I’m going to be speaking in North Carolina this week — in Fayetteville on May 2, and in Raleigh on May 3. The Fayetteville event is being sponsored by M*A*S*H: Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg’s group of Military Atheists & Secular Humanists. The Raleigh event is part of the National Day of Reason 2012, being sponsored by the Triangle Freethought Foundation: it’s a full day with lots of different events, and I’m honored to be speaking along with Dan Barker and Amanda Knief.
The topics will be “Coming Out: What Can the Godless Learn From the Queers?” and “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?” All events are free and open to the public. If you’re in or near North Carolina, I hope to see you there!
DATE: Wednesday, May 2
TIME: 6:30 pm
LOCATION: Cliffdale Regional Library, 6882 Cliffdale Road, Fayetteville, NC
EVENT/HOSTS: M*A*S*H: Fort Bragg
TOPIC: Coming Out: What Can the Godless Learn From the Queers?
SUMMARY: Coming out is the most powerful political act atheists can take. And the LGBT community has decades of experience — in coming out ourselves, and in encouraging each other to come out. What can atheists learn about coming out from the LGBT movement? And what are the differences between coming out atheist and coming out queer — and what can we learn from those differences?
COST: Free, and open to the public
DATE: Thursday, May 3
EVENT/HOSTS: National Day of Reason 2012, Triangle Freethought Foundation
TIME AND LOCATION: This is a full day, with lots of events in different locations. The chief events will be a rally at the Capitol Grounds in Raleigh NC, from 11:45 – 1:00 pm, and a mini-conference with talks and stuff from 3:30 – 5:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh NC, Founder’s Hall. I’m speaking at both the rally and the conference. There will also be a free pancake breakfast, lobby training, participation in a humanist soup kitchen, lunch, and a dinner/ celebration/ fundraiser. Check the schedule for details.
TOPICS: Why Are You Atheists So Angry? (rally); Coming Out: What Can the Godless Learn From the Queers? (mini-conference)
SUMMARY: Why Are You Atheists So Angry? The atheist movement is often accused of being driven by anger. 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?
Coming Out: What Can the Godless Learn From the Queers? See above
COST: Most events are free, some are not — check the schedule to find out. The rally and mini-conference are both free.
Hope to see you there!