:


Grosvenor Inn, Speaker: Emeritus Professor JJ Turner FRS on "The Educational Threat of Intelligent Design"

17/12/2010


"Winterfest' party"