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November 19-21, 2021
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116
617-426-2000


Brian BoltonBRIAN BOLTON

Brian Bolton has endowed a secular studies professorship at the University of Texas in Austin, the Brian F. Bolton Distinguished Professorship in Secular Studies. Brian is a retired academic psychologist with a background in mathematics, statistics and psychometrics. His contributions in psychological measurement, personality assessment and rehabilitation psychology have been recognized by universities and psychological societies. He has 10 edited and authored 10 books include Handbook of Measurement and Evaluation in Rehabilitation. He is a licensed psychologist, Humanist minister, Karate black belt, and Distinguished Toastmaster. The executive wing of FFRF’s Freethought Hall is named for Brian Bolton, and for 11 years he has personally underwritten FFRF’s essay contest for grad/older students, with up to $10,000 prize money. He is helping to underwrite a bible accountability project with FFRF, which will be publishing Brian’s new book, Why the Bible is Not a Good Book, this year.


Ben Hart IM GODBEN HART

Ben Hart will receive a Freethinker of the Year Award as the major plaintiff in FFRF’s and ACLU-Kentucky’s successful lawsuit after the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet denied Ben his requested license plate reading “IM GOD.” This federal lawsuit ended in 2020 after more than three years. Ben has been married to his school sweetheart for over 50 years and is retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Although raised in a religious family, he began to question religion as a child and now identifies as an atheist. He first put up his personalized “IM GOD” license plate in Ohio, where plates carry the state motto, “One Nation Under God.” In Kentucky, standard license plates proclaim: “In God We Trust.”


SIKIVU HUTCHINSON

Sikivu Hutchinson, Ph.D. is an educator, author, playwright and director. She received her doctorate from New York University and is the author of Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los Angeles, Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars, Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels and the novel White Nights, Black Paradise, on Peoples Temple and the 1978 Jonestown massacre. She also wrote, directed and produced a short film of White Nights, Black Paradise. Her short plays Grinning Skull and Narcolepsy, Inc. were featured in the Robey Theatre’s 2017 Paul Robeson Festival and the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. She has contributed chapters to The Oxford Handbook of Secularism and Gender and Planning from Rutgers University and her articles have been published in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, The Humanist Magazine and the L.A. Times. 

She is a contributing editor for The Feminist Wire and the founder of the Women’s Leadership Project, a feminist mentoring program for girls of color in South L.A. as well as Black Skeptics Los Angeles. In 2016, she was a keynote speaker at the Mandela and Kathrada Foundations’ Anti-Racism Network conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her most recent novel is Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretic: The Life and Times of Rory Tharpe.

Hutchinson will recieve FFRF's "Freethought Heroine" Award.


Megan Phelps RoperMEGAN PHELPS-ROPER

Megan Phelps-Roper is a speaker, advocate and author of the new bestselling book Unfollow: On Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church.

Phelps-Roper was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church, the Topeka, Kansas church known internationally for its daily public protests against members of the LGBTQ community, Jews, other Christians, the military and countless others. Starting at five-years-old, she participated in the picketing almost daily and spearheaded the use of social media in the church. Dialogue with "enemies" online proved instrumental in her deradicalization, and she left the church and her entire way of life in November 2012. Since then she has become an advocate for people and ideas she was taught to despise — especially the value of empathy in dialogue with people across ideological lines. In addition to her new book, Phelps-Roper gave a powerful TEDTalk on her experience leaving the grip of the church, which has been viewed more than 5 million times.

Phelps-Roper will receive the $10,000 “Henry Zumach Freedom From Religious Fundamentalism” Award and sign copies of her new book.


GLORIA STEINEM

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality.

Steinem, who’s been billed as “the world’s most famous feminist,” is a journalist who co-founded Ms. Magazine in 1972, helped establish the Women’s Action Alliance, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Women’s Media Center, and was president of Voters for Choice, a political action committee, for 25 years. She is the founder of the Ms. Foundation for Women, Take our Daughters to Work Day, and many other initiatives. Her books include the bestsellers Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, Marilyn: Norma Jean and My Life on the Road.

