Charlie Vail is a long-time student of humanism and a sometimes writer. He has had essays published in Religious Humanism and Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, and he is the author of the book, “Thus Let Me Live: An Essay in Humanism.”
Charlie is an environmental scientist, now retired, with thirty-plus years of experience in contract research and project development. He lives near Princeton, New Jersey. Charlie holds a B.S. in Botany from Texas A&M University and is a graduate of Class 14 of the Humanist Institute.
Charlie is prepared to speak on a number of topics related to his understanding of humanism, including:
- an essential and universal human nature;
- a sense of self, community, and place;
- the moral, civic, and religious virtues of humanism; and
- a naturalist’s philosophy of humanism.
He also works with Lyle Simpson to offer an interactive study/discussion program to local AHA chapters and others based on his book and Lyle’s book, “Why Was I Born?”
Charlie prefers to deliver prepared remarks and/or participate in study/discussion groups by way of live videoconferencing, but limited travel is sometimes possible. Honoraria and out-of-pocket expenses (such as travel expenses) are considered and negotiated on a case-by-case basis.