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 

Friday, October 24

2:00 p.m. Registration opens – Upper South Galeria

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Reception – Bernard’s on Galeria

Light appetizers, coffee, tea, punch 

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Legal Workshop Roman (Mezzanine Level)

FFRF Staff Attorneys Rebecca Markert, Patrick Elliott & Andrew Seidel Workshop repeats from 4:00-5:00 p.m

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. â€śOut of the Closet” 60-sec video recordings Mediterranean (Mezzanine Level)

5:00 - 6:30 Dinner on your own

5:30 Registration re-opens – Biltmore Bowl Foyer - Ballroom opens at 6:30 p.m.

7:00 Welcome & “Invocation,” music, short program

Dan Barker & Annie Laurie Gaylor, Co-Presidents

Introduction of Nothing Fails Like Prayer Awards, Andrew Seidel

Invocation by Amanda Novotny

7:30 Freethought Heroine Award

Attorney Marci Hamilton

“What is Wrong with Extreme Religious Liberty”

8:15 Emperor Has No Clothes Award Acceptance Speech 
“What would Lucy do?”

Paleo-anthropologist Donald C. Johanson

Booksigning & Complimentary Dessert Reception follows

Saturday, October 25

All events in the Biltmore Bowl (lower level) except breakfast.

8:00 a.m. Non-Prayer Breakfast (for ticket-holders) Heinsbergen Room (Tiffany overflow)

If you arrive Sat. a.m., pick up meal tickets outside Heinsbergen.

9:00 a.m. Registration re-opens – Biltmore Bowl Foyer

9:15 Voices of Reason Concert Concert by Atheist United - LA Choral Group, concluding with Dan Barker tango

9:30 Welcome & “Invocation”

FFRF Director of Operations Lisa Strand, Dan Barker & Annie Laurie Gaylor Invocation by Tim Earl

9:45 An Atheist Actor in Hollywood

Scott Clifton, “Theoretical B.S.”

10:15 Coffee/tea break, visit sales tables

10:30 “A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy and Meaning in a World without God”

Photographer/author Chris Johnson

11:00 “Communicating Secular Ideas with the Religious”

Activist Jessica Ahlquist

11:30 “From Accused to Activist”

Activist Barbara Mancini

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch/sightseeing on your own, ballroom re-opens 1:30 p.m.

2:00 “Writing God’s Obituary: How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist”

Author/professor Anthony Pinn

2:45 Champion of the First Amendment Presentation

Law professor Erwin Chemerinsky

“The Vanishing Wall Separating Church and State”

3:15 Emperor Has No Clothes Award Acceptance Speech

Physicist Sean Carroll

Booksigning for all three afternoon authors in the foyer follows

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

Biltmore Bowl ~ extra chairs will be brought in at 8 for non-diners

Drawing for “clean” pre-In God We Trust currency ($1 to $100)

“The Singing Atheist” - Short Concert by FFRF Co-President Dan Barker

“Nothing Fails Like Prayer” Invocation Dan Courtney

Freethinkers of the Year Presentations

Susan Galloway

Linda Stephens

“The View from Under the Bus”

Sunday, October 26

8:30 a.m. Coffee, tea and rolls set at 8:30 a.m. Heisenbergen Room

9:00 Annual Business Meeting Open to all current FFRF members, followed by Annual State Representatives meeting to conclude by Noon

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