Steinem will receive FFRF’s “Forward” Award, which is reserved for those who are moving society forward. The award includes a statuette designed by world-renowned sculptor Zenos Frudakis. Steinem has previously been named Humanist of the Year.


KATHERINE STEWART

Katherine Stewart is the author of The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism (Bloomsbury). She writes about religion, politics, policy and conflicts over the separation of church and state for The New York Times opinion section, The New Republic, the New York Review of Books, American Prospect, The Advocate, the Guardian and others. She is also the author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children. In 2014 she was named Person of the Year by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Stewart will speak on her book The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism and will interview Margaret Atwood.


David TamayoDAVID TAMAYO

David Tamayo is cofounder and president of Hispanic American Freethinkers in 2010, which is the first and only national Latino 501(c)(3) educational organization of its kind. He was Vice President of the Reason Rally 2016, former host of the TV Show “Road to Reason – A Skeptic’s Guide to the 21st Century, founding Board Director of Camp Quest- Chesapeake, and host of Contrapuntos Podcast (debates with preachers, science deniers, and other interesting personalities in Spanish). David is the Chief Information Officer for DCS Corporation, a large aerospace engineering company in Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science from George Washington University, and a Master in Management in Information Technology from University of Virginia.


DAVID WILLIAMSON

David Williamson is co-founder of the Central Florida Freethought Community (CFFC), an organization of atheists and Humanists fighting for the separation between state and church and building a thriving secular community in the Greater Orlando area. David also serves locally on the Central Florida Commission on Religious Freedom and the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. He is Secretary of the Florida Humanist Association and co-coordinator of the organization’s biennial conference, FREEFLO. David serves two national organizations: the Advisory Board of the Freethought Equality Fund and as Florida State Representative for the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Williamson and other winning plaintiffs in the Brevard Co. lawsuit will accept FFRF's Freethinker of the Year Award.


PHIL ZUCKERMAN

Phil ZuckermanPhil Zuckerman is the author of several books, including What It Means to be Moral (Counterpoint, 2019) The Nonreligious (Oxford, 2016), Living the Secular Life (Penguin, 2014), Faith No More (Oxford, 2012), and Society Without God (NYU, 2008), and the editor of several volumes, including The Oxford Handbook of Secularism (2016) and The Social Theory of W.E.B. Du Bois (2004). He is the Associate Dean as well as Professor of Sociology at Pitzer College, and the founding chair of the nation’s first Secular Studies Program. He blogs for Psychology Today. He lives in Claremont, California, with his wife and three children.

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2020 NATIONAL CONVENTION CANCELED —
JOIN US IN BOSTON IN NOVEMBER 2021 FOR A FABULOUS POST-PANDEMIC CELEBRATION!

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November 19-21, 2021
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116
617-426-2000


Due to the coronavirus pandemic and safety concerns, the FFRF 2020 convention scheduled for San Antonio this November has had to be postponed. Don’t worry — we plan to hold a fabulous post-pandemic celebration — including the major lineup advertised for this year — in Boston at the Boston Plaza Hotel over the weekend of Friday, November 19 - Sunday, November 21, 2021.

We are excited to conduct our first online annual membership meeting this fall, followed by an online State Representatives meeting. The membership meeting will include some fun items, highlights of the year and legal accomplishments.

If you reserved a room at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio using the FFRF room bloc, your reservation will be automatically canceled. (If you reserved a room through other means, on dates not included in the room block or at another area hotel, please be sure to double-check or cancel directly.)

All registration fees will be refunded by FFRF as soon as possible (unless you prefer to donate it as a gift, deductible for income-tax purposes). FFRF will be reaching out soon to everyone who has previously registered for the convention.

We appreciate your patience, and look forward to “meeting” with you at our annual membership meeting later this year. Stay tuned for details! And see you in Boston at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, in Boston, on November 19-21, 2021.

