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American Atheists - MN Regional Conference at Double Tree in downtown St. Paul

Join us on Saturday, August 11, for an all-day Regional Atheist Conference at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in downtown St. Paul. Confirmed speakers so far are: Dave Silverman (president of American Atheists), PZ Myers (the world’s best-known atheist-science blogger), Teresa MacBain (head of The Clergy Project, for clergy who are now atheists), Ayanna Watson (president of Black Atheists of America), Hector Avalos (Biblical scholar), Robert Price (author of The Case Against The Case for Christ and The Christ-Myth Theory and Its Problems) and J. Anderson Thomson (author of Why We Believe in God(s) ).

In addition to the conference speakers, a lunch and dinner are available for purchase. We are encouraging everyone to purchase a reasonably priced lunch and/or dinner because that's how we're able to best offset the costs of the event. Please keep in mind that the price for lunch and dinner include tax and gratuity. Later in the evening we will have a pub crawl in downtown St. Paul.

Register Now! Conference tickets and meals will soon be available for purchase through American Atheists. Prices are: Conference Speakers (regular rate) = $49, Conference Speakers (full-time student rate) = $10, Lunch = $24, Dinner = $28. Or, save money with a Full Conference Package (speakers, lunch, dinner): Regular rate = $95, Full-time student rate = $55.

DoubleTree by Hilton - St. Paul Downtown
411 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101, (866)[masked]

For those coming from out-of-town, or who just wish to have a fun weekend party, we have secured a special room rate of $99 per night (plus tax) for Friday and Saturday nights, August 10 and 11. Space is limited, so reserve today! Book your room reservations directly with the hotel or call the hotel and say you’re part of the American Atheists conference.

We will also be offering a limited pre-release sale of Atheist Voices of Minnesota at the conference, two weeks before it's released to the rest of the public.

Hope to see you in St. Paul on August 10th and 11th for some unbelievable fun!

Don't forget to register.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone obtained the last presentation by Thomson, could they post it via dropbox or some other site? Fantastic conference; thanks for all the hard work and to all of the speakers for their time and efforts. What a wonderful time.

    August 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeun -- thanks for that!

      August 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      August -- I believe you just create a dropbox account (https://www.dropbox.co...­ and click "Sign in" in the upper right and then "create an account"), upload the file, and then there's a little icon to the right of the file that allows you to send the link to others. You should be able to post that here and anyone can create a dropbox account and download it.

      August 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love getting together with like minded people and learning things. It was awesome.

    August 12, 2012

  • Corey Van M.

    That was amazing. Thanks for all the hard work!

    August 12, 2012

  • Chuck13

    Wow!

    August 12, 2012

  • Leah

    oh, and for cheap lunch options - there's also a Subway at 7th/Minnesota.

    August 10, 2012

  • Jessica F.

    Can someone look up restaurants downtown near the doubletree that offer free stuff for your birthday? I'm cheap, too. And lazy, but it's my birthday Saturday!

    August 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Almost any place will probably fit this bill, though "free stuff" tends to mean "extras" -- one drink or one dessert. If you're lucky... both.

      August 9, 2012

    • Jessica F.

      Some places offer free meals (it's more rare), but I'd settle for a free beer or dessert. :)

      August 9, 2012

  • Eric

    Also, we'll be leaving for the pub crawl at 9:30pm from the hotel lobby. The list of bars will be available at the conference.

    August 9, 2012

  • Eric

    It sounds like you guys have developed a great plan for a lunch/dinner alternative. For anyone who would like to stay at or near the hotel with other guests and speakers there is a restaurant connected to the hotel atrium. You could eat there or bring food from there into the atrium.

    August 9, 2012

  • Chuck13

    Great Waters would work, just hold the cheese on portobella san or wild rice veggie burger. And if there is a free beer for Jessica's BD does that seal the deal?

    August 9, 2012

  • Chuck13

    How about dinner at Sawatdee (Thai) 486 Robert St N, Saint Paul just acouple of block - they have veg/vegan/omnivore options

    August 9, 2012

    • Rohit

      Really like this idea. Yes, I'm game :)

      August 9, 2012

  • Leah

    I'm definitely interested in finding a lunch/dinner place! There's a Dunn Brothers with soups/salads/sandwiches on 7th/Minnesota, which is only a block from the hotel. There's also Jimmy John's and Bruegger's on the 7th place mall - just a few blocks from the hotel. For sit-down options I like Great Waters - a pretty nice brew pub and Jessica I bet they'd throw a free beer your way for your bday. :) Chuck I don't know if you could find vegan options there but I know Great Waters does have vegetarian entrees. There's also Barrio (tequila/Mex) or the Bulldog (nice bar/grill), 4-5 blocks away on Mears Park. There are some nice options!

    August 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just registered! For those who are cheap like me, any interest in the MNA-ers going to a common lunch and/or dinner place?

    August 8, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome. Todd, I'll try to connect with you around lunch and if you know some others perhaps we can rally somewhere. Maybe we can just pick something like the lobby and meet there. Everyone else should be in a banquet room, I'm assuming, so the hoard in the lobby should be obvious to figure out. We can decide on a place from there?

      August 9, 2012

    • Jessica F.

