Events and Appearances Archives

Jul 26, 2024 – FFRF Legal Fellow Sammi Lawrence to speak on Common Wealth Development Panel (Madison, WI)

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Anne Nicol Gaylor Legal Fellow Sammi Lawrence will be speaking on a panel for Common Wealth Development’s employment and mentorship program at the Madison Central Library on July 26, 2024 in Madison, WI. The career panel seeks to introduce teenagers from less privileged backgrounds to a variety of careers. This event is by invitation only; the participating students won a spot in the program after competing in a rigorous application process. Common Wealth Development is a non-profit community development organization whose mission is to support and preserve the vitality of neighborhoods in the Madison Metropolitan area. Their work serves as the foundational bedrock of healthy community and economic development, with projects aimed at improving the housing and business climate of our neighborhoods through a people-first approach centered on racial justice and community level health improvement. To learn more about Common Wealth Development, visit their website

June 24-25, 2024 – Godless Gospel to perform off-Broadway in NYC – You’re Invited! (New York, NY)

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that its myth-dispelling ensemble, “Godless Gospel,” will perform in New York City on Monday, June 24, and Tuesday, June 25, at Theatre 555, 555 W. 42nd St. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. both nights for the provocative show produced by FFRF Co-President Dan Barker and directed by former gospel artist Andre Forbes. Other performers include: Tahira Clayton, Candace Gorham, Heather Kinley, Cynthia McDonald, DeAngela Morant, Steven Phelps, and Mandisa Thomas. The opening act will be the "Very Funny Lady" Leighann Lord, a well-known standup comedian, author, and New York freethinker. Leighann was the New York City face of the African Americans for Humanism outreach campaign sponsored by the Center for Inquiry and it’s Millions Living Happily Without Religion campaign. Author Chris Johnson featured her in The Atheist Book: A Better Life. Leighann is a former co-host of the Emmy-nominated StarTalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson. She has shared her comedic and hosting talents at many secular conferences including American Atheists, American Humanists, Center for Inquiry, CSICon, DragonCon’s Science and Skeptical Tracks, The PA Freethought Society, NECSS: The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism, PASHTACon, The Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Skepticon. Leighann was honored with the 2019 Humanist Arts Award from the American Humanist Association and most recently, the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. As a veteran standup comedian, Leighann has been seen on: Lifetime, VH-1, Comedy Central, Netflix, DryBar Comedy, HBO, and Showtime. She is the author of Leighann Lord’s Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget (Volumes 1 and 2) and Real Women Do It Standing Up: Stories From the Career of a Very Funny Lady. Leighann is the creator of the People with Parents Podcast where she shares stories about the role reversal between her and her aging parents. The Wall Street Journal called it one of the “10 Podcasts for Older Adults That Promise to Entertain—and Enlighten.” She has recently published, People with Parents: The Podcast Transcripts, and currently co-hosts the Center for Inquiry’s online show, Skeptical Inquirer Presents. Because the theater only seats 160, please register for Monday's performance here, or Tuesday's performance here. The cover charge is a suggested donation of $20. Register today -- and please tell your friends and family. Read the full Press Release here.

May 1, 2024- FFRF to Co-host Congressional Reason Reception (Washington, D.C.)

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with our friends at the American Humanist Association and the Secular Coalition for America, will be hosting the inaugural Congressional Reason Reception on May 1 in Washington, D.C. The event will honor the use of reason in public policy, the Congressional Freethought Caucus and the legacy of Thomas Paine. The in-person event, which is sold out, will take place in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern. But you can join the event via Zoom by registering here. Guests include Reps. Jared Huffman, Jamie Raskin and other members of Congress, and Washington Post columnist, author and FFRF 2023 Freethought Heroine Kate Cohen.

August 31-September 1, 2024 – FFRF Co-Sponsoring Celebrating Dissent Oslo (Oslo, Norway)

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FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laure Gaylor and Dan Barker will be attending Celebrating Dissent Oslo, on August 31st through September 1st, 2024 in the capital city of Norway, Oslo. FFRF will be one of many co-sponsers of the event, and Barker and Gaylor will be joined with more than 50 other freethinking groups from over 30 different countries. The two-day conference is a continuation of the widely successful Celebrating Dissent conferences held in London, Amsterdam, Cologne, and Paris, in what has become the largest gathering of ex-Muslims in the world. Organized by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and Dømmekraft, the event will pay tribute to taboo-breaking ex-Muslim comedian Shabana Rehman and celebrate blasphemy, apostasy and freedom of expression through discussions, poetry, film, protest art, and music. The event is open to the public, and tickets and registration can be found by clicking here.

April 26-28, 2024 – Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker to speak at the Spring of Reason and Exuberance’s Rationalist International Conference (Finland, Estonia, & Baltic Sea)

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Annie Laurie and Dan Barker will be speaking at the Rationalist International's Spring of Reason and Exuberance conference, which will be held on a 3-day cruise in the Baltic Sea on April 26-28, 2024. The cruise will host a 3-day festival of reason, giving attendees a chance to experience the beauty of the Baltic archipelago, see historic places, and the global centers of freedom of thought, free speech, and human rights. For more information, and to register for this event, click here to visit the Rational International's website.