Photo used with permission of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

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Convention Notice 2020

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FFRF has temporarily suspended registration. We are in the midst of determining whether our 2020 National Convention can be held as planned. We recommend that you postpone making hotel or flight reservations at this time. Please check back, we will post our final decision soon.

If the convention is canceled, all registrations, meals and reception costs will be refunded. If you’ve already reserved your room, please note that reservations at the hotel convention site may be cancelled up to 48 hours before your first night’s reservation.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

Hyatt Recency Texas

November 13-15, 2020

Hyatt Regency San Antonio
123 Losoya
San Antonio, Texas, 78205
210-451-6200


FFRF has temporarily suspended registration. We are in the midst of determining whether our 2020 National Convention can be held as planned. We recommend that you postpone making hotel or flight reservations at this time. Please check back, we will post our final decision soon.

If the convention is canceled, all registrations, meals and reception costs will be refunded. If you’ve already reserved your room, please note that reservations at the hotel convention site may be cancelled up to 48 hours before your first night’s reservation.

Thank you for your understanding.


Gloria Steinem, Margaret Atwood, John Irving to headline FFRF’s fabulous 2020 national convention!

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to announce that acclaimed author John Irving will be joining the line-up for its annual convention in San Antonio in mid-November. Irving, author of many bestsellers, including The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules, will be receiving FFRF’s Emperor Has No Clothes Award, reserved for public figures who “tell it like it is” about religion. The award is being given for such remarks as this statement in his June 2019 New York Times op-ed: “Freedom of religion in the United States also means freedom from religion.”

Irving has won the National Book Award, O. Henry Award, Oscar for best adapted screenplay, Lambda Literary Award and Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. He will give the Saturday night keynote following the banquet dinner at 8:30 p.m. and sign books afterward.

Irving joins other honorees feminist icon Gloria Steinem and literary giant Margaret Atwood. Both will receive FFRF’s “Forward” Award, which is reserved for those who are moving society forward. The award includes a statuette designed by world-renowned sculptor Zenos Frudakis. There will also be an optional VIP Reception for each of these honorees.

The convention takes place the weekend of Nov. 13-15, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the famed Riverwalk. FFRF expects the convention to be a sell-out so we encourage you to register with FFRF now for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Steinem, Atwood and Irving all in one venue, and book your hotel rooms as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

FFRF registration is only $60 per FFRF member, $65 companion accompanying member, $115 nonmember (or save money by joining for $40). Children through high school are free and the college student rate is $10.

Make your room reservations directly at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio, 123 Losoya, by phoning 210-451-6200. Rates are: $205 (single/double occupancy), $215 (triple/quad occupancy), not including state and local taxes. Indicate you’re with the “Freedom From Religion Foundation” bloc. Book your hotel here

The convention formally opens at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 14, with membership and State Representative meetings Sunday morning concluding by noon. See the general schedule. Registration will open Friday morning with optional early-bird workshops starting at 11 a.m. (Stay tuned for more details.) Plan to come early or stay late if you want to sightsee in this exotic locale. The hotel is less than five minutes from the Alamo and many other attractions.

Steinem will take part in a conversation with FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor on Friday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m., breaking for audience questions. She will then sign copies of her newest book, The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off! from 4-4:30 p.m. at a private reception, a fundraiser for FFRF. The reception is limited to the first 50 individuals who sign up for the $500 private event, which includes a copy of the book. (Most of the ticket price, which helps defray FFRF’s costs, is deductible for income-tax purposes.)

Billed as “the world’s most famous feminist,” Steinem is a journalist who co-founded Ms. Magazine in 1972, helped found the Women’s Action Alliance, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Women’s Media Center, and was president of Voters for Choice, a political action committee, for 25 years. She is the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, Take our Daughters to Work Day, and many other initiatives. Her books include the bestsellers Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, Marilyn: Norma Jean and My Life on the Road.

A life-long reproductive rights activist, Steinem quips: “Do not hang out any place where they won’t let you laugh, including churches and temples.”

“An Evening with Margaret Atwood” will take place Friday night, to include a conversation with journalist Katherine Stewart, who will be speaking herself on Saturday (see below).

