April 2013

May 2 -- Orlando, Florida

Day of Reason

The Central Florida Freethought Community (a chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation) will host a pizza party, not to celebrate the unconstitutional National Day of Prayer, but a National Day of Reason, on which day the chapter will have distributed freethought literature in 11 Orange County high schools. This distribution is a response to the fact that bibles were distributed in those same schools. The event will take place on Thursday, May 2, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando (1901 East Robinson Street). FFRF's Dan Barker will be present at the event, as well as students representing a number of campus freethought clubs in the area. Contact CFFC president David Williamson at info@cflfreethought.org.

April 2013

April 24 -- Appleton, Wisconsin

Fox Valley

Dan Barker will debate Brian Young on "Creation or Evolution" on Wednesday afternoon, April 24, at 1:30 pm in the Bordoni Center, Room BC 103, at Fox Valley Technical College. (The college is at 1825 N Bluemound Dr. in Appleton. The Bordini Center is across the street – east – from the main campus). The event, organized by The Politically Incorrect Club, is free and open to the public. See web page about the event. For more details, contact Kurt Schrampfer  at schrampf@fvtc.edu.

April 2013

April 21 -- Sacramento, California

Sacramento Chapter logo

FOR FFRF MEMBERS ONLY. There will be a private brunch on Sunday, April 21, at 10:00 am in Old Sacramento for members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation interested in the newly formed Sacramento FFRF Chapter. See details here.

March 2013

April 20 -- Sacramento, California

CSU Sacramento

Dan Barker will talk about "Should Religion and Government be Separate?" at CSU Sacramento on Saturday, April 20, at 2:00 pm in Mendocino Hall 1005. (Mendocino Hall is at D2 on this map.) The event is sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at Sac State and the newly formed Sacramento chapter of FFRF. Tickets are $12 online, and FREE with current student ID (At the door only. Subject to availability). Tickets may be purchased here. Contact Dan Pemberton at csus@secularstudents.org.

March 2013

April 19 -- Turlock, California

Turlock HS

Dan Barker will debate philosophy professor Dr. Russell DiSilvestro (of Sac State) on the topic "Does The God of the Bible Exist?" in the Turlock High School performing arts building (1600 East Canal Drive) on Friday April 19, at 6:00 pm. The event is organized and sponsored by Stanislaus Skeptics in partnership with the Secular Student Alliance at UC Merced and Sac State. Contact Nathan Lusher at nlusher91@gmail.com.

March 2013

April 18 -- Merced, California

UC Merced

Dan Barker will talk about "Losing Faith in Faith" as well as "Music's Debt to Nonbelievers" at the University of California/Merced at 7:00 pm on Thursday April 18 in the "Summits Meeting Room" in 175 Tenaya Hall. The event is organized by The Society of Freethinkers at UC Merced. Contact Brittney Wong at bwong4@ucmerced.edu, 650-455-3579.

Merced poster (click for ful-size pdf)

March 2013

FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor, Allendale Campus, Michigan

"The Harm of Religion to Women"

Thursday, March 14, 2013
7 p.m.
Kirkhoff Center, Room 2263
Allendale Campus

More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/141280662705752/

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February 2013

March 12 -- Alma, Michigan


Dan Barker will talk about "Losing Faith in Faith" (his personal story of conversion from preacher to atheist) at Alma College on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 pm in the Dow Science Building, Room L1. Contact Mason Warling at Warling1mc@alma.edu


February 2013

March 11 -- Ann Arbor, Michigan


Dan Barker will talk about "Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?" at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor at 6:00 pm in the East Room in Pierpont Commons on North Campus. Contact Monica Harmsen at mharmsen@umich.edu

February 2013

March 10 -- Mt. Pleasant, Michigan



Dan Barker will talk at Central Michigan University at 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 10, in the Park Library Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Dogma-Free Society at CMU. Contact Cory Kinne at kinne2cm@gmail.com, phone (269) 317-3968. See story about the Dogma-Free Society.

