March 3,4 -- Madison, Wisconsin
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to be a cosponsor of Freethought Festival 6, the annual spring conference put on by AHA (Atheists, Humanists & Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison). Speakers include FFRF’s victorious plaintiff Marie Schaub, speaking on “A Monumental Struggle.” FFRF and Marie’s case is just being settled after five years, with her Pennsylvania school district agreeing to remove a one-ton Ten Commandments monument from in front of her daughter’s high school. A variety of other speakers include Nicole Niebler, president of AHA, writer Greta Christina, J.T. Snipes, etc. View more details below. FREE. The event planners ask only that you pre-register online if possible for event planning.
For more information, go to: http://freethoughtfestival.org/
Connect on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/421883221477186/
January 11 -- San Diego, California
Dan Barker will talk about "The Battle of Church and State" at the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library (10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego) on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:00 PM. He will also perform a few songs from the piano. The event is sponsored by the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego. Contact Ed Sheldon at [email protected]
November 15 -- Madison, Wisconsin
The Freedom From Religion Foundation's Managing Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert will be speaking with FFRF Honorary Board member Julia Sweeney and author of the Friendly Atheist blog Hemant Mehta for Openly Secular Day on November 15 at the University of Madison's Ingraham Hall (1155 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI 53706). The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and is hosted by UW Madison's Atheists, Humanists & Agnostics student group in partnership with the Secular Student Alliance and the Center for Inquiry. It will be free and is open to the public.
For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1086303018151771/
November 10, 2016 -- Whitewater, Wisconsin
Dan Barker will debate Thomas Ross on the topic "Prophecy and Archaeology Validate the Bible as the Word of God" on Thursday, November 10 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The event will take place in Hyland Hall in the Timmerman Auditorium at 7:00 PM. The event is organized by the UWW Philosophy Club.
November 3 -- Chicago, Illinois
FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel will present “Religious Freedom or Discrimination?: Examining Religious Freedom Restoration Acts.” to the FFRF- Metropolitan Chicago Chapter on Thursday, November 3rd, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The presentation will take place at The Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago, located at 7574 Lincoln Ave. in Skokie (corner of Lincoln Ave. and Howard St.). All are welcome to this free event that will be approximately 30 minutes in length, and will be followed by another 30 minutes of Q&A. If you would like to attend, we kindly ask that you please RSVP on FFRF-MCC's Doodle poll by clicking here.
For more information, go to: http://www.ffrfmcc.org/event/religious-freedom-or-discrimination-examining-religious-freedom-restoration-acts/
October 20 --- Madison, Wisconsin
From Muslim immigration to conservative Christian perceptions of Donald Trump, discussion about religion has been at the forefront of election 2016. How will it shape the outcomes, both in Wisconsin and nationwide?
The The Capital Times has assembled an outstanding panel to discuss those questions at the High Noon Saloon on Thursday, Oct. 20 in Madison, Wisconsin. Politics reporter Jessie Opoien will moderate the panel, whose members are:
• Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor
• Masood Akhtar, entrepreneur and advisor to Madison’s Muslim community
• Pres House co-Pastor Erica Liu
• Training Pastor R.D. McClenagan of Door Creek Church
• Pastor David Smith of Faith Community Baptist Church
• UW-Madison journalism professor Mike Wagner
• Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman of Congregation Shaarei Shamayim
The event is free and will start with a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m. Details at Cap Times: http://bit.ly/2dOStzo
September 22-- Forest, Virginia
FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel will participate in Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Salon Series on Thursday, September 22nd, from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson's historic plantation (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd., Forest, VA 24551). The Salon will focus on a discussion of what freedom of religion meant to the Founding Father; trace the evolving relationship of church and state from Jefferson's day to our own; and consider why the statute continues to be relevant today. A reception of wine and light appetizers is to follow the event. The event is open to the public. Admission to this event is $15 (ages 18 and up), and $10 for college students.
Click here for more information.