Atwood has agreed to sign books after her talk. The book signing will be followed by a private reception. Those signing up, also a $500 fundraiser for FFRF, will receive a copy of Atwood’s new and much-lauded The Testaments, which won the 2019 Booker Prize and is a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. (Most of the ticket price, which helps defray FFRF’s costs, is deductible for income-tax purposes.)

Atwood is the author of more than 50 volumes of fiction, poetry, children’s literature, and nonfiction. Her best-known novels include The Edible Woman, The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, which is being adapted into an HBO TV series by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. A serialized adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has received 13 Emmy nominations and eight awards including for Best Drama.

“Every totalitarian government on the planet has always taken a very great interest in women’s reproductive rights,” says Atwood. Both women have previously been named Humanists of the Year.

Speakers already confirmed to join that illustrious line-up include:

• Secular studies professor and pioneer Phil Zuckerman, the author of several books, including What It Means to be Moral (Counterpoint, 2019) The Nonreligious (Oxford, 2016), Living the Secular Life (Penguin, 2014), Faith No More (Oxford, 2012), and Society Without God (NYU, 2008), and the editor of several volumes, including The Oxford Handbook of Secularism (2016) and The Social Theory of W.E.B. Du Bois (2004). He is the Associate Dean as well as Professor of Sociology at Pitzer College, and the founding chair of the nation’s first Secular Studies Program.

• Journalist and author Katherine Stewart. In addition to conducting the on-stage interview with Margaret Atwood, Stewart will talk about her new forthcoming book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism. She is also the author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children. In 2014, she was named Person of the Year by Americans United for her coverage of religion, politics, policy and state/church conflicts.

• Black Skeptics Los Angeles founder, novelist and activist Sikivu Hutchinson, Ph.D., will be receiving FFRF’s Freethought Heroine Award. Hutchinson is an educator, author, playwright and director. Her books include Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars (2011), Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels (2013) and the novel White Nights, Black Paradise (2015) on the Peoples Temple and the 1978 Jonestown massacre. She also wrote, directed and produced a short film of “White Nights, Black Paradise.”

• Professor emeritus Brian Bolton will speak on his forthcoming book, Why the Bible Is Not a Good Book. Bolton has recently endowed a secular professorship at the University of Texas at Austin, the first such chair in a public university system. A Lifetime Member for whom the executive wing of FFRF’s office building is named, Bolton also underwrites the annual FFRF graduate essay competition (over $15,000 annually), and FFRF’s Bible Accountability Project.

• FFRF member and state/church activist Ben Hart. The octogenarian just won a federal lawsuit, brought by FFRF and the ACLU of Kentucky, establishing his right to place an irreverent license plate on his Kentucky vehicle. He had had the same words “IMGOD” on his Ohio license plate, but the state of Kentucky refused to issue him a license plate with those words, rebuking his word choice. The lawsuit, which took more than two years, concluded with a court ruling in his favor in late 2019. He was finally issued his license plate in January 2020.

Other speakers and honorees who will be featured at the convention will be announced at this site and in Freethought Today, FFRF’s newspaper.

The conference will include three optional meals: a Friday night buffet reception, the untraditional tradition of a “Nonprayer Breakfast” Saturday morning and the Saturday night banquet dinner. FFRF will provide complimentary snacks and beverages during several breaks, including our usual dessert and hot beverage reception concluding the opening evening on Friday. The conference includes a little music at the piano by FFRF Co-President Dan Barker, legal workshops and reports by FFRF attorneys, a brief “highlights of the year” by the co-presidents, FFRF book and sales tables with book signings for authors, and the popular drawing for “clean,” pre-“In God We Trust” currency, which takes place after Saturday’s dinner.

Pre-registration with FFRF ends on Oct. 31, 2020.


Making worry-free convention arrangements

If you are concerned about how uncertainty over the coronavirus may affect plans for FFRF's late November convention, worry no more! It’s full-speed ahead at FFRF with convention planning at present.

