Location of Our Monthly Meetings

Regular meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month (except July, August, and December).
All are welcome to attend! An open discussion follows the presentation. Donation of $2 at the door.


7:00 pm 
Location: Stephenson & Hunt Room
London Central Public Library
251 Dundas Street (in the Citi Plaza mall)
London, ON N6A 6H9

The Stephenson & Hunt room is on the main floor of the Citi Plaza mall, just across from the Wolf Performance Hall, close to the main entrance of the Central Public Library. You'll see our display table and banners outside the room. Parking is available in the underground Citi Plaza parking lot. You can enter the lot via Wellington, York, Clarence, or King. Be sure to have your parking stub stamped at the library before the meeting, for 2 hours of free parking.

Next Meeting:

Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 pm

Connecting People and the Universe

  Dr. Pauline Barmby  

Although we often think of the universe as a hostile and uncaring place, astronomy brings people together in unique ways. In this talk I’ll explore the ways that astronomy brings us together and illuminates our connections to the universe. An associate professor in Western’s Department of Physics & Astronomy, Dr. Pauline Barmby studies nearby galaxies to determine how their stars, gas, dust, and black holes affect each other.

All are welcome!

$2 donation at the door

Stephenson & Hunt room, Central Library
251 Dundas Street, 7:00 pm

Click here for directions.

Upcoming Meetings:

June 14:
        "Donald Trump & Western Liberal Democracy"
        Prof. Charles Jones, Political Science, Western

Sept. 13:
        "Complementary and Alternative Medicine"
        Prof. André Lachance, Biology, Western

Special Meetings

There may be special meetings about which members will be advised by email. Please make sure we have your current email address if you wish to be on the announcement list for all our meetings.

HALA Summer Picnic 2013

Memories from our picnic on July 7, 2013.

Past Meetings

April 12, 2017
"New Perspectives on First Nations"
Dr. Douglas Leighton

March 8, 2017
"The Problem of Free Will"
Dr. John Thorp

February 8, 2017
"How I Became a Humanist"
Elizabeth Bright-See, George Cherian, & Carl Goldberg

January 11, 2017
"Sources of Ethics and Morality"
Don Hatch

November 9, 2016
"How a Humanist finds purpose and meaning in life"
Rod Martin, with extended group discussion

October 12, 2016
"Why I Left Religion"
Sherry Keddie, Sara Magee, & Jason Reed

September 19, 2016
"Why are Young People Leaving Religion?"
Hemant Mehta (the "Friendly Atheist")
Wolf Hall Public Presentation

June 8, 2016
"Addressing Canada's Religious and Cultural Conflicts"
André Lachance and Rod Martin, with extended group discussion

May 11, 2016
"A Muslim Leader's Response to Islamic Radicalization and Violence"
Imam Abd Alfatah Twakkal, London Muslim Mosque

April 13, 2016
"Jesus of Nazareth: Son of God, Wise Teacher, or ... Impostor?"
Don Hatch

March 9, 2016
"Breaking Bad: The science and practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression"
Dr. David Dozois

February 10, 2016
"Digging Deeper into Ukraine, Syria, and the Deep Geological Repository: What’s in Today’s News (and What’s Not!)"
Dr. Erika Simpson

January 13, 2016
"How I Became a Humanist"
Bradley Banks & Peter Evans

November 11, 2015
"New Life Rising"
Jennifer Wenn

October 14, 2015
"We Are All Monkeys"
Dr. André Lachance

September 9, 2015
"Sustainable Human Development: Challenges and Solutions"
Dr. Anton Allahar

June 10, 2015
"What is Justice?"
Dr. Charles Jones

May 13, 2015
"How I Became a Humanist"
Imran Atta, Wendy Kennedy, & Tom Kennedy

April 8, 2015
"The GMO Controversy: Health, Safety, ... and What Else?"
Dr. Dan Hicks

March 11, 2015
"Redefining Health Care in a Sick World"
Dr. John Howard

February 11, 2015
"Christian and Secular Ethics: Past, Present, and Future"
Dr. John Thorp

January 14, 2015
"Ingenious Minds: The Discoverers of Electricity and Electronics"
Don Hatch

November 12, 2014
"Life Beyond Belief: A Preacher's Deconversion"
Bob Ripley - Wolf Performance Hall

October 8, 2014
"Humanism and the Founding Fathers of the United States"
Tony Martin
Download Tony's Powerpoint Presentation

September 10, 2014
Freethinkers' Gathering
"The Humanism of the Italian Renaissance"
Don Hatch

June 11, 2014
"Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist"
Dan Barker - Wolf Performance Hall

May 14, 2014
"The First Love Story: A Brief Overview of Attachment Theory and Research"
Dr. David and Deanne Pederson

April 9, 2014
"The Beginning of Life: A Discussion in the Context of the Right-to-Life / Pro-Choice Debate"
Dr. Tom Kennedy

March 12, 2014
Meeting cancelled due to a severe snowstorm.

February 12, 2014
"Is 'Humanistic Judaism' an Oxymoron?"
Rabbi Debra Dressler, Temple Israel of London

January 8, 2014
"How I Became a Humanist and What Humanism Means to Me"
Goldie Emerson and Rod Martin