Time to be a jetsetter.

This Friday I start hopping around the country again.  My first stop will be in Dallas, Texas for the North Texas Secular Convention from February 8-10.  This bad boy was conceived by the SSA’s Kevin Butler, who is a one-man wrecking crew as an organizer.  The volunteers that work this event are always not only fun, but also very talented.  The lineup contains some of my brightest stars in the atheistic firmament (and some of my favorite people) like Matt Dillahunty, David Fitzgerald, Zach Kopplin, Mr. Deity, Aron Ra, Katherine Stewart, Greta Christina, Tony Pinn, and the hilarious Sam Singleton (who, thankfully, I don’t have to follow).

The convention will be located in the Davidson Auditorium in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas.  Directions can be found here, and tickets can be purchased here.

After that, I’m off to Northwestern University to give a talk for Darwin Day on February 12.  The talk will be titled Science and Christianity: Are They Compatible?  (Hint: no)  Miriam Mogilevsky has done a fantastic job putting the event together, and I did a little dance when she told me the topic she wanted me to speak on.  Because science is obviously our greatest source of knowledge (otherwise people would pray their messages across the country rather than using cell phones), Christians must try desperately to either convince us that science isn’t all it’s cracked up to be (usually using the internet and other products of science to do so) or to convince us that stories of women being turned into pillars of salt is consistent with chemistry (good luck with that).  It’ll be a fun talk.

The talk will be at 7pm CST in the Technological Institute building, room LR4 on the Northwestern campus.  You can check out the facebook event here.

Then I’m off to Las Vegas where I’ll get to see Penn & Teller for the first time and play some poker.  I only wish Ed Brayton could be there.  I’ll be attending the wedding of Michaelyn’s brother.  The theme is that the wedding is going to be as cheesy as possible (hooray for my future in-laws having a sense of humor).  Michaelyn took me shopping for my outfit and…it’s pretty…great.  I’ll post pictures.  :P

Anyway, on February 19th I’ll be giving a talk at UNLV over why a lot of the arguments you hear for god’s existence suck.  The talk will be at the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum at 4505 Maryland Parkway at 7pm PST.  You can visit the facebook event page here.

If you’re around the Las Vegas area and want to grab a drink or play some cards or show me the sights, I’ll have some down time from the 16th-18th.

I’ll wrap up the month in Hastings, NE speaking at the Central Community College Hastings Campus for the Society of Freethinkers on February 28th.  I don’t quite have details on time or place, but I’ll post them as soon as I do.

And then my March schedule kicks in.  No rest for the weary.  Wheeeeeeeee!

Here’s my schedule for the first half of this year.

  • Kate Donovan

    YAY visiting NU!

  • Glodson

    Maybe I’ll be able to swing by the North Texas Conference… okay, I probably won’t have the time. Oh well. I hope the road trip will be a good one.

  • Cunning Pam

    JT, when you go to Penn and Teller’s show, make sure you bring anything you may want them to autograph and/or a camera with you. After the show, P&T sprint to the lobby and stay as long as it takes to meet and greet all the audience members who want to stay. Enjoy the show! (NB: While I do find Penn’s libertarian views odious, I still enjoy the fact that he and Teller are consummate entertainers.)


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