However, if it were to become incumbent upon FFRF to cancel the convention due to the coronavirus, your registration with FFRF would be fully refunded. Hotel reservations at the convention hotel site can be canceled up to 48 hours of your first night’s reservation.

If you are traveling by air and like to book ahead, FFRF recommends either booking a refundable ticket and/or purchasing specific flight insurance that covers such cancellations. Most carriers offer a refundable/re-bookable ticket at a level beyond basic. Ask if you are not sure.


Important flight info

Air travelers will need REAL ID-compliant licenses or other acceptable forms of ID, such as a valid passport, in order to fly. However, due to concerns about COVID-19, the REAL ID deadline has been extended. Visit your state’s driver’s licensing agency website to find out exactly what documentation is required to obtain a REAL ID.

Note: FFRF always encourages members making flight arrangements to attend FFRF conventions to either purchase refundable tickets, or purchase flight insurance, for maximum protection.

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Thursday, August 20 Dinner - $80 including tax and gratuity

Dinner Salad: Mixed greens, red & yellow teardrop tomatoes, Mozzarella ciliegine & basil pesto vinaigrette

Choice of 2 entrees:

Mushroom & Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breast
Slow roasted mushroom and ricotta stuffed chicken breast with caramelized garlic mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus bundle and natural pan jus. Gluten-free.

OR

Vegetable Wellington
Seasonal vegetables in golden puff pastry with Parmesan risotto and roasted red pepper coulis. This is vegetarian.

Vegan chef’s choice or veggie/vegan gluten-free options available.

Dessert: Chocolate and Grand Marnier Crème Brulee

Friday, August 21 Lunch - included with all-day conference fee of $150

Backyard barbecue:
Coleslaw; macaroni salad (with ham, bell peppers, celery and red onion); Romaine Caesar salad with Parmesan and toasted croutons; hickory smoked barbecue pulled pork with soft rolls; buttermilk fried chicken; brown sugar baked potatoes; grilled corn on the cob; buttermilk biscuits with whipped honey butter; seasonal fruit pies with whipped Chantilly cream.

Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-free options.

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General Schedule - Centennial Suffrage Conference

Thursday, August 20

5:30 PM
  Registration Opens

6 PM
  Social Half Hour

6 PM
  Dinner

8 PM
  Opening Keynote with Eleanor Clift
    Book signing to follow

Friday, August 21

8 AM
  Registration Opens

9 AM
  Conference Opens

NOON
  Lunch, possibly followed by entertainment

1:30 PM
  Conference Resumes

5 PM
  Conference Ends

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Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle, NW
Washington DC 20005

Information will continue to be updated approaching the convention date.

Rooms for Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 21 are being held through July 20, 2020, at the rate of $119 single, $129 double, $139 triple (plus tax).

Please reference “Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary” when making reservations directly at 202/842-1300 or 800/424-1140. You may make reservations online directly at: http://ffrf.us/suffragehotel.

Requests for rooms received after the July 20 cut-off date will be accepted on space and rate available basis, so please plan ahead. Rates apply three days pre and post contracted meeting dates based on availability. Individual reservations must cancel no later than 3 p.m., 72 hours prior to the arrival date to avoid cancellation charges.

Check-in is 3 p.m. and checkout time is 12 noon. Luggage storage is available.

Parking for overnight guests is $37 self-park, $42 valet, $20 per day (maximum of 10 hours) for day guests. Overnight parking rates are subject to 18% tax.

The hotel is conveniently located three blocks from the McPherson Metro (orange/blue line) station.

Amenities include:

  • 10 Thomas Restaurant, open 6:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. M-Sat.
  • Outdoor pool
  • Well-equipped business center
  • Fitness Center
  • International Lounge (Bar), open 2:30 p.m. - Midnight

Room amenities include:

  • Complimentary Internet Access
  • Hairdryer
  • Flat Screen HDTV
  • In-room safe
  • Premium movie channels & Pay-per-view
  • Coffee maker/Tea service
  • Mini-fridge
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Alarm clock
  • Non-smoking hotel
  • Nightly turn down with bottled water
  • Room service
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Speakers

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 More speakers will continue to be added.

