Next Thursday, May 2, is the National Day of Reason, a response to the US National Day of Prayer. Groups all over the country are gathering to celebrate at capitols, courthouses, and public squares as well as with potlucks and even a Freethought Slam. Some events are highlighted below, but check the official website for more.
The Day of Reason falls within SSA Week, April 29–May 6, a chance to support the work of the Secular Student Alliance and its members, the students who are out there reaching out to other young people, standing up to church/state violations in their schools, hosting secular and science events, and much more, all of which is especially remarkable when you consider how broke students usually are! During SSA Week, all donations will be doubled, so this is the perfect time to support the future (and the present) of the secular movement.
Lucky Chicagoans (Chicagoites?) get a chance to see both Mary Roach and Rebecca Skloot in one event, talking about Mary’s latest book and science writing in general, and Colorado has a couple of kick-ass events going on: a free concert by Shelley Segal in Colorado Springs and Skepticamp Denver 2013, which is in its 10th year already. And Canada, you are about to be Hrabbed: George Hrab is appearing in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary.
If you haven’t already registered for one or more May cons, you still have time! Meet Heina at the Freethought Alliance Conference in Anaheim the first weekend in May. Amy, Rebecca, Debbie, and Veronica from Norwegian Skepchick will all be at Women in Secularism 2, in DC, May 17–19. Nicole will be representing CosmoQuest at BaltiCon, a huge sci-fi/fantasy convention, one of at least two going on May 24–27. The other is the feminist sci-fi con in Madison, WisCon 37. Finally, there’s Canada’s Imagine No Religion 3, in Kamloops, May 17–19.
Featured Events for April 26–May 2
Below are some highlights of events around the U.S. (listed by region), in Canada, Japan, and the UK. You can find a ton more going on all over the world in our events calendar.
Don’t see your area listed here or in the calendar? Shoot us an email, or let me know in the comments what area you are interested in.
Washington, DC, Sat., April 27
Providence, RI, Thurs., May 2
Newport News, VA, Tues., April 30
Sun., April 28: The Orlando Freethought Exchange is holding its first Get to Know an Atheist church forum, where they talk with churches about who they are and what they believe and disbelieve.
Thurs., May 2: The Central Florida Freethought Community (CFFC) is hosting a National Day of Reason event, featuring Teresa MacBain, Dan Barker, and David Silverman.
Winter Park, FL, Sun., April 28
Former minister Teresa MacBain is giving her 2012 Atheist of the Year speech to the Orlando Freethinkers & Humanists. $5.
Albany, GA, Sun., April 28
Savannah, GA, Sun., April 28
Covington, KY, Wed., May 1
SSA Speakers from various schools will be speaking to the Tri-State Freethinkers.
Greenville, SC, Thurs., May 2
Memphis, TN, Sun., April 28
Roy Van Arsdale, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Memphis, is giving a talk to the Memphis Freethought Alliance on the formation of the Mississippi Valley.
Little Rock, AR, Sun., April 28
Dallas, TX, Fri., April 26
Joelle Proust is giving a free lecture on “What Noetic Feelings teach us about the Relations between Emotion & Cognition” at SMU Dedman College.
Houston, TX, Tues., April 30
The Greater Houston Skeptic Society’s Skeptics in the Pub features retired NASA senior scientist Don Kessler, who will talk on “Earth-Orbiting Debris—A Threat to Our Infrastructure.”
Chicago, IL, Mon., April 29
- Mary Roach and Rebecca Skloot are discussing Roach’s new book, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, and the science writing process. Hosted by the Illinois Science Council.
- Timothy Michael Short is giving a talk at the University of Chicago: “Life After Fundamentalism.”
Normal, IL, Mon., April 29
Skokie, IL, Sun., April 28
Lansing, MI, Sun., April 28
Minneapolis, MN, Sun., April 28
The MN chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State is hosting a talk by Rev. Steven Baines on “The Perils of Politicized Pulpits.”
Saint Paul, MN, Thurs., May 2
Rolla, MO, Sun., April 28
St. Louis, MO, Sun., April 28
Cleveland, OH, Thurs., May 2
Cleveland Freethinkers, the Center for Inquiry Northeast Ohio, and the Northern Ohio Freethought Society are getting together in Cleveland Public Square to celebrate the National Day of Reason and Apostasy.
Mesa, AZ, Thurs., May 2
Coronado, CA, Sun., April 27
Los Angeles, CA, Sun., April 27
San Francisco, CA, Sat., April 27
Join the Bay Area Atheists/Agnostics/Humanists/Freethinkers/Skeptics for “A Tale of Two Cults,” a talk by Lance Goller, former Jehovah’s Witness.
Colorado Springs, CO, Fri., April 26
Highland Ranch, CO, Sat., April 27
Skepticamp Denver 2013 is in its 10th year, pretty impressive for a conference run by attendees, who are also the speakers. It’s not too late to register!
Layton, UT, Sun., April 28
Sat., April 27: Skeptics 20s-30s are getting together at North Clakamas Aquatic Park for some water slides, wave pool, hot tub awesomeness.
Mon., April 29: The Freedom From Religion Foundation Portland Area is hosting a talk by Dani Tofte on PREP4kids, a Christian outreach program in public schools.
Calgary, AB, Tues., April 30
Edmonton, AB, Wed., May 1
Fri., April 26: Centre for Inquiry Vancouver is hosting a panel discussion: “The Science of Vaccines.”
Sun., April 28: The Centre for Inquiry Vancouver is hosting an evening with George Hrab. Tickets range from $8 to $20 and are available here.
Wed., May 1: BC Humanists Vancouver are hosting Chris Stedman, who will talk about his book Faitheist.
Okinawa, Sat., April 27
Rational Thinkers of Okinawa are getting together to discuss how to come out as a skeptic to friends and family.
Edinburgh, Sun., April 28
London, Sun., April 28
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