Cross-posted on Skepchick.org.
The week ahead is a busy one for conferences, from Reasonfest 3 in Kansas, Lobby Day and Secular Summit in DC, the first ever South Dakota Conference of Reason, the Philadelphia Science Festival, and the International Festival of Science Documentary Films in the Czech Republic, featuring Rebecca!
You’ll find some great talks going on as well, including one in Chicago by Kate Donovan, of Teen Skepchick and Freethought Blogs, on “Schizophrenia: Myth and Science“; an interview of Susan Jacoby by Massimo Pigliucci at the New York Society for Ethical Culture; a talk on “Neuroscience, Belief and Illness” in Atlanta; and tons more. Plus, Londoners don’t want to miss out on the Second Humanist Poker Tournament next Tuesday.
Featured Events for April 19–25
Below are some highlights of events around the U.S. (listed by region), in Australia, the Czech Republic, 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, April 24–April 26
Somerset, NJ, Sun, April 21
New York, NY—Multiple
Sun., April 21: The Democratic Socialists of America are hosting a Bowl-a-thon to raise money for low-income women to have access to safe abortions.
Wed., April 24: Massimo Pigliucci is interviewing Susan Jacoby as part of the New York Society for Ethical Culture‘s Advocacy Forum.
Thurs., April 25: Reasonable New York‘s Voices of Reason lecture series features biotech researcher Daniel Korostyshevsky talking on “Crowd for Discovery: Changing the Paradigm of Science Funding.”
April 18–28: The Philadelphia Science Festival runs for 10 days, starting April 18. Check out the carnival this Saturday.
Sun, April 21: Join PhACT – Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking to attend a brunch with James Randi. $35.
Glen Allen, VA, Sun, April 21
Williamsburg, VA, Sun, April 21
Clearwater, FL, Sun. April 21
Atlanta, GA, Sat., April 20
The Atlanta Skeptics are hosting a talk by Karen S. Rommelfanger, director of the Neuroethics Program at Emory University: “Is It All in Your Head? Neuroscience, Belief and Illness.”
Fayetteville, GA, Sat., April 20
The Spalding Freethought Society is having a potluck picnic this Saturday with pony rides, swimming, hiking, fishing, and more.
Charleston, SC, Sun., April 21
James Croft of the Humanist Community at Harvard is giving a talk, “Fulfilling the Promise of Humanism,” sponsored by the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry. (I saw him speak at Skepticon, and he was fantastic, so if you can make it to this, I recommend it.)
Dallas, TX, Sat., April 20
San Antonio, TX, Mon., April 22
The Million March Against Child Abuse is this Monday, outside the Bexar County Court House.
Chicago, IL, Sat., April 20
Skokie, IL, Sun, April 21
Lawrence, KS, Sat., April 20
The Society of Open-Minded Atheists & Agnostics are hosting Reasonfest 3 this weekend, with an interfaith panel (atheist, Christian, Jew, Muslim, and Hindu), the debut of Godless Perverts Story Hour featuring Greta Christina, “Moral Combat” (a debate featuring Matt Dillahunty), plus comedian Keith Lowell Jensen, singer/songwriter Shelley Segal and more.
Roseville, MN, Sun., April 21
Branson, MO, Sat., April 20
Akron, OH, Mon., April 22
The Secular Student Alliance at the University of Akron is hosting a talk by August Berkshire, “August Berkshire: A World on Autopilot?”
Oacoma, SD, Sat., April 20
The South Dakota Conference of Reason is this Saturday, organized by Siouxland Freethinkers and featuring all South Dakota freethought groups coming together to discuss, learn, and present, with workshops and presentations by Fred Edwords, of the United Coalition of Reason.
Mesa, AZ, Sun., April 21
The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix is hosting a talk by Dale Baich, “The Death Penalty in Arizona Past, Present, and Future.” Breakfast available for $5.
Tucson, Prescott, and Scottsdale, AZ, Sun., April 21, Mon., April 22, and Wed., April 24
Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers, will be speaking at various locations this weekend. In Tucson on Sunday, hosted by Freethought Arizona; in Prescott on Monday, hosted by Prescott Freethinkers; and in Scottsdale on Wednesday, hosted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation – Valley of the Sun Chapter.
Berkeley, CA, Sun., April 21
Denver, CO, Wed., April 24
Cafe Sci 2 is on “Asteroids to Aquifers: Paleontology/Geology of the Denver Basin,” with Ian Miller, curator of paleontology and director of earth and space sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Riverside, CA, Sun., April 21
Sat., April 20: Dan Barker is speaking at Sacramento State on “Should Religion and Government Be Separate?”
Sun., April 21: Have brunch with Dan Barker along with members of the Freedom from Religion Foundation – Greater Sacramento Chapter. $20.
San Diego, CA, Sun., April 21
Turlock, CA, Fri., April 19
Dan Barker will debate philosophy professor Russell DiSilvestro on “Does The God of the Bible Exist?” at Turlock High School.
Denver, CO, Sun., April 21
Salt Lake City, UT, Sun., April 21
Melbourne, Tues., April 23
Olomouc, April 16–April 21
Rebecca is a special guest at the International Festival of Science Documentary Films this weekend at Palacky University in Olomouc.