Last week, and over the weekend, I promised you all an announcement on Monday. Logistics got in my way. I apologize. So today, Monday: The Reckoning, I am here to give you the news!
The Women Thinking Free Foundation will be hosting its first official event on May 22! And its second official event on June 22! (And more more more!)
Our first official speaker agreed to the terms of her contract with us before she got famous. This is the skeptical version of “buy low, sell high”. For weeks, she was my top choice for a speaker, and then she started getting a little bit of buzz around the community regarding a blog post. I already pretty much love everything about her, and then the added bonus of hot buzz sealed the deal for me. I asked her. She said yes. Next thing I know, she’s an international news sensation!
Yes, our first speaker is BlagHag, Jen McCreight! Ms. Boobquake herself! She is also the brilliant creative mind behind Atheist Barbie! Not only that, but she co-founded Purdue University’s Society of Non-Theists. AND!! This fall she’s heading off to Seattle to get her PhD in Genome Sciences from the University of Washington. She’s young, smart, sassy, fun, strong, skeptical, and all around fantastic… and at 22, is making a real name for herself in the community. I can’t think of a better person to be the face of the launch of our organization. (And the fact that she was mentioned on the Colbert Report last night is pretty freakin’ rad!)
So next month, if you’re in the Chicago metro area, please come out to attend our launch! Jen will give a talk then we’ll all head downstairs for food and beers!
Tickets are $10, tax deductible, and are available through our website shop and will also be available at the door, space permitting.
Galway Arms 2442 N Clark, Chicago – lecture will be upstairs
Cost: $10 online and at the door (cash or cards accepted) providing Jon Stewart and Katie Couric don’t hog all the seats.
Food and booze not included
Limited metered street parking is available.
$13 unlimited weekend parking is available at the Children’s Memorial parking garage at 2515 N Clark.
And Save the Date for our June event!
June 12, 10:00am, we will be taking a private tour of the FermiLab in Batavia, Il! It’s a 2.5 hour walking tour of the facility, and will (hopefully) be guided by one of the women scientists on staff!
The tour will be $30 per person, is limited to no more than 40 people, and will include lunch. More details to come!
What else do the Women Thinking Free have planned over the next few months?
- David Gorski of Science Based Medicine
- An adult science fair! (like grown ups, not like XXX)
- Science in Art expo (rumored to include the works of Skepchick’s own Surly Amy!)
- Pub Crawl Fundraiser
- Science street fair
- and in October we’ll start organizing Skepchicamp 2011!
- more skepticism!
- more women!
Keep an eye out for more announcements and events! We’re just getting started. Our goal is to make Chicago so skeptical that Oprah goes broke and Jenny McCarthy never returns.