CHRISTOPHER CAMERON

Christopher Cameron is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is also the founder and past president of the African American Intellectual History Society. He received his B.A. in History from Keene State College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cameron's research and teaching interests include early American history, the history of slavery and abolition, and American religious and intellectual history. Cameron is the author of To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement (Kent State University Press, 2014) and Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism (Northwestern University Press, 2019).


ELEANOR CLIFT

Eleanor Clift is a columnist for the Daily Beast, an online publication where she writes about politics and culture. She was formerly with Newsweek, where she covered the White House and was a key member of the magazine's election team.

Clift is best known as a panelist on the syndicated talk show, “The McLaughlin Group,” which returned to public television in January 2020 after a long hiatus following the death of host and creator, John McLaughlin. Clift appears frequently on MSNBC and offers insights each Friday on the Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius XM Satellite radio. She has appeared as herself in several movies, including "Dave," "Independence Day," "Murder at 1600," and the CBS show, "Murphy Brown."

She has authored or co-authored several books including Selecting a President, Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics, Madam President: Blazing the Leadership Trail and War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics.


SUSAN JACOBY

Susan Jacoby is a journalist and author of 12 books, including The Age of American Unreason, The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought and Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism. Jacoby has worked as a reporter for The Washington Post. Her reviews, articles and essays appear in a wide variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The American Prospect, and The Daly Beast. She has been a recipient of many awards and grants from the National Endowment for the umanities and the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations. She serves on the honorary boards of both FFRF and CFI.

Jacoby will speak on: “Up from Sanctity: Why Religion Holds Women Back.”

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Area Attractions

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FFRF has temporarily suspended registration. We are in the midst of determining whether our 2020 National Convention can be held as planned. We recommend that you postpone making hotel or flight reservations at this time. Please check back, we will post our final decision soon.

If the convention is canceled, all registrations, meals and reception costs will be refunded. If you’ve already reserved your room, please note that reservations at the hotel convention site may be cancelled up to 48 hours before your first night’s reservation.

Thank you for your understanding.


SHOPPING AND DINING

Market Square (1.2 miles away)

The three-block outdoor plaza includes more than 100 shops and stalls and is recognized as the largest Mexican market in the United States. Discover authentic regional food, unique curios, iconic Talavera pottery, and lively musical entertainment.

Direction from the hotel.

Pearl (1.6 miles away)
This mixed-use redevelopment of the historic City Brewery brings together great dining, distinctive shops, and laid-back public spaces. It also hosts the third campus of the Culinary Institute of America and a year-round farmers market.

Directions from the hotel.

La Villita (0.4 miles away)

Named a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, this "little village" features cobblestone streets and 18th-century buildings. Today, it's a creative hub with boutiques offering jewelry, clothing, and art by local artisans.

Directions from the hotel.

Esquire Tavern (0.4 miles away)

Open since 1933, this spot holds the records for oldest River Walk bar and longest wooden bar top in Texas (more than 100 feet). The James Beard Award nominee exudes nostalgia from the Prohibition era, serving handcrafted cocktails and hearty food.

Directions from the hotel.

CULTURE AND HISTORY

San Antonio River Walk (0.0 miles away)

This shaded oasis lined with shops and eateries lies just below street level and connects many of the city's attractions. Explore the city on foot, enjoy an alfresco meal, or hop on a barge for a tour. The convention hotel offers direct access to get started.

Direction from the hotel.

The Alamo (0.1 miles away)

Built in the 18th century by Spanish missionaries, the compound later housed a military unit and was the site of a historic battle in 1836 during the Texas Revolution. You can tour the buildings and gardens and see artifacts from its storied past.

Directions from the hotel.

King William Historic District (0.7 miles away)

The 25-block area just south of downtown features stately homes in Victorian, Greek revival, and Italianate styles originally built by German immigrants in the mid-1800s. The San Antonio Conservation Society provides self-guided tour information.

