Contemporary Topics Courses:
The courses in our Contemporary Topics section explore topics of special interest to the Humanist movement. At present there is one course but more are in development.
by Bo Bennett, PhD
Positive humanism is an applied secular humanistic philosophy based on the scientific findings of positive psychology that focuses on personal, professional, and societal flourishing. Positive humanism’s focus is almost entirely on promoting positive humanism and defending it when necessary, but avoiding “attacking” religion (i.e., avoiding making aggressive arguments against religion). Abstaining from all arguments against all aspects of religious belief is not always possible, especially when such arguments are necessary to understand arguments for positive humanism. As a positive humanist, when I do make such arguments, I am committed to representing the religious argument as accurately as possible, and avoiding ridicule or other rhetorical devises that otherwise reasonably offend.
Humanism and/in Hip-Hop
by Dr. Monica R. Miller
This courses introduces students to the varieties of humanisms in hip-hop culture and asks the question, “What can hip-hop teach humanists about the evolving nature and dimensions of humanism among marginal communities today?” Topics of exploration include: the history of Black Humanism and the role of cultural production, suffering and creativity, the varying humanisms in hip hop culture, and a consideration of the humanism within New Black Gods of hip-hop today.