Event: Civil Liberties and Ethics, April 17, Munk Centre

Civil libertarians, human rights experts, journalists and philosophers from across the country will discuss the recent controversies surrounding freedom of speech and Canadian human rights commissions at a Toronto conference on April 17.  The public is invited to attend and join in the conversation.
Offense, respect, ethics and the law: How should we talk to one another about sensitive subjects? is co-sponsored by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (Toronto) and the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership (Calgary).
WHEN:       Saturday, April 17, 2010, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
WHERE:     Campbell Conference Room, Munk Centre, 1 Devonshire Place,


Mary Beaty joins Humanist Chaplains Team

Mary Beaty, a Faculty of Information Science alumni from the University of Toronto, a licensed Humanist Officiant and an active Humanist in both the US and Canada, has joined the Humanist Chaplaincy team at University of Toronto, which is headed by Dr. Gail McCabe.

You can read more about Gail and Mary in ABOUT US.


Event: The Social Ethics of Music, Concert and Conference

Songs of Love and Sorrow: Re-Engaging the Social Ethics of Music
Mazzoleni Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor Street West
Time: Apr 10th, 2:00 pm End: Apr 10th, 5:30 pm
Conference and Performance

Sponsored by Jackman Humanities Institute

This half-day conference and performance will explore the idea of socially responsible music. Stanford University composer Jonathan Berger will deliver the Institute for Christian Studies's 2010 Art Talks Lecture, and an eminent panel of composers, philosophers, and ethicists will comment on the relation of music, ethics, and society. Berger's piece, Jiyeh, written in response to an ecological disaster arising from an act of war, will be performed in concert with other contemporary works that similarly engage with socially significant subjects.


Event: Social Justice the Right Way?

Social Justice the Right Way? Worldviews and Practices
7 pm Wed Mar 10 Sandford Fleming Building, Rm SF 1101

Join the Verutas Froum for an evening of thought-provoking dialogue on the principles of social justice with Melissa Williams, U of T Centre for Ethics, Steven Koptie, George Brown College, & Mary Poplin, Claremont Graduate University.

EVENT: Religion and Peacebuilding Mar. 16

Religion and Peacebuilding: A Multi-Faith Perspective
6:30 pm Tues Mar 16, Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave

A panel of accomplished peacebuilders and agents of change associated with different faith groups will discuss the relationship between religion and the promotion of peace in areas of conflict around the world. Sponsored by the Mosaic Chapter at U of T


EVENT: Celebrating Life's Passages Humanistically, March 13. 2010

The Humanist Association of Toronto presents:

Celebrating Life’s Passages Humanistically. A panel discussion, Saturday, March 13, 1:30, OISE – 252 Bloor West.

Presenters: Dr. Gail McCabe, Mary Beaty, and Carole Berry, Humanist Officiants, will be discussing the origin and development of Humanist rituals and celebrations, the practical side of becoming licensed as an Officiant in Ontario, and the application of rituals and ceremonies in the modern world.

Faith(less) - Event: What leads people to embrace or reject faith?

Faith(less) - What leads people to embrace or reject faith?
Tuesday, March 2 / 6:00PM
Debates room
Join us for a panel discussion on Inter-faith dialogue and understanding.
Panel speakers:
q  Mark Kingwell / U of T Department of Philosophy
q  Rabbi Aaron Katchen / Hillel of Greater Toronto
q  Rodd Rudd / Campus For Christ
q  Ghan Chee / True Peace Sungha at U of T
Presented in partnership with: Multi-Faith Centre, Muslim Students’ Association, Campus for Christ, Hillel of Greater Toronto, U of T Secular Alliance, True Peace Sangha at U of T