February 2013

March 7 -- Urbana, Illinois


65 Years After McCollum

Annie Laurie Gaylor will speak at the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign, on Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 pm in the NCSA Auditorium (1205 W. Clark St., Urbana, Illinois) following a screening of a movie about the historic 1948 McCollum decision. Free and open to the public

"The (First Amendment) clause against establishment of religion ... was intended to erect a wall of separation between church and State." -- from the Supreme Court decision in McCollum vs Board of Education

Sixty-five years after McCollum: What is the status of separation of church and state? To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in the case McCollum vs. Board of Education A free screening of Jay Rosenstein’s Peabody Award-winning documentary, The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today, the definitive account of McCollum vs. Board of Education

The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring: Ken Paulson - President and CEO, The First Amendment Center; Adam Schwartz - Senior Staff Counsel, ACLU Illinois; Annie Laurie Gaylor - Co-President, Freedom From Religion Foundation; Moderator: Jay Rosenstein - Professor, Univ. of Illinois Dept. of Journalism. See Flyer for more information.

February 2013

March 7 -- Windsor, Ontario, Canada

U Windsor

DEBATE! Dan Barker will debate Rev. Joe Boot on the topic "Is There Life After Death?" on Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 pm in the Ambassador Lounge at the University of Windsor's CAW Student Centre. The event is co-sponsored by the Windsor/Essex County Atheist Society and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Contact Shawna at uwindsoratheists@gmail.com.

February 2013

February 19 -- South Royalton, Vermont


FFRF co-founder and co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor will talk about the history of FFRF and its state-church legal work at Vermont Law School (164 Chelsea Street, South Royalton VT) on Tuesday, February 19, at 5:30 pm in Oakes 007. (Guests may park anywhere. The parking lot is the first right-hand turn once you drive over the bridge.) The event is sponsored by the Secular Law Students Association at Vermont Law School. Contact Brittney Walsh at brittney.kaywalsh@gmail.com.

February 2013

February 24 -- Mobile, Alabama


DEBATE! Dan Barker will debate Dr. Robert Fastiggi (Catholic theology professor) on "Is Religion A Positive Force For Society?" at the University of South Alabama at 6:30 pm in the Humanities Building (Room 170). The event is organized by the Secular Student Alliance at USA. Contact: Amye Broyles (amyebroyles@gmail.com)

February 2013

February 23 -- Hattiesburg, Mississippi

FFRF Co-President Dan Barker will talk about "Losing Faith in Faith" (his personal story of moving from preacher to atheist) on Saturday, February 23, at 3:00 pm in the Gonzales Auditorium at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Liberal Arts Building 108. The event is sponsored by the Secular Student Allliance at USM (Facebook page). Contact: Melanie Green (Melanie.Green@eagles.usm.edu) or Emma Strong (Emma.Strong@eagles.usm.edu).

February 2013

February 22 -- New Orleans

Dan Barker will talk about "Morality: What's God Got To Do With It?" on Friday, February 22 at 7:00 pm in Kirschman Hall 122 at the University of New Orleans. The event is put on by The New Orleans Secular Humanist Association (NOSHA). Contact Charlotte Klasson (charlotte@klasson.cx) or Rose Mort (rosejmort@aol.com).

February 2013

February 21 -- Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Dan Barker will talk about "Did Jesus Really Rise From The Dead?" at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, at 6:30 pm in Coates Hall, Room 145. The event is sponsored by AHA (Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics at LSU. See their Facebook page.) Contact AHA President Chad Thibodeaux at cthib19@tigers.lsu.edu, (337)309-1108.

January 2013

February 12 -- St. Paul, Minnesota


FFRF Co-President Dan Barker will debate Catholic theologian Leroy Huizenga on the topic "Do The Gospels Give Us The Real Jesus?" on Tuesday, February 12 (Darwin Day!) for the Argument Of The Month (The Men's Forum For Catholic Apologetics) at St. Augustine's Catholic Church (basement), 408 3rd St N., South St Paul, MN 55075. There is a $12.00 charge for the event.

6:00pm Social Hour and Appetizers
7:00pm Dinner
7:30pm Main Presentation
8:30pm Dessert
8:45pm Q&A

 NOTE: This event was cancelled by Dan when he learned that women are excluded from attendance. See Dan's blog about the issue: http://ffrf.org/news/blog/item/16576-should-i-participate-in-a-male-only-debate?

December 2012

December 21 — Madison, Wisconsin

FFRF is hosting a noon solstice celebration on Friday, Dec. 21 from 12-1 p.m. at the Wisconsin State Capitol (GAR Memorial Hearing Room - use door 413 North or 417 North, click here for a map).

The festivities will include solstice carols with Ken Lonnquist and Dan Barker and sweet treats. Donations of non-perishable food items and money will be collected for Second Harvest. (Click here to find out what Second Harvest needs most.) Stop by to see FFRF's two Capitol displays, our Winter Solstice sign and our do-it-yourself natural Winter Solstice 'Nativity' display (countering a creche). 

