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MEET RICHARD DAWKINS IN PERSON - NYC ATHEISTS SEPTEMBER MONTHLY MEETING


Surprise! News!

 

Meet Richard Dawkins in Person!

 

#1 Atheist Hero to Speak at NYCA Meeting

on Thursday

 

New York City Atheists Inc. (NYCA) is honored to announce that author and Atheist icon Richard Dawkins will be speaking in person at its monthly meeting on September 26th at 7 PM.

 

 

 

Richard Dawkins

 

 

 

NYCA is proud to host Prof. Dawkins as he introduces to America his new book, “AN APPETITE FOR WONDER - THE MAKING OF A SCIENTIST.”


NYCA was selected to be a host to Dawkins on this book tour by the Secular Coalition of America (SCA), a Washington DC-based lobbying group for the secular community that NYCA has been lobbying with and working with for many years, as has Prof. Dawkins.


An Intimate Memoir


Dawkins’ new book,  An Appetite for Wonder - The Making of a Scientist,  (Ecco Press, $27.99) is an intimate memoir of the first part of his life from his childhood in Africa to his intellectual awakening at Oxford and his path to becoming an evolutionary biologist, author of his first famous book, The Selfish Gene, and the world-renowned Atheist he is today. A second memoir is planned to cover his later life and the publication of what is arguably his most famous book, The God Delusion.


After Dawkins’ speech, there will be a question and answer period.  After the Q and A, Prof. Dawkins will be available to sign his books, which NYCA will have on hand for a special price.

 

Note:  NYC Atheists will have approximately 50 copies of Richard Dawkins latest book on hand at a special price of $20, cash only. Since we expect a huge crowd  at this event, please purchase your book before the talk and hold it for autographing afterwards.



EVENT SUMMARY

WHAT:      Richard Dawkins Speaks About His New Book, “An  Appetite for Wonder - The Making of a Scientist.”  He will be accompanied by Edwina Rogers, executive director of the Secular Coalition of America, who will talk about Prof. Dawkins’ special role as advisor and supporter of  SCA.

 

WHEN:      THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 -

Doors open 6:30 p.m. Program starts 7 p.m.

 

WHERE:    SLC CONFERENCE CENTER - 15 West 39th St., 3rd Floor

 

COST:        We suggest a voluntary donation of $10 to help defray the cost of the meeting place. Students and unemployed, free.

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New York City Atheists Inc. is a 501C not-for-profit association dedicated to the separation of church and state and to promoting Atheist values and lifestyle.



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  • Stoddard

    Hearing Dawkins speak was music to my ears, and that means a lot 'cause I'm a musician.
    The SLC Center split the groups in two so I only got to hear him talk for like a third of the time than I initially was promised. I also paid 35 bucks to get a seat.
    Amazing experience though.

    September 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I happily paid the 35$ as well - which was well worth it for Dawkins alone. I intended on getting a membership anyway, but there WAS someone at the table saying a membership was required. I thought it was strange but ran to get a seat and didn't stick around to hear how it got resolved. I felt the short time was worth it (it was my first event with this group).

      1 · September 27, 2013

    • Jane E.

      Welcome to NYC Atheists Inc. and we are happy to have you as a member. However, a membership was not required to get into this event. I think what the person at the table was saying was that membership was required to GET IN FIRST. Membership in any organization always has some privileges and one of the perks of being a member in most organizations is that you have first dibs on any event.

      1 · September 28, 2013

  • saelina

    I had a fantastic time listening to professor Dawkins speak. I wish it was a longer talk but given such a large audience, I was lucky to have even met him in person. Thank you for organizing it!

    September 27, 2013

  • William C.

    I think it was a good idea that Jane and Ken decided to add an additional lecture because so many people showed up. I think it was telling that so many people were willing to wait until the first lecture was over in order to hear Professor Dawkins. It was a good lecture and I am sure that those who waited would agree that it was worth the wait. I do think it is "possible" that there can be Atheists who are not freethinkers but I also think the vast majority of Atheists are freethinkers. All the Atheists that I know of do not "believe" or have "faith" that god does not exist. I strongly agree with Prof. Dawkin's idea that Atheists-Secular humanists should, put aside there differences and unite to form a coalition which will have political clout in order to prevent the further intrusion of religion and politics and to rollback the intrusions that do exist.

