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American Humanist Association Conference (San Diego)

For more information go to:  http://conference.americanhumanist.org/

This Conference is chock full of great sessions:

Thursday, May 30
Registration

Registration desk will be located in the Mission Bay Foyer, 600 Building, 5th floor.

Start: 8:00 am End: 8:00 pm Location: Mission Bay Foyer, The Bahia Hotel

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Thursday, May 30
Philosophy of Humanism Symposium

Start: 9:00 am End: 2:45 pm Location: Mission Bay Ballroom E, The Bahia Hotel

Symposium Schedule:

Time Speaker Symposium Topic 9:00 am Jo Ann Balint Searching for Recognition: A Politics of Jewish Identity 10:00 am Jennifer Hancock Beyond the Choir 11:00 am Rebecca Hensler Grief Beyond Belief and Beyond: How Freethinkers Take Care of Themselves and Each Other Noon (Lunch) (Lunch) 1:00 pm Chris Ferbrache Capital Punishment: Its Lost Appeal? 1:30 pm Christine Shellska Questioning Parental Rights: Intelligent Design Creationism in Canada 2:00 pm Stuart Jordan The Secular Enlightenment Vision – And What it Means For Us Today

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Thursday, May 30
AHA Board of Directors Meeting

Public invited to attend.

Start: 10:00 am End: 12:00 pm Location: Del Mar, The Bahia Hotel

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Thursday, May 30
Lunch (on your own)

Start: 12:00 pm End: 1:30 pm Location: N/A

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Thursday, May 30
Business Meeting: New Humanist Society

The Humanist Society is undergoing exciting new changes. We’re growing our mission to better serve our membership and the Humanist community. Come find out what’s new and what’s coming.

Start: 1:30 pm End: 2:45 pm Location: Shell, The Bahia Hotel

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Thursday, May 30
Business Meeting: Feminist Caucus

The AHA Feminist Caucus has had a busy year since the last conference. At our 2013 FC Business Meeting breakout session we will review our progress and future plans for our Pass the ERA campaign, and begin to mobilize more actively to promote awareness of and adherence to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). We will check on the progress of the New Mexico AHA Chapter, HSNM, in organizing their local Feminist Caucus and continue to strategize for organizing at the local level and nesting leadership of the national FC within AHA chapters on a rotating basis.

We will also discuss our membership and fundraising protocols, nomination and selection of Humanist Heroine and other award candidates, and our internal and public communications, use of social media, and reviving some form of a regular FC newsletter or communique.

All AHA members are invited to attend.

Start: 3:00 pm End: 4:15 pm Location: Shell, The Bahia Hotel

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Thursday, May 30
Humanist Education

Teaching Ethics: How an Ideal Becomes an Idea, an Idea a Curriculum, and a Curriculum a School
with Carol Wintermute, Dr. Judith D. Wallach, Dr. Howard Radest, Nicole Osei, Geoffrey Renaud and David Rosas.

Start: 3:00 pm End: 5:00 pm Location: Mission Bay Ballroom E, The Bahia Hotel

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Thursday, May 30
Chapter Leader Training

Sadie Rothman, AHA field coordinator – What the AHA Can Do for Chapters

Start: 4:30 pm End: 5:45 pm Location: Shell, The Bahia Hotel

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Thursday, May 30
Dinner (on your own)

Start: 6:00 pm End: 7:45 pm Location: N/A

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Thursday, May 30
UnitedCoR Evening Activity

An informal discussion with Joseph Stewart and Fred Edwords of UnitedCoR, moderators

Start: 7:30 pm End: 9:30 pm Location: Marina, The Bahia Hotel

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Thursday, May 30
Feminist Film Screening: “Tough Guise–Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity”

Acclaimed anti-violence educator Jackson Katz argues that the epidemic of male violence that plagues American society needs to be understood and addressed as part of a much larger cultural crisis in masculinity. Whether he’s looking at bullying and school shootings or gay bashing, sexual assault, and violence against women, Katz makes a powerful case that male violence, misogyny, and homophobia are inextricably linked to how we define manhood as a culture.

The film gives special attention to how American media have glamorized increasingly regressive and violence masculine ideals in the face of mounting social and economic threats to traditional white male heterosexual authority. Katz’s innovative cultural approach to gender violence prevention has been adopted by the NFL, the NCAA, and the U.S. Marine Corps.

For more information and to watch a preview of the movie, click here.

