April 2019

April 18 -- Minneapolis, Minnesota

U Minnesota

Dan Barker will talk about "Losing Faith in Faith" (his preacher-to-atheist story) at the University of Minnesota at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 18 in Tate Hall (116 Church Street SE). The event is sponsored by Campus Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists (CASH, "the best damned group on campus since 1991" -- the longest continuously operating secular campus club in the country). Contact Byron Rusnak.

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April 2019

April 16 -- Iowa City, Iowa

U Iowa

Dan Barker will talk about "How to be good without God" at the University of Iowa on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the University of Iowa Secular Student Alliance and will be held at Gilmore Hall, Room 106, 112 N Capitol St, Iowa City, IA 52242. For questions, contact Kennisha Entsminger.

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April 2019

April 11 -- Florence, Alabama

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Dan Barker will debate Dr. Joel Anderson at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at the University of North Alabama. The event is sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at the University of North Alabama and will take place at the University of North Alabama campus Communications Building, Screening Room 131, N Pine St, Florence, AL 35630. For questions, contact [email protected]

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April 2019

April 9 -- Logan, Utah

Utah State

Dan Barker will debate Bryan Hurlbutt of Ratio Christi about God's existence at Utah State University on Tuesday, April 9. The event is co-sponsored by the Utah State University Secular Student Alliance and USUSA InterVarsity and will be held at 6 p.m. at Eccles Science Learning Center 130, Logan, UT 84321. The building is directly north of Old Main. For questions, contact [email protected].

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April 2019

April 7 -- La Crosse, Wisconsin

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FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover will speak to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse on Sunday, April 7 about "Civil Rights in the Age of Religious Refusal." Sam will discuss how modern cries for "religious freedom" in the United States are being made not in defense of religious thought, but as an attack on the civil rights of marginalized groups, especially the LGBTQ community. The service starts at 10am (nursery is open for childcare starting at 9:30 am), and will be held at 401 West Ave S, La Crosse, WI 54601. There is parking across West Avenue on the street between Aquinas High School and First Lutheran Church.

March 2019

March 29 -- Madison, Wisconsin

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FFRF Staff Attorney Liz Cavell will be speaking at the Freethought Festival on Friday, March 29. Liz will speak at 4:30 p.m. about "The Masterpiece Cakeshop decision and the future of anti-discrimination laws." The event is hosted by Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics (AHA) at UW-Madison and will take place at Gordon Dining and Event Center, Symphony Room, 770 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53706. For detailed information, you can find the event page here. Contact [email protected] for questions.

March 2019

March 29 - 31 -- Warsaw, Poland

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FFRF co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker will participate in the DNI ATEIZMU "Days of Atheism" conference in Warsaw, Poland, which will take place Friday - Sunday, March 29 - 31. The event is organized by Fundacja im. Kazimierza Łyszczyńskiego (The Casimir Liszinski Foundation). For questions, contact Nina Sankari at [email protected].

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March 2019

March 25 -- Blacksburg, Virginia

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Dan Barker will talk about "Losing Faith In Faith" to the Secular Student Alliance at Virginia Tech on Monday, March 25, at 7:00 pm in the Graduate Life Center Auditorium (see I-4 on campus map) on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Contact [email protected]

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March 2019

March 24 -- Roanoke, Virginia

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Dan Barker will talk to the Secular Humanists of Roanoke, Virginia (SHOR, a chapter of Washington Area Secular Humanists) at 2:00 pm at the Vinton Library (300 South Pollard St, Vinton, VA). Contact [email protected].

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March 2019

March 18 -- Gainesville, Georgia

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Dan Barker will debate Christian apologist Nick Peters on the topic "Does God Exist?" at the University of North Georgia (Gainesville campus) on Monday, March 18 at 7:00 pm in the Robinson Ballroom of the Student Center (building #3 on this map). The event is organized by The Atheist Nighthawks (a chapter of the Secular Student Alliance). Contact [email protected].

