Monday, May 27th, 2013 | Leeds Atheist Society | No Comments
Come along to the Red Hot World Buffet and Bar for a fun meal with A-soc! Can you really say no to such a delicious buffet?
Tuesday 7pm (try and be there on time because we have a table booked)
See you there!
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 | Leeds Atheist Society | No Comments
On Tuesday 21st 2013 we will once again be venturing to the seven arts centre in Chapel Allerton to attend what promises to be a truly fascinating talk about a revolutionary and a very much publicly misunderstood area of biology, Epigenetics. The talk will be given by Nesaa Carrey, the author of the Epigenetics Revolution.
We will be meeting at 7pm at seven arts, To get there, take buses 2, 3 and 3A from Briggate. The full address is:
31(a) Harrogate Road
Leeds LS7 3PD
See you there!
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 | Leeds Atheist Society | No Comments
There are three weeks to go until the University Easter holidays, which means three more weeks of Leeds Atheist Society events! Details are below.
After these three weeks we will run our usual holiday events in various pubs, inns and watering holes around Leeds. There are four weeks of this (19th and 26th of March and the 2nd and 9th of April) and we would like your input! Suggest a favourite location by writing on the back of a post card, discarding that, turning on your computer and emailing email@example.com
26th February 2013: Baines Wing, room 2.37 19:00
We will be screening the recent Cambridge Union Dawkins/Williams debate
5th March 2013: Baines Wing, room 2.37 19:00
Atheist Book Club: The Philosophy of Atheism. We will be discussing Emma Goldman’s 1916 essay. Available here
12th March 2013: Baines Wing, room 2.37 19:00
Disproving God with Philosophy: A talk by Heini Reinert
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 | Leeds Atheist Society | No Comments
Leeds University, Baines Wing 1.14
Tuesday 8th May
Movie night with a twist! Submit your favourite clips from YouTube, TED, FORA, IQ2 or other places and share them with fellow atheists & humanists on the night!
Be inventive, we’re an open minded group with a range of interests not just in religion but also evolution, neuroscience, psychology, politics, philosophy – anything interesting, funny, touching, moving or inspiring!
5-10 minute clips, if your video is longer than that then please specify a segment of it (i.e. youtube.com/43535 – play from 2.05 to 4.10). The best clips will receive a PRIZE!
Just a few suggestions, highlights from Dawkins/Dennett/Hitchens/Harris debates, funny creationist propaganda, inspiring TED talks (www.ted.com), classic clips from movies such as Life of Brian or TV series -this is a community-powered night so we’re relying on some fantastic submissions to make it work!
Drinks & refreshments available Have a break from exam revision and come down
SUBMIT VIDEOS TO LEEDS@ATHEISTSOC.ORG
Invite your friends, non-members & new faces more than welcome
Friday, April 27th, 2012 | Leeds Atheist Society | No Comments
This will be my final post on here. On Tuesday we had our AGM and after 104 weeks of being on the atheist society committee I’m stepping down.
I’m really proud of what my committee achieved this year. A year ago the society was in a precarious position, I’m really pleased that we’ve turned it around and that the society is going in the right direction again. I’ve learned an awful lot from being president and it has been hard work as well, but it’s rewarding to have had some success to go along with that.
I’m excited to see what direction the society will take in 2012-13 year. I wish my successor, James Gupta, and his committee all the best and look forward to see what fresh ideas they bring to the society. I’ll be taking a step back from the society but I do plan to make a few appearances when time allows.
Going forward for me I’ll be mostly focusing on my PhD for he next year. I’ll still be involved with Leeds Skeptics and I’ve also got a new talk in the planning stages which I’ll hopefully debut sometime before the end of the year.
Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who I have worked alongside at the society for the last two years and everyone who’s came to our events. It has been quite an experience!
Sunday, March 18th, 2012 | Leeds Atheist Society | No Comments
Name: Elettra Rastelli
What are you responsible for?
My main duties are to keep track of our finances, collecting money at events and then transfer it into our accounts with the Student Union.
In addition to my job as treasurer I am also responsible for Meet & Greet and I am the society photographer.
What has been the highlight of this year for you?
The overall success of the society. Even now, apart from all the new members who joined in September, we still have new people turning up to events and wanting to join. It really shows that our work throughout the year has not been in vain and that we proved ourselves to be a constantly living society.