Start: 8:00 pm End: 10:00 pm Location: Mission Bay Ballroom, The Bahia Hotel

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Friday, May 31


Friday, May 31
Registration

Registration desk will be located in the Mission Bay foyer, 600 Building, 5th floor.

Start: 8:00 am End: 8:00 pm Location: Mission Bay Foyer, The Bahia Hotel

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Friday, May 31
Early Morning Breakout Sessions

Start: 9:00 am End: 10:15 am Location: See Below

Session Schedule:

Speaker Topic Location Rob Boston The Secular Moment: Challenges Ahead for Church-State Separation Mission Bay E Jason Frye Holding History’s Rainbow Pen: LGBT as Humanism’s Next Civil Rights Chapter Shell UnitedCoR:
Harry Shaughnessy Power Fundraising for Your Local Group Del Mar

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Friday, May 31
Mid Morning Breakout Sessions

Start: 10:30 am End: 11:45 am Location: See Below

Session Schedule:

Speaker Topic Location Amanda Knief The Golden Calf: Why the Faith-based Initiative Needs to be Sacrificed Mission Bay E Raul Martinez The Magic Show Shell UnitedCoR:
Debbie Allen and Brian Magee Spreading the Word with Social Media Del Mar

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Friday, May 31
UnitedCoR Grass Roots Luncheon

Fred Edwords & panel of CoR leaders – New Initiatives: What UnitedCoR Can Do for You (Mission Bay ABCD)

UnitedCoR, the United Coalition of Reason, is launching exiting new initiatives this year. In addition to its nationally famous billboard and bus ad campaigns, designed to help nontheistic people find sympathetic groups in their local communities, it will now turn its attention outward. That is, UnitedCoR will begin to put the spotlight on prejudice against people in the community of reason and on wasteful, non-charitable spending by leading local religious organizations. A panel of CoR leaders will add their commentary.

Lunch begins 12:00 pm, seminar 1:00 pm

Start: 12:00 pm End: 1:30 pm Location: Mission Bay Ballroom, The Bahia Hotel

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Friday, May 31
Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Start: 1:45 pm End: 3:00 pm Location: See Below

Session Schedule:

 

 

 


Speaker Topic Location Marty Klein Sexual Intelligence: 10 Things Humanists Need to Know About Sex Mission Bay E Tom Krattenmaker The New Evangelicals in Post-Christian America (and Why Humanists Should Get to Know Them) Shell UnitedCoR: Michael Werner How to Better Organize and Grow Your Group Del Mar

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Friday, May 31
UnitedCoR Presents: The Humanism of Dancing Badly on YouTube

Matt Harding tells the story of how his goofy travel videos became an accidental internet sensation in the early days of YouTube, then gradually evolved into a tool for breaking cultural barriers and finding the simple ways in which we’re all the same. His videos have been viewed over 90 million times and are shown to students in classrooms around the world.

Matt will lead everyone in a dance following his talk!

Start: 3:15 pm End: 4:15 pm Location: Mission Bay Ballroom, The Bahia Hotel

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Friday, May 31
The State of Humanism Address

(Mission Bay CDE)

Start: 4:30 pm End: 6:00 pm Location: Mission Bay Ballroom, The Bahia Hotel

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Friday, May 31
Welcome Reception

(Mission Bay AB)

Start: 6:00 pm End: 7:00 pm Location: Mission Bay Ballroom A, The Bahia Hotel

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Friday, May 31
Humanist Awards Banquet

(Mission Bay ABCDE)

Award Presentations
Dan Savage, Humanist of the Year
Richard Leakey, Isaac Asimov Science Award

Entertainment

The Galapagos Mountain Boys

Start: 7:00 pm End: 10:00 pm Location: Mission Bay Ballroom, The Bahia Hotel

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Saturday, June 1


Saturday, June 1
Registration

Registration desk will be located in the Mission Bay foyer, 600 Building, 5th floor.

