The Bishopsgate Library now houses the RA's 120-year-old archive, which will be on display for the evening, and the editor of New Humanist and CEO of the RA, Caspar Melville, will be giving a short presentation on its contents and the last 120 years of the fight for reason, free thought and humanism.
Plus our very special guest speaker David Aaronovitch (Times columnist and Honorary Associate of the Rationalist Association) will be talking on the subject "Why I am a Rationalist." The event will be hosted by the Chair of the RA, Professor Laurie Taylor.
The Rationalist Press Association (now The Rationalist Association) was founded by the radical publisher Charles Watts in 1885, as a network to support his free thinking and (often) blasphemous publishing. Through its long history it has published hundreds of books - including the historic cheap paperback series The Thinkers Library - pamphlets - such as Bertrand Russell's 'Why I am Not a Christian' - and magazines, including its own journal New Humanist. You can find out more about the organisation's history by visiting the RA section of our website.
Past members of the Association include Bertrand Russell, HG Wells, Sigmund Freud, Marie Stopes and Albert Einstein. Current supporters include Richard Dawkins, AC Grayling, Philip Pullman, Claire Tomalin, Terry Pratchett and Robin Ince.
Come and meet the current team, mingle with our friends and supporters, and find out more about the past, and future, of rationalism.
Tickets, including free drinks, are priced at £20 (£15 for RA members). All proceeds go to supporting the RA.
When: 21st March 2012, 7pm to 9pm.
Where: The Library, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH
To book tickets, please visit our online store. Spaces for the event are severely limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so early booking is essential.