Secular Humanism Adult Ed Course A Success
The following article is from the Secular
Humanist Bulletin, Volume 12, Number 2.
An adult education course titled "Exploring Secular Humanism and the 'No Religion'
Option" was the surprise hit of the winter quarter of the University of Cincinnati's Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) program.
ILR is a community college-style enirchment education program housed at the University of
Cincinnati and aimed at area seniors. U.C. professor Wolf Roder teamed up with Joe Levee,
founding president of Cincinnati's Free Inquiry Group (FIG),
to teach the eight-week class.
The course examined such topics as: What is secular humanism?, the history of unbelief,
history of the scientific world view, history of ethics, and contemporary ethical
dilemmas. SHB co-editors Tim Madigan and
Tom Flynn dropped in to address one of the early sessions. The course drew more than 40
students initially, forcing it to be moved to a larger room. By course's end 25 students
remained - lower than average attrition by ILR standards - and two thirds of those
students rated the course very good to excellent.
Roder and Levee hope their success with "Exploring Secular Humanism" course
can be replicated by local groups across the country. Interested parties should contact
Tim Madigan at SHB, P.O. Box 664, Amherst NY 14226 to get in touch with Wolf and Joe.
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