Every year in mid-September, the Omaha Atheists and Recovering from Religion put on a huge party disguised as a conference called Apostacon. This year they’ll be having it at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Omaha on the weekend of September 19-21. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Lawrence Krauss, and there will also be a special talk on Friday night entitled “An Evening of Scientific Inquiry” featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the Emmy Award nominated documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
In addition to the main talks, there will be numerous breakaway sessions and workshops conducted by a host of nationally-known writers, speakers, and secular activists. This year I’ll be added to the slate as well, conducting an interactive workshop entitled “Coming Out Atheist to Religious Friends and Family.” I’ll give a brief intro to the subject and then some group discussion with conference participants as they share with each other about how they dealt with letting their religious friends and family know that they no longer hold to the same beliefs which they were raised to believe.
If you follow this blog and plan to sign up for my workshop, I’d appreciate your using the speaker code in order to help defray the cost of travel to the conference. My registration code is NCAR1442, so help me out and type that in when you register if you haven’t done so already. I’d love to meet some of the folks who write in to the blog on a regular basis.
If you’re not new to Godless in Dixie you may have noticed that it’s got a slightly new look. David Simms, who does graphic design, thought up a few logo ideas for me and this was what we came up with. The banner above is new, and you’ll see the logo below in a number of places in the future. Perhaps one day we can even make some shirts and mugs and stuff with individual Deep South states in the middle that say “I AM Godless in Dixie.” Would you have the nerve to wear something like that?