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March 2019

March 14 -- Phoenix, Arizona

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Dan Barker will talk about Mere Morality to Phoenix-area freethinkers and humanists at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. The event will take place at the Humanist Community Center (627 W Rio Salado Pkwy Mesa, AZ 85201) and is hosted by the forming chapter FFRF Valley of the Sun and Secular Communities. For more information, visit the Meetup event page. Contact Jennifer at [email protected]

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March 2019

March 13 -- Phoenix, Arizona

Secular Sun Devils

Dan Barker will talk about God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction to the Secular Sun Devils at Arizona State University on Wednesday, March 13 at 5:00 pm in Room 240 of the Memorial Union, 301 E Orange St, Tempe, AZ 85281. With questions, contact [email protected]

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March 2019

March 7 -- Arlington, Texas

Maverick Secular Society

Dan Barker will give a talk for the Maverick Secular Society on Thursday, March 7, at the University of Texas-Arlington. The event will take place at 6 p.m. in Science Hall, 502 Yates St, Arlington, Texas 76010. For questions, contact [email protected]

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March 2019

March 5 -- Couer d'Alene, Idaho

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Dan Barker will talk about "The Battle of Church and State" to the Secular Student Alliance at North Idaho College (Coeur d-Alene, Idaho) at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 5, in the Lake Couer d'Alene room in the Student Union Building (College Drive, building #4 on this map). Contact [email protected]

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March 2019

March 4 -- Kenosha, Wisconsin

The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American

FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel will talk about his new book The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Monday, March 4. The event will take place at 12 noon in Greenquist Hall L101, University Dr, Kenosha, WI 53144. This Religious Issues Forum is free and open to the public. For questions, contact Wayne Johnson at 262-554-1613.

March 2019

March 3 -- Spokane, Washington

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Dan Barker will talk about "The Battle of Church and State" to the Inland Northwest Freethought Society (a chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation) at 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, March 3, in the Spokane Valley Library (12004 E Main Ave, Spokane Valley). Contact [email protected]

March 2019

March 1 -- Anchorage, Alaska

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"A Conversation with Dan Barker" will take place in the Tilted Tap Room at the Zip Kombucha Brewery (3404 Arctic Blvd) in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday, March 1, at 6:30 pm. Dan will also perform some of his freethought music. The event is sponsored by the Secular Community of Anchorage. Contact [email protected]

March 2019

March 1 -- Soldotna, Alaska

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"Conversation with Dan Barker" will take place on the Kenai Peninsula at 2:00 pm, Friday, March 1, at Odie's Deli (44315 Sterling Hwy) in Soldotna, Alaska. The event is co-sponsored by the Last Frontier Freethinkers and the Secular Community of Anchorage. Contact Last Frontier Freethinkers.

February 2019

February 28 -- Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage Senior Center

Dan Barker will give a lunch-time lecture about "God & Government: Protecting the wall between state and church" at The Bartlett Club in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, February 28 at 11:30 am. (The Bartlett Club is held at the Anchorage Senior Center, 1300 E 19th Ave.) The event is sponsored by the Secular Community of Anchorage (SCOA) and Progressive Action Network. Details to follow . . . Contact Julie Olsen at [email protected] 

February 2019

February 28 -- Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage Museum

Dan Barker will talk about "God & Government: An Atheist Perspective" at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 28 in the Auditorium at the Anchorage Museum (625 C St). EventBrite tickets are $10.00. Contact Julie Olsen at [email protected]

February 2019

February 27 -- Anchorage, Alaska

Writers Block

Dan Barker will do a book reading (signing/discussion) of his new book Mere Morality at The Writer's Block Bookstore & Cafe (3956 Spenard Rd, Anchorage) on Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30 pm.

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February 2019

February 27 -- Washington, DC

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FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel will be speaking at the Supreme Court rally on behalf of American Humanist Association(AHA) and their Bladensburg cross challenge.FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel will be speaking at the Supreme Court rally on behalf of American Humanist Association (AHA) and their Bladensburg cross challenge. The public rally supporting AHA begins at the steps of the Supreme Court on Wed., Feb. 27, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. ET. Andrew will speak at 11:20 a.m. - 11:30 a.m ET.

February 2019

February 27 - March 1

DAN BARKER IN ALASKA

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Dan Barker's first visit to Alaska will involve five events. See below.