February 25, 2024 — FFRF’s Legal Fellow Sammi Lawrence to Speak at the Congregation Beth Adam (Loveland, OH))

FFRF's Anne Nicol Gaylor Legal Fellow, Sammi Lawrence, will be speaking at Congregation Beth Adam in Loveland, OH on February 25th, 2024. Lawrence will be presenting to members of Congregation Beth Adam as part of their regular Adult Education series and will be covering recent state/church violations in the OH area, FFRF's actions & victories, and current Ohio legislation. The event will be both in person and virtual, and the link to the virtual meeting will be posted here closer to the event date. Though this event is free, it is only open to members of the Congregation Beth Adam. For more information about Beth Adam, please visit the congregation's website at bethadam.org.

February 17, 2024 – Dan Barker to Speak at the Secular Humanists of Roanoke (Roanoke, VA)

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FFRF Co-President Dan Barker will be speaking at the Secular Humanists of Roanoke meeting at the South Roanoke County Library for Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 10am to Noon. Barker will be discussing church and state issues of Roanoke and the surrounding communities. This event is free, open to the public, and registration is not required. For more information about the Secular Humanists of Roanoke, click here. More details to follow.

January 29th, 2024 — FFRF to Co-Sponsor Thomas Paine Birthday Celebration (Virtual)

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FFRF will be co sponsoring an annual event to recognize and celebrate Thomas Paine’s birthday on January 29th. The theme for the 2024 event is "The Anti-Slavery Efforts of Thomas Paine." The event starts at 4:00 PM EDT or 7:00 PM EDT, and is a virtual event. Pre-registration for Paine’s birthday celebration is required. The event registration link can be found by clicking here. Sponsors of the 2024 event are the Secular Coalition for America, Black Nonbelievers, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Center for Inquiry, the Thomas Paine Memorial Association (TPMA), and the Freethought Society.

December 9, 2023 — FFRF’s Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker to Speak at Laics of the World Unite (Paris, France)

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FFRF's Co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker will be speaking at Laics of the World Unite in Paris, France on December 9th, 2023. Annie Laurie Gaylor will be speaking on a panel to discuss gobal unification needs alongside Martine Cerf, Marieme Helie Lucas, Mohamed Cheikh Mkhaitir, and Megan Manson. Q&A will follow the panel. Dan Barker will be performing a few musical numbers on the piano. This event is cosponsored by FFRF. More information about this event can be found by clicking here. Dan Barker headshotAnnie Laurie Gaylor headshot

November 9, 2023 — FFRF’s Legal Director Rebecca Markert to Speak at the Notre Dame Law School (Notre Dame, IN)

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FFRF's Legal Director Rebecca Markert will be speaking at the Notre Dame Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society on November 9, 2023. Notre Dame ACS is dedicated to promoting progressive legal transformation and addressing the inherent flaws in the Constitution, laws, and legal systems. Ms. Markert will be discussing the constitutional principle of separation of state and church, her work on these issues, her background and early career, the values that inspire her, and her thoughts on the future of litigation on these issues. Q&A will follow. A solidified date and more details to come.

October 1, 2023 — Sammi Lawrence to Speak at the Lake Superior Freethinker’s Chapter of FFRF (Duluth, MN)

FFRF's Anne Nicol Gaylor Legal Fellow, Sammi Lawrence, will be speaking at the Lake Superior Freethinker's meeting at 11AM on October 1st, 2023. This free presentation will be both in-person and virtual and a Zoom link will be posted closer to the event. Sammi graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2017 with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Professional Writing & Publishing. She first worked for FFRF as a legal intern while attending law school at the University of Wisconsin. She graduated with her Juris Doctor from UW-Law in May 2022. More details to come. Sammi Lawrence

October, 2023 — FFRF’s Legal Director Rebecca Markert to Speak at the Notre Dame Law School (Notre Dame, IN)

FFRF's Legal Director Rebecca Markert will be speaking at the Notre Dame Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society in October, 2023. Notre Dame ACS is dedicated to promoting progressive legal transformation and addressing the inherent flaws in the Constitution, laws, and legal systems. Ms. Markert will be discussing the constitutional principle of separation of state and church, her work on these issues, her background and early career, the values that inspire her, and her thoughts on the future of litigation on these issues. Q&A will follow. A solidified date and more details to come.   Rebecca S. Markert

September 6, 2023 — Kat Grant to Speak at Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Bloomington, IN)

August 25-27, 2023 — Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker to Speak at BAHACON (Sarnia Ontario/Port Huron Michigan, Canada)

August 9, 2023 — Barbara Alvarez to Speak at the New Jersey NOW, Alice Paul Chapter (St. Louis, Missouri)

August 6, 2023 — Ryan Jayne to Speak for the Humanists of Linn County (Cedar Rapids, IA)

August 2, 2023 — Ryan Dudley to Introduce Medical-Aid-In-Dying Webinar with Compassion and Choices (Virtual)

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