More details to come. 

November 2012

December 9 — Skokie, Illinois

FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel will “Debunk the Christian Nation Myth” at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m. He will talk about two popular American creation myths: 1. That our country was founded as a Christian nation 2. The more refined claim that we were founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Andrew will argue that both claims are false.

For more information and directions, click here.

November 2012

December 16 — Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dan Barker will speak and perform for the Freethought Winter Solstice Celebration of Minnesota Atheists on Sunday, December 16. He will be joined by the Freethought Band. (5:00 Social hour; 6:00 dinner; 7:00 entertainment) The event will take place at Jimmy’s Event Center - 3565 Labore Road, Vadnais Heights, MN 55110 (two blocks east of I-35 & Cty Rd E). Register here. Contact Steve Peterson (651-484-9277).


November 2012

November 17 — Columbus, Ohio

Dan Barker will talk at Columbus State on Saturday, November 17. Time to be determined, between 4:00 and 7:00 pm. More details to follow. Contact James Bell at james42.bell@gmail.com

November 2012

November 16 — Dayton, Ohio

Dan Barker will talk about "Did Jesus Exist?" at Wright State on Friday, November 16, at 6:00 pm in Oelman Hall, room 112. Contact Keith Fuller at fuller.43@wright.edu.

November 2012

November 15 -- Columbus, Ohio

Dan Barker will speak at Ohio State University on Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 pm. The event will take place in Hamilton building room 107. Contact Benjamin Wurst at wurst.16@buckeyemail.osu.edu.

November 2012

November 8—Oxford, England

 Oxford Union logo

Dan Barker will participate in "The God Debate" at Oxford University on Thursday, November 8. The event is put on by The Oxford Union.

Speakers in Proposition:

Peter Hitchens - Author and former atheist now a member of Church of England 

John Lennox - Professor of Mathematics & Philosophy at Oxford

Joana McGrath - Deacon at Oxford and co-author of 'The Dawkins Delusion'


Speakers in Opposition:

Dan Barker - Co-President of Freedom From Religion Foundation, and co-host of Freethought Radio

Peter Millican - Fellow & Tutor in Philosophy at Hertford College

Michael Shermer - Author and Founder of the Skeptics Society

October 2012

November 10 -- London, England

Central London Humanists

Dan Barker will talk and perform freethought music to the Central London Humanists, at 7:00 pm on Saturday, November 10. The event will take place in the Dragon Hall Trust (17 Stukeley St WC2B 5LT). See their November 10 Event Page for details. Contact: Alan Palmer, alanpaula1@aol.com.

October 2012

November 1 -- La Crosse, Wisconsin

 UW-La Crosse

Dan Barker will debate Professor of Philosophy Eric Kraemer on the topic "Is Religion a Positive Force in Society?" at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Thursday, November 1, at 7:00 pm. The event will take place in the Valhalla Room in the Cartwright Center (see campus map) and is sponsored by the La Crosse Area Freethought Society and the La Crosse Secular Student Society. Contact Jeremy at lcafs@yahoo.com. (See event flier.)

La Crosse poster thumb 

October 2012

October 26 -- Akron, Ohio (evening)

 University of Akron

DEBATE: “Does God Exist?” Dan Barker will debate Philosophy Professor Howard Ducharme at 5:00 pm at the University of Akron. The event will take place in Olin Hall, room 124 (302 Buchtel Common Akron, OH 44325-4702. Limited seating, so arrive early). Sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Akron and Campus Focus. Contact: AkronSSA@Gmail.com.

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October 2012

October 26 -- Kent, Ohio (afternoon)

Kent State Freethinkers

Dan Barker will talk about his books Godless and The Good Atheist on Friday, October 26, at 1:00 pm in the Kiva auditorium in Kent Student Center (1065 Risman Plaza Dr., Kent, OH) at Kent State University. The event is sponsored by Kent State Freethinkers. Contact: Theresa Wolanin at power2th3people@gmail.com.

October 2012

October 25 -- Cleveland, Ohio

Case Western

Dan Barker will talk about "Keeping State & Church Separate" at Case Western Reserve, on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 pm. Location: Thwing 1914 Lounge (second floor Thwing East). The event is sponsored by Case Center for Inquiry, a campus freethought organization. Contact Kristen Zozulin at klz11@case.edu, (860)201-3003.