    1 · September 27, 2013

    • Jane E.

      Thanks, Bill. Ken Bronstein, prez of NYC Atheists, has long championed an Atheist voting bloc and has written many of his so-called "sermons" on how we must learn to come together to lobby and vote. That's why Ken was one of the early supporters of Washington-based Secular Coalition of America (SCA) and has often gone to Washington to lobby Congress with them. You may have noticed that SCA was one of the sponsors of last night's event. That's because we have been longtime supporters of this coalition, both financially and with our activism. One must choose which coalition one wishes to support and this is the one that NYCA chose.

      2 · September 27, 2013

    • Michael D.

      Yes, SCA does some very worthwhile things for the movement.

      September 27, 2013

  • Stoddard

    It was incredible, however they had to split the speech in two because of all the others who came to see Dawkins. Honestly, I felt a little cheated. Dawkins only talked from 7-7:45, at the latest, rather than an ending time of 9.
    I got a signed book though. The organizers of the event encouraged signing up for the Secular Coalition for New York as well, so sign up if you're interested in making a difference!

    September 26, 2013

    • Jane E.

      Yes, we champion the Secular Coalition for American (SCA) as a real, working, coming-together of Atheists of many philosophies and political shadings to work together for those issues that affect us all. There are other coalitions around but they don't have the clout in Washington or the foresight and strength that SCA does.

      September 27, 2013

  • Jan J.

    It was fascinating, wish it could have been longer. Considering the huge turn out - twice times the room's capacity, at least - the organizers did the right thing in dividing us into shifts. It meant less time for each of us to hear Prof. Dawkins - but the only other choice would have been to turn away dozens and dozens of people. As for the complaints form some folks that "it cost them $35" to gain admittance, $25 of that is annual dues. Giving paid-up members first dibs is really the only way to handle such a huge turnout. (No one could seriously suggest that non-members get in first and paid members be turned away.) It's fortunate that Dawkins' celebrity inspired many new people to join and pay dues. You can't run an organization with no money. Even with volunteers, a group still needs funds.

    3 · September 27, 2013

  • George R.

    I was thrilled to meet Prof. Dawkins, and was super excited to hear him answer my question about current thoughts on abiogenesis! I'm also super happy that this even was held, as it spurred my wife and I to finally join up with NYCA! Thanks to all involved!

    2 · September 27, 2013

  • Jane E.

    I found it fascinating to hear Richard Dawkins' opinions on things like male and female circumcision. Somehow, without even trying, Dawkins sets the standard for us Atheists on how to evaluate cultural habits from a scientific point of view. Bravo, Dawkins, you open our eyes.

    September 27, 2013

  • Saul S.

    Dawkins was fantastic, as always. Thanks, Ken and Jane, for bringing him to us. And thanks to all the volunteers--upstairs, on the street, and behind the camera--for making the process work so well.

    2 · September 27, 2013

    • Jane E.

      Thanks, Saul. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, our volunteers were fantastic. I want to thank Joey, Elly, Willie, Rad, Julie, Susan, Allen, Larry, Eric and all the other longtime members who kept the lines in the street in order, manned the sign-in table, sold books and processed new memberships. We are a true democracy, folks, where everyone takes part for the good of the whole.

      1 · September 27, 2013

  • Brian J

    I had an excellent time at this meetup. It was great to meet Richard Dawkins in person, and it was great to hear him speak. It was a very intellectually stimulating event, and I was proud to be an Atheist-Agnostic. I also think that this was the best event that we've had at New York City Atheists, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next meetup. :)

    1 · September 27, 2013

  • Stoddard

    Don't get me wrong, didn't mean ANY disrespect for this group. I love this group. I hope no one was offended. I was honestly overwhelmed with joy that I got to hear him speak. And yes I know, 25 is for membership, but I figured I might be able to see it at all if I had not signed up. I'm sorry if I upset you.

    September 27, 2013

    • Jane E.

      We are happy to have you as a member and sort of excited that your membership was inspired by Richard Dawkins! However, plenty of people got into the second session without becoming members. Keep in mind that membership brings a few perks in any organization and one of them is often first dibs on an event.

      September 27, 2013

  • Dan T.

    Really sorry I could not make it. My MRI ran late and by the time I got out, it was far too late to rush in. I'm glad the event was a success.

