HCSV is Looking for a New Webmaster!

Would you like to help us out by maintaining this web site? Our site runs on WordPress and requires two or more of the following skills (we are expecting to allow for a learning period, to come up to speed on the others):

  • Write or edit pages and posts.
  • Organize with categories and tags.
  • Change the sidebar by creating or editing widgets.
  • Use a theme editor.
  • Upload PDF format newsletters using FileZilla, FTP, WinSCP, or similar tool.

The ability to edit WordPress pages, posts, and themes directly in CSS and HTML is a plus.

The program committee manages the Forum section of our website. This is not a webmaster duty. Instead, the webmaster may spend two to four hours per month (yes, per month) managing other site pages.

If we redesign the site, which is under consideration, the webmaster will contribute advice and support in choosing and installing a new theme and perhaps reorganizing the site’s main menu. But this would be a one-time task.

Interested? Please contact the Board Chair at ed@humanists.org for more details.

IHEU “Freedom Of Thought” Fundraiser @ Humanist House

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is hosting a fundraising event at Humanist House on Thursday, August 11 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Wine and light hor d’oeuvres will be served.

The IHEU is the global representative body of the humanist movement, uniting a diversity of non-religious organizations and individuals. Founded in Amsterdam in 1952, the IHEU vision is a Humanist world; a world in which human rights are respected and everyone is able to live a life of dignity. The IHEU works to build and represent the global Humanist movement that defends human rights and promotes Humanist values world-wide.

Headquartered in London, United Kingdom, the IHEU is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with representation on various United Nations committees and other international bodies. The IHEU seeks to influence international policy through representation and information, to build the humanist network, and let the world know about the worldview of Humanism.

The IHEU has over 113 member organizations around the world, including the American Humanist Association in Washington, DC. The IHEU is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations to the IHEU are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Special guests will include Andrew Copson, IHEU President and Carl Blackburn, IHEU Chief Executive, and other members of the IHEU executive board. Our goal is to support the global humanist movement by helping us raise $10,000 at this event!

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by August 4 by contacting Maggie Ardiente at 202-238-9088 ext. 116 or maggie@americanhumanist.org. Additionally, you may print out the invitation reply card and mail your donation to IHEU.

Questions? Contact Arthur Jackson at (408) 923-3774, or 123arthurjackson@gmail.com.

Flier for the IHEU fundraiser at Humanist House, August 11, 2016.
Flier for the IHEU fundraiser at Humanist House, August 11, 2016.

SkeptiCal Conference 2016

The Skeptical Conference 2016 will be held on May 15 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Please note details in the announcement below provided by SkeptiCal.

SkeptiCal Registration Still $40! May 1 = $45 Student Rates Too!

Get your tickets before May 1 to get the best price for the seventh annual SkeptiCal on May 15, 2016, at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, in downtown Oakland.

This project of the Bay Area Skeptics and the Sacramento Area Skeptics is the one-day, affordable (only $40) science and critical thinking conference you won’t want to miss! Register here before May 1 to get the best prices: http://www.skepticalcon.com/contact/

This year’s lineup of topics and speakers is extraordinary. Prepare to be blown away by Dr. Carolyn Porco who will discuss the discoveries the Cassini team has made about Saturn. Author Steve Silberman will talk about his research on the history and present understanding of autism, from his best-selling book Neurotribes. Anthropologist Dr. Henry Gilbert will talk about his research on the most important stage of human evolution most people have never heard about! Neuroscientist, opera singer, and science podcaster Dr. Indre Viskontas will dispel common misconceptions about the brain. And many other speakers and workshops. Full abstracts and speaker descriptions can be found at http://www.skepticalcon.com/skeptical-2016/

Sign up now! Prices go up May 1, so do it today. Space is limited to the first 250 registrants.


Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St #290
Oakland, CA 94607
12th St BART