The events are organized by the Secular Community of Anchorage and the Alaska Progressive Action Network.

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February 2019

February 25 -- Dalton, Georgia

Dalton State College

Dan Barker will talk about "The Battle of Church and State" at Dalton State College on Monday, February 25. The event, which will take place at 7:00 pm in Brown Center 105, (north side of campus, see map) is organized by the Secular Student Alliance at Dalton State College. Contact David Peyton at [email protected]

February 2019

February 24 -- Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga

Dan Barker will talk about his new book, Mere Morality, to the Chattanooga Humanist Assembly at 6:00 pm on Sunday, February 24 at the UUCC (3224 Navajo Drive) in Chattanooga. The event begins with a  potluck dinner (all freethinkers invited) at 5:00pm. Contact CHA.

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February 2019

February 14 -- Nashville, Tennessee

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Dan Barker will talk about "Love Thy First Amendment" at Vanderbilt University at 6:30 pm on Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14. The event is organized by the Vanderbilt University Secular Student Alliance and will be held in the Stevenson Center, 1231 Stevenson Center Ln, Nashville, TN 37212, in room 4327. Contact student organizer Helena Robertson with questions at [email protected].

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February 2019

February 9 -- Phoenix, Arizona

SDO Law School

Dan Barker will speak and participate in a debate at Freedom Summit 2019 on Saturday, February 9. The event (which requires registration) will take place at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Details to follow . . . Contact [email protected].

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December 2018

December 21 -- Madison, Wisconsin

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December 2018

December 7-9 -- Mesa, Arizona

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On December 7, 2018 at 6:30-9:00 p.m., FFRF members in the Greater Phoenix area are meeting to determine how much support there would be for a local FFRF chapter. There will be open discussion regarding future plans for the forming FFRF-Valley of the Sun chapter in addition to talks from forming chapter president Zenaido Quintana, Secular Coalition for Arizona Director of Government Affairs Tory Roberg, and FFRF's Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel. This meeting is free and located at the Humanist Community Center at 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, Arizona 85201.

 

 

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On Saturday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. is the Secular Coalition for Arizona's 4th Annual Secular Summit where members of Secular Coalition and Secular Communities for Arizona gather to discuss the coming year's legislative session and to weigh policy priorities. Andrew Seidel is the keynote speaker, featured during the morning session. The afternoon is a work session for participants to provide feedback on the legislative program, and help guide strategic planning for 2019. Admission is $20-$100. The Secular Summit will be held at the Humanist Community Center at 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, Arizona 85201.

 

 

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On Sunday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., the newly reinstated Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Greater Phoenix Chapter is hosting a legal panel discussion focused on the status of church/state separation legal actions around the country. The panel will include Richard Katskee, Legal Director for AU, Darrell Hill, staff attorney for ACLU-Arizona and Dianne Post, Chair for the Legal Panel for Secular Communities for Arizona, in addition to Andrew Seidel, the FFRF Director of Strategic Response. Admission is free. The legal panel will be held at the Humanist Community Center at 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, Arizona 85201.

  

If you have questions about any of these three events, please email [email protected].

December 2018

December 5 -- San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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FFRF co-president and former minister Dan Barker will talk about "The Importance of Critical Thinking" for the Honduran Freethinkers on at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, December 5 at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras en el Valle de Sula UNAH-VS. Contact [email protected].

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October 2018

October 16 -- Dallas, Texas

The Door Dallas

Dan Barker will appear at "The Door" (2548 Elm St., Dallas, Texas), on Tuesday, October 16. Skeptical Texans will also give a presentation. The event is organized by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Contact FFRF chapter director Jenny Del Toro.

October 2018

October 14 -- Okoboji, Iowa

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FFRF Robert G. Ingersoll Legal Fellow Colin McNamara will share a message on “The Moral Case for Strict Separation” with the Iowa Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday, October 14. The event will take place at the Arrowwood Convention and Conference Center. The Fellowship meets for coffee at 10:30 am, followed by the service at 11:00 am. 

