Madison Freethought Festival getting clever.

The Madison Freethought Festival is this weekend.  It’s in Madison, WI (hence the name), it’s free, and it will be home to some of the most influential people in atheism like Dan Barker, Eugenie C. Scott, Hemant Mehta, Katherine Stewart, Greta Christina, Debbie Goddard, Darrel Ray, Dale McGowan, Amanda Knief, Andrew Seidel, and Chris Calvey.  Also me.

I try to be good to the groups who want me to come speak.  After all, I was a student organizer once myself.  I keep my honorarium low, I volunteer to sleep on a couch rather than in a hotel, etc.  However, it is set in stone that I will not take the stage after particular people like Greta Christina or Sam Singleton (ok, I’ve done it in the past, but that was a very noble cause).  Anybody who performs immediately after those people is a sucker, because they own the stage and anything that follows them is going to be a disappointment by comparison.

So the Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at UW got clever: they put a parade and dinner between Greta Christina and me.  Awesome that I don’t have to follow Greta directly, boo that I have to strive to be more likable than dinner.

Challenge accepted with much trepidation.

Anyway, if you’re anywhere close to Madison this weekend, you should go.  The first Freethought Festival was last year and it was one of the year’s more impressive events.  I suspect this year will be even better.  :)

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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.

  • The_Schwa

    “Dan Barker, Eugenie C. Scott, Hemant Mehta, JT Eberhard, Katherine Stewart, Greta Christina, Debbie Goddard, Darrel Ray, Dale McGowan, Amanda Knief, Andrew Seidel, and Chris Calvey. Also me.”
    WOW! JT Eberhard AND you?? Impressive!

    • JT Eberhard

      Look…nobody likes a smartass. :P Fixed.

      • The_Schwa

        *I* like a smart-ass.

      • Glodson


        Then why are we reading this blog?

        Why does anyone willingly talk to me?

  • invivoMark

    Totally going, and bringing a friend this time!

    BTW, you hanging out for beers afterward?

    • JT Eberhard

      Sho’ thang! :)

  • Wren

    You stole the show after Greta at Skepticon! Although, *Inigo voice* that was a very noble cause!

    • JT Eberhard

      Glad someone got the reference. :)

  • Zugswang

    I would think following dinner would work in your favor, as everyone will be fed and happy, and so, will probably receive you even more positively than they would have otherwise.

  • neatospiderplant

    I really wanted to go to this one last year but I had this big 30th b-day thing to go to…mine, actually. I had been hoping to make it this year, but I don’t think I’m going to get any chances to travel to any events this year. Sigh maybe next year.

  • ben porter

    you complain they take the stage but last skepticon you purposed so i mean talk about a stage hog lol