Ethical Humanist Society of The Triangle

All programs are at our customary meeting place, Extraordinary Ventures, unless otherwise noted.  We meet from 1:30-3:30 every Sunday unless otherwise noted.  All of our meetings are open to the public.

The months for 2014 below are shown as the most recent first.  Our programs for 2013 can be viewed here.


April 6

Dr. David Karol will speak on "Psychiatric Care in Correctional Settings." Dr. Karol will address correctional settings as de facto mental hospitals and will also address the controversy of solitary confinement, particularly in those with mental illnesses.   Dr. Karol is the Chief Psychiatrist for FCC – Butner here in North Carolina, and a member of EHST.

April 13

David Karol will lead a discussion of his talk on April 6th.  Please come even if you were not able to hear his talk last Sunday.  

April 20

James Coley will briefly re-present in repackaged form some of the material from his talk on March 30th, shifting the emphasis away from the technical side of it to practical questions about how to think and speak about values if Mackie is right in the first sentence of the first chapter of Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong: “There are no objective values.”  So you need not have attended James' recent talk to participate in the discussion.

April 27

Randy Best, Leader of EHST, will speak on "A Quest for Meaning in an Uncaring Universe."  Recent discoveries in cosmology have shed light on the origins and structure of the universe. New evidence for Dark Matter, Initial Rapid Cosmic Inflation,and  Multiple Universes describe a cosmos that is elegant and unimaginably vast. Mr. Best will introduce these concepts and explore human purpose and meaning in a universe that is not concerned with our existence.


March 2

Current science and the human response scientists are continually refining their understanding of our current climate and the effects of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  Bill Ward has made a personal investigation into this science and its implications which he will present along with some responses from our neighbors, our community, our state, our country and the world.  Mr. Ward has worked for the Environmental Protection Agency since 2004.

March 9 – This program begins at 2:00 p.m.

Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Church and State, will give a talk titled "Religious LIberty: the Good, the Bad, and the Truly Ugly" followed by a panel discussion.  Click here for more information.   This is a joint program with the Orange-Durham Americans United for Separation of Church and State.  

March 16

Wes Hare, Co-Chair of the  Orange County Peace Coalition and John Heuer, Director for North Carolina Peace Action and President of the Triangle Veterans for Peace will speak to the society.  Mr. Hare will discuss OCPC and its current activities.   John will talk about David Swanson’s new book “War No More:  The Case For Abolition” and the Hartsough-Swanson End War Proposal.  We encourage you to read the book which can be purchased in electronic version (pdf, kindle, audio book, etc.) for $2 here or for a few dollars more as a paperback through Amazon, and through Kobo.  Reading the book is not required, however, to attend this program.

March 23

We are showing the film, Inequality for All, free to the public at our usual venue.  In the documentary Robert Reich demonstrates the pittfalls of the growing inequality in income between the 1% and th 99%.  

March 30

James Coley will talk to us on "Metaethics and the Basis of Morality Without God".  James Coley is a humanist and a philosopher who has presented many progams over the years to our society.  He was host of "Ethics Matters" and currently hosts "Radio Free Association" on the local WCOM radio station.  


February 2

We will be discussing the talk on January 26th by Duke Prof. Amy Laura Hall, and doctoral student, Kara Slade.  Kara Slade critiqued problems she sees with the moral psychology of Jonathan Haidt.   Come share your thoughts on Ms. Slade's critique as well as your own thoughs on Haidt's ideas.  

The EHST book club will meet at the Chapel Hill Public Library from 3:30-5:00 (meeting room C) to discuss the book by Jeremy Rifkin: The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis.  The meeting is open to the public and is free.  We encourage all to read or be familiar with the book if you plan to attend.  

February 9

To celebrate the upcoming Darwin Day, we will show excerpts of the PBS special "What Darwin Never Knew".   Darwin's ideas were developed in a time when not much was known about the actual mechanics of evolution.   It was only after Darwin's time that we came to understand how prescient he was.  

February 16 – This program begins at 2:00 p.m. 

Common Cause NC will join with us to present the recent Bill Moyers video "State of Conflict: North Carolina" followed by a panel discussion of the issues presented in the film.  Come learn how big money has transformed the political landscape in North Carolina.  Note this event will run longer than our normal time.  Click here for more information.

February 23 - 

Former state Senator Ellie Kinnaird will be with us to provide information to us about how we can respond to the new voter id requirements.  This will be an excellent time to find out how each of you can help ensure that people don't lose their right to vote.  We will also discuss other issues raised by the program last week.  [Note that the original program for this date has been temporarily postponed until a later date.]


January 5

Rollin Russell will speak to us on “Separation of Church and State: A Troubled History; A Current Crisis.”  Mr. Russell is the head of the Orange-Durham chapter of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.  He is a retired minister in the United Church of Christ.

January 12

Debbie Horwitz and Susan Romaine will speak on "The Myths and Facts of Hunger: A Talk with PORCH."  PORCH is an acronym for People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill Carrboro Homes, and Ms. Horwitz and Romaine are its founders.  

January 19

EHST will have its annual meeting of members to elect (or re-elect) officers and trustees and to pass a budget for 2014.  Members as well as friends are encouraged to attend this important business meeting.

January 23 – Thursday

EHST will cook and serve at the Interfaith Council Homeless Shelter in Chapel HIll.  Cooking is from 4-6 pm, and servers work from 6-7 pm.  Contact Amy Piersma if you are interested in helping or email us at   (We normally cook and serve the 4th Thursday each month.)

January 26

Prof. Amy Laura Hall and Kara Slade will speak on "Sociobology as Ideology".  Prof. Hall is a Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke University.   She will be joined by Kara Slade, a graduate student at Duke who works with Prof. Hall on issues related to Jonathan Haidt's work in moral psychology.  

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