Greta Speaking in San Francisco, Denver, SF Again, Salt Lake City, and Lakeland, FL!


UPDATE: The second San Francisco event on Sept. 8 has been postponed to January 13.

Hi, all! I have some speaking gigs and conferences coming up in August and September — in San Francisco, in Denver at the Atheist Alliance of America conference, in San Francisco again (different topic this time!), in Salt Lake City at the Sextravaganza event put on by SHIFT (the University of Utah’s secular student group), and in Lakeland, Florida at the Humanists of Florida Association Annual Conference. I’ll be speaking on Atheism and Sexuality, What the GLTB Movement Teaches the Atheist Movement, and Coming Out Atheist: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other Do It, And Why. If you’re in any of these towns, come by to hear me speak, buy my books, and say howdy! Details are below the jump.

CITY: San Francisco, CA
DATE: Saturday, Aug. 25
TIME: 4:30 pm
LOCATION: Schroeder’s Restaurant, 240 Front St., San Francisco, rear dining room (near Embarcadero BART)
EVENT/ HOSTS: San Francisco Atheists
TOPIC: Atheism and Sexuality
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?
COST: Free (although attendees are generally expected to buy food and/or drink) and open to the public

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CITY: Denver, CO
DATE: Friday Aug. 31 – Saturday Sept. 3
TIME: All day conference
LOCATION: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Denver, CO
EVENT/ HOSTS: Ascent of Atheism — Atheist Alliance of America conference
OTHER SPEAKERS/ PRESENTERS: PZ Myers, Taslima Nasrin, Dan Barker, Jamila Bey, Jessica Ahlquist, Hemant Mehta, Tony Pinn, Eugenie Scott, Matt Dillahunty, AronRa, Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C., Mikey Weinstein, Victor Stenger, Avelina Espinosa, The Godless Bitches, and more!
TOPIC OF MY TALK: What the GLTB Movement Teaches the Atheist Movement
SUMMARY: The atheist movement is already modeling itself on the LGBT movement in many ways — most obviously with its focus on coming out of the closet. What else can the atheist movement learn from the LGBT movement… both from its successes and its failures?
PLUS: I’ll be doing a live podcast interview with the Godless Bitches!
ALSO PLUS: Child care will be provided for all children, with Camp Quest available for kids over 6.
ALSO ALSO PLUS: On the Monday after the conference proper, there’ll be a mountain picnic and hike, with both adult and kid’s levels of hiking. Transportation provided.
COST: $25 – $325. Student rates available. See website for details. Open to the public.

Ascent of Atheism has a cool promo video, too:

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UPDATE: This event has been postponed to January 13.

CITY: San Francisco, CA
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 8
TIME: 3:00 pm
LOCATION: Audre Lorde Room (Upstairs), Women’s Building, 3543 18th (at Valencia), San Francisco, CA (near 16th & Mission BART)
EVENT/ HOSTS: Atheist Advocates of San Francisco
TOPIC: TBA
COST: $6.00. Open to the public.

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SHIFT: Secular Humanism, Inquiry and Freethought logo

CITY: Salt Lake City, UT
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 15
TIME: Three-speaker Sextravaganza event starts at 3:00 pm
LOCATION: Orson Spencer Hall Auditorium on the University of Utah campus (the building just south of the Union Building), Salt Lake City, UT
EVENT/ HOSTS: Sextravaganza!, organized by SHIFT: Secular Humanism, Inquiry and Freethought, University of Utah
OTHER SPEAKERS/ PRESENTERS: Dr. Darrel Ray and Dr. Lisa Diamond.
TOPIC: Atheism and Sexuality
SUMMARY: See above
COST: Free, and open to the public

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CITY: Lakeland, FL
DATE: Friday Sept. 28 – Sunday Sept. 30
TIME: All-day conference
LOCATION: Hilton Garden Inn, 3839 Don Emerson Drive, Lakeland, FL
EVENT/ HOSTS: Humanists of Florida Association Annual Conference — Humanism vs. Theocracy
OTHER SPEAKERS/ PRESENTERS: PZ Myers, Rebecca Watson, Hemant Mehta, Teresa MacBain, David Niose, Jerry DeWitt, Cecil Bothwell, Damon Fowler, Shelley Segal, and more!
TOPIC OF MY TALK: Coming Out Atheist: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other Do It, And Why
SUMMARY: Coming out is the most powerful political act atheists can take. But coming out can be difficult and risky. What are some specific, practical, nuts-and-bolts strategies we can use: to come out of the closet, to support each other in coming out, and to make the atheist community a safer place to come out into? What can atheists learn about coming out from the LGBT community and their decades of coming-out experience — and what can we learn from the important differences between coming out atheist and coming out queer?
COST: $35 – $255. Student rates available. See website for details. Open to the public.

Comments

  1. ibelieveindog, the silent beagle says

    Doing the Snoopy dance for a Central Florida gig! I am so gonna be at the Lakeland conference!

  2. Mike Check says

    As a native Lakelander I wish I could attend the Florida event, but I live in China and that’s friggin far to fly.

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