SCF to Host Interfaith Series on Secular Humanism

(Bradenton, Fla., January 25, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Diversity/Multicultural Awareness Committee will present “Interfaith Series: Secular Humanism” from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West, building 27, room 140.

Presenters include David Helgager, president of the Humanists of Sarasota Bay (HUSBAY), and Lou Altman, member of the HUSBAY and American Humanist Association boards. Helgager, a Sarasota resident, has been involved with humanism for nearly 40 years. Throughout his career, he has served as a teacher, education administrator and in the past 32 years, a senior financial advisor.

Altman is a semi-retired patent, copyright and trademark attorney, and the coauthor of a 10-volume treatise on trademarks and unfair competition. He is the past president of the Society for Humanistic Judaism, and for his efforts, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been an active member of numerous humanist organizations, serving as a director.

Secular humanism is a nonreligious life stance that incorporates naturalistic philosophy, a cosmic outlook rooted in science, and a consequentialist ethical system.

Founded in 1998, HUSBAY is a nonprofit organization that fosters a community of secular humanists dedicated to improving the human condition through rational inquiry, creative thinking and appropriate action.

Hyun Kim, SCF assistant professor in religion and philosophy, coordinated the event. SCF students and employees can earn 50 Wellness Points for attending the event.

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