I have some speaking/ reading gigs coming up in the next couple of months — including some in rhe next few days! — in Sacramento, San Francisco, Stanford, Akron OH, Tacoma WA, and Springfield MO. The events include Sacramento Freethought Day, Litquake in the Castro, The Sexy Secular Conference, CFI Summit — and, of course, Skepticon! Hope to see you there!
CITY: Sacramento, CA — Sacramento Freethought Day
DATE: Saturday, October 12 (they’re also having a Lobby Day on the day of Friday October 11, which I’m going to have to pass on, and a reception the evening of Friday October 11, which I’ll be attending)
TIME: 10:45 am – 6:30 pm
LOCATION: William A. Carroll Amphitheatre in William Land Park, 1401 Sutterville Road, Sacramento, CA
EVENT: Sacramento Freethought Day
EVENT SUMMARY/ OTHER SPEAKERS: Sacramento Freethought Day combines the fun and atmosphere of a fair with the education and activism of a conference. It’s a festival of freethought. They’ll have speakers and live entertainment, family activities, an authors’ panel with Q&A, and more! Other speakers: Annie Laurie Gaylor, Heina Dadabhoy, Richard Carrier, David Fitzgerald, Carrie Poppy, Victor Harris, AmyJo Mattheis, Dan Riley, Andrea Griffith, Jason Testerman, Neil Wehneman, and Jason Frye.
COST: Free! They do ask that you register in advance, and they’re happy to take donations to support the festival.
EVENT URL: http://freethoughtday.org/
CITY: San Francisco, CA (Litquake in the Castro)
DATE: Sunday, October 13
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Jane Warner Plaza, Market and Castro Streets, San Francisco, CA
EVENT: Litquake in the Castro
EVENT SUMMARY/ OTHER READERS: Provocative readings set outdoors at the epicenter of the LGBT world. In partnership with the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District. Other readers include Mark Abramson, Nick Krieger, Monica Nolan, and Kevin Sessums.
COST: Free and open to the public.
CITY: Stanford, CA
DATE: Tuesday, October 15
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Building 420 (Jordan Hall, Main Quad), Room 041, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
HOSTS: Humanist Community at Stanford and Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at Stanford (AHA!). Sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and the ASSU Undergraduate Senate.
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
EVENT URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/305410746268159/
CITY: Akron, OH (The Sexy Secular Conference)
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 19
TIME: All-day conference
LOCATION: The University of Akron, Student Union Theater Rm. 210, Akron, OH
EVENT/HOSTS: The Secular Student Alliance at The University of Akron
TOPIC: Atheism and Sexuality
SUMMARY: See above
OTHER SPEAKERS: Annie Laurie Gaylor, Aron Ra, Heina Dadabhoy, Nate Phelps, Dr. Darrel Ray, David Fitzgerald, Katherine Stewart, and Mandisa Thomas
COST: Free and open to the public. Donations to support the conference are appreciated.
EVENT URL: http://sexysecularconference.com/
CITY: Tacoma, WA (CFI Summit)
DATES: October 24-27 (don’t know which day I’m speaking)
LOCATION: Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA
EVENT/HOSTS: A joint conference of the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
OTHER SPEAKERS: Susan Jacoby, Bill Nye, Eugenie Scott, Cara Santa Maria, Phil Zuckerman, Katherine Stewart, Leonard Mlodinow, Todd Stiefel, and more
COST: $50.00 – $199.00
EVENT URL: http://www.cfisummit.org/
CITY: Springfield, MO (Skepticon)
DATES: November 15th-17th
LOCATION: Springfield Expo Center, Springfield, MO
TOPIC: Activism Burnout — Prevention and Treatment
SUMMARY: One of the most important keys to the success of the atheist movement is keeping activists engaged for the long haul. But the most inspired and motivated activists are often the ones most likely to eventually burn out. What are some practical strategies for preventing burnout — and for managing it when it happens? And how can activists support each other in not burning out?
EVENT SUMMARY: Skepticon is an annual skeptic/freethinker/atheist/awesome conference that is held annually in Springfield, MO. It is the mission of Skepticon to support, promote, and develop free-thought skeptic, and scientific communities through inclusive educational programming. Skepticon is also the largest free skeptic conference in the nation.
OTHER SPEAKERS: Seth Andrews, Richard Carrier, John Corvino, JT Eberhard, David Fitzgerald, Debbie Goddard, Rebecca Hensler, Keith Lowell Jensen, Amanda Knief, Amanda Marcotte, Hemant Mehta, Monica R. Miller, PZ Myers, Aron Ra, Shelley Segal, David Tamayo, and Rebecca Watson.
SPECIAL EVENT: At this year’s Skepticon, we’ll be hosting a Godless Perverts Story Hour! The Godless Perverts Story Hour is an evening about how to have good sex without having any gods, goddesses, spirits, or their earthly representatives hanging over your shoulder and telling you that you’re doing it wrong. The Skepticon event will feature readings and performances by Rebecca Watson, Keith Lowell Jensen, and Heina Heina Dadabhoy, as well as hosts David Fitzgerald and my own bad self.
COST: Free. This is a TOTALLY FREE conference. Discount hotel rates available. They do ask that you register for the conference, and they would love donations to help keep it going.
EVENT URL: http://skepticon.org/