    September 27, 2013

  • Peter

    Very informative and enlightening

    September 27, 2013

  • Stoddard

    I mean I might not* have been able to see it

    September 27, 2013

  • Jane E.

    There were so many people, we had to have two sessions, one right after the other. Richard Dawkins was tireless, charming, delightful. He made me proud to be an Atheist! The whole evening was an inspiration!

    1 · September 27, 2013

  • William C.

    Hats off again to Jane and Ken for a great Meetup even though there were same rude people who had there hats on.

    September 26, 2013

    • Jane E.

      Glad you weren't one of those rude people, Bill.

      September 27, 2013

  • Stoddard

    Guys, I think you can sign up for membership at the door. That's what I'm gonna try.

    September 26, 2013

    • Jane E.

      Yes, you can certainly sign up for membership at the door. The members posted at the door to sign you up as a member of NYCA will be able to accept check and cash but not credit cards.

      September 26, 2013

  • Carmella

    If we request to become a member today via the website, will we be given approval to complete the registration and pay for membership?

    September 26, 2013

  • Stoddard

    Hold on, membership card? I can't come if I don't have one?

    September 25, 2013

    • Jane E.

      As I said below, we are giving seating preference to dues-paying members of NYCA Inc. because they support programs like this one with their dues. Once they are seated, then non-members are next in line.

      2 · September 26, 2013

    • Peter

      So , it isn't likely non members will get a seat at the event? Even if we arrive by 5::

      September 26, 2013

  • Jane E.

    Because of the huge sign-up for this event, we will be letting in people who show their NYC Atheists' membership card at 6:15. (Note: being a member of this Meet-up is not the same as being a dues-paying member of NYCA.) Please remember to bring your card. We will not have a list of members on hand to check off.

    September 25, 2013

    • Chip M.

      Will there be a cap on how many people are let in?

      September 25, 2013

    • Jane E.

      Yes, there will be a cap.. There are only so many the room will hold. And yes, you can become a member at this meeting and enter with the members with your receipt.

      September 26, 2013

  • Peter

    What time will non member be admitted to the conference?

    September 25, 2013

    • Jane E.

      We do not know. The sign-up for this event has been unprecedented so we cannot predict anything.

      September 26, 2013

  • Hugo

    Can someone kindly let me know if regular Meetup members can join in?

    September 25, 2013

    • Jane E.

      Hugo, I repeat, being a member of this Meetup site is not the same as being a dues-paying member of New York City Atheists Inc. (NYCA). We will be giving preference at the door to dues-paying members of NYCA because they support programs like this one with their dues. Once NYCA members are in, then non-member Atheists are next in line

      September 26, 2013

  • Saul S.

    Ken & Jane:

    See if you can rent City Center for the evening.

    September 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I suppose that means I have to remember where I put it . Perhaps a prayer to Saint Anthony will help.

    September 25, 2013

    • Saul S.

      If you're as messy as I, you'll need a prayer to St. Jude.

      September 25, 2013

  • Wendell

    It would be my first meeting, been an atheist since I was 15

    September 25, 2013

  • saelina

    I'm excited about tomorrow's talk. btw, what time would it end? Need to get a bus time. thanks!

    September 25, 2013

  • Stoddard

    I am so excited, I can barely function.

    September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've already went to the September 23rd event at the BAM Harvey Theater. It was great! Hope you guys enjoy this Thursday's event

    September 24, 2013

  • Eileen Marie R.

    Thanks for the heads up Jane, I think we are all so excited we want to make sure we're on the list. This is going to be amazing!

    September 23, 2013

    • Jane E.

      There is no "list," Eileen. Just come. NYCA has been working with, lobbying with and supporting the Washington-based Secular Coalition of America (SCA) for many years, as has Richard Dawkins, who is on its advisory board, so it's not so amazing that Richard would come visit us; we are all Atheist family.

      September 23, 2013

  • Jane E.

    People, your RSVP to the right of this column is sufficient. You do not need to state in this column that you are coming. That is redundant and I will probably just delete it.

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How exciting!

    September 23, 2013

  • Jane E.

    Folks, this is a last-minute change in program. Our previously scheduled speaker, who has graciously agreed to the change, will be rescheduled for next month. Come and enjoy meeting the fabulous Richard Dawkins, one of Atheism's Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse! It will be an experience you will always remember.

    September 22, 2013

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