Greta Speaking in Colorado, Wisconsin, and South Carolina! – UPDATED


UPDATED: The time, location, and topic of the Colorado State University event at Fort Collins has been announced! It’s on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 pm, in A103 in Clark Hall on the CSU campus, on the topic “Coming Out Atheist: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other Do It, And Why?” Free and open to the public. Details below. Hope to see you there!

Hi, all. I have some speaking gigs coming up in a few weeks, and if you’re going to be in the area, I’d love for you to come by, hear my talk, and say Hi! My talks are in Colorado, in Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Fort Collins; at the entirely free Freethought Festival in Madison, Wisconsin; and in Clinton, SC. If you’re in any of these areas, I hope to see you there!

CITY: Colorado Springs, CO (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs)
DATE: Monday, March 4
TIME: 6:30 pm
LOCATION: Room UC 116, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
EVENT/HOSTS: Secular Student Alliance at UCCS
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 and open to the public

CITY: Boulder, CO (University of Colorado at Boulder)
DATE: Wednesday, March 6
TIME: 6:30 pm
LOCATION: Duane Physics G1B20, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
EVENT/HOSTS: Secular Students and Skeptics Society, University of Colorado at Boulder
TOPIC: Resistance Is Not Futile: Is Arguing About Religion Worth It?
SUMMARY: Many atheists think that trying to persuade people out of religion never works, and simply alienates people. But debating believers about their beliefs can be effective — in changing people’s minds about religion, as well as in achieving other goals of the atheist community. When does it makes sense to debate about religion? How should we go about it? And what should our expectations be for what these debates can accomplish?
COST: Free and open to the public

CITY: Fort Collins, CO (Colorado State University)
DATE: Thursday, March 7
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: A103 in Clark Hall, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
EVENT/HOSTS: Leaders in Free Thought, Colorado State University
TOPIC: 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: Free and open to the public

CITY: Madison, WI — Freethought Festival
DATE: Conference is Friday March 8 to Sunday March 10. I’m speaking on Saturday, March 9.
TIME: Conference is Friday 6pm-10pm; Saturday 9am-10pm (not just speakers, there are scheduled breaks and other events); Sunday 10am-6pm. My talk is Saturday March 9, 2pm.
LOCATION: Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St., Madison WI, 53703 (In downtown Madison next to UW-Madison campus)
EVENT/HOSTS: Freethought Festival, hosted by Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics @ UW-Madison
TOPIC: Why Are You Atheists So Angry?
SUMMARY: 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?
OTHER SPEAKERS: Other speakers at the conference include Eugenie Scott, Dan Barker, Hemant Mehta, Jamila Bey, JT Eberhard, Katherine Stewart, Debbie Goddard, Teresa MacBain, Desiree Schell, Darrel Ray, Amanda Knief, Dale McGowan, and more.
COST: Free! Freethought Festival is a totally free conference. You still should register, though. Open to the public.

CITY: Clinton, SC (Presbyterian College)
DATE: Tuesday, March 12th
TIME: 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Harper Center Theater Lobby
EVENT/HOSTS: Secular Student Alliance at Presbyterian College
TOPIC: Religion/Atheism and Sexuality
SUMMARY: See above
COST: Free and open to the public

Comments

  1. John Horstman says

    Dress warm for Wisconsin and pack waterproof/snowproof boots; we’re solidly in winter at this point. Maybe I’ll see you there!

  2. says

    Hey Greta, I live in Fort Collins and I’d love to attend your event on the 7th, but I’m having trouble finding info about it, even on the LIFT website. Their website hasn’t been updated since 2010, and the Facebook page isn’t very helpful either. Do you know if it’s gonna cost anything?

  3. movablebooklady says

    Clinton SC is about 1.5 hours away so I’ll try to come. It’d be great to meet you.

  4. Onamission5 says

    Oh dear, your speaking engagement in SC is so close, and yet, so far. *sad face*

    Maybe… maybe… hmmm… 100 miles isn’t THAT far, right?

  5. wytchy says

    I can’t wait to see you in Wisconsin Greta! I’m really looking forward to your presentation. And John at #1 is right; dress warm!

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