September 2012

November 2-3 — Mexico City, Mexico


FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor will take part in the II Coloquio Mexicano de Ateismo in Mexico City. It's a celebration of freethought and skepticism. Annie Laurie will discuss "God Fixation Won't Fix Any Nation" on Saturday, November 3. For more information visit: http://www.ateosmexicanos.org/coloquio2012/.

September 2012

October 2 -- Grantham, Pennsylvania

Dan Barker will debate Dinesh D'Souza on the topic "Does God Exist?" on Tuesday, October 2, at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. Details to follow . . .

May 2012

May 25 - 27 -- Cologne, Germany

Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor will participate in the 2012 European Atheist Convention ("Perspectives of Atheism - National, Regional, Global") the weekend of May 25 - 27, 2012, in Cologne, Germany.

May 2012

May 20 – Irvine, California

Join Dan Barker at the third annual Orange County Freethought Alliance Conference. Dan will speak on Sunday, May 20 at 1:00 p.m. The conference will take place Friday-Sunday. Other speakers include James Randi and Michael Shermer. The events will be held in the University of California-Irvine Student Center, Newport Beach B Room, Pereira Dr, Irvine, Calif.

Click here for a full schedule of events. 


May 2012

May 18-20 – Arlington, Virginia

Join Annie Laurie Gaylor at the 2012 Women in Secularism conference! On Saturday morning Annie Laurie will be moderating a panel on "The Intersection of Nontheism and Feminism" at 9:30 a.m. and will discuss "The History of Women in Freethought" at 11:30 a.m. At 2 p.m. she will join Greta Christina, Wafa Sultan and R. Elisabeth Cornwell in a session on "Why Women Need Freedom From Religion." 

The conference is sponsored by the Center for Inquiry. Click here to view the full schedule of speakers and events. Register for the event here

April 2012

April 27 - 29 – State College, Pennsylvania

Dan will participate in several events during his "PA Year of the Bible Tour of State College."

Friday, April 27: 1:30 p.m. – Campus parade, 5:00 p.m. – "Losing Faith in Faith"
Saturday, April 28: 7:30 p.m. – Friendly Atheist
Sunday, April 29: 3:00 p.m. – Irreverent concert, 7:00 p.m. – Dialog and debate

The events are sponsored by PSU Atheist Agnostic Association, Unitarian Universalist HUUmanists and FFRF's Nittany Freethought Society. Contact Betsy and Chuck Berry for additional information.

*Click on the ad below for individual event details. 

April 2012

April 27-29 – Madison, Wisconsin

Join FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor and FFRF Constitutional Consultant Andrew Seidel at Madison's Freethought Festival 2012. Gaylor and Seidel both speak on Saturday, April 28. Click here for a full schedule. The event is hosted by Atheists, Humanities, & Agnostics of UW-Madison and co-sponsored by FFRF. The Freethought Festival will be April 27-29 in the Mosse Humanities Buliding, Rm 3650, 455 N. Park Street - UW Campus. Admission is free. Visit http://freethoughtfestival.org/ for more information. 

April 2012

April 21 -- Manila, Philippines

Dan Barker will speak at the first national atheist convention in the Philippines on Saturday, April 21.

April 2012

April 13-15, 2012 -- Melbourne, Australia

Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor will participate in the 2012 Global Atheist Convention, "A Celebration of Reason," in Melbourne, Australia.

March 2012

March 31 -- Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Dan Barker will perform at "Rock Beyond Belief" at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Saturday, March 31. See "Rock Beyond Belief" for a list of speakers (including Richard Dawkins) and events.

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March 2012

March 24 -- Washington DC


Washington Park Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

6-7 Registration, Social Hour; 7:00 Dinner; 8:30 Barbara Enrenreich Speech , followed by booksigning

Barbara Ehrenreich

Featuring honoree: Atheist, Feminist, Author & Columnist Barbara Ehrenreich receiving an Emperor Has No Clothes Award & post-speech booksigning. The charge is $100 to attend the “gala.” Register here.

March 2012

March 24 -- Reason Rally, Washington DC

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a Principal Sponsor of The Reason Rally, an event sponsored by many of the country’s largest and most influential secular organizations. It will be free to attend and will take place in Washington, D.C. on March 24th, 2012 from 10:00AM – 4:00PM at the National Mall. There will be music, comedy, speakers, and so much more. We hope you can join us!  Speakers include: Richard Dawkins, Taslima Nasrin, Jessica Ahlquist, James Randi, Annie Laurie Gaylor & Dan Barker, PZ Myers, Cristina Rad, and more. Music by Bad Religion, Tim Minchin, Dan Barker, and more.

