The Holyoake Lecture, hosted by Humanists UK, is a prestigious annual lecture held in Manchester, which explores Humanism or a related topic in relation to contemporary or historical political ideas. Douglas Murray will deliver the lecture for 2017 on Tuesday 3 October from 7.30pm to 9pm on the title “Towards a Humanist Politics”. He will set out how a rational, empathetic, and forward-thinking approach to ethical issues and human problems can intersect fruitfully with politics. The meeting will be held at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS. The tickets for this event usually sell out quickly so early booking is advisable via humanism.org.uk/holyoake2017.
The National Secular Society (NSS) will be holding their inaugural Bradlaugh Lecture at the Manchester Art Gallery on Saturday 9 September, to mark the end of their 150th anniversary celebrations. Bryan Niblet, who published a biography on Bradlaugh, the founding president of the NSS, will deliver a talk entitled ‘Dare To Stand Alone’. NSS historian Bob Forder will also deliver a talk and there will be a drinks reception. The event will run from 2pm to 4pm and will coincide with the re-hanging of Walter Sickert’s portrait of Bradlaugh, which attendees will be able to view for the first time in decades. It is free to NSS members and is £5 for non-members. Spaces are limited and bookings can be made via the website.