Join Us at SkepchickCon 2011 and Help Humanists in Kenya

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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 PandagonPZ 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.

Special Guests

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.

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About the Author:

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor.

8 Comments

  1. Jay April 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Do you have a schedule for the speakers and events you are holding. I probably will only be able to attend Saturday and Sunday, but I really want to hear Amanda Marcotte speak since I missed her speech a Skepticon.

  2. Rebecca Watson April 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Jay: The final schedule isn’t up yet but I have it on good authority that her major panel will be on Saturday.

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  4. wdonohue May 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    OK, now donations are up over $1,000 – I can’t throw any more in the pot, I still need to build the SolidStateBake for Melissa. (See? I haven’t forgotten. But if somebody could source some high-temp phase-change material for me, that would be great…) — Drinks out —

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