March 2012

March 23 -- Washington DC

FFRF Pre-Reason Rally Dinner

Phoenix Park Hotel
520 N. Capitol St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

5:30-6:30 Registration, social hour; 6:30 Dinner; 8:00 Entertainment, Speeches

Featuring Speaker Ellery Schempp and Dan Barker at the piano. The $55 banquet dinner can be ordered via FFRF here

You’re invited to attend an FFRF Dinner Party hosted by FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor preceding the Reason Rally, at the elegant, Irish-run Phoenix Park Hotel, 520 N. Capitol St., N.W., Friday, March 23. Speakers will be Supreme Court victor Ellery Schempp of Schempp v. Abington, the 1963 case barring bible reading and devotional prayer in public schools, and Dan ("Friendly Neighborhood Atheist") Barker, an accomplished pianist and songwriter who will entertain at the piano. Ellery will talk on "The Real Assault Against Religious Liberty."


March 2012

March 3 -- Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dan Barker will talk about "How to be good without a god" to the Atheists, Agnostics and Freethinkers of Waterloo on Saturday, March 3, at 7:00 pm in Arts Lecture 113 (see 'AL' building on map) at the University of Waterloo. Contact Keith Christensen (226-747-4259).

March 2012

March 2 -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dan Barker will give an informal talk and participate in a discussion with students and audience members for the University of Toronto Secular Alliance on Friday, March 2nd, at 4:00 pm in room 240 of the main building at University College (University of Toronto -- see map). Address: 15 King's College Circle. Contact Mehdi Zabet (647-261-3784). 

March 2012

March 1 -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dan Barker will talk about "Losing Faith in Faith" at York University at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 1 on the Keele campus. The event, sponsored by FreeSAY (Freethinkers, Skeptics, and Atheists at York), will take place in Accolade West Building Room 109. The cost for the event will be $5 for York Students or $7 for Non Students. (Tickets are available for sale on freesay.wordpress.com.) Contact D'Arcy McNaughton.

February 2012

October 12-13, 2012 -- Portland, Oregon

35th Annual Freedom From Religion Foundation Convention! Join FFRF Oct. 12-13, in Portland, Ore. Confirmed speakers include: Richard Dawkins, mystery novelist Sara Paretsky, journalist Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children and Clergy Project “graduates,” Jerry DeWitt and Teresa MacBain. For more information visit: http://ffrf.org/outreach/convention/

February 2012

February 3, 2012 -- Iowa City, Iowa

Dan Barker will talk at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, on Friday, February 3, at 6:30 pm. The event, hosted by UI Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, and Freethinkers, will take place in the Pappajohn Business Building, room C125 (on Clinton and Market, across from the Pentacrest). Contact Asher Stuhlman.

February 2012

February 2, 2012 -- Pella, Iowa

Dan Barker will talk about "Losing Faith in Faith" and "Good Without God" at Central College in Pella, Iowa, on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 pm. [NOTE LOCATION CHANGE! No longer in the Maytag Student Center] The event, hosted by Central College Secular Student Alliance, will take place in Recital Hall in the Cox-Snow Music building (on University St., south of the Maytag building, bldg 10 on map). Contact SSA president Kendra Haack.

December 2011

December 17 -- Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dan Barker will speak at the Winter Solstice banquet for the Society of Ontario Freethinkers (SOFREE) On Saturday, December 17. Time: 6:30 pm (appetizers & drinks); 7:00 pm (dinner & entertainment). Location: King Street North near Highway 85 in Waterloo, Ontario (venue details provided with paid reservation). Program: "This year's festive event includes: catered dinner buffet (meat & vegetarian options), live music and engaging talks with guest speakers: DAN BARKER (co-president, Freedom from Religion Foundation) and CHRISTOPHER diCARLO (author of "How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Critical Thinker’s Guide to Asking the Right Questions"). PLUS: draw for complimentary membership, free parking, and all taxes included. For details, please see: www.sofree.ca. Advance tickets only. NO tickets at the door. Early bird prices to Dec. 7:  $30 (SOFREE members); $35 (non-members). Prices after Dec. 7: $35 (SOFREE members); $40 (non-members). Deadline for all reservations: Dec. 13

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