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2021 FFRF Convention Boston

Schedule

FFRF’s 44th annual convention schedule
(Tentative schedule subject to minor change)

Thursday, November 18

7-9 PM REGISTRATION OPENS
Book & sales tables open
Reception with appetizers, drinks

Friday, November 19

7-9 AM REGISTRATION RE-OPENS
Complimentary pastries, hot beverages, fruit juices (Registration remains open throughout convention)

9 AM Welcome
Lisa Strand, Director of Operations

Year in Review
FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker & Annie Laurie Gaylor

Nothing Fails Like Prayer Award/Secular “Invocation”
Randa Black

9:30 Legal Report by FFRF Attorneys
Legal Director Rebecca Markert & Attorneys TBA

10:30 “Our Non-Christian Nation”
Law Professor Jay Wexler

11:00 BREAK

11:15 “Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters”
Steven Pinker

NOON Pinker/Wexler Book signings

NOON - 1:30 PM LUNCH BREAK
Optional Box Lunches

12:30 Workshop on Christian Nationalism
FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel

1:15 PM BREAK

1:30 Freethinkers of Year
Randall Cragun, David Williamson & other plaintiffs

2:30 “The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism”
Katherine Stewart

3:00 Stewart book signing

3:00 - 4:00 BREAK
Snacks, beverages

4:00 Clarence Darrow Award
Linda Greenhouse
Greenhouse book signing

5-7 PM Buffet Dinner
(Ticketed event)

7:00 An Evening with Margaret Atwood
(In conversation with Katherine Stewart)

8-8:45 Atwood book signing (Ballroom A)
Concurrent with Dessert Reception

9:00 Atwood Reception
(Ticketed event)

Saturday, November 20

8:00 AM Non-Prayer Breakfast
(Ticketed event)

MUSIC Dan Barker

9:30 Avijit Roy Courage Award
Sushant Singh (with Bonya Ahmed)

10:00 “Living the Secular Life”
Phil Zuckerman

10:30 “Black Freethinkers”
Chris Cameron

11:00 Freethought Heroine Award
Sikivu Hutchinson

11:30 Henry Zumach Freedom From Religious Fundamentalism Award
Megan Phelps-Roper

NOON Zuckerman/Cameron/Hutchinson/Phelps-Roper book signings

NOON - 2 PM LUNCH BREAK
Chapter Lunch

2:00 PM Student Honorees

2:30 Hispanic American Freethinkers
David Tamayo, Founder

3:00 Forward Award
Gloria Steinem (In conversation with Annie Laurie Gaylor)

4:00 BREAK

4 - 4:30 Ticketed Steinem Reception

4:15 “Ask an Attorney” Workshop

6:00 PM SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER
(Ticketed event)

8:00 “Clean Money” drawing

8:30 An Evening with Ann Druyan and Sasha Sagan
“For Small Creatures Such As We”
Sasha Sagan

Emperor Has No Clothes Award
Ann Druyan

Druyan/Sagan book signings

Sunday, November 21

8:30 AM Pastries, coffee served

9 AM Annual Membership meeting
Open to all current FFRF members

11ish Annual State Representatives Meeting

ADJOURN BY NOON