2014 National Convention Schedule

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     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

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

9:15 a.m. Voices of Reason Concert
Concert by Atheist United - LA Choral Group
Concluding with 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

                “Nothing Fails Like Prayer” Secular Invocation
                        Introduced by Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel (winner to be announced)

                Freethinkers of the Year Presentation
                        Plaintiffs in the Town of Greece v. Galloway decision
                         Susan Galloway
                         Linda Stephens

Sunday, October 26

8:30 a.m. Coffee & tea and rolls set up

9:00 a.m. Annual Business Meeting
Open to all current FFRF members

Followed by Annual State Representatives meeting to conclude by Noon

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