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Guest Speaker: Hank Pellissier, "Nigeria: Religion & Humanism"

  • Date: Monday, October 1, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: Valders Hall of Science, Room 262

Brighter Brains Institute (BBI), a SF Bay nonprofit, has promoted secular humanism for five years in Uganda, and for two years in religiously-conflicted Nigeria - Africa's wealthiest and most populous nation. The presentation will briefly review BBI's activities in Uganda, and then examine religious conflict in both Nigeria's Islamic north (Boko Haram & the Almajiri system) and the Christian south (the "witch child" phenomenon). BBI's efforts to curb suffering caused by religious abuses will be described, plus their activities in offering secular humanism as an alternate belief system.

Hank Pellissier 

Hank Pellissier is founder/director of the Brighter Brains Institute, a California nonprofit that promotes education, secularism and charity in SubSaharan Africa. As a journalist, he's been a columnist for and and he's presently a staff writer for, where he writes about education and brain development. Previous jobs include managing a futurist think tank, organizing conferences like "The Future of Religion." He just started writing a long poem titled Ending the Suffering of the World.

Questions? Contact Loren Toussaint, 563-387-1647