Author Mary Roach to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism is presented at Harvard University each year by the Harvard Secular Society on behalf of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard and the American Humanist Association. Selected by a committee of 20-30 Harvard students each year, this award is given to a figure greatly admired by our students and community for both artistic and humanitarian reasons.

Now in its sixth year, we’re excited to announce that the HSS Cultural Humanism committee has chosen Mary Roach based on what they feel is an outstanding contribution to Humanism in popular culture.

Wednesday, April 25, 7pm. Harvard Science Center Hall C.

Author of New York Times best sellers Stiff, Bonk, Spook, and Packing For Mars, Mary Roach is an outspoken proponent of science, rationalism, and skepticism. Her informative, and often hilarious, explorations of human cadavers, sexuality, and space – among many other things – have been hugely successful. She has written for Outside, National Geographic, New Scientist, Wired, The New York Times Magazine, and Salon.

“Flawed as it is, science remains the most solid god I’ve got. And so I’ve decided to turn to it, to see what it had to say on the topic of life after death,” she writes in the introduction to Spook. “Because I know what religion says, and it perplexes me. It doesn’t deliver a single, coherent, scientifically sensible or provable scenario… Science seemed the better bet.”

Join us for a night of celebration on April 25 in the Harvard Science Center as we celebrate the career of this fascinating Humanist journalist. Reserve your ticket now!

About Sarah Jane Chandonnet

Sarah Jane Chandonnet is the Program Director at the Humanist Community at Harvard and the Humanist Hub.

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