Events and Podcasts
Our next event, Wednesday 21st September, 19:30.
Jody O'Neill, actor and playwright of "What I (Don't) Know About Autism" talks about her experience of being diagnosed with autism at the age of 39.
Jody is an award-winning autistic writer and performer, based in Dublin. Her play What I (Don't) Know About Autism was co-produced with the Abbey Theatre and played to critical acclaim and sold-out houses in 2020 and 2021. Jody's work has a strong focus on disability advocacy and social inclusion. She is currently Theatre Artist in Residence at UCC and Cork Opera House, and is a 2022 recipient of the Markievicz Award.
Join us on Zoom for this event at 7:30pm on Wednesday 21st September.
About HAI Events
We normally run 11 events every year and details of each event will be announced in advance on our Facebook page and here on our website.
Non-members are always welcome at our events.
Guest speakers at meetings in the last few years have included:
- Professor Aoife McLysaght (Head of Genetics Department, Trinity College) on genetics and human evolution
- Colm O’Gorman (Amnesty) on the Repeal Referendum
- Evgeny Shtorn on life in Direct Provision
- Cara Augustenborg (UCD) on Climate Action
- Jonathan Lanman (Queens University) on the nature of unbelief
- Liam Cahill (Journalist) on the history of the Limerick Soviet (to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the soviet)
- Donal O’Gorman (Medicins Sans Frontieres) on the work of his organisation
- Zlata Filipovic (Author) on her experience growing up in war-torn Sarajevo
- John Fitzgerald (Economist, Irish Climate Advisory Council) on Climate Action
- Hugh Turpin (Queens University) on the moral rejection of Catholicism in Ireland
Past Events and Videos
Over the past years the HAI have been privileged to host a wide range of guest speakers with varied interests and backgrounds. Scroll down to see what you might have missed and would like to catch up on.
August 2022 Event
Marelle has a relentless passion for education and philosophy and has spent two decades embedding philosophical inquiry into her teaching and learning environment. She worked in the UK as Head of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics in both the state and independent sectors and was actively involved in teacher professional development in Philosophy for/with Children (P4C) during this time. Marelle’s work with the NCCA on the Philosophy Short Course lured her back to Ireland in 2017 and she wears several hats as she supports the development of Philosophical Inquiry and P4C in all areas of the Irish education system. Co-founder of Philosophy Ireland and Director of The Thinker’s Midwife, Marelle lectures on the PME programme with the School of Education, University College Dublin, and is involved in several educational initiatives there, including the SFI funded project; ‘Girls in DEIS Schools: Changing Attitudes, Impacting Futures in STEM’, which was shortlisted by the Teaching Council for their Teachers Inspire Award for Teacher Collaboration in September 2019. In more recent times, Marelle has turned her attention to educational projects focusing on Cyber Resilience, Digital Technologies, and Global Citizenship Education.
The video of the event is available to watch on our YouTube channel.
July 2022 Event
Non religious Teachers in Religious Schools
Dr Catherine Stapleton is a lecturer in Education in MIC, St. Patrick's Campus, Thurles. She teaches modules on Diversity and Inclusion. Her current research is focused on human rights and religious inclusion in the context of increasingly belief-diverse societies. Her research projects are funded by the Irish Research Council, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and SCoTENS. She is the co-author of the report on non-religious teachers in schools with a religious ethos.
A link to the jointly published research paper can be found here.
June 2022 Event
Talk with Philipa Ryder about her life as a trans-woman
Philippa is a transgender woman. She joined the civil service, the Property Registration Authority, in 1980. She is married with one daughter.
She became involved with LGBTQ+ activism when she came to terms with herself as transgender, eventually transitioning about 12 years ago. She was very involved with both the Marriage Equality and Repeal the 8th referenda. She describes herself as a passionate, inclusive feminist.
Over the past 15 years she has been a board member and chair of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) and part of the Steering Committee of Transgender Europe (TGEU). She was a founding committee member of Sporting Pride, Ireland’s LGBTQ+ sports organisation.
In 2019 she was one of the founders of Under the Rainbow where she is now Chief Operating Officer. She is also a director of Dublin Pride.
Her memoir, My Name is Philippa, is now out from Mercier Press and available in all good bookshops and online.
Now available to view here on our Humanism Ireland YouTube channel
April 2022 Event
For our April event, our guest speaker was Research and Policy Analyst Michelle Murphy. Michelle will present different approaches to implementing a basic income system, and outline some proposals as to how a basic system for Ireland could be implemented.
Michelle Murphy is Research and Policy Analyst with Social Justice Ireland. Among her main areas of interest are the impact of policy on income distribution, the interaction of a minimum social floor and just transition and sustainability and regional development. She is also responsible for Social Justice Ireland’s European engagement including the European Semester and the Pillar of Social Rights. This will be followed by a Q&A session.
Now available to view here on our Humanism Ireland YouTube channel
Darwin Day Lecture 2022
Missed the lecture? You can play it back here.
Using evolution to improve our understanding of mental health and illness
Evolution provides the single most compelling and overarching explanatory model in biology. To quote Theodosius Dobzhansky: ‘Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution’.
Despite this, evolution is largely ignored in clinical medicine, psychiatry and psychology. Reasons for this neglect may be related to ambivalence around evolution itself, concerns about historical abuses of evolutionary ideas and a perception that evolutionary applications lack clinical usefulness for patients.
Join us on Wednesday 16th February 19:30 , as our guest lecturer Professor Henry O’Connell draws from the current leading researchers and writers in the field to make the case for the use of evolutionary principles in complementing and enhancing existing models for our understanding of both normal mental phenomena and mental illness.
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Episode 24: Colin Harvey - Uniting Our Shared Island
Episode 23: Naomi Connor - Alliance for Choice
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Episode 20: Humanist Summer School 2018
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Episode 16: Dublin Pride and National Day of Commemoration
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