Join us in London, UK over the summer weekend  of 4–6 August for Humanism 2017, encompassing a day conference on populism, extremism, and nationalism; the general assemblies of IHEU and IHEYO; a day conference providing training to those who are or would like to be humanist professionals; and opportunities for those across IHEU regions to meet and plan together.

Read below for full details of the weekend.

Book now. Please note that payment will not be taken now, and invoices will be issued at a later date. Your place is not confirmed until the invoice has been paid.

Friday 4 August

IHEU Regional Meetings
Lift Youth Hub, 45 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PW

International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organisation (IHEYO) General Assembly 2017
Lift Youth Hub, 45 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PW

Humanist Professionals Day
Lift Youth Hub, 45 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PW

Saturday 5 August

Humanism 2017 Day conference
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Humanism 2017 Dinner
The Kingsway Hall Hotel, 66 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5BX
£79 (TBC)

Sunday 6 August

International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) General Assembly 2017
The Kingsway Hall Hotel, 66 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5BX

A C Grayling

A C Grayling is a writer, philosopher, Patron, and Vice President of the BHA. A philosopher who believes that philosophy should emerge from its ivory tower and play useful role in society, Grayling is happy to engage publicly with the problems of contemporary society. He is involved in UN human rights initiatives, is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, helped lawyers acting for Diane Pretty, and has written and spoken for freedom of speech and secularism and against faith schools and sharia law.

In November 2003 he gave the BHA Voltaire lecture ‘Enlightenment & Counter-Enlightenment: Then and Now’. He is also an Honorary Associate of the Rationalist Association.

A C Grayling’s opposition to sharia law and faith schools is often expressed in the media. He opposes censorship and in July 2002 he was one of the distinguished humanists who put their names to the publication and distribution of James Kirkup’s poem ‘The Love That Dares To Speak Its Name’ in a public challenge to the blasphemy law in the name of free speech.

Kenan Malik

Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer, and  broadcaster. He regularly appears on BBC radio, and has written and presented a number of TV documentaries. His published works cover a wide range of topics, having studied both neurobiology and the history and philosophy of science. His main areas of academic interest are the history of ideas, the history and philosophy of science and religion, the philosophy of mind, theories of human nature, moral and political philosophy, and the history and sociology of race and immigration.

He has also been involved in a variety of campaign work, with particular emphasis in recent years on freedom of speech, secularism, and scientific rationalism.

Ahmed Shaheed

Dr Ahmed Shaheed is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and also  Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran.

Dr Shaheed is an internationally recognised expert on foreign policy, international diplomacy, democratisation and human rights reform especially in Muslim States. He has twice held the Office of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Maldives, a position he used to promote human rights standards and norms. During his time in government, he played a leading role in the Maldives democratic transition and in its human rights reform process over a period of transition from a thirty-year-old autocracy with widespread human rights abuses, to a Muslim democracy which, in 2010, became a Member of the United Nations Human Rights Council with a record number of votes. In April 2009, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy in Washington presented him with the “Muslim Democrat of the Year Award,” and in 2010, the President of Albania awarded him the “Medal of Gratitude” for his contribution to peace and human rights in the Balkans.

The UN Human Rights Council appointed Dr Shaheed to the office of Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran in June 2011, and he began his mandate on 1 August. Dr Shaheed is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Interfaith Dialogue established by the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and Responsibility to Protect.

He is the founding Chair of the Geneva-based human rights think-tank, Universal Rights Group.

Many more speakers will be announced in the following weeks and months.

IHEYO, the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization, is the youth section of IHEU. The General Assembly is the governing body of IHEYO and open to representatives of its Member Organizations, but non-members are also welcome. This year’s General Assembly will also feature a number of talks and interactive sessions.

The Humanist Professionals Day will provide valuable training, Continuing Professional Development, and networking opportunities for all humanist professionals – celebrants, pastoral carers, school speakers – and those aspiring to become one.

Please note that there are only a limited number of tickets available for the Humanist Professionals Day, and that they will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. More details will be provided at a later date.

Free to attend

The General Assembly is the governance and policy making body of IHEU. It is made up of representatives of Member Organizations and Sections, and the IHEU Board members. The Board calls a General Assembly at least once in each calendar year. The IHEU General Assembly is open to representatives of IHEU Member Organizations and Individual Supporters, observers may also attend but should contact IHEU before registering.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

  •  Humanism 2017 day conference

Kingsway Hall Hotel

The Kingsway Hall Hotel, 66 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5BX

  • Humanism 2017 dinner
  • IHEU GA 2017

Lift Youth Hub

Lift Youth Hub, 45 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PW

  • IHEYO GA 2017
  • Humanist Professionals Day