Dan Barker and Jerry Dewitt, both former preachers who are now atheists, will talk about "Faithless: Moving Beyond Religion," at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago (7574 Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, Illinois 60077), on Saturday, May 11 at 12:30 pm. Tickets are $8 online, $10 at the door. For more details, see Facebook Event Page or contact Louis LeJeune at [email protected]
“Is there a God?" A discussion with Dan Barker and Imam Muhammad Musri. On Saturday, May 4, at 11:30 am, Dan Barker of the Freedom From Religion Foundation will have a public discussion with Imam Muhammad Musri of the Islamic Society of Central Florida at the University of Central Florida. The event, organized by the Central Florida Freethought Community (a chapter of FFRF) and the Secular Student Alliance at UCF (see their Facebook page), will take place in Room 221 CD in the Key West Ballroom in the Student Union (4000 Central Florida Boulevard, Building number 52). Free parking is available in Garage A, Garage I, and Lot H4 (map at http://ssaucf.com/events/ParkingFootpath.jpg). For more details see Facebook page or contact David Williamson at [email protected]
The Central Florida Freethought Community (a chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation) will host a pizza party, not to celebrate the unconstitutional National Day of Prayer, but a National Day of Reason, on which day the chapter will have distributed freethought literature in 11 Orange County high schools. This distribution is a response to the fact that bibles were distributed in those same schools. The event will take place on Thursday, May 2, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando (1901 East Robinson Street). FFRF's Dan Barker will be present at the event, as well as students representing a number of campus freethought clubs in the area. Contact CFFC president David Williamson at [email protected]
Dan Barker will debate Brian Young on "Creation or Evolution" on Wednesday afternoon, April 24, at 1:30 pm in the Bordoni Center, Room BC 103, at Fox Valley Technical College. (The college is at 1825 N Bluemound Dr. in Appleton. The Bordini Center is across the street – east – from the main campus). The event, organized by The Politically Incorrect Club, is free and open to the public. See web page about the event. For more details, contact Kurt Schrampfer at [email protected]
Dan Barker will talk about "Should Religion and Government be Separate?" at CSU Sacramento on Saturday, April 20, at 2:00 pm in Mendocino Hall 1005. (Mendocino Hall is at D2 on this map.) The event is sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at Sac State and the newly formed Sacramento chapter of FFRF. Tickets are $12 online, and FREE with current student ID (At the door only. Subject to availability). Tickets may be purchased here. Contact Dan Pemberton at [email protected].
Dan Barker will debate philosophy professor Dr. Russell DiSilvestro (of Sac State) on the topic "Does The God of the Bible Exist?" in the Turlock High School performing arts building (1600 East Canal Drive) on Friday April 19, at 6:00 pm. The event is organized and sponsored by Stanislaus Skeptics in partnership with the Secular Student Alliance at UC Merced and Sac State. Contact Nathan Lusher at [email protected]
Dan Barker will talk about "Losing Faith in Faith" as well as "Music's Debt to Nonbelievers" at the University of California/Merced at 7:00 pm on Thursday April 18 in the "Summits Meeting Room" in 175 Tenaya Hall. The event is organized by The Society of Freethinkers at UC Merced. Contact Brittney Wong at [email protected], 650-455-3579.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Kirkhoff Center, Room 2263
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/141280662705752/
65 Years After McCollum
Annie Laurie Gaylor will speak at the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign, on Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 pm in the NCSA Auditorium (1205 W. Clark St., Urbana, Illinois) following a screening of a movie about the historic 1948 McCollum decision. Free and open to the public
"The (First Amendment) clause against establishment of religion ... was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and State." -- from the Supreme Court decision in McCollum vs Board of Education
Sixty-five years after McCollum: What is the status of separation of church and state? To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in the case McCollum vs. Board of Education A free screening of Jay Rosenstein’s Peabody Award-winning documentary, The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today, the definitive account of McCollum vs. Board of Education
The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring: Ken Paulson - President and CEO, The First Amendment Center; Adam Schwartz - Senior Staff Counsel, ACLU Illinois; Annie Laurie Gaylor - Co-President, Freedom From Religion Foundation; Moderator: Jay Rosenstein - Professor, Univ. of Illinois Dept. of Journalism. See Flyer for more information.
