About Us

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Our Mission

The Institute for Humanist Studies is committed to information and practices meant to address the socio-political, economic and cultural challenges facing communities within the United States and within a global context. At The Institute for Humanist Studies we view humanism as having the moral imperative to extend the circle of justice, caring and concern to all. 

What is Humanism?

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity. Areas of Focus While IHS will begin its work within the context of a small set of issues, the major themes and sub-categories might grow to include but not be limited to:

  1. Politics
  2. Social Advancement
  3. Religion and Spirituality
  4. Economics
  5. Global humanism
  6. Sciences and Medical Developments
  7. Energy and the Environment
  8. Culture and Cultural Production

Social Change

Current political and cultural developments within the United States have resulted in new opportunities for and altered attitudes towards humanists and humanism-based enterprises.  A clear symbol of this shift is captured by the inclusion of non-theistic orientations in President Obama’s inaugural speech.  A new openness to the full scope of belief and practice in the United States became a subject of public conversation, and now is the time to maximize the potential marked by the President’s inclusiveness.    We are at this moment in history presented with opportunity to forge new collaborations, intellectual synergies, and community outreach meant to enhance the welfare of human communities in the United States and beyond.