 

September 2018

September 24 -- Mankato, Minnesota

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Dan Barker will debate Catholic apologist Trent Horn on the topic "Does the Christian God Exist?" on Monday, September 24 at Minnesota State University--Mankato. The event, which will take place at 7:30 pm in Halling Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Building, is organized by The Catholic Mavs and the Secular Student Alliance Mavericks. Contact Raghen Lucy.

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September 2018

September 15 -- Denver, Colorado

Secular Hub

Dan Barker will talk about "The Battle of Church and State" at the Secular Hub (3100 Downing St., Unit C) in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 pm. The event is put on by the Freedom From Religion Foundation Metro Denver Chapter. Contact chapter director Claudette St. Pierre.

September 2018

September 13 - 15 -- Columbus, Ohio

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FFRF is sponsoring a panel discussion titled, “The Battle of Church & State in the Era of Trump” from 10:00-11:00 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Religion News Association national conference. Panelists are FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel, FFRF Constitutional Attorney Elizabeth Cavell. Also on hand throughout the conference and staffing an informational table will be FFRF Director of Communications Amit Pal.

The Religious News Association 2018 Annual Conference will be held at the Renaissance Downtown Columbus, Ohio. Anticipated attendees include religion reporters at newspapers, online outlets, radio and television stations; experts and communicators of religion. Typical outlets include: The Associated Press, CNN, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Religion News Service and dozens of others.

 

June 2018

June 29 - July 1 --Columbus, Ohio

 

Join FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott at the 2018 Secular Student Alliance Conference, June 29-July 1, 2018 at The Ohio State University located in Columbus, Ohio

Attorney Elliott will be speaking on July 1 at 11:00 a.m. on a panel addressing ongoing state/church separation issues.

For more information and to register online please visit the 2018 SSA National Conference website here!

If you miss online registration you may register at the door, however housing in OSU residence halls will not be available.

June 2018

June 1 -- Madison, Wisconsin

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Don't miss a night with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Steve Benson at Freethought Hall, Friday, June 1 at 7 p.m.

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Steve Benson's brilliant career spans nearly four decades and he has consistently found himself embroiled in controversy with his fearless editorial cartoons in the Arizona Republic. Benson publicly broke with the Mormon church following his revelation that his 94-year-old grandfather, Ezra Taft Benson, the putative president of the LDS Church, was, in fact, completely incapacitated while still in an unquestionable position of power in the church. Benson then turned his sharp wit and pen to the work of exposing hypocrisy and fighting religion "as an impediment to civilized advancement." 

Steve will speak in the Charlie Brooks Auditorium on the 4th floor of Freethought Hall conveniently located in downtown Madison. Many of Steve's irreverent cartoons will be shown. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be provided. This event is open to FFRF members, their friends and family. Contact us at 608-256-8900 if you have any questions. 

May 2018

May 24 - 26 -- Arequipa, Peru

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Dan Barker will speak at the Primer Encuentro Latinoamericano de Librepensamiento (First Latin American Freethought Gathering) in Arequipa, Peru, on May 24 - 26. The event has many international sponsors (including the Freedom From Religion Foundation). The event will take place at the Assembly Hall of the UNSA (107 San Augustín). Registration for non-nationals is $30, students $15. Register here.

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April 2018

April 20 -- Huntington, West Virginia

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Dan Barker will talk about "GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction" on Friday, April 20, at 5:00 pm in Smith Music Hall 107 on the campus of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. The event is part of the Ask an Atheist Day on by the Marshall University Secular Student Alliance. Contact [email protected].

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April 2018

April 19 -- Morehead, Kentucky

Morehead State

Dan Barker will talk about his new book, Free Will Explained: How Science and Philosophy Converge to Create a Beautiful Illusion, on Thursday, April 19, in Rader Hall room 111 (see campus map) on Morehead State University. The event is sponsored by The Secular Student Alliance at Morehead State (see Facebook page). Contact [email protected]

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April 2018

April 17 -- Iowa City, Iowa

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FFRF: Fighting the Good Fight for Separation of Church and State

On Tuesday, April 17, Freedom From Religion Foundation Associate Counsel Sam Grover will be speaking in Iowa City about recent victories and ongoing litigation as FFRF continues to push back against the radical redefinition of “religious freedom” in the ongoing battle to maintain separation between church and state. The event, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City’s Secular Humanist Group, will begin at 7:00 at Old Brick, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City.

