Don't miss the conference in San Diego!

From: Debbie Allen
Sent on: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:34 AM

Dear friends and fellow humanists!

We have the opportunity of a lifetime... coming soon to our hometown. This year, the annual conference of the American Humanist Association, WILL BE IN SAN DIEGO!

It begins Thursday, May 30th and continues through Sunday, June 2nd, and will be held at the Bahia Hotel on Mission Bay.

These conferences are always out of town for San Diegans, which means airfare and hotel expenses on top of the conference registration fee. (Next year we will be somewhere back east.)

For more information about the conference, schedule and speakers, go to the official website:

http://conference.americanhumanist.org

I'm going to copy & paste the schedule below so you can quickly see all the wonderful events you will not want to miss. If you have ANY questions about the conference, please email me at [address removed]. The conference is "casual", and all events are easy to access. All workshops and banquets/speakers will be at meeting rooms or the main ballroom of the Bahia...each with a glorious view of the bay. You can attend all workshops/lectures without meals for $199. The entire conference, banquet meals included, is $299. There is full time childcare provided at a reasonable cost.  Camp Quest will also be in session from Thursday through Sunday at noon for kids 5 years and older. See the registration page for details about costs.

Thursday, May 30

Philosophy of Humanism Symposium

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
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

Lunch (on your own)

Becoming a Humanist Celebrant

Start:

Thursday, May 30 1:30 pm

End:

Thursday, May 30 2:45 pm

Humanist Education

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

Start:

Thursday, May 30 3:00 pm

End:

Thursday, May 30 5:00 pm

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:

Thursday, May 30 3:00 pm

End:

Thursday, May 30 4:15 pm

Chapter Leader Training

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

Start:

Thursday, May 30 4:30 pm

End:

Thursday, May 30 5:45 pm

Dinner (on your own)

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:

Thursday, May 30 8:00 pm

End:

Thursday, May 30 10:00 pm

Friday, May 31

Early Morning Breakout Sessions

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

Start:

Friday, May 31 9:00 am

End:

Friday, May 31 10:15 am

Humanist Kids Program

(TBA, separate registration required)

Start:

Friday, May 31 9:00 am

End:

Friday, May 31 10:00 pm

Mid Morning Breakout Sessions

1. Amanda Knief – The Golden Calf: Why the Faith-based Initiative Needs to be Sacrificed (Mission Bay E)
2. Raul Martinez – The Magic Show (Shell)
3. UnitedCoR: Debbie Allen and Brian Magee – Spreading the Word with Social Media (Del Mar)

Start:

Friday, May 31 10:30 am

End:

Friday, May 31 11:45 pm

TBA

UnitedCoR Grass Roots Luncheon; Fred Edwords: What UnitedCoR Can Do for You

(Mission Bay ABCD)

Start:

Friday, May 31 12:00 pm

End:

Friday, May 31 1:30 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

1. Marty Klein – Sexual Intelligence: 10 Things Humanists Need to Know About Sex (Mission Bay E)
2. Tom Krattenmaker – The New Evangelicals in Post-Christian America (and Why Humanists Should Get to Know Them) (Shell)
3. UnitedCoR: Fred Edwords – How to Better Organize and Grow Your Group (Del Mar)

Start:

Friday, May 31 1:45 pm

End:

Friday, May 31 3:00 pm

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:

Friday, May 31 3:15 pm

End:

Friday, May 31 4:15 pm

The State of Humanism Address

(Mission Bay CDE)

Start:

Friday, May 31 4:30 pm

End:

Friday, May 31 6:00 pm

Welcome Reception

(Mission Bay AB)

Start:

Friday, May 31 6:00 pm

End:

Friday, May 31 7:00 pm

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:

Friday, May 31 7:00 pm

End:

Friday, May 31 10:00 pm

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: R. Elisabeth Cornwell (moderator), Sean Faircloth, Janet Heimlich, Katherine Stewart, Liz Heywood

Start:

Saturday, June 1 9:00 am

End:

