I have speaking gigs coming up soon — in Sacramento at their annual Freethought Day festival this weekend, and in Atlanta at the Atheist Alliance of American conference. If you’re in those areas, I hope to see you there!
CITY: Sacramento, CA (Sacramento Freethought Day)
DATE: Sunday, October 11, 11:00 am – 6:30 pm (plus Volunteer Dinner Thursday October 8, Leadership Day and Supporters’ Reception Saturday October 10)
EVENT: Sacramento Freethought Day, an outdoor festival with family activities, exhibitor booths, author booths, and more
TOPIC: I’m giving a short talk on Doing my Best as part of the Sunday Assembly, which is kicking off the day’s activities. I’m also on the Author’s and Podcasters’ Panel, with Richard Carrier, David Fitzgerald, and Brendan Powell Smith
LOCATION: Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA
HOST: Sacramento Freethought Day Committee
OTHER SPEAKERS: Mandisa Thomas, Chris Johnson, Victor Harris, Jason Torpy, Lyz Liddell, Amanda Metskas, Tom Manger, Jason Heap, Bill Potts
COST: Free – $135 (special goodies available for different price levels, but the event is totally free)
EVENT URL: freethoughtday.org
CITY: Atlanta, GA (Atheist Alliance of America conference)
DATES: October 15-18
EVENT: Atheist Alliance of America conference
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?
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1325 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA
HOST: Atheist Alliance of America
OTHER SPEAKERS: Bria Crutchfield, Jeffrey Tayler, Miri Mogilevsky, Monette Richards, Matt Facciani, David Diskin, Richard Haynes, Phil Ferguson, Sarah Morehead, Lucien Greaves, Stephanie Guttormson, Dale McGowan, Mandisa Thomas, Shawn Jeffers, Inna Shevchenko, more
COST: $179 – $500: single-day tickets available for $100; single-event tickets available for $20 – $50; discounted rate for students available Oct. 1
EVENT URL: atheistallianceamerica.org/conference/2015-overview
Greta Christina is author of four books: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, and Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More.