August 7 - - Duluth, Minnesota
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor will be speaking at the Sunday, August 7 program of FFRF's chapter, Lake Superior Freethinkers. The free event starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Duluth Radisson, 505 W Superiour St., Suluth, Minn., in the Grand Hall. Her topic is: "Why We Need Freedom From Religions." Accompanying Annie Laurie will be Co-President Dan Barker.
Wed. August 10 - Thursday, August 11 — Peoria, Illinois
FFRF and other freethinkers will be part of the Peoria Park District’s dedication of the restored Ingersoll statue, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 (anniversary of Ingersoll’s birth), Glen Oak Park, Peoria, Illinois, 10:30 AM. FFRF will be hosting pre-dedication dinner party on Wed. Aug. 10 at the Lariat Club, Peoria.
Click here to view full invite.
July 16 -- St. Paul, Minnesota
Freedom From Religion Foundation Co-President Dan Barker will do a presentation about his latest book, God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction, at Rondo Library (461 Dale St. N, Saint Paul, MN 55104) on Saturday, July 16th. The event will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
May 22 -- Austin, Texas
Dan Barker & Annie Laurie Gaylor will talk about "Why atheists in Congress haven't got a prayer" and "Why FFRF is suing your governor" before the Atheist Community of Austin at the Little Walnut Creek Library Meeting Room (835 W Rundberg Ln., Austin, TX) on Sunday, May 22nd at 2:15 PM.
Afterwards, they will appear on The Atheist Experience live TV broadcast at the ACA Freethought Library (1507 W Koenig Ln., Austin, TX) at 4:30 PM. Both these events are free and open to the public. Space is limited at the ACA Freethought Library.
For more information, contact Steve Bratteng: [email protected]
Visit the Atheist Community of Austin's Meetup page at: http://www.meetup.com/The-Atheist-Community-of-Austin/
May 21 -- San Antonio, Texas
Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor will talk about "The Separation of Church & State" at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio on Saturday, May 21 at 1:00 pm. The church is located at 7150 Interstate 10 Frontage Road, San Antonio. The event is sponsored by Americans United San Antonio and FACT (Freethinkers Association of Central Texas). Contact [email protected]
April 19 -- Claremont, California
Dan Barker will talk at Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California, at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evening April 19. The informal event with students will take place in the Pomona Hall Lounge (601 Amherst, Claremont, CA) event is organized by The Claremont Colleges' Secular Student Alliance. Contact [email protected].
April 19 -- Iowa City, Iowa
FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott will speak about FFRF’s efforts to keep state and church separate on Tuesday, April 19th in Iowa City, Iowa. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Common Room of the Old Brick Church (26 E Market St. Iowa City, IA 52245). The Secular Humanists of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City and the Secular Students at Iowa (SecSI) are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Mark Yuskis at [email protected].
April 18 -- Rancho Cucamonga, California
Dan Barker will talk about FFRF's work, and about GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction at Chaffey College in Cucamonga, California, on Monday, April 18 at 5:00 pm in Wargin Hall room 102. The free event is organized by Chaffeys's Club of Secular Understanding. Contact [email protected].
April 9 -- Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor will take part in the Northern Ohio Freethought Society's third annual Freethought Fiesta Fundraiser on Saturday, April 9th from 6:00 - 10:00 PM. The fundraiser will take place at the Lions Park Lodge ( 641 Silverlake Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221). A homemade dinner will be provided, with a taco/nacho bar with all the fixin's (including gluten free and vegan options), dessert, and drinks. There will also be music provided by Dr. Elliot Ingersoll, Ph.D. and his band Svoboda.
Tickets are available for $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and NOFS members are able to purchase tickets for $15. Tickets for children (6-12) are available for $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. Admission is free for children under 6 years of age.
To register and purchase tickets click HERE.
April 9 -- Houston, Texas
Dan Barker will participate in the Lone Star Book Festival at Lone Star College -Kingwood (20000 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood, TX) on Saturday, April 9, to talk about his new book, GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction. The event will take place at 3:15 pm in SCC 3. Dan will also join Jerry Coyne at 12:30 p.m. that day in the John Pickelman Student Conference Center (Building #9) to talk about his book Faith vs. Fact. Admission is free, but preferred seating is given to those who become members of the Lone Star Book Festival.