DEBATE! Dan Barker will debate Rev. Joe Boot on the topic "Is There Life After Death?" on Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 pm in the Ambassador Lounge at the University of Windsor's CAW Student Centre. The event is co-sponsored by the Windsor/Essex County Atheist Society and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Contact Shawna at [email protected]
FFRF co-founder and co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor will talk about the history of FFRF and its state-church legal work at Vermont Law School (164 Chelsea Street, South Royalton VT) on Tuesday, February 19, at 5:30 pm in Oakes 007. (Guests may park anywhere. The parking lot is the first right-hand turn once you drive over the bridge.) The event is sponsored by the Secular Law Students Association at Vermont Law School. Contact Brittney Walsh at [email protected]
DEBATE! Dan Barker will debate Dr. Robert Fastiggi (Catholic theology professor) on "Is Religion A Positive Force For Society?" at the University of South Alabama at 6:30 pm in the Humanities Building (Room 170). The event is organized by the Secular Student Alliance at USA. Contact: Amye Broyles ([email protected])
FFRF Co-President Dan Barker will talk about "Losing Faith in Faith" (his personal story of moving from preacher to atheist) on Saturday, February 23, at 3:00 pm in the Gonzales Auditorium at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Liberal Arts Building 108. The event is sponsored by the Secular Student Allliance at USM (Facebook page). Contact: Melanie Green ([email protected]) or Emma Strong ([email protected]).
Dan Barker will talk about "Morality: What's God Got To Do With It?" on Friday, February 22 at 7:00 pm in Kirschman Hall 122 at the University of New Orleans. The event is put on by The New Orleans Secular Humanist Association (NOSHA). Contact Charlotte Klasson ([email protected]) or Rose Mort ([email protected]).
Dan Barker will talk about "Did Jesus Really Rise From The Dead?" at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, at 6:30 pm in Coates Hall, Room 145. The event is sponsored by AHA (Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics at LSU. See their Facebook page.) Contact AHA President Chad Thibodeaux at [email protected], (337)309-1108.
FFRF Co-President Dan Barker will debate Catholic theologian Leroy Huizenga on the topic "Do The Gospels Give Us The Real Jesus?" on Tuesday, February 12 (Darwin Day!) for the Argument Of The Month (The Men's Forum For Catholic Apologetics) at St. Augustine's Catholic Church (basement), 408 3rd St N., South St Paul, MN 55075. There is a $12.00 charge for the event.
|6:00pm Social Hour and Appetizers|
|7:30pm Main Presentation|
NOTE: This event was cancelled by Dan when he learned that women are excluded from attendance. See Dan's blog about the issue: http://ffrf.org/news/blog/item/16576-should-i-participate-in-a-male-only-debate?
FFRF is hosting a noon solstice celebration on Friday, Dec. 21 from 12-1 p.m. at the Wisconsin State Capitol (GAR Memorial Hearing Room - use door 413 North or 417 North, click here for a map).
The festivities will include solstice carols with Ken Lonnquist and Dan Barker and sweet treats. Donations of non-perishable food items and money will be collected for Second Harvest. (Click here to find out what Second Harvest needs most.) Stop by to see FFRF's two Capitol displays, our Winter Solstice sign and our do-it-yourself natural Winter Solstice 'Nativity' display (countering a creche).
More details to come.
FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel will “Debunk the Christian Nation Myth” at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m. He will talk about two popular American creation myths: 1. That our country was founded as a Christian nation 2. The more refined claim that we were founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Andrew will argue that both claims are false.
For more information and directions, click here.