      Find one with free birthday stuff. It's my birthday Saturday.

      August 9, 2012

  • Chuck13

    Thanks, Eric for teaching me to push the right buttons, but alas no vegan options. DT St. Paul does have some options though so no worries.

    August 4, 2012

  • Eric

    Hi Chuck! It's not the most intuitive registration system but if you click on the green "+" button it will display the meal options for both lunch and dinner. Once you select your registration level and fill in your name, address, etc. you need to scroll down to make your final selection. There are vegetarian options for both lunch and dinner. Hope that helps! Here's the link: http://atheists.givezooks.com/events/minnesota-atheists-regional-conference

    August 4, 2012

  • Chuck13

    Administrative detail - does anybody know what the lunch and dinner options will be? I am not finding any such information in the sign-up process and the Doubletree does not post any hints of menu options online. My main interest: are there any vegan or even vegetarian options? :)

    August 4, 2012

  • August B.

    9:00-9:30 pm - End of Conference / Take-down

    9:30 pm-??? - Pub Crawl in downtown St. Paul

    August 3, 2012

  • August B.

    Noon-1:30 pm - Lunch (catered meal ordered in advance or on your own)

    1:30-2:30 pm - Ayanna Watson, president of Black Atheists of America. “Female Freethinkers of Color”

    2:30-3:30 pm - Robert M. Price, author of The Case Against The Case for Christ and The Christ-Myth Theory and Its Problems. “The Mythical Opposition to the Jesus Myth”

    3:30-4:00 pm - Break and Book Sales and Signing

    4:00-5:00 pm - Teresa MacBain, past executive director of The Clergy Project, for clergy who are secretly atheists. “Shift Happens: The Story of One Pastor’s Journey on the Road to Reason”

    5:00-6:00 pm - PZ Myers, author of Pharyngula, the world’s most popular atheist-science blog. “Life is Chemistry”

    6:00-7:30 pm - Dinner (catered meal ordered in advance or on your own)

    7:30-9:00 pm - J. Anderson Thomson, author of Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith. “Why We Believe In God(s) and Sing and Dance to Solidify Belief.”

    August 3, 2012

  • August B.

    Here's the Conference Schedule. You can sign up at http://atheists.org/MN until August 5, or get tickets for just the speakers at the door. The hotel is sold out of sleeping rooms.

    8:00 am - Registration Begins

    8:45-9:00 am - Welcome from Minnesota Atheists - Eric Jayne, Heather Hegi, August Berkshire

    9:00-9:15 am - Welcome from American Atheists - Stuart Bechman

    9:15-10:00 am - Dave Silverman, President of American Atheists

    10:00-11:00 am - Hector Avalos, author of Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence. “From Darwin to Hitler: How Creationists Revise History”

    11:00 am-Noon - Jessica Ahlquist, the student who fought the posting of a prayer at her Rhode Island high school. “The High School without a Prayer”

    August 3, 2012

  • Tomomi

    I'd love to go, but the cost is simply prohibitive for a person living on a fixed income below the poverty line such as myself. I don't honestly understand why full-time students are the only group given preferential treatment in this regard, but it's hardly an unusual stance.

    August 2, 2012

  • Eric

    Tomorrow (8/1) is the last day to book a room for the $99 discounted rate at the Double Tree hotel. That's $49.50 if you split the costs with a friend! Here's the link to book a room: http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/M/MSPMSDT-AAG-20120810/index.jhtml;jsessionid=P4TUQLCG3OJQCCSGBJF2VCQ

    July 31, 2012

  • Leah

    Thanks for posting the schedule Eric!

    1 · July 24, 2012

  • Eric

    * * * Here's the updated schedule: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0Bw0BC6v5oHT5Sks4ZGZYcHZyM2s * * *

    1 · July 22, 2012

  • Eric

    Good News! The Double Tree agreed to extend the time to book your discounted room rate of $99/night until AUGUST 1st. http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/M/MSPMSDT-AAG-20120810/index.jhtml

    July 22, 2012

  • Heather H

    Details of this event, the schedule of everything, can be found here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8qGrPx83hLRSnJkNWRuTC1FcEk

    Today is the last day you can get a discounted rate on our hotel room block, $99 at DoubleTree in downtown St Paul, just call and say you're a part of the American Atheists conference.

    For those who have already registered, thank you! For the rest, we do appreciate registrations to be made sooner than later so we can better gauge attendance. Thank You

    July 22, 2012

  • Heather H

    Have they come out with a schedule yet of when speakers are speaking, the duration of the event, or anything like that?

    July 15, 2012

  • Eric

    Update! JESSICA AHLQUIST will be a featured speaker at the conference. She is the high school student who won a lawsuit--that went all the way to the federal courts--against her school for leading students in prayer. ** Don't forget to register **

    July 12, 2012

  • Eric

    Don't forget to REGISTER. The link to register is here: http://atheists.givezooks.com/events/minnesota-atheists-regional-conference ....I know that the conference is 5 weeks away but we need everyone who can register early to please do so. That way we can better predict the attendance and food needs. Do a little atheist proselytizing and tell your friends about the conference as well :-)

    1 · July 3, 2012

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