September 23-25 —- Arlington, Virginia
Women in Secularism IV Conference
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor will be one of the speakers at Women in Secularism 4, Sept. 23-25, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Va., presented by the Center for Inquiry. Other speakers include Julia Sweeney, Maryam Namazie, Robyn Blumner, Linda LaScola and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, among many others. More more information:
April 2-3 -- Fayetteville, Arkansas
FFRF co-president Dan Barker will talk about his new book, GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction, at Logicon, at the University of Arkansas Union Theater during the weekend of April 2-3, 2016. Details to follow. Register here.
Dan's participation in this event is sponsored by the Secular Professionals Alliance at Walmart.
March 20 -- Columbia, Missouri
Dan Barker will talk about GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction at SASHA-CON 2016 on Sunday, March 20 at 12:15 pm at the University of Missouri. The 2-day conference, organized by MU SASHA (Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists & Agnostics) runs March 19-20. The event will take place in the Ellis Auditorium of the Ellis Library (1020 Lowry St, Columbia, MO). Contact http://sashacon.com/contact/.
March 13 -- Mesa, Arizona
Dan Barker will talk about "GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction" on Sunday, March 13 for the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix and the Freedom from Religion Foundation-Valley of the Sun chapter. The potluck dinner at 5:00 pm will be followed by Dan's talk at 6:00 pm. The event will take place at The Humanist Community Center (627 W Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa AZ). Contact Al Wendler at [email protected] or Anne Mardick at [email protected].
May 2--Kenosha, Wisconsin
FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel will speak on the topic of "Religous Freedoom or Discrimination? Examining Religious Freedom Restoration Acts," at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside on May 2, 2016. The event will take place at 12:00 noon in the Molinaro building, room 105.
April 9-- Madison, Wisconsin
FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel will speak on the "Panel on the Religions of the Founding Fathers" at Freethought Festival 5 in Madison, Wisconsin. The panel will take place on April 9, 2016 at 6:30pm at the University of Madison's Gordon Dining Hall and Events Center (770 W Dayton St.) in the Symphony Room. Contact Nicole Niebler for more information.
February 12 - Madison, Wisconsin
Darwin Day Event!
Dan Barker signs ‘God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction’
Freethought Hall in downtown Madison
Friday, February 12, at 4-5:30, Reading at 4:30
February 20 -- Tallahassee, Florida
Dan Barker will talk about his new book, GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction, at the Southeast Secular Student Regional Conference during the afternoon of Saturday, February 20 at Florida State University. The conference will take place in Classroom Building (HCB) 103. Click here for tickets. The event is sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance, CFI on Campus and CFI-Tallahassee. Contact Samreena for more details.
February 23 -- Oklahoma City
Dan Barker will speak at the state capitol in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, February 23, for the "Atheist Day" celebration that starts at 12:00 noon. The event is sponsored by various atheist communities around the state of Oklahoma. For more details, contact William Poire at [email protected].
March 19 -- Santa Barbara, California
FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel will talk about Freedom From Religion Foundation legal activities to the Humanist Society of Santa Barbara on Saturday, March 19,2016 at 2:30 PM. The event will take place at the Vista Del Monte Retirement Community’s Patio Room, 3775 Modoc Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.
February 29 -- Washington, DC
"What should be the role, if any, of religion in U.S. public policy?" That is the topic of a debate between Dan Barker and Professor Derek Malone-France to take place on Monday, February 29, at 7:30 pm at George Washington University in Washington, DC. The event is organized by the George Washington Secular Society, an affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance. Details to follow. Contact James Midkiff at [email protected].
February 8 -- Gainesville, Florida (noon)
Dan Barker will talk about "The Battle of Church and State" for the Florida Free Speech Forum at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 8. The event will take place in the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites (2900 SW 13th St. Gainesville, FL 32608). More details to follow. Contact Paul Hargrave at [email protected].