Directions from the hotel.

San Antonio Missions National Park (8.0 miles away)

Named a UNESCO World Heritage site along with the Alamo, the park connects four Spanish missions on eight miles of walking and bike trails. The buildings range from fully renovated to unrestored, for a fascinating look into Texas history and culture.

Directions from the hotel.

MUSEUMS AND FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) (1.2 miles away)

Occupying the stately former Lone Star Brewery complex along the Riverwalk, the museum's collection covers 5,000 years and many areas of the globe, including Latin American art, from the ancient Americas to the present, and contemporary Texas work.

Directions from the hotel.

The Witte Museum (5.4 miles away)

Located in expansive Brackenridge Park, this family-friendly museum of science, history, and culture covers all things Texas, from the dinosaurs who roamed the area, to the Pecos hunter-gatherers, to more recent artifacts and present-day wildlife.

Directions from the hotel.

San Antonio Zoo (5.4 miles away)

The zoo houses more than 3,500 animals representing 750 species and offers up-close experiences with select wildlife, including hippos, giraffes, tortoises, and more. Kids will love the zoo train and carousel decorated with hand-painted animals.

Directions from the hotel.

San Antonio Botanical Garden (6.0 miles away)

The 38-acre park offers a year-round sanctuary, and it makes a great picnic spot. Stroll through themed areas, including an authentic Japanese garden and native plants from the East Texas piney woods, Hill Country, and South Texas.

Directions from the hotel.


Important flight info

Air travelers will need REAL ID-compliant licenses or other acceptable forms of ID, such as a valid passport, in order to fly. However, due to concerns about COVID-19, the REAL ID deadline has been extended. Visit your state’s driver’s licensing agency website to find out exactly what documentation is required to obtain a REAL ID.

Note: FFRF always encourages members making flight arrangements to attend FFRF conventions to either purchase refundable tickets, or purchase flight insurance, for maximum protection.

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Receptions

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Hyatt Recency Texas

November 13-15, 2020

Hyatt Regency San Antonio
123 Losoya
San Antonio, Texas, 78205
210-451-6200


FFRF has temporarily suspended registration. We are in the midst of determining whether our 2020 National Convention can be held as planned. We recommend that you postpone making hotel or flight reservations at this time. Please check back, we will post our final decision soon.

If the convention is canceled, all registrations, meals and reception costs will be refunded. If you’ve already reserved your room, please note that reservations at the hotel convention site may be cancelled up to 48 hours before your first night’s reservation.

Thank you for your understanding.


Friday VIP Book Signing/Fundraiser with Gloria Steinem (4:00-4:30 PM) - $500.00

“A Conversation with Gloria Steinem,” the feminist icon, activist and bestselling author, will take place Friday at 3 p.m. Exclusive book signing for a limited number of attendees who will receive Ms. Steinem’s most recent book, The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off! Thoughts on Life, Love, and Rebellion. A legal Q&A with FFRF attorneys will take place concurrently for those who don’t attend the Steinem event. A portion of the ticket price is a tax-deductible, charitable contribution to FFRF.

Friday VIP Dessert Reception/Fundraiser with Margaret Atwood (9:15-10:15 PM) - $500.00

“An Evening with Margaret Atwood,” the bestselling novelist whose novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, has become a modern secular parable, will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Atwood will do a 45-minute book signing, to be followed by a private reception. The ticket to the reception will include Atwood’s Booker Prize-winning Handmaid’s Tale sequel, The Testaments. A portion of the reception cost is a tax-deductible, charitable contribution to FFRF.


Important flight info

Air travelers will need REAL ID-compliant licenses or other acceptable forms of ID, such as a valid passport, in order to fly. However, due to concerns about COVID-19, the REAL ID deadline has been extended. Visit your state’s driver’s licensing agency website to find out exactly what documentation is required to obtain a REAL ID.

Note: FFRF always encourages members making flight arrangements to attend FFRF conventions to either purchase refundable tickets, or purchase flight insurance, for maximum protection.

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