42nd FFRF Annual National Convention - October 18-20, 2019
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison, WI

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2019 National Convention

You’re invited to join the Freedom From Religion Foundation at our 42nd annual national convention on the weekend of Friday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, 1 John Nolen Drive, in Madison, Wis.

As always, it will be a weekend of great speakers, awesome people, good food, irreverent music and a chance to recharge your secular and freethinking battery. You won’t want to miss it! Please make your hotel reservations early to avoid disappointment.

Early-bird confirmed speakers include:

Frederick Clarkson is a senior research analyst at Political Research Associates, a progressive think tank. He is the author, co-author or editor of several books, including Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy and Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics in America. He has written about politics and religion for a wide range of publications for more than three decades, from Mother Jones, Church & State, and Ms. Magazine to The Christian Science Monitor and Salon.com. Last year in Religion Dispatches, he broke the story about Project Blitz, a Christian Right state legislative campaign with long range theocratic intentions.

Anthony B. Pinn, a professor of humanities and religion at Rice University, is the founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice. In addition, he is director of research for the Institute for Humanist Studies. He earned the African American Humanist Award from the Council for Secular Humanism; Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association Humanist of the Year (2017), and the Harvard University Humanist Association Humanist of the Year (2006). He is the author/editor of over 35 books, including many on freethought, humanism and the intersection of race and religion. He will be receiving FFRF’s Emperor Has No Clothes Award.

Andrew L. Seidel, the director of strategic response at FFRF, where he uses his law degree to challenge religious bullies. Andrew’s first book The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American features a foreword by author Susan Jacoby and a preface by FFRF Co-President Dan Barker. The Founding Myth, published by Sterling Press, comes out in May and is highly anticipated with positive reviews. Seidel also appears on FFRF’s podcasts and shows, and has debated religion and government on networks such as MSNBC and Fox News.

Mandisa Thomas, the founder and president of Black Nonbelievers (“Walking by Sight, Not Faith”), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2013 with 14 affiliates around the nation. Black Nonbelievers connects with blacks (and allies) who are living free of religion, and who might otherwise be shunned by family and friends. She has a number of media appearances to her credit, including “CBS Sunday Morning,” CNN.com, Playboy, The Humanist and Jet magazine, as well as FFRF’s TV show, “Freethought Matters.” Thomas currently serves on the board for American Atheists and previously for Foundation Beyond Belief and the Secular Coalition for America. Additionally, she was named the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association’s 2018 Person of the Year. Thomas will be named FFRF’s 2019 Freethought Heroine.

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