September 23 — Arlington, Virginia
Women in Secularism
Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF Co-President, will be participating.
Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
February 2 - Madison, Wisconsin
Dan Barker signs ‘God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction’
Frugal Muse Book Store
Tuesday, February 2, at 6-8 PM
235 Junction Road, Madison, WI 53717
December 13 -- Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
December 7 -- Rochester, New York
Annie Laurie Gaylor will talk about "The Battle of Church and State: A Report from the Front Lines" at the Brighton Memorial Library (2300 Elmwood Ave, Brighton) on Monday, December 7 at 7:00 pm. The free event is sponsored by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Rochester Chapter and the National Organization for Women, Greater Rochester Chapter.
November 17 -- Whitewater, Wisconsin
Dan Barker will debate Tom Ross on Tuesday, November 17th at 7:00pm at the University of Wisconsin--Whitewater in the lecture hall 2101 in Hyland Hall. The resolution: "The Old Testament is Fiction, Not Fact." The event is sponsored by the Philosophy Club, the Secular Student Alliance, and Set Free ministries.
November 6-8 -- Orlando, Florida
FFRF co-president Dan Barker will talk about "Life Driven Purpose" and play some freethought music, and FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel will talk about "Sweat the Small Stuff" at the Freethought Florida (Free-Flo) conference Friday - Sunday, November 6-8, at the Holiday Inn Orlando International Airport. Get tickets here. Contact
November 3 -- Washington, D.C.
Georgetown University. "Is Religion Hostile to Women? -- A conversation with Annie Laurie Gaylor" will take place at 7:30 PM in White Gravenor 201B at Georgetown University on Tuesday, November 3. This event is made possible by the National Secular Student Alliance and the Lecture Fund of Georgetown University, and will be co-sponsored by Women in Politics and United Feminists. Contact [email protected]
October 22 -- China, Texas
Dan Barker will participate in a Religious Freedom Panel on Thursday, October 22, in the City Hall of the City of China, Texas (between Houston and Beaumont). The event, hosted by the Southeast Texas Humanist Alliance (associated with Humanists of Houston), will begin at 6:30 pm. See details at SETHA Meetup Page.
Oct 15- DeKalb Illinois
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor to speak at Northern Illinois University on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 6PM.
Location: Wirtz Hall, Room 110 (1425 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115)
Subject: “Women Without Superstition: No Gods - No Masters”
Sponsored by NIU Secular Student Alliance, SSA and FFRF.
September 24 — Philadelphia
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor will speak on “Why Women Need Freedom From Religion” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia Auditorium at 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, sponsored by the Freethought Society. The free event is taking place shortly before Pope Francis visits Philadelphia. For more information, contact Margaret Downey, Freethought Society President, at 610-793-2737, or email her at [email protected]
September 19 -- Denver, Colorado
Dan Barker will talk about Life Driven Purpose on Saturday afternoon, September 19, at the Secular Hub (3100 Downing St. Unit C) for the Denver chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Details to follow. Contact chapter president Claudette StPierre at [email protected], 303-475-0418.
September 13 -- Somerset, New Jersey
Dan Barker will talk about his new book, Life Driven Purpose, for the New Jersey Humanist Network on Sunday, September 13 at 2:30 pm. The event will take place at the Franklin Township Library (485 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ). Contact Lisa Ridge at [email protected] Or phone 732-649-8984 and leave a message.
July 29 -- Madison, Wisconsin
Dan Barker will talk about "Life Driven Purpose" at Capitol Lakes Independent Living in Madison, Wisconsin (333 W Main St, Madison, WI 53703) at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 29. The event is for members of the retirement community, but is open to the public. Contact Guta Cvetkovic at [email protected]
July 5 -- Duluth, Minnesota
Lake Superior Freethinkers
Date: Sunday, July 5, 2015
Location: Radisson Hotel Duluth (Radisson Hotel Duluth Harborview: 505 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802) conference room
Event: Speakers Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).
Learn more about FFRF's recent legal activity, Dan's latest book, Life Driven Purpose, and more!