April 2018

April 10 -- Madison, Wisconsin

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Classical Pianist Jarred Dunn will perform at Freethought Hall on April 10th at 7:00 PM. Dunn, an internationally acclaimed recitalist, will perform works by Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin. This performance will be recorded, so please note that our elevator will not be available for use during the performance, though it will be available before and afterwards. We do ask that audience members observe silence during the recital. This event is free and open to FFRF members, family and friends.

April 2018

April 7 -- Farmington Hills, Michigan

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Rebecca Markert, FFRF's Legal Director will speak on the topic of “Fighting the Battle of Church and State in Michigan,” at the Michigan Atheists 30th annual State Convention. This year's convention is scheduled for Saturday, April 7 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and will focus on the theme: "The Secular Family, Experiencing Awe and Wonder."  The event will be held at the Birmingham Temple/Center for Secular Humanism, 28611 West Twelve Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, Michigan. Advance tickets are available here (please note additional online fees apply). To order tickets by mail, please return the form available on the convention website (adults $45, students $30, which includes lunch). Tickets may be purchased at the door with cash or check only, the cost per adult is $50, student cost remains $30. 

April 2018

April 7 -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Brew City Benefit
Saturday, April 7th - 12:30-8:30 PM

FFRF's chapter, Kenosha Racine Atheists & Freethinkers (KRAFt), is involved in helping to put on the Brew City Benefit presented by Milwaukee Humanists, as a benefit for Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Tickets, venue and conference schedule can be found here

Speakers include Seth Andrews, Aron Ra, FFRF's Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker.

April 2018

April 5 -- East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

East Stroudsburg University

Dan Barker will participate in a "Good Without God?" debate on Thursday, April 5, at the University of East Stroudsburg (200 Prospect St, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301). The event, sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and the Philosophy and Religion Departments, is part of the university's "Global week 2018: MOSAIC" initiative. Debate opponent and further details to follow . . . Contact Fernando Alcántar.

March 2018

March 19 -- Raleigh, North Carolina

Triangle Freethought Society

Dan Barker will talk about his new book, Free Will Explained, at the monthly meeting of the Triangle Freethought Society (an FFRF chapter) on Monday, March 19, at 6:30 pm at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh. Contact Sue Kocher.

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March 2018

March 14 -- Madison, Wisconsin

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Jerry Coyne, professor of evolution & ecology at the University of Chicago, will discuss his books Faith vs. Fact and Why Evolution is True at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, March 14th at Freethought Hall in downtown Madison. Coyne was the recipient of FFRF's Emperor Has No Clothes award for plain speaking on religion in 2011. He will be joined by FFRF's co-president Dan Barker as they explore science and the incompatibility of fact and faith. Books from both authors will be available for purchase and signing at this event. Hot beverages and light snacks will be furnished. This event is free and open to FFRF members, family and friends.

March 2018

March 3 - 7, 2018 -- Bahamas

Freethought Cruise

Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker will be featured speakers during the 4-night "Freethought Cruise" to the Bahamas, March 3 - 7, 2018. The not-for-profit cruise, organized by the Central Florida Freethought Community (a chapter of FFRF), will embark from Port Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday, March 3. Register here.

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February 2018

February 26, Louisville, Kentucky

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Dan Barker will debate Andy McIntosh on the topic "Does God Exist?" on Monday, February 26, at 7:00 pm in the Gheens Science Hall Rauch Planetarium (106 W Brandeis Ave) at the University of Louisville, KY. The event is sponsored by the University of Louisville Baptist Campus Ministry. Contact John Adams at [email protected].

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February 2018

February 25, Louisville, Kentucky

 Sullivan University

Dan Barker will talk at Reasonable Living on Sunday, February 25, at 10:00 AM in Auditorium A at the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy (2100 Gardiner Ln) in Louisville, Kentucky. The event is put on by FFRF Kentucky (an FFRF chapter) and the Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers. Contact Ed Hensley.

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