Southern California Secular Humanist Conference

Organized by the Humanist Association of San Diego

It's time once again for the: 

Two years ago 230 Humanists and other secular friends gathered for a day of talks and fellowship. We hosted leaders from the national organizations, gave awards to Michael Newdow, Mr. Deity, and Debbie Allen, and had one hell of a time with keynote speaker Jamie Ian Swiss. 

On Saturday, February 15, 2014, we will be getting together once again for the semi-annual SoCal Secular Humanist Conference. Join humanists, atheists, and agnostics from around the country as we examine an often-neglected topic: Secular Ethics. The theme of the conference is The Heart of Humanism: Empathy, Ethics, and Building a Better Human Experience

On Friday, February 14, join us for a meet, greet, and no-host dinner at the Bamboo Lounge (1475 University Ave at 7 p.m.)

On Saturday the 15th, join us for an event-packed day (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) of Humanist ethics and secular thought in the *Mission Valley Resort Hotel:

875 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108
http://www.missionvalleyresort.com

Admission is only $20 for a full day of freethought fun! And there's no need to find a babysitter, because **Camp Quest West will be providing free child-care at this event for paid attendees! REGISTER AND PAY HERE. (Iif cost is an issue please contact the Humanist Association of San Diego at [masked])

Speakers:

• Maggie Ardiente
• James Croft
• Victoria de la Torre-Cortes
• David Diskin
• Margaret Downey
• Jason Frye
• Steve Hill
• Jennifer Kalmanson
• Linda Patterson

Schedule:

• 9:30-10:00 a.m. - Registration
• 10:00-12:00 p.m. - Speakers
• 12:00-1:30 p.m. - Lunch (on your own; there are many good restaurants near the hotel, or bring a sack lunch and enjoy the hotel grounds)
• 1:30-6:30 p.m. - Speakers and Panel Discussion
• 6:30-8:00 p.m. - Dinner (on your own)
• 8:00-10:00 p.m. - Speakers and Award Presentation

*Hotel Reservations can be made at $50 per night. Call (619)[masked] and ask them to reserve your room at the “Humanist Conference” rate.

**Please email the Humanist Association of San Diego ([masked]) by this Wednesday to reserve children’s spots in the Camp Quest experience.

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  • Alan M.

    Cy:

    I told a few of the speakers directly about what I found wanting in their talks. I don't want to broadcast those comments here. At the very least everyone was sincere and with good intentions. The only specific point I would like to make here that so far as "actions" go, we are very active here in our freethinking San Diego community. We are much more engaged interacting with others beyond those in our particular groups than the speaker from Boston might know. I did not get a chance to tell him that.

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • Cy C.

    It was unfortunate that the first part of the Schedule over-ran its time leading to a postponement of Maggie Ardiente's talk that I, and I am sure others, had been looking forward to. Jennifer Kalmanson's talk on management, apart from exceeding its time, while possibly of interest to human resource and business managers, was quite inappropriate for the conference. Steve Hill's film while of interest was far too long and contained too much repetition and should not been allowed to go on past 2.00 pm.

    February 18, 2014

  • Alan M.

    The speakers on a wide range of topics varied in competency. Some of the speakers, especially earlier in the conference, are not ready for prime time.

    February 15, 2014

    • Cy C.

      Thank you Alan: What would you liked to have heard from the early speakers on their subjects - "Humanism 101", "Global Ethics", and "Actions Speak Louder then Philosophy". to be ready for prime time?

      February 18, 2014

  • lynn

    Stellar effort by San Diego Humanist Association - it's a big undertaking to organize something like this. Really enjoyed the speakers (agree with Debbie that the Heart of Humanism was excellent) and like that we were given a push off our collective a**es to do better as well as some direction in how to do that. Thanks Jason et al.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Ed S.

    I enjoyed the talks and discussions very much, particularly the evening session.

    2 · February 16, 2014

  • jenelle k.

    What a fantastic conference. I got there about 1230. But mike lewis was kind enough to give me a ride home after the event. So I got to see all the speakers from 1230 to the end and they were great. I had heard almost all of the speakers before on podcasts and you tube, yet each of them gave an interesting take on topics that i hadn't heard them talk about before. I also had some great conversations with people. Can't wait to go to this next year.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Debbie A.

    Enjoyed the topic, "The Heart of Humanism". Had a few favorites among the speakers. Lots to think about in the coming weeks. Was happy to see old friends and new faces.

    3 · February 15, 2014

  • jenelle k.

    I had a ride to the conference but for some reason he didn''t show to pick me up. So i will be taking the bus there. I should be there about 1130 am or 12pm. If anyone is heading back to vista after the conference i would really appreciate a ride. My email is [masked]

    February 15, 2014

    • lynn

      Oh Jenelle, I am SO sorry your ride didn't show up! You've been working so hard to get one. We'll be happy to see you when you get there. Thanks for your perseverance!

      February 15, 2014

    • jenelle k.

      Thank you lynn, At least i will see some of it.

      February 15, 2014

  • Ed S.

    My wife and I will be attending from the morning through the early afternoon. We would be interested in having lunch with other humanists

    1 · February 14, 2014

    • jenelle k.

      count me in. My email is [masked], if you have a smartphone with you, you can email me and we can meet somewhere.

      February 14, 2014

  • jenelle k.

    I am trying to get there by bus but it is proving difficult.
    If anyone is coming from vista or north county area, I would love a ride. I will pay for the round trip gasoline expense. [masked]

    February 13, 2014

    • jenelle k.

      update- I now have a ride up and back. Thank you mike.

      February 14, 2014

    • Debbie A.

      Glad to hear it!

      February 14, 2014

  • jenelle k.

    Does anyone want to get together for lunch near the hotel? Lunch is 12:00 to 1:30.

    February 14, 2014

  • lynn

    Have already bought tickets / RSVPd at HASD Meetup site in case you are counting heads.

    February 10, 2014

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