Speakers from the AHA:
Topic: Humanism Today: An Update from the AHA
Topic: In It to Win: A Non-theist Rights Movement
The American Humanist Association is one of the most active secular organizations in the country, lobbying Congress on humanist issues, promoting science and reason in education, protecting the separation of church and state, building a network of humanist groups across the country and representing the growing number of Americans who are "good without God." Maggie Ardiente, director of development and communications at the American Humanist Association will provide an update on the latest efforts to promote humanism and atheism at the national level.
Maggie Ardiente is editor of the AHA's popular e-zine, Humanist Network News, which reaches 40,000 subscribers weekly. She graduated with a B.S. in sociology from James Madison University and served as Vice President of the JMU Freethinkers, a student group for atheists, agnostics, and humanists and a former board member of the Secular Alliance. She is a graduate of the Humanist Institute and currently serves on its board.
Our second speaker, Roy Speckhardt, is executive director of the American Humanist Association. He will explain how the Religious Right got the upper hand and what we can do about it. Armed with new strategy, we'll chart a new course together and discuss the next priorities for expanding non-theist rights in America. It’s time for a fresh approach to these issues, in and out of the courts.
Roy Speckhardt has appeared on CNN Headline News, Fox News, and numerous national radio shows. Currently, he serves on the board of the Humanist Institute and the United Coalition of Reason in addition to being an advisory board member of the Secular Student Alliance. He holds a B.A. in sociology from Mary Washington College and an M.B.A. from George Mason University.