Author of ‘Living the Secular Life’ to give Tucson talks

Phil Zuckerman
Phil Zuckerman

Phil Zuckerman, author of “Living the Secular Life,” will give two free lectures on Sunday, June 21 at the DuVal Auditorium at Banner-University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

He will present “The Rise of the Nones: Causes and Consequences of Rising Irreligion in the USA,” sponsored by Free Thought Arizona, at 10 a.m.

At 1 p.m., in a talk sponsored by the Secular Humanist Jewish Circle, his topic will be “Secularism and Individualism.” He will discuss how being non-religious is strongly correlated with individualism. “Secular individuals have fewer friends and weaker social bonds when compared to their religious peers,” he says. “What are the costs of secular individualism? And how does this relate to Jewish identity, and being part of a Jewish humanist community?”

Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., where he founded the first interdisciplinary secular studies department in the nation in 2011. His other books include “Faith No More” and “Society Without God.” He blogs regularly for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post.

For more information, contact Susan Rubin at 577-7718 or srubinaz@comcast.net.