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Sep 05 2010

Greta’s Pacific NW Speaking Tour, Sept. 9-13 — And Brief Blog Break

ANOTHER IMPORTANT UPDATE! There will be a reception after the University of British Columbia talk, on Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Railway Club at 579 Dunsmuir Street, from 9pm until midnight. It’s open to the public.

IMPORTANT UPDATES! The location for the Reed College talk has been changed! See below for details. And we’re working on a last-minute event in Seattle: the details aren’t set yet, but it looks like it’s going to be on Sunday, Sept. 12, in the early evening. It’ll probably be a more informal hanging-out/ Q&A session rather than a formal talk. I’ll post the exact where and when and other details as soon as I have them.

GretaJust a reminder: If you’re in the Pacific Northwest — specifically in the Portland, Seattle, or Vancouver, BC areas — come hear me speak! I’m going to be doing a speaking tour, September 9-13, at various college and university campuses in the Pacific Northwest, including Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia… and my alma mater, Reed College! I’ll be speaking on a number of different topics, including “Diversity in the Atheist Movement,” “Atheism and Sexuality,” and “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?” I’ll be doing Q&A at every talk, so come prepared to grill me… or just come by and say howdy. The tour is being sponsored by the amazing Secular Student Alliance. Here are the details:

LOCATION: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada
AQ 3005 (Academic Quadrangle)
TIME: 2:30 – 4:30 pm
SPONSORS: SFU Skeptics
TOPIC: Atheism and Sexuality. The sexual morality of traditional religion tends to be based, not on solid ethical principles, but on a set of taboos about what kinds of sex God does and doesn’t want people to have. And while the sex-positive community offers a more thoughtful view of sexual morality, it still often frames sexuality as positive by seeing it as a spiritual experience. What are some atheist alternatives to these views? How can atheists view sexual ethics without a belief in God? And how can atheists view sexual transcendence without a belief in the supernatural?

LOCATION: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
WOOD 3 (lecture hall 3 in the Woodward building; here’s a map)
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
SPONSORS: UBC Freethinkers Club
TOPIC: Diversity in the Atheist Movement. The most visible representatives of the atheist movement tend to be white men. Is this a problem? If so, should the atheist movement be doing something about it — and if so, what?

EVENT: Reception after UBC talk
LOCATION: Railway Club
579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
TIME: 9:00 pm – midnight
SPONSORS: UBC Freethinkers Club and SFU Skeptics
TOPIC: Beer

LOCATION: Seattle. Somewhere.
TIME: Don’t know yet.
SPONSORS: Seattle Atheists.

LOCATION: Reed College, Portland, OR
Psych 105 Bio 19 lecture hall (new location!)
TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 (possibly ending later if Q&A is going well)
SPONSORS: Reed Secular Alliance
TOPIC: Why Are You Atheists So Angry? The atheist movement is often accused of being driven by anger. Is this assessment accurate? What are so many atheists so angry about? Is this anger legitimate? And can anger be an effective force behind a movement for social change?

Hope to see you there!

And I’m going to be taking a break from the blog while I’m gone — including from the Atheist Memes of the Day. I may post something now and then if I have time and get inspired, but while inspiration will almost certainly not be lacking, time almost certainly will. I’ll be blogging again after I get back on the 14th. See you then!

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    Amanda

    And don’t forget, there will be a free reception after the UBC talk in Vancouver downtown at The Railway Club! Come afterwards to drink and make merry!

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