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Jan 17 2014

Greta Speaking in Pittsburgh, PA and Campbell, CA!

I’ve added some dates to my upcoming speaking schedule! I’ll be speaking in Pittsburgh, PA at Carnegie Mellon on Monday, February 10, on the topic of Atheism and Sexuality. And I’ll be speaking in Campbell, CA on Wednesday, April 30, on the topic of Coming Out Atheist.

Here are the details of all my upcoming speaking events for the next few months, I’ll be speaking in North Carolina, South Carolina, Houston, San Francisco, Pittsburgh PA Columbia MO, Ames IA, St. Peter MN, Salt Lake City, Campbell CA, and Manteca CA. If you’re in any of these places, I hope to see you there!

CITY: Asheville, NC
DATE: Saturday, January 18
TIME: 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC
HOSTS/SPONSORS: WNC Humanists
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?
COST: Free and open to the public
EVENT URL: http://www.wnchumanists.org/28.html (Website)
http://www.meetup.com/WNC-Humanists/events/144744672/ (Meetup)

CITY: Charlotte, NC
DATE: Saturday January 18
TIME: 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Cone Center Room 341, University of North Carolina, Charlotte campus
HOSTS/SPONSORS: Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics
TOPIC: Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, 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 (other than possible campus parking) and open to the public
EVENT URL: http://charlotteatheists.org/8-start-the-new-year-with-greta-christina

CITY: Charleston, SC
DATE: Sunday January 19
TIME: 4:00 pm
LOCATION: Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street, Charleston, SC
HOSTS/SPONSORS: Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry
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
EVENT URL: http://lowcountryhumanists.org/eventview.php?idno=351 (Website)
https://www.facebook.com/events/557760070983095/ (Facebook event)

CITY: Houston, TX (Creating Change)
DATE: Friday, January 31 (conference is January 29 – February 2)
TIME: 3:00 – 4:30pm
LOCATION: Hilton of the Americas, Houston, TX
HOSTS/SPONSORS: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
TOPIC: Panel discussion: Ways the LGBT and Secular Movements Can Work Together – and Why They Should! With Samuel Jackson, James Croft, and Marsha Botzer.
COST: $0 – $350 ($395 at the door)
EVENT URL: http://www.creatingchange.org/

CITY: San Francisco, CA (Godless Perverts Story Hour)
DATE: Saturday, February 1
TIME: 7:00 SHARP (This event is being livestreamed as part of the Freethought Blogs Con online conference, so it will need to start on time)
LOCATION: Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco (near Civic Center BART)
HOSTS/SPONSORS: Godless Perverts
OTHER READERS/ PERFORMERS: Juba Kalamka, Dana Fredsti, Virgie Tovar, Simon Sheppard, Kate Sirls, and hosts David Fitzgerald and myself
EVENT SUMMARY: 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. We’ll be bringing you depictions, explorations, and celebrations of godless sexualities, as well as critical, mocking, and blasphemous views of sex and religion. The evening’s entertainment will have a range of voices — sexy and serious, passionate and funny, and all of the above — talking about how our sexualities can not only exist, but even thrive, without the supernatural.
COST: $10-20 sliding scale donation; no-one turned away for lack of funds; benefit for the Center for Sex and Culture.
SPECIAL NOTE: This event is being livestreamed as part of the Freethought Blogs Con online conference.
EVENT URL: http://www.godlessperverts.com/ai1ec_event/godless-perverts-story-hour/?instance_id=79

CITY: Pittsburgh, PA (Carnegie Mellon)
DATE: Monday, February 10
TIME: 4:40 PM
LOCATION: Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51, Carnegie Mellon University
HOSTS/SPONSORS: Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics of Carnegie Mellon
TOPIC: Atheism and Sexuality7
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?

CITY: Columbia, MO (SashaCon)
DATE: March 15-16
LOCATION: 319 Jesse Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
HOSTS/SPONSORS: MU SASHA (Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists & Agnostics) and Kansas City Atheist Coalition
TOPIC: Coming Out: 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?
OTHER SPEAKERS: Maryam Namazie, Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, Hemant Mehta, Matt Dillahunty, Dave Muscato, Mary Muscato, Libby Cowgill, Mark Flinn, and Napoleon Chagnon
COST: Free and open to the public
EVENT URL: http://sashacon.com/

CITY: Ames, Iowa (Iowa State University)
DATE: Wednesday, April 9
TIME: TBA
LOCATION: TBA
HOSTS/SPONSORS: ISU Atheist & Agnostic Society (ISUAAS)
TOPIC: TBA

CITY: St Peter, MN (Gustavus Adolphus College)
DATE: Thursday, April 10
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Wallenberg Auditorium, Nobel Hall, Gustavus Adolphus College
HOSTS/SPONSORS: Gustavus Secular Student Alliance
TOPIC: Why Are You Atheists So Angry?
SUMMARY: See above

CITY: Salt Lake City, UT (American Atheists Convention)
DATE: April 17-20
LOCATION: Hilton Salt Lake City Center
HOSTS/SPONSORS: American Atheists
TOPIC: Coming Out Atheist: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other Do It, And Why?
SUMMARY: See above
COST: $40 – 329
EVENT URL: http://www.atheists.org/convention2014

CITY: Campbell, CA
DATE: Wednesday, April 30
TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: San Jose Woman’s Club, 75 South 11th Street, San Jose, CA
HOSTS/SPONSORS: San Jose Atheists
TOPIC: Coming Out Atheist: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other Do It, And Why?
SUMMARY: See above
COST: Free and open to the public
EVENT URL: http://www.meetup.com/Atheist-Community-of-San-Jose/events/161081902/

CITY: Manteca, CA
DATE: Wednesday, May 21
TIME: 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
LOCATION: Manteca Library, 320 W Center St, Manteca, CA
HOSTS/SPONSORS: Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers
TOPIC: Coming Out Atheist: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other Do It, And Why?
SUMMARY: See above
COST: Free and open to the public
EVENT URL: http://www.meetup.com/Stockton-Atheist/events/157329202/

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  1. 1
    Sunday Afternoon

    Greta, the San Jose Woman’s Club is in San Jose, not Campbell. And the great thing: it’s only 2 blocks from home! Hope to be able to attend.

  2. 2
    movablebooklady

    And wouldn’t you just know it! My car battery decided this morning not to cooperate so I didn’t make it to your talk here in Asheville NC. Snow (not very much) but really cold. Sorry. Hope others made it in to hear you so your impression of our town was a good one.

  3. 3
    smhll

    Hey, Sunday Afternoon, is there much street parking near the San Jose Woman’s Club?

  4. 4
    OpenMindedNotCredulous

    Greta probably mentioned Campbell, CA because that’s where the Atheist Community of San Jose usually meets which probably caused some confusion. The location is on the edge of the San Jose State University and the neighboring residential area. There is a fair bit of street parking in the area but I’ve never tried parking there on a weekday evening. If parking nearby is a problem I’ll go to the parking garage between 2nd and 3rd avenue that I use when seeing a movie at Camera 3 or Camera 12 cinemas.

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    Sunday Afternoon

    @smhll: what OpenMindedNotCredulous said. There are some areas of resident only permit parking nearby, so if you find a space, do make sure that you can park there. The City parking folks are pretty vigilant so if you screw up it will cost you ~$50 (speaking from experience here…). There is also parking on the campus that is closer than the 2nd/3rd St parking.

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