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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

  • Meeting at the Library: Greg LaCross

    DNAMonday, October 8, 2018

    Meeting at the Library: Greg LaCross on Genetics

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

    Grand Traverse Humanists will welcome Greg LaCross with a presentation on genetics and its applications in the modern world.

    The field of genetics and molecular biology has grown exponentially over the last 100 years. Great strides have been made in understanding the human genome and how it can be manipulated for various purposes that are not, some would say, all good.

    Presenter Greg LaCross will give an overview of past research into the mechanisms of DNA, and the state of current knowledge and applications of modern-day genetics that include those things such as gene therapy, cloning, CRISPR, genome sequencing, etc.

    Greg LaCross is the Chair of the Biology Department and genetics instructor at Northwestern Michigan College. He obtained his first graduate degree in molecular biology from Boston College where he conducted research in the fields of biochemistry and genetics.

    As usual, following the meeting,we’ll gather at the Filling Station Microbrewery for pizza, drinks, and conversation.


  • Hungry Humanists: The Franklin

    Franklin logoMonday, September 24 2018

    Hungry Humanists: The Franklin

    7 p.m., 160 E. Front St., Traverse City

    Grand Traverse Humanists will hold their monthly Hungry Humanists outing at The Franklin restaurant in Traverse City on September 24, 2018. RSVP to Linnaea at lmelcarek@gmail.com.


  • Meeting at the Library: John Wierenga on Climate Science

    DinosaurGrand Traverse Humanists present John Wierenga with a program entitled “Climate Science, Paleoclimate, Paleogeology, and Paleontology: How the Past Informs the Future.” Wierenga will discuss concepts essential to understanding climate change with some emphasis on how Earth’s past climates inform our understanding of the future.

    John Wierenga earned a BS degree in chemistry and biology. He is retired from a career working in public health and the environment.

    As usual, following the presentation, we’ll gather at the Filling Station Microbrewery for drinks, pizza and conversation.


  • Meeting at the Library: Human Rights Activist Golam Rabbani

    Map of Bangladesh and MyanmarMonday, August 13 2018

    Meeting at the Library: Human Rights Activist Golam Rabbani

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

    Golam Rabbani is a human rights activist from Bangladesh. Rabbani was a lawyer by profession in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He was involved in social work and has written columns for national daily newspapers. In Bangladesh, he ran for office, was harassed by police to the point of sustaining injuries including a broken arm and leg and has spent time in jail there. Fearful for his life, he and his family fled his country and now live in Traverse City.

    Rabbani will speak to us about his own experience as a refugee. He’ll also talk about the Rohingya people, an ethnic minority who are being persecuted in Myanmar (Burma), many of whom have fled to neighboring Bangladesh and live in deplorable conditions in refugee camps.


  • Hungry Humanists: Bay View Inn Bar & Grill

    Eat Drink and be Merry

    Monday, July 23 2018

    Hungry Humanists: Bay View Inn Bar & Grill

    7 p.m… 5074 US 31 N, Acme

    Hungry Humanists this month will be the Bay View Inn in Acme. Link to their menu: https://www.franksbayviewinn.com/menu.
    RSVP to Marlene at marlene.smith8@gmail.com.


  • Volunteer at the State Theatre

    State TheatreMonday, September 17 2018

    Volunteer at the State Theatre
    7:30 p.m….233 E Front St., Traverse City

    The third Monday of each month is Grand Traverse Humanists volunteer night at the State Theatre! Come take tickets, sell reasonably-priced popcorn and drinks, help with clean-up after, and earn a voucher for a future free movie. Help us support this worthwhile part of our community, and have fun at the same time! Sign up at the meeting the week before, or email Sue at librarygirl1963@hotmail.com.