2014 National Convention Schedule

ExteriorFreedom From Religion
     37th Annual National Convention ­
Weekend of Oct. 24-25, 2014
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA, 90071-2607 

 This schedule is tentative and may be subject to changes.

Arrive Thursday if you want to do some morning sightseeing.

Friday, October 24

2:00 p.m. Registration opens, etc.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Afternoon workshops by FFRF Staff Attorneys Rebecca Markert, Patrick Elliott & Andrew Seidel. FFRF legal updates/combatting Christian nation claims.

Complimentary appetizers

Dinner on your own

7:00 p.m. Welcome
Dan Barker & Annie Laurie Gaylor, Co-Presidents

7:30 p.m. Freethought Heroine Award - Attorney Marci Hamilton
    What is Wrong with Extreme Religious Liberty

8:15 p.m. “Nothing Fails Like Prayer” Secular Invocation
    Introduced by Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel (winner to be announced)

8:20 p.m. Freethinkers of the Year Presentation
    Plaintiffs in the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens

9:00 p.m. Emperor Has No Clothes Award Acceptance Speech
    Anthropologist Donald C. Johanson
Booksigning & Complimentary Dessert Reception follows

Saturday, October 25

8:00 a.m. Non-Prayer Breakfast (for ticket-holders)

9:00 a.m. Registration, ballroom reopens

9:25 a.m. “Nothing Fails Like Prayer”
    Song by Dan Barker

9:30 a.m. Welcome
    FFRF Director of Operations Lisa Strand, Dan Barker & Annie Laurie Gaylor

9:45 a.m. An Atheist Actor in Hollywood
    Scott Clifton
    Theoretical B.S.

10:15 a.m. Coffee/tea break

10:30 a.m. Photographer/author Chris Jones
    A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy and Meaning in a World without God

11:00 a.m. Activist Jessica Alquist
    Communicating Secular Ideas with the Religious

11:30 a.m. Activist Barbara Mancini
    From Accused to Activist

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch/sightseeing on your own

2:00 p.m. Author/professor Anthony Pinn
    Writing God's Obituary: How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist

2:45 p.m. Champion of the First Amendment Presentation
    Law professor Erwin Chemerinsky
    The Vanishing Wall Separating Church and State

3:15 p.m. Emperor Has No Clothes Award Acceptance Speech
    Physicist Sean Carroll

4:30 p.m. Booksigning for all three afternoon authors

6:30 p.m. Banquet Dinner (for ticket-holders)

8:00 p.m. Drawing for “clean,” pre-In God We Trust currency ($1 to $100)

8:30 p.m. The Singing Atheist - piano concert by FFRF Co-President Dan Barker

FFRF is a non-profit, educational organization. All dues and donations are deductible for income-tax purposes.

FFRF has received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator


FFRF privacy statement


FFRF is a member of Atheist Alliance International.