May 15 -- St. Peter, Minnesota
Dan Barker will debate Jon Kaus on the topic "Can we be good without God?" at Gustavus Adolphus College on Sunday, May 15, at 7:00 pm in Alumni Hall. The event is sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Details to follow . . .
May 6-7 -- Lawrence, Kansas
Dan Barker and Annie Laurie will participate in Reason Fest at the University of Kansas in Lawrence Kansas, the weekend of May 6 & 7. Dan will debate the existence of God on Friday, March 6, with theologian John-Mark Miravalle. Annie Laurie will talk about "America Doesn't Have a Prayer" on Saturday. The event is sponsored by SOMA (Society of Open Minded Atheists), a student group on campus, and by the Secular Student Alliance. Email reasonfest[AT]gmail.com. Phone 785-256-0772.
April 23, 24 -- Tucson, Arizona
Dan Barker will talk about "The Good Atheist" (the title of his new book) to the Center for Inquiry in Tucson, Arizona, on Sunday, April 24 at 10:00 am. The event will take place at 1501 N Campbell Ave, at DuVal Auditorium near the University of Arizona campus. There will be a Café Inquiry at 8-9:15 and the program starts at 10 am and ends at noon. The event is free but donations are accepted to defray expenses. Contact Jerry Karches at jkarches[AT]swhaz[DOT]com. (If interested in attending a dinner the night before, April 23, contact Pat Cowan at kitkatjam[AT]comcast.net.)
April 14 -- Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Dan Barker will debate Wade Duroe of Chippewa Falls' Crossroads Church on the separation of church and state on Thursday, April 14, at 6:00 pm in Schofield Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. The event is sponsored by the Chippewa Valley ACLU and the College Freethought Society. Contact Tyler Schimmel.
April 13 -- Ripon, Wisconsin
Dan Barker will talk at Ripon College on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:00 pm in the East Hall Little Theater (see campus map). His talk, "Losing Faith in Faith: How an Evangelical Preacher became a Prominent Atheist," is sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at Ripon College (Facebook page). See the school's press release about the event.
April 10 -- Teaneck New Jersey
Dan Barker will talk about "Losing Faith in Faith" (his story of deconversion from preacher to atheist) and about the Freedom From Religion Foundation at the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County on Sunday, April 10, at 11:00 am. The Ethical Culture Society is located at 687 Larch Avenue, Teaneck, NJ 07666. Phone: 201-836-5187. For more details, email ken(AT)ethicalfocus(DOT)org
March 7 - DEBATE! San Diego, California
Dan Barker will debate Dinesh D'Souza on the topic "Is religion the problem?" on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at UC San Diego, Price Center West Ballroom. (Directions to Price Center (pdf)) Sponsored by The California Review, College Republicans, Christians United for Israel, and The Intercollegiate Studies Institute. More details to follow. See debate flyer.
March 4 - Palm Desert, California
Dan Barker will talk to the Secular Student Alliance at the College of the Desert (43-500 Monterey Ave) in Palm Desert, Calif., on Friday, March 4 at 3:00 pm. The event will take place in the Multipurpose Room of Craven Student Center. For more information, contact secularstudentscod(AT)gmail(DOT)com.
February 28 -- Indiana, Pennsylvania
Dan Barker will talk about "Losing Faith in Faith" at Indiana University at 6:00 pm on Monday, February 28, in Pratt Hall, Room 303, in the Center for Student Life (201 Pratt Drive) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. (See "Six O'Clock Series" announcement of the event.) The event is cosponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at IUP. (For more information, see the contact info at that link. Or call professor John Mueller at 724.357.4541)
February 27 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
February 18 - 20, Thousand Oaks, California
Dan Barker will participate in the Southern California Leadership Conference of the Secular Student Alliance at California Lutheran University the weekend of February 18 - 20, 2011. The event, hosted by the freethought club Secular Student Alliance at California Lutheran University, is open to the public.
January 27 - Naperville, Illinois
Dan Barker will give a talk to the West Suburban Chapter of Americans United For the Separation of Church and State on Thursday, January 27, at 7:30 pm. (Doors open at 7:00 pm for Social and Refreshments.) The event will be held at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville IL 60565. Free parking and free admission. See the Announcement Flyer. For more details, email John Wesser.
January 24 - Corvallis, Oregon
"Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife." Dan Barker will debate Dinesh D'Souza on Monday, January 24, at Oregon State University. The event, sponsored by the Socratic Club at Oregon State University, will take place in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center, at 7 p.m. (Photo above by Ingrid Laas, taken at the debate at the University of Wisconsin on October 14, 2010.)
January 9 - Washington DC
Dan Barker will talk about his new book, The Good Atheist, at the Langston Room of Busboys and Poets (14th & V location), from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The event, organized by the Center For Inquiry DC, will be Dan's first author appearance for the new book, released in December. Admission is $4.00 with registration, or $6.00 at the door. For more details, see the Voices of Reason webpage or Voices of Reason Facebook page.
February 17 - 18, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Annie Laurie Gaylor will speak and appear at a number of Winter Solstice Events for the new Tulsa Chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, on Friday Dec. 17 & Saturday Dec. 18.
