February Sunday Brunch with Doug Thomas

What is secular humanism? When did it start? Where did it come from? Whose bright idea was it anyway?
Doug Thomas is a life-long agnostic, post-modern atheist, and a secular humanist. He has advocated for secular humanism and humanist rights since 2002 when he joined SoFree. Currently, he works with seven other humanist advocates across Canada in a nexus called Secular Connexion Séculière and is a registered lobbyist on behalf of humanist rights with the Commissioner of Lobbying for Canada.
In this presentation, Doug looks at the origins of secular humanism, how it developed over the ages, how it has generated ethics and morality, and how it has been reflected in religions. A long journey in a few minutes, this will be intense and interesting.

Date and time: New Location!
10:30am, Sunday February 19
Huether Hotel, Malt Room
4 King St. North, Waterloo

Darwin Day

Charles Darwin, one of the most influential life scientists and the father of modern evolutionary theory, was born on February 12, 1809. He revolutionized the way we understand our origins and our relationship to the natural world. SoFree invites you to join our annual Darwin Day birthday celebration: dinner and conversation with other curious people, and a lecture on the life and times of this historic figure. Click here for details.

Date and time:
6:00pm, Saturday February 11
Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge
4 King St. North, Waterloo

Reason 25 Breakfast

SOFREE is celebrating its 25th birthday this year! Thank you to all who joined us for breakfast with Brian May, MP Cambridge and Ken Seiling, Regional Chair, to mark the start of our silver anniversary year.

Event details:
11:00am, January 15
Malt Room, Lion Brewey Pub, Waterloo

December Sunday Brunch with Forbes Burkowski

DNA and Proteins (You, Evolution and the Future of Biology)

Forbes Burkowski

December 18th 2016 - 10:00am at the Symposium Cafe

Forbes Burkowski is Professor Emeritus in the Computer Science Department at the University of Waterloo. He retired at the end of August 2014. Prior to that he was the Director of the Bioinformatics program and taught courses in Computational Algorithms and Structural Bioinformatics. He has authored two books on Structural Bioinformatics and still does research in the area (currently holding a research grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada).