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ReasonFest 2013 Day 2: The Main Event

In what is turning into one of the premier Atheist / Freethinker / Humanist events in the midwest, ReasonFest is a weekend of lectures, roundtables, debates, and of course plenty of socializing.  It's held in Lawrence in the springtime, with this being the festival's third year.  The festival is organized by KU's SOMA organization, the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics.  You can learn more about SOMA at their website here.

The lineup of speakers this year is very impressive.  I've seen many of these people before and I can promise there will be a lot of informative and often entertaining discussions.  Many of the speakers will chat with you in between sessions and are often selling books and other items.

If you're interested in attending, you must also register at the ReasonFest Website (link).

If you have the means, please donate a few dollars too, as this is a free event (link).

The event is being held on the KU Campus at Woodruff Auditorium.  A Map to the event can be found here:  (link) Please refer to the map for information about parking.



8:00am - 9:00am: Doors Open (drop off non-perishable food, hygiene products, OTC medications, gently used/brand-new clothing, gently used/brand new children’s toys and books)

9:00am - 9:15am: Opening Remarks: Amanda Brown, Reasonfest 2013 Lead Coordinator

9:20am – 10:20am: Peter Boghossian - Mental Health and the AMA/APA

10:30am – 11:30am: Taner Edis- Morality and Islam

11:30am – 1:00pm: Lunch Break

1:10pm – 2:00pm: Amanda Knief -Lobbying

2:10pm – 3:00pm: Bridget Gaudette - Blackwards

3:10pm – 4:00pm: Breakout Sessions - Brandon Christen, Dave Muscato, &  JT Eberhard

4:10pm – 5:00pm: David Fitzgerald – Sexy Violence! Violent Sex! Weird-Ass Morality in the Bible

5:10pm – 6:50pm: Dinner

7:00pm – 8:10pm: Interfaith Panel: Examing the Moral Compass of 5 Worldviews - JT Eberhard, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, and Jew

8:30pm – 9:15pm: Shelley Segal – Performs latest album “Atheist”

9:30pm - 10:30pm: Keith Lowell Jensen – Elf Orgy

10:45pm - 2:00am: Drinking Reasonably at Chateau (18-20yr olds can attend but, will be marked upon entry and charged at the door; price still negotiating)


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  • Rob M.

    ReasonFest is turning into one of my absolute favorite conventions. It's a must-see. Every single speaker was amazing. For those that missed it, the videos will be eventually posted on YouTube. Looking forward to next year!!

    April 21, 2013

  • Darrel W. R.

    Awesome conference and speakers.

    April 21, 2013

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