Start: 8:00 am End: 8:00 pm Location: Mission Bay Foyer, The Bahia Hotel

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Saturday, June 1
Religious Fundamentalism and the Abuse of Children

(Mission Bay CDE)

A symposium of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, US

Panel: Richard Dawkins (moderator), Sean Faircloth, Janet Heimlich, Katherine Stewart, Liz Heywood

Start: 9:00 am End: 10:15 am Location: Mission Bay Ballroom, The Bahia Hotel

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Saturday, June 1
Morning Breakout Sessions

Start: 10:30 am End: 11:45 am Location: See Below

Session Schedule:

Speaker(s) Topic Location Bob Bhaerman (moderator), Debbie Allen, Patrice Hong, Ron Herman Humanism Begins at Home: Educational Initiatives for Children Mission Bay E Leon Seltzer Humanism and Spirtuality Shell Margaret Downey The Life and Work of Thomas Paine (adapted for kids) Del Mar

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Saturday, June 1
Humanist Awards Luncheon

(Mission Bay ABCD)

Award Presentations
Carl Coon, Lifetime Achievement Award
Katha Pollitt, Humanist Heroine

Start: 12:00 pm End: 2:45 pm Location: Mission Bay Ballroom, The Bahia Hotel

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Saturday, June 1
Early Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Start: 3:00 pm End: 3:45 pm Location: See Below

Session Schedule:

Speaker Topic Location Teresa MacBain The Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion, and Dorothy: Finding Community in Unlikely Places Mission Bay E Rebecca Hensler Grief Beyond Belief: Comfort, Community and Compassion Shell Ayanna Watson Separation of Church and State Del Mar

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Saturday, June 1
Mid Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Start: 4:00 pm End: 4:45 pm Location: See Below

Session Schedule:

Speaker Topic Location Edwina Rogers Lobbying for Secular America Mission Bay E Nikki Stern Hope in Small Doses: a Blueprint for Reasonable Happiness Shell Louis Altman Is Humanism a Religion? Del Mar

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Saturday, June 1
Late Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Start: 5:00 pm End: 5:45 pm Location: See Below

Session Schedule:

Speaker Topic Location Phil Zuckerman Irreligion Rising: Causes and Consequences of Growing Secularity in America Mission Bay E Katha Pollitt Journalism Now Shell Jamy Ian Swiss The Illusion of Psychic Powers Del Mar

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Saturday, June 1
Humanist Contributors’ Reception

Help the American Humanist Association raise $50,000 to support our important work in Congress, in the courts, and with the general public on behalf of humanists, atheists, and nonbelievers in the United States. Invited guests include the 2013 Humanist Award recipients.

(Separate RSVP required. Email Maggie Ardiente: [masked])

Start: 6:00 pm End: 7:00 pm Location: Williams D Evans Boat – Upper Floor, The Bahia Hotel

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Saturday, June 1
Humanist Awards Banquet

(Mission Bay ABCD)

Award Presentation
Greta Christina, LGBT Humanist Pride

Slam Poetry
Tommy Raskin, Humanist Magazine’s 2012 Essay Contest Winner

Entertainment
The Evolution of Comedy Tour

Start: 7:00 pm End: 9:30 pm Location: Mission Bay Ballroom, The Bahia Hotel

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Saturday, June 1
Karaoke

Join conference attendees and local humanists for Karaoke until midnight! Details will be announced during the Saturday night Awards Banquet.

Start: 10:00 pm End: 12:00 am Location: TBD

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Sunday, June 2


Sunday, June 2
Registration

Registration desk will be located in the Mission Bay foyer, 600 Building, 5th floor.

Start: Sunday, June 2 8:00 am End: Sunday, June 2 12:00 pm Location: Mission Bay Foyer, The Bahia Hotel

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Sunday, June 2
Humanist Kids Program

(TBA, separate registration required)

Start: 9:00 am End: 12:00 pm Location: TBA

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Sunday, June 2
Breakout Sessions

Start: 9:00 am End: 10:15 am Location: See Below

Session Schedule:

Speaker Topic Location Eddie Tabash The True Meaning of the Separation of Church and State Mission Bay E David Tamayo Latinos Exercised their Power at the Last Elections: Now What? Shell Luis Granados Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts Del Mar

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Sunday, June 2
Keynote Speaker

Sean M. Carroll Ph.D, theoretical physics and astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology, will deliver this year’s keynote address, “Purpose and the Universe”.

(Mission Bay ABC)

Start: 10:30 am End: 12:00 pm Location: Mission Bay Ballroom, The Bahia Hotel

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Sunday, June 2
USS Midway Memorial Service and Tour

The Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers will be conducting a special Memorial Day service on the historic USS Midway aircraft carrier. This unique, full military service will take place on the flight deck with flags and joined by special guests and honorees.

Start: 1:00 pm End: 5:00 pm Location: USS Midway aircraft carrier Address: 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, 92101

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  • Rachael

    I'll be there Friday for the UnitedCoR portion... maybe Sunday for the Secular Coalition of California's lobby training.

    May 17, 2013

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