Southampton goes to #AHSCon

Join us in attending the annual national convention of the AHS (National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secularist Student Societies), in London, for the weekend of the 7th to 9th March. The National Convention is always a fantastic event, with speakers, workshops and socialising with fellow Humanists from around the country – and this year’s speaker lineup is one of the best yet:

Tickets cost £10 each, which is a fantastic deal for the great speaker lineup, and the workshops on Sunday will be particularly great for those of you considering running for a committee position next year (hint: consider about running for a committee position).

A bunch of us from the society will be going along, so we’ve set up a Facebook event, where we can organise travel & accommodation, and we’d love for you to join us, as it promises to be a fantastic weekend.

You can find out more about the convention on the AHS’ website.

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Atheist Cocktail Night – Monday 3rd February

As mentioned last term, we will be hosting our first social this semester – the Atheist Cocktail Night. Aside from the obvious, (they don’t believe in a god) we’ve come up with some fitting names for them, with a little help from Twitter. The only problem is we’ve had too many suggestions; we need your help to narrow down the list. The shortlist is:

  • Gin Al-Khalili (Lemon, Syrup, Gin, Club Soda)
  • Jesus and Mojito (Mint, Syrup, Rum, Club Soda)
  • Sin and Tonic (Gin, Tonic Water)
  • The Selfish Gene and Tonic (same as above)
  • Xenu Colada (Rum, Pineapple Juice, Coconut Milk)
  • A Large Hadron Pina Collider (Same as above)
  • Sex Segregation on the Beach (Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Pineapple Juice, Cranberry Juice)
  • Pascal’s Wager Bomb (Jaegermeister, Energy Drink)
  • Carl Sagan’s Cosmospolitan (Vodka, Lemon Juice,Cointreau, Lime Juice, Cranberry Juice)
  • Alom Shahandy (Lager, Lemonade)
  • The Long AynRand Ice Tea (Gin, Rum, Tequila, Vodka, Triple Sec, Syrup, Lemon Juice)
  • The Woo Woo (Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice)

We’ll also be providing non-alcoholic drinks, including virgin cocktails, at a reduced price:

  • Coke Francis (Coke, Lemon, Angostura)
  • The Lime Watchmaker (Tonic, Lime, Angostura, Sugar)
  • Plus virgin versions of most of the cocktails, such as a Virgin Jesus and Mojito

You can vote for your favourite drink on the Facebook event. We will decide the winners on Friday evening, so make sure you’ve voted by then.

The event will be on Monday 3rd February at 8pm at Sam’s (The President), which is 5 minutes walk from campus. If you went to the Freshers BBQ, it’s the same place as that. We’ll post proper directions nearer the time on the Facebook event. If you want to come please join the event/email us so we have an idea of how many people are coming.

The event be £5 if you’re having alcohol, or £2.00 for non-drinkers. That should cover at least 4 (strong) drinks each – not a bad deal!

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Debate with the CU: Preparation

Hi all, we have an exciting event this week, debating the Christian Union on the topic Is Christian morality relevant in modern society?

The debate itself will be held on Thursday at 7pm in The Cube, so we’d love to see as many members show up to support our side!

This Monday’s event will be held at the usual time and usual place (Nuffield LR/B at 7pm), and we will be making debate prep materials: watching a couple of short talks on the topic together, and splitting into small groups to create a compelling argument. This is a great opportunity to flex your argumentative chops, and get your opinion heard!

It’d be great to see as many of you as possible at both events – it’s a particularly great opportunity for people who’ve been meaning to come along to our events for a while.

Let us know you’re coming on our Facebook event. If you find any good resources you’d like to share, post them on the event/email to us.

As per usual, we’ll head to The Stag’s for drinks afterwards!

– Sam (President)

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Film Night: Monty Python’s Life of Brian – Monday 9th December

This Monday, the society will be watching the comedy classic Monty Python’s Life of Brian which follows Brian, who is born at the same time as Jesus, and subsequenty mistaken for The Messiah. As a religious satire in the late 70s, it was quite controversial and banned in many parts of the UK and Europe. It’s a must see and this will be our last event of the year, so make sure to come along!

It will be in the regular room (Nuffield Theatre, LT/B) at 7pm. Drinks in the pub after the film, as always.

Also, unfortunately, we have had to delay the Atheist Cocktail Night event that was supposed to be on Friday 13th December. It will still happen, but next year.

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Speaker Event – Jonathan Pearce – The Nativity: A Critical Examination – Monday 2nd December

This Monday, 2nd December, local skeptic and author Jonathan Pearce will be giving a talk entitled The Nativity: A Critical Examination, based on a book of his of the same name, followed by a Q&A. Jonathan has given talks to us before, and I think gives a particularly good Q&A, so come along and bring a friend!

It’ll be in the regular room (Nuffield Theatre LT/B) at 7pm, and we will, of course, be in the pub afterwards.

Also don’t forget that this Sunday, 1st December, we’re having brunch at Wild Lime, Portswood at 1130.

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