Speakers in Proposition:
Peter Hitchens - Author and former atheist now a member of Church of England
John Lennox - Professor of Mathematics & Philosophy at Oxford
Joana McGrath - Deacon at Oxford and co-author of 'The Dawkins Delusion'
Speakers in Opposition:
Dan Barker - Co-President of Freedom From Religion Foundation, and co-host of Freethought Radio
Peter Millican - Fellow & Tutor in Philosophy at Hertford College
Michael Shermer - Author and Founder of the Skeptics Society
Dan Barker will debate Professor of Philosophy Eric Kraemer on the topic "Is Religion a Positive Force in Society?" at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Thursday, November 1, at 7:00 pm. The event will take place in the Valhalla Room in the Cartwright Center (see campus map) and is sponsored by the La Crosse Area Freethought Society and the La Crosse Secular Student Society. Contact Jeremy at [email protected] (See event flier.)
DEBATE: “Does God Exist?” Dan Barker will debate Philosophy Professor Howard Ducharme at 5:00 pm at the University of Akron. The event will take place in Olin Hall, room 124 (302 Buchtel Common Akron, OH 44325-4702. Limited seating, so arrive early). Sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Akron and Campus Focus. Contact: [email protected].
Dan Barker will talk about his books Godless and The Good Atheist on Friday, October 26, at 1:00 pm in the Kiva auditorium in Kent Student Center (1065 Risman Plaza Dr., Kent, OH) at Kent State University. The event is sponsored by Kent State Freethinkers. Contact: Theresa Wolanin at [email protected]
Dan Barker will talk about "Keeping State & Church Separate" at Case Western Reserve, on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 pm. Location: Thwing 1914 Lounge (second floor Thwing East). The event is sponsored by Case Center for Inquiry, a campus freethought organization. Contact Kristen Zozulin at [email protected], (860)201-3003.
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor will take part in the II Coloquio Mexicano de Ateismo in Mexico City. It's a celebration of freethought and skepticism. Annie Laurie will discuss "God Fixation Won't Fix Any Nation" on Saturday, November 3. For more information visit: http://www.ateosmexicanos.org/coloquio2012/.
Dan Barker will debate Dinesh D'Souza on the topic "Does God Exist?" on Tuesday, October 2, at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. Details to follow . . .
Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor will participate in the 2012 European Atheist Convention ("Perspectives of Atheism - National, Regional, Global") the weekend of May 25 - 27, 2012, in Cologne, Germany.
Join Dan Barker at the third annual Orange County Freethought Alliance Conference. Dan will speak on Sunday, May 20 at 1:00 p.m. The conference will take place Friday-Sunday. Other speakers include James Randi and Michael Shermer. The events will be held in the University of California-Irvine Student Center, Newport Beach B Room, Pereira Dr, Irvine, Calif.
Click here for a full schedule of events.
Join Annie Laurie Gaylor at the 2012 Women in Secularism conference! On Saturday morning Annie Laurie will be moderating a panel on "The Intersection of Nontheism and Feminism" at 9:30 a.m. and will discuss "The History of Women in Freethought" at 11:30 a.m. At 2 p.m. she will join Greta Christina, Wafa Sultan and R. Elisabeth Cornwell in a session on "Why Women Need Freedom From Religion."
Dan Barker will spend four days in North Carolina. Dan's events are listed below.
Wednesday, May 2: A Dan Barker lecture. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Walnut Room of the Talley Student Center at North Carolina State University. Dan's talk is sponsored by the NCSU Secular Student Alliance. Click here for details. Contact: Kevin Kearney, [email protected], 980-621-2437.
Thursday, May 3: National Day of Reason! The Triangle Freethought Society, FFRF's North Carolina chapter will sponsor this special event. Dan will be speaking and performing several times through out the day, so view the full schedule to catch Dan live. The Day of Reason begins at 7 a.m. and is free (unless otherwise noted on the event schedule) Click here for event locations and more information. Contact: Frederic de Pujo, [email protected], 919-600-0806.
Friday, May 4: Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear (HFCF) event to begin at 6 p.m. at Wilmington Bridge Center, 127-40 S. College Road, Wilmington, N.C. More information to follow. Contact: Han Hills, [email protected], 910-452-1258 or Audrey Santangelo, [email protected].
Saturday, May 5: Dan will give a "Talk on the Bible" at 1 p.m. at the North Carolina Central University campus. The event is sponsored by NCCU, Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. The location has not been confirmed. More details to follow. Contact: Richard Musselwhite, [email protected], 919-530-7938.
