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A Humanist Year

A Humanist Year is the work of two Humanists, Ian Caughlan and Seanan Fong. They met as prospective Master of Divinity students and both started at Harvard Divinity School in the fall of 2012. A Humanist Year was born soon after.

The Humanist movement is evolving. It is no longer merely about being anti-theist, but is adopting a more positive, life-affirming focus. That new focus requires new resources. We think it is wonderful that Humanists are now gathering together at the metaphorical table, and we want them to have a filling meal to share when they get there. A Humanist Year is an attempt to give Humanists concrete things to do with their new focus.

Ian Caughlan

Ian graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Philosophy in 2011. After a year of graduate coursework at Harvard Divinity School, he left to pursue other interests. He currently works at Riverside Community Care helping people with mental illnesses transition into the labor force.

Ian lives in Somerville, MA. In his free time, he bikes as much as he can, brews his own beer, plays D&D, and tries to keep up with his German.

Seanan Fong

Seanan graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Philosophy in 2012. He currently is pursuing an M.Div. at Harvard Divinity School. He is writing his master’s thesis on Chinese American secularism. He is also very interested in conflict management.

Seanan also lives in Somerville, MA. He likes to create fantasy worlds.


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