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.)
October 26 -- Akron, Ohio (evening)
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].
October 26 -- Kent, Ohio (afternoon)
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]
October 25 -- Cleveland, Ohio
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.
November 2-3 — Mexico City, Mexico
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/.
October 2 -- Grantham, Pennsylvania
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 . . .
May 25 - 27 -- Cologne, Germany
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.
May 20 – Irvine, California
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.
May 18-20 – Arlington, Virginia
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."
May 2-5 – Raleigh, North Carolina
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.
April 27 - 29 – State College, Pennsylvania
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.
April 27-29 – Madison, Wisconsin
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.
April 13-15, 2012 -- Melbourne, Australia
Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor will participate in the 2012 Global Atheist Convention, "A Celebration of Reason," in Melbourne, Australia.
March 31 -- Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Dan Barker will perform at "Rock Beyond Belief" at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Saturday, March 31. See "Rock Beyond Belief" for a list of speakers (including Richard Dawkins) and events.
March 24 -- Washington DC
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.
March 24 -- Reason Rally, Washington DC
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.
March 23 -- Washington DC
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.""
March 3 -- Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
March 2 -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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).
March 1 -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.
October 12-13, 2012 -- Portland, Oregon
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/.
February 3, 2012 -- Iowa City, Iowa
Dan Barker will talk at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, on Friday, February 3, at 6:30 pm. The event, hosted by UI Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, and Freethinkers, will take place in the Pappajohn Business Building, room C125 (on Clinton and Market, across from the Pentacrest). Contact Asher Stuhlman.
February 2, 2012 -- Pella, Iowa
Dan Barker will talk about "Losing Faith in Faith" and "Good Without God" at Central College in Pella, Iowa, on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 pm. [NOTE LOCATION CHANGE! No longer in the Maytag Student Center] The event, hosted by Central College Secular Student Alliance, will take place in Recital Hall in the Cox-Snow Music building (on University St., south of the Maytag building, bldg 10 on map). Contact SSA president Kendra Haack.
December 17 -- Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Dan Barker will speak at the Winter Solstice banquet for the Society of Ontario Freethinkers (SOFREE) On Saturday, December 17. Time: 6:30 pm (appetizers & drinks); 7:00 pm (dinner & entertainment). Location: King Street North near Highway 85 in Waterloo, Ontario (venue details provided with paid reservation). Program: "This year's festive event includes: catered dinner buffet (meat & vegetarian options), live music and engaging talks with guest speakers: DAN BARKER (co-president, Freedom from Religion Foundation) and CHRISTOPHER diCARLO (author of "How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Asking the Right Questions"). PLUS: draw for complimentary membership, free parking, and all taxes included. For details, please see: www.sofree.ca. Advance tickets only. NO tickets at the door. Early bird prices to Dec. 7: $30 (SOFREE members); $35 (non-members). Prices after Dec. 7: $35 (SOFREE members); $40 (non-members). Deadline for all reservations: Dec. 13
November 30 -- Madison, Wisconsin
In cooperation with President Obama's "White House Interfaith & Community Service" Challenge, Dan Barker will represent the "nonfaith" community with a talk about "The importance of state/church separation" at the University of Wisconsin, on Wednesday, November 30, at 7:00 pm in room 6210 of the Sewell Social Sciences Building. The event is sponsored by AHA! (Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics @ UW-Madison). Contact AHA! president Chris Calvey at christophercalvey[AT]gmail[DOT]com.
November 19 -- Springfield, Missouri
November 14 -- Corvallis, Oregon
Dan Barker will debate Father Lucas on the topic "Is There is an Absolute Basis for Morality?" at Oregon State University at 7:00 pm on Monday evening, November 14, in the Milam Auditorium (on SW Campus and SW 26th). The event is sponsored by the Socratic Club of Oregon State. (Contact Gary Ferngren at gferngren[AT]oregonstate[DOT]edu.) See the story in Oregon Faith Report: "OSU to debate absolute morals."
November 12 – Walla Walla, Washington
Dan will speak Saturday, November 12 at 5:00 pm in the Kimball Theater at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Contact Margaret Eismeier at [email protected].
November 11 – Moscow, Idaho
Dan Barker will speak at 6:00 pm on Friday, November 11th in the Clearwater/Whitewater room in the Commons at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. The event is co-sponsored by Freethought Moscow (a student group at the University of Idaho) and Secular Cougs (a student group at Washington State). Contact Mike Steffens at stef1046[AT]vandals[DOT]uidaho[DOT]edu.
November 5 -- Indianapolis, Indiana
Dan Barker will talk at the Center For Inquiry-Indiana on Saturday, November 5, at 7:00 pm. He will be speaking on The Clergy Project (support group for ministers who don't believe) and entertaining with songs from his freethought music collection. Snacks and beverages will be provided.The event will take place at 350 Canal Walk, Suite A, Indianapolis. Seating is limited: Purchase your ticket online or at CFI-Indiana. (CFI members and FFRF members, $10.00; Public: $15.00)
November 3 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dan Barker will debate Hamza Tzortzis on the topic "Is Atheism or Islam more rational?" on Thursday, November 3, at 8:00 pm in Smith Hall - Room 100 at University of Minnesota. The debate is sponsored by Campus Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists and Building Blocks of Islam. Contact Jeffrey Mondloch.
October 26 -- La Crosse, Wisconsin
Dan Barker will debate Dr. Paul Helseth on the topic "Can religion and government be strictly separate?" on Wednesday, October 26, at 7:00 pm in the Carwright Center's Valhalla Room at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The debate, moderated by Hank Zumach, is sponsored by the La Crosse Area Freethought Society and La Crosse Secular Student Society.