Speaking in Indiana on Saturday.

This coming Saturday, September 8th, I’ll be giving a talk at the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology on atheism and morality.  The event will take place from 3pm to 6pm in Moench Hall, Lecture Hall E104.  I suspect there will be either merriment or a lynching afterward, either way you should probably make time after.

The students there are forming a secular club for the first time in the school’s 138 year history.  I’ll be helping to kick that off and speaking, so I’m told, to a largely religious audience.  That’s the kind of thing that makes me want to give a five minute talk and a 2 hour and 55 minute Q&A…

Here’s the facebook event.  Register and/or thank the organizers for arranging this.  :)

  • Gordon

    Is it going to be recorded and put on youtube? Please say yes!

  • http://iridepolarbears.blogspot.com Adam

    Something cool happens AFTER I graduate. Damn.

    Regardless, Rose is in desperate need of a secular club. There are only a small number of non-believers/atheists/secularists, and because they are a HUGE minority, a lot of them are afraid to speak up when the huge Christian group, Inter-Varsity, has an event or when, say, the school has a prayer at graduation.

    I was a pretty vocal atheist within my fraternity, which was good because most discussions of a philosophical nature remained civil, but that platform is not currently available on a larger scale. Everyone there is a scientist and/or engineer, and I believe that exposure to secularism will help a lot of the students break away from their Midwestern upbringings and become better at critical thought and within their respective fields of study.

    Even though I won’t be able to attend because I live in Georgia now, thank you very much for going to speak there. You probably won’t have a huge audience, but the students who do show up will be extremely interested in what you have to say, and if that helps them start a secular group, thank you even more. You rock.

    Also, if you are up for it, engineers can party hard. There are bound to be numerous things happening on a Saturday night at the beginning of the year.

    • Wren

      Crap! I wish this had happened while I was at Rose! Hope you have a good time! Don’t let anyone lake you. If they still do lakings.

      • Chelsea

        The lake is too low from the drought to do a proper laking :) And I think for the most part, Rose has a big dividing point when it comes to religion. I feel as if you say you’re a “scientist” or “engineer”, you should be open to other ideas and opinions even if they conflict with your own. It will definitely be interesting and I can’t wait to see how it goes.

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  • John Horstman

    Hrm, 6 hour drive. That’s twelve hours this weekend that I won’t be playing Guild Wars 2 if I go, plus time for the speech… Do I get prizes if I show up and pitch you softballs? Can I buy you a drink to celebrate your shift to a new adventure in life?

    The Facebook even page has drawn a tu quoque troll (I think ze’s a troll; might just be ignorant – I’m taking the compassionate, benefit-of-the-doubt approach, given my lack of certainty :-D) in response to this post. I shot it, but I’m not sure it’s dead, as trolls are known to have impressive regenerative abilities.

    • John Horstman

      Grr, *event page