Dan will participate in several events during his "PA Year of the Bible Tour of State College."
Friday, April 27: 1:30 p.m. – Campus parade, 5:00 p.m. – "Losing Faith in Faith"
Saturday, April 28: 7:30 p.m. – Friendly Atheist
Sunday, April 29: 3:00 p.m. – Irreverent concert, 7:00 p.m. – Dialog and debate
*Click on the ad below for individual event details.
Join FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor and FFRF Constitutional Consultant Andrew Seidel at Madison's Freethought Festival 2012. Gaylor and Seidel both speak on Saturday, April 28. Click here for a full schedule. The event is hosted by Atheists, Humanities, & Agnostics of UW-Madison and co-sponsored by FFRF. The Freethought Festival will be April 27-29 in the Mosse Humanities Buliding, Rm 3650, 455 N. Park Street - UW Campus. Admission is free. Visit http://freethoughtfestival.org/ for more information.
Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor will participate in the 2012 Global Atheist Convention, "A Celebration of Reason," in Melbourne, Australia.
FFRF POST-REASON RALLY DINNER GALA
Washington Park Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
6-7 Registration, Social Hour; 7:00 Dinner; 8:30 Barbara Enrenreich Speech , followed by booksigning
Featuring honoree: Atheist, Feminist, Author & Columnist Barbara Ehrenreich receiving an Emperor Has No Clothes Award & post-speech booksigning. The charge is $100 to attend the “gala.” Register here.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a Principal Sponsor of The Reason Rally, an event sponsored by many of the country’s largest and most influential secular organizations. It will be free to attend and will take place in Washington, D.C. on March 24th, 2012 from 10:00AM – 4:00PM at the National Mall. There will be music, comedy, speakers, and so much more. We hope you can join us! Speakers include: Richard Dawkins, Taslima Nasrin, Jessica Ahlquist, James Randi, Annie Laurie Gaylor & Dan Barker, PZ Myers, Cristina Rad, and more. Music by Bad Religion, Tim Minchin, Dan Barker, and more.
FFRF Pre-Reason Rally Dinner
Phoenix Park Hotel
520 N. Capitol St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
5:30-6:30 Registration, social hour; 6:30 Dinner; 8:00 Entertainment, Speeches
Featuring Speaker Ellery Schempp and Dan Barker at the piano. The $55 banquet dinner can be ordered via FFRF here.
You’re invited to attend an FFRF Dinner Party hosted by FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor preceding the Reason Rally, at the elegant, Irish-run Phoenix Park Hotel, 520 N. Capitol St., N.W., Friday, March 23. Speakers will be Supreme Court victor Ellery Schempp of Schempp v. Abington, the 1963 case barring bible reading and devotional prayer in public schools, and Dan ("Friendly Neighborhood Atheist") Barker, an accomplished pianist and songwriter who will entertain at the piano. Ellery will talk on "The Real Assault Against Religious Liberty.""
Dan Barker will give an informal talk and participate in a discussion with students and audience members for the University of Toronto Secular Alliance on Friday, March 2nd, at 4:00 pm in room 240 of the main building at University College (University of Toronto -- see map). Address: 15 King's College Circle. Contact Mehdi Zabet (647-261-3784).
Dan Barker will talk about "Losing Faith in Faith" at York University at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 1 on the Keele campus. The event, sponsored by FreeSAY (Freethinkers, Skeptics, and Atheists at York), will take place in Accolade West Building Room 109. The cost for the event will be $5 for York Students or $7 for Non Students. (Tickets are available for sale on freesay.wordpress.com.) Contact D'Arcy McNaughton.
35th Annual Freedom From Religion Foundation Convention! Join FFRF Oct. 12-13, in Portland, Ore. Confirmed speakers include: Richard Dawkins, mystery novelist Sara Paretsky, journalist Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children and Clergy Project “graduates,” Jerry DeWitt and Teresa MacBain. For more information visit: http://ffrf.org/outreach/convention/.