More specifically, it was wonderful to see that some of our events which were slightly different compared to previous years were very well received. For example our first GIAG: Speed Debating.
What has been the hardest part of the job?
Nothing specific, really. There have been some temporary obstacles but we were able to overcome them pretty easily.
Sometimes it is hard work in general; but seeing how people enjoy their time in the society is very rewarding and it makes you feel that it really is worth it.
What skills do you think you have learned/developed?
Organisational, leadership and responsibility skills. Having to deal with financial matters is perhaps the least visible duty, from the point of view of the members, but it has to run smoothly for the society to continue. Aside from that, simply being part of the committee means you have to manage events as they are taking place and making sure people are having a good time.
What advice would you give to your successor?
Relax and don’t procrastinate. The fact that you will have to deal with money can be scary, but if you do one thing at a time and pay a minimum of care everything will work easily. Just remember to keep personal notes and not to leave everything to the last minute and everything will work out fine. Also, have fun with it! The committee should enjoy their time in the society as well, not just members.
Sunday, March 11th, 2012 | Leeds Atheist Society | No Comments
Name: Will Noble
I’m very pleased with the way our membership numbers have increased. I think this reflects the work put in to make sure that people have a good time with the society. I’m also pleased with the way the new Impure course has turned out, seeing the effort put into ensuring a lively discussion result in a lot of new faces who would have never looked twice at us before.
The hardest part has been coordinating interesting events for our growing membership, and making sure that our members know about them. It’s all been worth it to see our society as successful as it is!
Between coordinating with our members, other societies, and the Union, my skills in interpersonal communication have improved vastly in the past year, much more than I would’ve ever thought possible.
Monday, March 5th, 2012 | Leeds Atheist Society | No Comments
The president is responsible for over-seeing the running of the society, chairing committee meetings, and being the public face of the society.
At the moment I’m pulling the Festival of Reason plans together.
My favourite statistic of the year is definitely our membership figures: we’ve almost tripled our membership this year. We now have almost eighty members; most societies would be pleased with that!
I’ve enjoyed seeing some of my ideas come to fruition. Our debate followed by discussion events in semester 2 have worked well and one such event ‘Is Islam a Religion of Peace’ received a positive review in Leeds Students “Soc of the Week” column. Also our GIAG event in semester one “Speed Debating” was something that started as an idea and was transformed into a successful event.
The atheist society is a group where most people already agree on big questions like the nature of morality or whether they believe a god/god(s) exist so thinking up events that are fresh and interesting is quite a challenge!
I expected my communication skills to improve over the year but I was surprised by how much! You get a lot of opportunities to develop these skills. For example I spoke at a community leadership conference in September, I did an interview on BBC radio about faith schools, and I was invited to go on channel 4’s “4thought” (sadly nothing came of this). The atheist society is quite unique in this regard especially when secularism is in the news; all kinds of people will contact you for an opinion!
Don’t be afraid to do your own thing. Over the last year we’ve constructed a database with various guides and resources that cover the basics and bureaucracy of running an LUU society. The idea being that an incoming committee can get that stuff out of the way with a minimum of fuss and get on with planning their own events and developing their own ideas about the direction the society should take.
Monday, March 5th, 2012 | Leeds Atheist Society | No Comments
Monday, January 16th, 2012 | Leeds Atheist Society | No Comments
Registration is now open for the weekend away. It will be Friday 16th -Sunday 18th March which is the first weekend immediately after the end of the Spring term.
Tickets for the weekend will include trains to and from London, two nights accommodation in a hostel, and a ticket to the AHS convention speakers event. We will be staying in a nice hostel near Kings Cross and booking a room out for the society so we won’t be sharing with randoms.
Although there will be an itinerary for the weekend, people are free to do there own thing and explore London while taking advantage of discounted travel and accommodation. The itinerary will include, amongst other things, a night out in Camden, the AHS convention, museum trips, and a trip to speakers corner.
You may remember back in September that we offered a £10 discount on our weekend away for those people who paid their membership before the end of September: listed below are the ticket prices for the weekend.
Early Bird: £80 (85 W/O Railcard)
Standard: £90 (£95 W/O Railcard)
Spaces are limited, to confirm a place all you need to do is give your name and a £10 deposit to a committee member. You can do this at any meeting.
The weekend away is always a highlight of the year so I hope many of you will join us this year.
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