There will be two places where you can hear me yammer in the next couple weeks. The first is the second weekend in October in San Francisco. The Atheist Advocates of San Francisco have a perfectly overflattering post written up on it.
This month Atheist Advocates of SF features a young atheist organizer who is considered one of atheism’s most brilliant speakers, and that is why we are flying him in from Columbus, Ohio to speak to you.
JT Eberhard is a full time organizer for the Secular Student Alliance and co-founder of the Skepticon convention. “Coming Out Skeptical” addresses the need for atheists to come out of the closet and to not merely focus on their atheism, but on the human obligation to be reasonable. This talk has been given to standing ovations at the American Atheists National Convention, Dragon*Con, and elsewhere.
Eberhard will make arguments drawn from history, philosophy, and current events for why a better world is dependent on our ability to be candid with others about the reliability of their beliefs, as well as our ability to be forthright about our own.
Ed Buckner, the former president of American Atheists, described JT’s talk at the Des Moines convention as “being present at the inauguration of a new Atheist star.”
Our own Greta Christina’s take on JT: “As a writer, JT Eberhard is smart, funny, honest, and totally fearless. As an organizer, he is passionate, dedicated, inspired, and as determined as a bulldog. And as a speaker, he tears the roof off the sucker. We are insanely lucky to have him on our side.”
And then my face did all the blushing. I will give two talks out there on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, October 8th, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Location: Berkeley Main Library, 3rd Floor Meeting Room, 2090 Kittredge
Sunday, October 9th, 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Location: Audre Lorde Room (Upstairs), Women’s Building, 3543 18th (at Valencia), San Francisco
Then I swing back to the Midwest the following weekend – to Cincinnati, specifically, on Oct. 15th for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Free Inquiry Group! All your best friends are going to be there like David Silverman, PZ Myers, Greta Christina, myself, and others. Seriously, have a change of underwear handy and go check out the schedule!
I’ll be giving my talk On The Primacy of Reason (otherwise known as my doom & gloom talk), which I first gave at the Midwest Humanist and Freethought Conference this year. Greta is giving her talk on why atheists are so angry, and PZ will be there, so I’ll really have to step up my game to keep up with the other Freethought Bloggers and retain my title as the angriest atheist in town.
I’m particularly excited about this event for a few reasons. For one, it’s always a treat to do a gig with Greta. I love getting to hang out with her and she always brings the house down. For another, you will never find a more amicable, laid back group of just good people than you will with FIG. Seriously, they are just the nicest folks and they do fantastic work. This event should be one of the most enjoyable of the year.
There is also a $2500 matching offer running for all donations to FIG for this event. If you’ve got some spare change, consider throwing it in the hat and watching it magically double in size. See the conference website for details on how you can support them.
Come and give me a hug if you make it to either of these events.