From June 30 – July 3, Skepchick will host our third year of panels at CONvergence, the annual sci-fi convention in Minneapolis, and it promises to be our best yet! This year our special guests include Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon, PZ Myers of Pharyngula, John Abraham of Climate Science Rapid Response, Sadie Crabtree of JREF, and more, plus Rebecca Watson and many other Skepchicks!
How to Attend
All you need is a pass for CONvergence, which you can buy online for $55 (until May 1). That gives you access to all our panels plus our nightly parties! We’ll also be hosting a free workshop on Skeptical Activism at the Grassroots Level with Maria Walters and Desiree Schell, to be held Thursday, June 30th prior to the start of the convention (more info on that coming soon). Plus, we hope to help the WTFF host a pertussis vaccine clinic like we did at DragonCon in 2010!
Help Us – and Freethinkers in Kenya – Pay the Tab
Last year, fundraising covered 75% of our costs, so we’re once again asking for your help. This year we’re asking you to give just a little more to also help freethinkers in Nairobi, Kenya host the JAF Conference on Philosophy, Sexuality and Atheism (more on that below). 25% of all funds we raise will go to the Kenyan Conference!
To donate, please use the PayPal widget in the sidebar. SkepchickCon’s portion of the funds will be spent on travel and hotel for some guests, plus rental of the Skepchick after-hours party room, where we meet some of the approximately 5,000 CONvergence attendees to tell them what skepticism is all about. JAF’s portion will be spent on travel and housing costs for students attending the conference, conference hall rental, and other costs. See below for more!
All of our guests are donating their time, and many are covering their own travel expenses to make this happen.
Plus, Teen Skepchick contributor Melanie Mallon! More panelists may be added soon.
About the JAF Conference
The Jahwar Amber Humanist Trust Fund (JAF) was founded in 2009 thanks in large part to the Secular Student Alliance. The JAF Conference is planned as a way to foster open communication amongst students at Universities in Kenya on issues like ethical humanism, atheism, abuse of sexual minorities, separation of church and state, and gender equality. 57% of JAF’s members are women. If this year’s conference is a success, they hope to continue to host annual events in the future.
Boaz Adhengo, the organizer we’ve been communicating with, has kindly invited the Skepchicks to join the conference, but sadly we’re unable to afford the cost of flying to Kenya. Instead, we decided to help support this new organization by fundraising for them at the same time that we’re fundraising for our own conference. That’s why 25% of all funds we raise for SkepchickCon this year will be given to JAF for their 2011 conference.