Very Big Atheist Conference of 2012 — Schedule and Speaker List Finalized!

The schedule and speaker list for the Very Big Atheist Conference of 2012 has been finalized! Set to be held in Devil’s Corner, Wisconsin, there are some very exciting sessions planned, and some of your favorite atheist bloggers, writers, and activists will be there. The 2011 conference sold out early — so be sure to get your tickets now!


Santa claus Noon – 1:00 pm
The Santa Delusion: Building the Next Generation of Atheists
Workshop for toddlers
Nosmo King
Co-sponsored by the Secular Pre-School Alliance

Jen mccreight boobquake 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
The 2012 Mayan Calendar, and How My Boobs Will Bring About The End of the World — This Time For Sure!
Jen McCreight

Goats_on_fire 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Atheism and Caprian Combustibility
Dr. David Mabus

American_Atheists_logo 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
American Atheists unveil new billboard campaign:
“Oh, Come On, You Can’t Possibly Believe This Stupid Bullshit”
David Silverman, president

Pz myers 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dinner and keynote address:
Look, I’m Sorry About The Whole Narwhal Thing, Okay?
PZ Myers

Martini 8:30-pm – 10:00 pm
Hosted by JT Eberhard, Rebecca Watson, and Jen McCreight

10:00 PM – 6:00 AM
Horizontal networking
Main hotel; specific locations TBD


Breakfast 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Breakfast with new friends
Hotel buffet
(Alternate breakout session: Awkward sneaking back to original rooms)

Richard dawkinsChristopher hitchensSam harrisDaniel dennett

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Diversity Panel: How Can Atheism Be More Welcoming to Women and People of Color?
Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett

Mt_st_helens_eruption Noon – 1:00 pm
Lunch; discussion of diversity panel

Debbie goddardAnthony pinnAmanda marcotteSikivu hutchinson

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Post-Diversity Panel Infuriated Smackdown
Debbie Goddard, Anthony Pinn, Amanda Marcotte, and Sikivu Hutchinson

Oops 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Post-Smackdown Defensive Excuses/ Sheepish Apologies/ Fervent Hopes That This Won’t Be The One Thing Anyone Remembers About The Conference
Conference organizers

Wildfire 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Dinner/ obsessive re-hashing of diversity panel kerfuffle/ crushing of conference organizers’ hopes
All attendees are welcome

Bar 8:30-pm – 10:00 pm
Serious, much-needed drinking
Hosted by JT Eberhard, Rebecca Watson, and Jen McCreight
(hosts subject to change in case of hangover)
Karaoke mandatory

10:00 PM – 6:00 AM
Horizontal networking — follow-up sessions
Main hotel; specific locations TBD: see previous day’s schedule for details
(Alternate breakout session: Awkward avoidance of eye contact with contacts from previous day’s session)


Cigarette_and_coffee_1 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Breakfast with new friends; exchanges of phone numbers; insincere promises to stay in touch after conference
Hotel buffet
(Alternate breakout session — see previous day’s schedule)

Jt eberhard 9:00 am – 10:00 am
How To Do An Inspiring And Hilarious Conference Presentation First Thing In The Morning After A Night Of Drunken Karaoke
JT Eberhard

Octagon 10:30 am – 11:30 pm
Should Atheism Be Falsifiable?
PZ Myers and Jerry Coyne
Death-match in the Octagon! Two philosophies enter — one philosophy leaves!

Intestine-diagram.svg Noon – 1:00 pm
Post death-match lunch. Feast on the entrails of the defeated.
Cookies and pop provided by Hemant “Friendly Atheist” Mehta

Hector avalos 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Why “Intelligent Design” Isn’t Science — And Why I Have To Waste My Valuable Time And Considerable Brainpower Making This Argument When It Should Be Obvious To A Freaking Ten Year Old
Hector Avalos

Greta 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Angry mob
Greta Christina, ringleader
BYO pitchfork

If you have suggestions for next year’s program, please make them in the comments. Hope to see you there!