World-renowned Humanist Scholar Speaks at Rutgers

On Wednesday, October 3rd, Professor Steven Pinker of Harvard University spoke to over 400 students and faculty in Scott Hall about the human progress resulting from the Enlightment values of reason, science, and humanism. Dr. Pinker is the 2006 recipient of the “Humanist of the Year” award from the American Humanist Association as well as the recipient of the “Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism” this past March from the Humanist Hub, a humanist community in Boston that serves both Harvard University and MIT.

During the talk, Dr. Pinker defined Humanism as the view that “the ultimate moral purpose is to reduce the suffering and enhance the flourishing of human beings.” We are grateful that he encouraged the audience multiple times to check out the Humanist Community at Rutgers.

Click here to read “Enlightenment Wow: The Humanist Interview with Steven Pinker” from the Humanist magazine.

Upcoming Events – Humanist Community at Rutgers

Wednesday, October 24th 7:00 PM
Make Your Voice Heard in the Political Crowd: An Evening with Sarah Frey of the Secular Coalition for America
Douglass Lounge, Douglass Student Center

Monday, November 19th 7:00 PM
The Cognitive Science of Religion with Rutgers Professor Dr. Julien Musolino
Busch Student Center, Room 122 BC

Other Events of Interest at Rutgers

Thursday, October 11th
Clothesline Project – A visual display bearing witness to interpersonal violence
Voorhes Mall, behind Scott Hall

Sunday, November 18th 12:00-3:00 PM
Good Deeds Day – Locally focused community services activities ranging from a New Brunswick city clean-up to packaging food for Elijah’s Promise to card-making for St. Peter’s hospital patients.
Catholic Center, 84 Somerset St., New Brunswick

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