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Welcome to the Grand Traverse Humanists. If you value science, reason, and compassion and believe that humans are responsible for their own destiny, you have come to the right place. We are a community for the non-religious in the Grand Traverse area, offering a forum for discussing and advancing a secular worldview based on our common humanity. Our programs include monthly speakers and discussions, film and book groups, and various volunteer and social events. All are free and open to the public. Check out Upcoming Events below, or click on the calendar. Nontheists, agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, rationalists, humanists, and more…we welcome you to join us!

Grand Traverse Humanists Main Meeting

Second Monday of each month, 7 p.m.

Traverse Area District Library main branch, 610 Woodmere Ave., TC

Upcoming Events

  • Walk Off the Stuffing Hike

    People hiking imageSaturday, November 28 2015

    “Walk Off the Stuffing” Hike

    2 p.m….Twin Lakes Park, 6800 N Long Lake Rd

    Join us for a post-Thanksgiving hike, our second annual “Walk Off the Stuffing” excursion to the beautiful Twin Lakes Park! Meet at the parking lot at 2 p.m. The hike is about two miles, with one steep hill at the beginning. RSVP to Vicki Olsen…cvolsen17@yahoo.com

  • Meeting at the Grand Traverse Circuit: How the Media Controls and Shrinks Our Identity

    Mind Control imageMonday, November 9 2015

    Meeting at the Grand Traverse Circuit: How the Media Controls and Shrinks Our Identity

    7 p.m….Grand Traverse Circuit, 225 W. 14th St.

    **Please note change of location for this month! The Grand Traverse Circuit is located at 225 W 14th St., across from the State Police and Thirlby Field.**

    Mella McCormick, NMC Philosophy Professor, will explore the pioneering research of Jean Kilbourne regarding the powerful and pervasive role that advertising still plays in shaping conceptions of ourselves and one another.

    Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. In the late 1960s she began her exploration of the connection between advertising and several public health issues, including violence against women, eating disorders, and addiction, and launched a movement to promote media literacy as a way to prevent these problems. A radical and original idea at the time, this approach is now mainstream and an integral part of most prevention programs. According to Susan Faludi, “Jean Kilbourne’s work is pioneering and crucial to the dialogue of one of the most underexplored, yet most powerful, realms of American culture -advertising. We owe her a great debt.” Mary Pipher has called Kilbourne “our best, most compassionate teacher.”

    Her films, lectures and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. Kilbourne was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. She is the creator of the renowned Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series and the author of the award-winning book Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids (with Diane E. Levin).

  • Book Club: Discussion of “The Meaning of Human Existence” by E. O. Wilson

    The Meaning of Human Existence book coverSunday, October 25 2015* note date change*

    Book Club: The Meaning of Human Existence by E. O. Wilson

    4 p.m….home of Gregg and Sue McDonald, 8836 Wheeler Oaks Dr., Williamsburg

    Join us for a discussion of the meaning of human existence! Please RSVP to Sue at 231-360-7510 or 231-360-7774, or librarygirl1963@hotmail.com.

  • Hungry Humanists: Panda North

    Eat Drink and be MerryMonday, October 26 2015

    Hungry Humanists

    7 p.m….Panda North, 2038 W South Airport Rd

    Join us for dinner out! RSVP to Heather at heather.kingham@gthumanists.org.

  • Meeting at the Library: Round-table Discussion…Who Watches the Watchers?

    Star Trek imageMonday, October 12 2015
    Meeting at the Library: Round-table Discussion…Who Watches the Watchers?

    7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

    Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was a card carrying Humanist. The Star Trek franchise included 5 different series and was his progressive vision of a fictional future where the ideals of Secular Humanism were the norm (at least for the earth’s inhabitants!).

    Join the Grand Traverse Humanists as they view and then discuss an episode titled “Who Watches The Watchers?” from the Star Trek The Next Generation series.  It was one of the most thought provoking and Humanistic episodes of the Star Trek franchise.

  • Meeting at the Library: Aid in Dying: The Ultimate Human Right

    Ed Gogol imageMonday, September 14 2015
    Meeting at the Library: Aid in Dying: The Ultimate Human Right
    7 p.m….610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City (Traverse Area Main Library)

    Ed Gogol, president of Final Options Illinois (formerly Hemlock of Illinois) will discuss the movement for death with dignity, and in particular the laws in Oregon and four other states which allow terminally ill, mentally competent adults to choose a hastened death.  Mr. Gogol is a member of Compassion & Choices, the Death With Dignity National Center, and Final Exit Network.  Please join us for what is sure to be an interesting talk on a topic that involves us all.