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.  :)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • 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.

  • 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