February 2013

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March 7 -- Urbana, Illinois

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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.

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February 19 -- South Royalton, Vermont

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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]

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February 24 -- Mobile, Alabama

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February 21 -- Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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February 12 -- St. Paul, Minnesota

EVENT CANCELLED!

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
7:00pm Dinner
7:30pm Main Presentation
8:30pm Dessert
8:45pm Q&A

 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 2012

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. 

November 2012

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.

November 2012

December 16 — Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dan Barker will speak and perform for the Freethought Winter Solstice Celebration of Minnesota Atheists on Sunday, December 16. He will be joined by the Freethought Band. (5:00 Social hour; 6:00 dinner; 7:00 entertainment) The event will take place at Jimmy’s Event Center - 3565 Labore Road, Vadnais Heights, MN 55110 (two blocks east of I-35 & Cty Rd E). Register here. Contact Steve Peterson (651-484-9277).

 

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November 8—Oxford, England

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Dan Barker will participate in "The God Debate" at Oxford University on Thursday, November 8. The event is put on by The Oxford Union.

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

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November 2-3 — Mexico City, Mexico

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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/.

September 2012

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 2012

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 2012

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 2012

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." 

The conference is sponsored by the Center for Inquiry. Click here to view the full schedule of speakers and events. Register for the event here

April 2012

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

The events are sponsored by PSU Atheist Agnostic Association, Unitarian Universalist HUUmanists and FFRF's Nittany Freethought Society. Contact Betsy and Chuck Berry for additional information.

*Click on the ad below for individual event details. 

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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 2012

April 21 -- Manila, Philippines


Dan Barker will speak at the first national atheist convention in the Philippines on Saturday, April 21.

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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 2012

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.

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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

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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 2012

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 2012

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."

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March 3 -- Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dan Barker will talk about "How to be good without a god" to the Atheists, Agnostics and Freethinkers of Waterloo on Saturday, March 3, at 7:00 pm in Arts Lecture 113 (see 'AL' building on map) at the University of Waterloo. Contact Keith Christensen (226-747-4259).



March 2012

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 2012

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.


February 2012

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 2012

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 2012

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 2011

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 2011

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 2011

November 19 -- Springfield, Missouri

Dan Barker will speak at 2:00 pm at SKEPTICON on Saturday, November 19. (Registration required) The event will take place in the Gillioz Theater in Springfield, Missouri (325 Park Central East  Springfield, MO 65806). Contact Katie Hartman at zewlie[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

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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."

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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 2011

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 2011

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.

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