1. RSVP for a casual after-dinner BYOB get-together on Fri., Dec. 17 at Bill Dusenberry's home (RSVP: e-mail: williamdusenberry(AT)yahoo(DOT)com or phone Bill at 918-615-6310.)
2. On Sat. Dec. 18, join us for brunch at Kilkenny's (1413 East 15th Street, Tulsa), at 11 a.m.
3. Gaylor will address a meeting of the Tulsa Humanists from 2-4 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 18 also involving the Tulsa FFRF Chapter, located at: The Tulsa Library's "Genealogy Center” (2901 S. Harvard Ave, Tulsa).
4. A group dinner at Boston Deli (6231 E 61st St, Tulsa) is at 5 p.m. (RSVP: williamdusenberry(AT)yahoo(DOT)com or phone 918-615-6310). The Solstice Party at the same restaurant at 8 pm is open to all freethinkers.
December 5 -- Scottsdale, Arizona
NEW CHAPTER KICKOFF! Steve Benson and Dan Barker will perform "Tunes n Toons" on Sunday, December 5, 2:00 pm, at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library Auditorium (3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251). The show is part of the first meeting of the new "FFRF VAlley of the Sun" chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. More details to follow. Contact: ffrf(DOT)vsun(AT)gmail(DOT)com, Phone 480.648.4422. Temporary meet-up page: http://www.meetup.com/ffrf-vsun
December 4 - Phoenix, Arizona
November 18 - Chicago, Illinois
FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor will talk at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 PM in the Cortelyou Commons. The event is sponsored by the DePaul Alliance for Free Thought (D.A.F.T.). Admission is free. For more information, please contact [email protected]
November 6 - Salt Lake City Utah
Dan Barker will talk about "Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists" at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Saturday, November 6, at 7:30 pm in the Orson Spencer Hall Auditorium. The event is sponsored by SHIFT (Secular Humanism, Inquiry and Freethought), a student group. (Facebook page) Email jason(DOT)cooperrider(AT)hsc(DOT)utah(DOT)edu. (Event in cooperation with the Secular Student Alliance.)
November 4 - Twin Falls, Idaho
Dan Barker will talk at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls on Thursday, November 4, at 7:00 pm in the Fine Arts Recital Hall (315 Falls Ave.). The talk will be followed by a concert of jazz standards written by freethinking songwriters (such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, and Yip Harburg) with Dan at piano joined by student and faculty musicians. The event is sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at CSI (Facebook page). Email faculty advisor Brent Jensen at bjensen(AT)csi(DOT)edu (Event in cooperation with the Secular Student Alliance.)
November 3, 2010 - Pocatello, Idaho
Dan Barker give a tallk at Idaho State University, Pocatallo, on Wednesday, November 3, at 7:00 in Frazier Hall. The event is organized by the Freethinkers Atheists & Agnostics for Religious Tolerance of Idaho State, and is open to the public. For more details contact FAART or James Harless, 208-417-0308, henryharlessATgmailDOTcom
October 29-31 - Madison, Wisconsin
Freedom From Religion Foundation 33rd Annual Convention, Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin.
October 14 - Madison, Wisconsin
Dan Barker will debate Dinesh D'Souza on the topic "Would the world be better off without religion?" at 7:00pm in the Wisconsin Union Theatre in the Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin Madison campus. (The topic of the debate changed since that poster was made.) The event is free, and will be first-come, first-serve. Sponsored by Badger Catholic and the UW Atheist, Humanist, and Agnostic group, the event will be followed by a half-an-hour book signing.
September 23 - Laramie, Wyoming
Dan Barker will talk at the University of Wyoming at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 23, in Classroom Building room 302. Sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Wyoming. Email [email protected] (Event in cooperation with the Secular Student Alliance.)
September 22 - Fort Collins, Colorado
Dan Barker will talk at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, at 4:00 pm in the Lory Student Center, North Ballroom. Sponsored by LIFT (Leaders In Freethought). (Facebook page.) See their Events Page for more information. Email [email protected] (Event in cooperation with the Secular Student Alliance.)
September 18 - Fargo, North Dakota
Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor will speak at the "Project 42": 2010 Valley Freethought Convention at the Civic Center in Fargo, North Dakota. This first-ever freethought conference in the Fargo-Moorhead area is hosted by the Red River Freethinkers. For more details, contact info-AT-redriverfreethinkers-DOT-org.
May 16 -- Rally in Austin, Texas
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is co-sponsoring a rally, "Texans for Truthful Textbooks," against the religious-right revisions of textbook and curriculum changes by the Texas State Board of Education in Austin, Texas, on the steps of the Texas state capitol. The event, which is co-sponsored and organized by a coalition of other freethinking groups, takes place on Sunday, May 16, starting at 11:00 a.m. Signs/placards are encouraged, and if you attend please take high-resolution pictures for possible publication in Freethought Today (send them to [email protected]). For more details of events on the day of the rally, visit atheists.org. For more information, e-mail Kathleen Johnson at [email protected].
