November 26 - Chicago
FFRF & Chicago-area Chapter Daley Plaza freethought display
Goes up Tuesday morning, Nov. 26
FFRF and the Metropolitan Chicago Chapter are erecting a unique freethought/atheist display in Daley Plaza, a public forum dominated by a nativity scene every December. Our display includes a red, 8 foot tall, lighted “A” (like the signature Dawkins “A” for atheist, agnostic), and a banner celebrating the Winter Solstice and the birth of the Bill of Rights (Dec. 15, 1791). The banner depicts 3 U.S. founders & the Statue of Liberty adoring the Bill of Rights in a manger. We'll put up these displays Tuesday morning, Nov. 26, in time for the annual Christkindlmarket Chicago. Come say “hi” Tuesday morning, watch for news coverage or visit thru the end of Dec. Look for us along Dearborn Street near the menorah and creche displays.
Sent by your friendly neighborhood atheists, FFRF, ffrf.org, [email protected], 608/256-8900. Chapter: www.ffrfmcc.org/
November 16 -- Mexico City
Dan Barker will talk for the Mexican Atheists (Ateos y Librepensadores Mexicanos Asociación Civil) on Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 pm in Mexico City. Details to follow. Contact Gerardo Romero Quijada at [email protected]
November 9 -- Houston, Texas
DEBATE! Dan Barker will debate John Mark Reynolds (of Houston Baptist University) in the Dunham Theater at the Morris Cultural Arts Center (7502 Fondren Road) at Houston Baptist University on Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 pm. The event is sponsored by the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Houston. (See the church's announcement.) There is no charge, but attendees MUST REGISTER for the event here. Contact Pastor Evan McClanahan at [email protected]
November 6 - Appleton, Wisconsin
Annie Laurie will be speaking at the Warch Campus Center, Lawrence University on Wednesday, Nov. 6, not on Wednesday Nov. 13. To celebrate Women's Empowerment Week, Annie Laurie Gaylor of FFRF has been invited by the Secular Student Alliance affiliate working with the school's Committee on Diversity Affairs at Lawrence University, near Appleton, to speak on "Women Without Superstition." She'll give a "power point" presentation based on the women freethinkers included in her anthology, "Women Without Superstition." The free event starts at 7:30 PM, in 711 East Boldt Way, Appleton Wis., Hurvis Room. FFRF Co-President Dan Barker will be in attendance, and Annie Laurie will set up a modest lit table.
October 21 - Raleigh, N.C.
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor will speak at the upcoming FFRF chapter event of the Triangle Freethought Society on: "Why 'Out' Is Not 'In' and What We Can Do About It" on Monday, October 21, at 6:30 PM, Founders Hall, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave., Raleigh NC 27607. More info on the chapter (if you're not already a member of both FFRF and its local chapter): http://www.trianglefreethoughtsociety.org/events/
September 10 -- Tallahassee, Florida
DEBATE! "Does God Exist?" Dan Barker will debate Bryan O'Neal (of the Moody Bible Institute) on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm. Moderator: Mark Hohmeister, associate editor at the Tallahassee Democrat. The event will take place at the IMAX Theatre of the Challenger Learning Center (200 S. Duval St.) in downtown Tallahassee. Tickets at the door are $8.00. Contact Gary Whittenberger at [email protected]
September 9 -- Jacksonville, Florida
Dan Barker will talk about “FREEDOM FROM RELIGION: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE” to the First Coast Freethought Society in Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday, September 9, at 6:30 pm. The event will take place at the Unitarian Church in Jacksonville (7405 Arlington Expressway). Contact Earl Coggins at [email protected]
September 8 -- Tallahassee, Florida
On Sunday, September 8, at 7:00 pm, Dan Barker will be honored at a nice dinner with the freethought leaders of Tallahassee and other guests at Georgio’s Restaurant (2971 Apalachee Parkway). Tickets are $25. Options: fish, chicken, beef, and vegetarian (see “Menu Choices for Dinner” below). A cash bar will be available to diners. Contact Gary Whittenberger at [email protected]
Meal Choices: Fish: Grilled crab stuffed Tilapia with lemon dill sauce. Chicken: Pan fried chicken breast scaloppini topped with fire roasted tomato sauce and parmesan cheese. Beef: Hand cut New York strip steak lightly seasoned and grilled to taste, topped with au jus. Vegetarian: Linguini with sauteed mushrooms, artichoke hearts, garlic, tomato, feta cheese, fresh herbs and scallion.
