Happy Heresy of Humanism

College for Seniors (OLLI)


Fall 2021

Session One

Definitions of Humanism

Anthony Pinn, What is Humanism?

♦Atheism=a position

♦Humanism=a practice

Primary Resources for this course:

Anthony Pinn, What is Humanism and Why Does it Matter?

Anthony Pinn, Humanism: Essays on Race, Religion and Popular Culture

Roy Speckhardt, Creating Change Through Humanism

Sikivu Hutchinson, Humanists in the Hood

Corliss Lamont, The Philosophy of Humanism

American Humanist Association

Humanists International

PRRI: “Religiously Unaffiliated”

Session Two

Who is a Humanist?

Are You a Humanist?

What Does it Mean to be a Humanist?

Famous Humanists

Humanism, Religion, Theism

Fry: “How Can I Be Happy”

Session Three

Humanism, Religion and Social Issues

Humanism as a Belief System (Harvard)

Lamont: Humanism and Religion

Lamont: Ethics

Black, Feminist, Humanist (Sikivu Hutchinson)

Ten Commitments

Humanists at Risk

India: Narendra Dabholkar: Anti-Superstition

Saudi Arabia



Separation of Religion and Government

Session Four

Humanism and Nature

Human Nature/non-Human Nature

E.O. Wilson

Humans are not the center of the universe, and we need to be honest, to have a sense of humility about our place in it.






John Muir on Human Supremacy

Session Five

Humanism (Philosophy) and Freethought (critical thinking + constructive action)

Robert Green Ingersoll-Humanity

Helen Hamilton Gardener-Creed

James Baldwin: A Talk to Teachers

Corliss Lamont: Humanism as a philosophical stance

The Manifestos:  a closer look

Humanist Manifesto 1 & 2

Humanist Manifesto 3

Session Six

Future History of Humanism

Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

Highland: Is There an Invasion of Humanism?

Lamont: Humanism Defined

Inter-worldview Cooperation

Interfaith Youth Core

“IFYC is a national non-profit working towards an America where people of different faiths, worldviews, and traditions can bridge differences and find common values to build a shared life together.”


“A Humanist Chaplain provides pastoral care based on Humanist principles. The Humanist Chaplain gives information, advice, and consultation about existential questions.”

Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy


Congressional Freethought Caucus (secular political leadership)

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