Note: The Texas Freedom Network is also hosting a rally on May 19, at 1 p.m., at the Texas Education Agency (1701 Congress Ave., Austin). Bring your FFRF signs and placards to protest the Texas State Board of Education's religious revisions of history. Take high-resolution pictures and send them to us for possible publication in Freethought Today ([email protected]). For more information about the TFN rally, contact Val at [email protected]
MAY 15 -- Santa Barbara, California
Dan Barker will give a presentation at the 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Humanist Society of Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 15, 2010. The event, which requires registration, will take place at the Holiday Inn, 5650 Calle Real, Goleta. For more details, contact Richard Cousineau at [email protected] or Roger Schlueter at [email protected].
May 14 -- San Luis Obispo, California
Dan Barker will talk about "Let's Call the Whole thing off" (FFRF's National Day of Prayer victory) on Friday, May 14 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The event, sponsored by Cal Poly Brights (Facebook page), will take place at 4:00 pm in Building 52 - Science, Room B05. For more details, contact Nicholas Utschig at [email protected].
May 13 -- Santa Barbara, California
Dan Barker will talk about "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" (FFRF's National Day of Prayer victory) at the University of California, Santa Barbara on Thursday, May 13, at 7:30 pm in Life Sciences, Room 1001. The event is sponsored by SURE UCSB Skeptics. For more details, contact Sam Moss at [email protected].
May 12 -- Irvine, California
May 6 -- Madison, Wis
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is hosting the first-ever "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" anti-National Day of Prayer rally, Thursday May 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in Madison, Wis., at the Wisconsin State Capitol, State Street entrance. (The event will take place at the same time as a National Day of Prayer Christian prayer service at the opposite corner of the Capitol.)
Along with short speeches will be irreverent songs at the keyboard by Foundation Co-President Dan Barker, including "Nothing Fails Like Prayer" and "Battle of Church and State." Needless to say, there will be no moment of silence, but the group promises a tongue-in-cheek "moment of bedlam" instead — and lots of applause for Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling. Speakers will include FFRF co-presidents and staffers, Progressive editor Matt Rothschild, Prof. James Coors and others.
FFRF members have been busily organizing other anti-National Day of Prayer events (taking place on Thursday, May 6) around the country. Some of these include:
- St. Paul, Minn: Minnesota Atheists is sponsoring the Atheist "Day of Reason" celebration at the State Capitol, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. For more information, contact August Berkshire at [email protected]
- Raleigh, NC: The Triangle Freethought Society is sponsoring a vigil to promote a National Day of Reason, at noon across from the NC State Capitol (on E. Edenton Street). For more information, contact Mark Zumbach at [email protected]
- Oklahoma City, Okla: A group of local freethinkers will be gathering to protest the National Day of Prayer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Capitol Building, on the south side of the Capitol Building parking lot (not to be confused with NDP events closer to the building). For more information, contact James at 405-843-3651
- San Antonio, Texas: The Freethinkers Association of Central Texas (FACT) is heading a protest of NDP events at noon on the steps of City Hall in San Antonio (100 Military Plaza). Bring protest signs. For more information, contact Sally at 210-656-3796 or [email protected]
April 24 -- Cleveland, Ohio
Dan Barker will talk about "How to be good without God" at Cleveland State University on Saturday, April 24 at 6:00 pm in Nance College of Business (1860 Euclid Ave.) room 118. The event is sposored by the CSU Non-Prophets. For more details see their April 24 Event page. Contact Bryan Pesta at [email protected]
April 22 -- Eastern Kentucky University
Dan Barker will talk at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, on Thursday, April 22, at 6:30 pm in the EKU Library Room 108. The event is sponsored by the Secular Coalition at EKU. For more details, see the group's Facebook page for the event, or contact Sebastian Hidalgo at [email protected].
April 23 -- Cleveland, Ohio
Dan Barker will give a talk about "Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists," at Case Western Reserve University on Friday, April 23 at 7:00 pm. The event, sponsored by the Case Center For Inquiry (Facebook page), a student group, will take place in Wickenden 322 (10900 Euclid Ave, enter on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.). For more information, contact group president Andrew Schriver at [email protected].
APRIL 21 -- DEBATE! Lynchburg, Virginia
Foundation Co-President Dan Barker will debate Mat Staver, Dean of Liberty School of Law, on the topic "The Ten Commandments Apply to Law and Government Today," at 2:15 pm at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. The "Law and Religion" event, which will take place in the Supreme Courtroom, is sponsored by the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies at Liberty Law School. For more details, contact Federalist Society officers Jason Heinen, (920) 851-6045, [email protected] or Paul Broderson [email protected].
April 5 — Madison, New Jersey
Dan Barker will talk about "Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists" on Monday, April 5, at 8:00 pm in the Thomas Ferguson Recreation Center at Fairleigh Dickinson University (College of Florham) in Madison, New Jersey. The event is sponsored by the Secular Alliance at FDU, a campus group that is part of the national Secular Student Alliance. For more details, contact Secular Alliance president Ashley Tury at [email protected]