September 8 -- Tallahassee, Florida
Dan Barker will talk and perform freethought music for both morning services at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahasee (2810 N Meridian Road) on Sunday, September 8. For the 9:00 am service, he will talk about "The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Separation of Church and State." For the 11:15 am service he will talk about "My Transformation from Christian Evangelist to Atheist, and the Clergy Project." Contact Gary Whittenberger at [email protected]
September 18 -- Toronto, Ontario
Dan Barker will debate Dr. Sankara Baghavadpada on the question, "Is there a need for religion in an age of science?" on Wednesday, September 18, at 7:00 pm at the OISE Auditorium at the University of Toronto. Tickets are $10. For more info, contact Lakshmi Kumar at +1 647 887 3192 or [email protected]
The Blackout: Secular Rally NYC
It's the first outdoor Rally/Celebration that will predominantly feature nontheists of color! Join us to hear some great speakers and performances!
Scheduled appearances include:
*Victor Harris Jr.
Keynote Speaker: Jeremiah Camara!!!
Hosted by L.A. based comedian Steve Hill!!!
Admission is free and open to ALL!!!
VIP seating and food will be available.
Time: 12-6 pm
Location: Flushing Meadows Park
August 10 -- Minneapolis, Minnesota
Annie Laurie Gaylor will talk about "The Religious War Against Women" at the Minnesota/American Atheists regional conference on Saturday, August 10, at the Ramada Plaza. Registration required. See Minnesota Atheists Conference for details.
June 21-23 -- Las Vegas, Nevada
Dan Barker will perform a concert On Friday, June 21, and give a talk on Sunday, June 23, at the Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference (West). For details and registration, see https://www.secularstudents.org/2013con/vegas
May 11 -- Skokie, Illinois
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]
June 29-30 -- Dublin, Ireland
Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker will participate in the "Empowering Women Through Secularism" conference in Dublin, Ireland, June 29 - 30.
September 20-22 -- Omaha, Nebraska
Dan Barker will participate in Apostacon. Details to follow . . .
May 4 -- Orlando, Florida
“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]
May 2 -- Orlando, Florida
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]
April 24 -- Appleton, Wisconsin
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]
April 21 -- Sacramento, California
FOR FFRF MEMBERS ONLY. There will be a private brunch on Sunday, April 21, at 10:00 am in Old Sacramento for members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation interested in the newly formed Sacramento FFRF Chapter. See details here.
April 20 -- Sacramento, California
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].
April 19 -- Turlock, California
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]
April 18 -- Merced, California
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.
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor, Allendale Campus, Michigan
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Kirkhoff Center, Room 2263
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/141280662705752/
March 10 -- Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
March 7 -- Urbana, Illinois
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.
March 7 -- Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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]
February 19 -- South Royalton, Vermont
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]
February 24 -- Mobile, Alabama
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])
February 23 -- Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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]).
February 22 -- New Orleans
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]).
February 21 -- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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.
February 12 -- St. Paul, Minnesota
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?
December 21 — Madison, Wisconsin
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.
December 9 — Skokie, Illinois
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.
December 16 — Minneapolis, Minnesota
November 17 — Columbus, Ohio
November 16 — Dayton, Ohio
Dan Barker will talk about "Did Jesus Exist?" at Wright State on Friday, November 16, at 6:00 pm in Oelman Hall, room 112. Contact Keith Fuller at [email protected]
November 15 -- Columbus, Ohio
Dan Barker will speak at Ohio State University on Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 pm. The event will take place in Hamilton building room 107. Contact Benjamin Wurst at [email protected]
November 8—Oxford, England
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
November 10 -- London, England
November 1 -- La Crosse, Wisconsin
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.)