Can science aid the battle against superstition?
Can rational thinking stop children being burnt as witches?
Speaker: Leo Igwe
Leo Igwe is the founder of the Nigerian Humanist Movement, the Nigerian Skeptics Society and former director of the Centre for Inquiry/Nigeria. He works for the International Humanist and Ethical Union as its director in West and Southern Africa. He also represents the IHEU at the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights in Banjul, Gambia. He has written numerous articles on human rights, humanism, scepticism and free thought in Africa.
Leo has been arrested and beaten by the Nigerian police and local gangs as a result of his campaigns against superstition, injustices and fanaticism. Recently he spent much of his time rescuing alleged witch children in the south of the country. He will talk about the consequences of challenging such beliefs. He will also discuss the role that scientific and critical thinking can play in improving the life of the average African and the future of the continent.
On 23 August Leo will visit the Gold Coast during a speaking tour sponsored by Australian Skeptics Inc. The Gold Coast event will be held at Gold Coast Little Theatre, 21a Scarborough Street, Southport starting at 7.30 pm.
After the presentation, supper will be served in the GCLT green room. This will be a great opportunity to ask Leo questions and share ideas with other members of the audience.
For catering purposes, bookings are essential.
Lilian Derrick: phone 5593 2776 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Culell: phone 5562 1869 or email: email@example.com
Gold Coast Little Theatre, 21a Scarborough St, Southport
Tuesday 23 August 2011 at 7.30 pm.
Everyone welcome. Donation of $5 includes supper after the presentation.