2012 Humanist Banquet

The Humanist Focus Group of Spokane will be holding a banquet on Sunday, November 18th at 4 P.M. at the Mukogowa Fort Wright Commons, 4000 West Randolph Road. We are excited to have the president of the American Humanist Association, David Niose, as our speaker. This event is open to the public, and all are welcome.

The banquet will be a buffet dinner, and tickets are available for $40 each. A vegan meal is available upon request. Happy hour will begin at 4 P.M. with dinner about 4:45. Wine will be available, and wine donations will be received that evening.

Please send your reservations by November 12th to:

Lorraine Ideus
8314 N Lemon Ln
Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026

Checks should be made out to: Humanist Focus Group
Questions may be sent to [email protected], or call 509.464.3635

David Niose
President, American Humanist Association

David Niose’s background includes experience in law and mass communication. A graduate of Boston University’s School of Public Communication and Suffolk University Law School, he has practiced law in Massachusetts since 1990. He has also worked in print and broadcast media, taught both history and law, and written extensively on a wide array of social and political issues.

Upon joining the AHA board in 2005, Niose helped develop the AHA’s media campaign (the 2005 AHA media campaign was the first major national advertising campaign by a humanist or atheist group in America), now a regular program wherein the AHA promotes Humanism in national media to build awareness and acceptance of the Humanist worldview. Niose has spoken to humanist and freethought groups around the country, emphasizing the importance of utilizing mass media to inject Humanist ideas into the public dialogue, improve the public image of Humanists, and sway public opinion away from the religious right.

As an attorney, Niose has advocated for church/state separation and the rights of humanists and other nontheists, and he has advised the AHA and other groups on numerous such matters. He is currently involved in implementing a legal strategy to enforce the rights of humanists and other nontheists via the avenue of equal protection law. Niose has appeared on national television and radio and numerous local media outlets around the country speaking on subjects pertaining to humanism and freethought. He is a founding member of Greater Worcester Humanists, an AHA chapter in Worcester, Massachusetts, and has also served as an officer and board member of Greater Boston Humanists.

Read the AHA’s review of David’s new book, Nonbeliever Nation: http://www.americanhumanist.org/HNN/details/2012-08-book-review-david-nioses-nonbeliever-nation-the-rise