Just a couple days after I got back from the Global Atheist Convention in Australia, I had to give a speech at Eastern Illinois University. My plane was delayed, and my driver was pulled over for speeding from Champagne to Charleston. So I arrived more than a half hour late to a crowded lecture room. There was no time to set up my own recording equipment. I didn’t even plug my laptop in. I ran off the battery and it shut off just a minute or so after into the QnA, which is included in this video.
A week later, at the Freethought Festival in Madison Wisconsin, Matt Dillahunty said on-stage, “I love me some student groups, but you guys and your time tables…”, complaining that it took so long to get recorded data from them. I can now attest to that too -as I just received the raw video yesterday from a talk that happened two months ago. No worries. It’s all good. There is also an edited glitch in the video where I think a small outburst was deleted. The talk was sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance, but the college gave extra-credit to any student who attended. So I found myself addressing a largely Christian crowd. This was also my most anti-Christian speech. It seems that several of the kids in attendance were -to their credit- normally very tolerant Christians, who may not have known what they were in for. There was a moment of mild protest from the normally quiet audience at one point.
I should also apologize that I had to be lame and simply read the speech out. That is not my usual practice, but I wrote it on two of the 13 planes I was on that month, and had no time for better preparation. Thankfully that didn’t seem to bother anyone in the live audience.