MA – Family Guy Creator Receives Award from Harvard

Seth MacFarlane appears on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 8:00pm! Presented by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University.

Buy your tickets at the Harvard Box Office! ($25 ea)

Press Release:

We are honored to present the 2011 Harvard Humanist of the Year award to Seth MacFarlane: writer, director, and creator of hit TV shows Family Guy and American Dad! We are very excited MacFarlane was able to work this exclusive event, an award ceremony and fundraiser for our organization, into his schedule.

While it is rare for someone his age to receive this honor, his extensive body of work, his active, passionate commitment to Humanist values, and his fearless support of equal marriage rights and other social justice issues compel us to recognize his contributions now.

For 20 years, the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard has presented the Humanist of the Year award to an individual whose life’s work and personal commitment most exemplified the application of Humanist values in the public arena.  Past recipients have included the first openly nontheistic sitting U.S. congressman Pete Stark (2007); renowned scientists Steven Pinker and E.O. Wilson; and human rights hero General Romeo Dallaire.

MacFarlane will accept the award at the Memorial Church, in the heart of Harvard Yard, as part of the launch of a major Humanist initiative at Harvard.

Doors at 7:30pm.

Special Extras for Ticketholders!

As an expression of our Humanist values, we will begin the day with an environmental sustainability service project, coordinated in partnership with the Cambridge Energy Alliance and Home Energy Efficiency Team – Massachusetts. We will meet for this project at 12 Eliot St. at 10:00 am and travel off site. Please wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes. Lunch will be provided for a $10 donation.

In the afternoon and early evening preceding the award ceremony, we will host launch celebration and academic panel on “Community for Freethinkers” to celebrate the launch of our latest undertaking, the “Humanist Community Project.” In addition to Harvard Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein and the HCH staff, this gathering will feature Todd Stiefel of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation; Jessica Ahlquist, high school student and Humanist activist; and others TBA. 3pm Emerson 105, Harvard Yard.

While these special event extras are free for ticket holders, we need you to RSVP here.

Harvard’s Memorial Church
One Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138

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