HNN #17: The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard

In HNN 17, we interview Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University Greg Epstein, we host an intergenerational dialogue about lesbianism, feminism and humanism, we introduce the Institute’s new humanist lobbyist, and we discuss humanism in the media: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Segment 1: Humanism in the Media: Good, Bad & Ugly

Roundtable discussion: Rep. Pete Starks (D-Calif.) was recently identified as the highest elected official in the U.S. who openly states that he does not believe in God. The story has been widely covered by the media, and the reaction has been generally positive. At the same time, a syndicated column that slandered atheists was picked up by a handful of papers throughout the country. Matt Cherry, IHS executive director, and HNN hosts Jes and Duncan discuss whether or not the media has a double standard against atheists.

End: 18:40

Segment 2: The New Humanism at the Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy

Interview: Duncan & Jes travel to Harvard to speak with Greg Epstein about his role as a humanist chaplain at Harvard and about The New Humanism conference the chaplaincy will host this April 20 – 22.

End: 34:00

Segment 3: A Gay Woman, a Dyke and a Lesbian walk into a Studio…

Roundtable discussion: Jes hosts an intergenerational conversation about lesbianism, feminism and humanism.

End: 54:43


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