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Mar 09 2011

Greta’s Speaking Tour — Urbana/Champaign, Calgary, and Edmonton, March 10-13… and Brief Blog Break

Cfi poster

One last reminder: If you’re in Illinois or Alberta — specifically in Urbana/Champaign in Illinois, or in Calgary or Edmonton in Alberta, Canada — come hear me speak! I’m going to be doing a mini speaking tour, March 10-13, in these three cities. My stops will be at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; the University of Calgary; and the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

I’ll be speaking on the topic of “Atheism and Sexuality” to all three groups. Here’s the summary:

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?

I’ll be doing Q&A at every talk, so come prepared to grill me, ask me that question you’ve always wanted to ask, or just say howdy. The tour is being sponsored in part by the fabulous Secular Student Alliance. Here are the details:

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Issa 1LOCATION: UIUC, 319 Gregory Hall
TOPIC: Atheism and Sexuality
DATE: Thursday, March 10th
TIME: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
SPONSOR: Illini Secular Student Alliance, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
DURATION: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
COST: Free

CFILOCATION: University of Calgary, Earth Sciences building, Room 162
DATE: Saturday, March 12th
TIME: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
SPONSOR: Centre for Inquiry, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
TOPIC: Atheism and Sexuality
DURATION: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
COST: $10 general admission, $5.00 for students, free for Friends of the Centre for Inquiry and U of C Freethinkers

CFILOCATION: University of AlbertaETLC 2 – 001 (Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex, 2nd floor, room 001) (here’s a map — accessibility is with elevators through the front entrance on the right side, for those who may need them)
DATE: Sunday, March 13th
TIME: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
SPONSOR: Centre for Inquiry, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (here’s their Facebook page and meetup page)
TOPIC: Atheism and Sexuality
DURATION: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
COST: $5.00

Hope to see you there! (And do check out the amazing poster they put together for the Calgary talk. It’s the image at the top of the post. Click to enlarge. I am so proud I could bust.)

And I probably won’t be blogging very much while I’m away. I know, I’m a blog-tease. I get you all excited about my ideas, and then leave you hanging. I’ll be back next week, I promise. See you soon!

2 comments

  1. 1
    intransigentia

    Totally looking forward to seeing you in Edmonton!

  2. 2
    Kendall Curle

    Hi Greta,
    I was grateful to have heard you speak in Calgary. Your candid, funny, and well researched topic, contain words and ideas, more of the world should hear.Thank you for sharing. I hope to see you again some day.
    Kendall

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