Join your fellow Humanists and our friends from the wider freethought community in the Humanist Association of Ottawa’s Spring Symposium!  They will be keeping the Hellenistic tradition of open discussion over drinks alive in 21st century Ottawa!.

The details:

Friday, March 27, 2015

James Street Pub

390 Bank St (613) 565-4700, Ottawa, ON

7:00 pm

Ages: 19+

Free to members – non-members $5.


From the HAO announcement:

Topic:  Freedom of Speech – How should we respond to the events at Charlie Hebdo, and others like it?

Our special guest, Guy Badeaux (Bado) will be participating in the event, offering his own perspective to the discussion.  Mr. Badeaux has been editorial cartoonist at the French-language daily Le Droit in Ottawa since 1981.  Recipient of the National Newspaper Award for editorial cartooning in 1991, he is currently treasurer of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists.  He was editor, for 23 years, of Portfolio: The Year’s Best Canadian Editorial Cartoons.

We will be posting an opinion paper to the events of Charlie Hebdo, and how Canadian media has responded, prior to the symposium.

So what is a symposium?  It isn’t a structured academic debate, and we  will try to ensure that everyone who wants to speak and pose questions will get the chance to do so.  We won’t be sticking strictly to any one question,  but the event’s guidelines will ensure the discussion will revolve around our  topic.

This is an exciting, unique, and intellectually stimulating event you won’t  want to miss!

If you have any questions about this project, please contact