Saturday, June 1 10:15 am

Humanist Kids Program

(TBA, separate registration required)

Start:

Saturday, June 1 9:00 am

End:

Saturday, June 1 10:00 pm

Morning Breakout Sessions

1. Humanism Begins at Home: Educational Initiatives for ChildrenKristin Wintermute (moderator), Bob Bhaerman, Debbie Allen, Patrice Hong, Ron Herman (Mission Bay E)
2. Leon Seltzer – Humanism and Spirtuality (Shell)
3. Margaret Downey – The Life and Work of Thomas Paine (adapted for kids) (Del Mar)

Start:

Saturday, June 1 10:30 am

End:

Saturday, June 1 11:45 am

Humanist Awards Luncheon

(Mission Bay ABCD)

Award Presentations

Carl Coon, Lifetime Achievement Award

Katha Pollitt, Humanist Heroine

Start:

Saturday, June 1 12:00 pm

End:

Saturday, June 1 2:45 pm

Early Afternoon Breakout Sessions

1. Teresa MacBain – The Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion, and Dorothy: Finding Community in Unlikely Places (Mission Bay E)
2. Rebecca Hensler – Grief Beyond Belief: Comfort, Community and Compassion (Shell)
3. Ayanna Watson – Separation of Church and State (Del Mar)

Start:

Saturday, June 1 3:00 pm

End:

Saturday, June 1 3:45 pm

Saturday, June 1

Mid Afternoon Breakout Sessions

1. Edwina Rogers – Lobbying for Secular America (Mission Bay E)
2. Nikki Stern – Hope in Small Doses: a Blueprint for Reasonable Happiness (Shell)
3. Louis Altman – Is Humanism a Religion? (Del Mar)

Start:

Saturday, June 1 4:00 pm

End:

Saturday, June 1 4:45 pm

Late Afternoon Breakout Sessions

1. Phil Zuckerman – Irreligion Rising: Causes and Consequences of Growing Secularity in America (Mission Bay E)
2. Katha Pollitt – Journalism Now (Shell)
3. Jamy Ian Swiss – The Illusion of Psychic Powers (Del Mar)

Start:

Saturday, June 1 5:00 pm

End:

Saturday, June 1 5:45 pm

Humanist Contributors’ Reception

(separate RSVP required)

Start:

Saturday, June 1 6:00 pm

End:

Saturday, June 1 7:00 pm

Location:

Williams D Evans Boat - Upper Floor

Humanist Awards Banquet

(Mission Bay ABCD)

Award Presentation

Greta Christina, LGBT Humanist Pride

Entertainment

The Evolution of Comedy Tour

Start:

Saturday, June 1 7:00 pm

End:

Saturday, June 1 9:30 pm

Location:

Mission Bay Ballroom

Sunday, June 2

Yoga Class

Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, and currently close to 11 million Americans are enjoying its health benefits. Let’s start out our day with a session of “secular yoga” during which we will focus on mild stretching, mindful breathing, and relaxation. Appropriate for all ability levels.

Start:

Sunday, June 2 8:00 am

End:

Sunday, June 2 8:45 am

Mission Bay Foyer

Address:

The Bahia Hotel, San Diego

Breakout Sessions

1. Eddie Tabash – The True Meaning of the Separation of Church and State (Mission Bay E)
2. David Tamayo – Latinos Exercised their Power at the Last Elections: Now What? (Shell)
3. Luis Granados – Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts (Del Mar)

Start:

Sunday, June 2 9:00 am

End:

Sunday, June 2 10:15 am

Humanist Kids Program

(TBA, separate registration required)

Start:

Sunday, June 2 9:00 am

End:

Sunday, June 2 10:00 pm

Keynote Speaker

(Mission Bay ABC)

Start:

Sunday, June 2 10:30 am

End:

Sunday, June 2 12:00 pm

Location:

Mission Bay Ballroom

Address:

The Bahia Hotel, San Diego, United States

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:

Sunday, June 2 1:00 pm

End:

Sunday, June 2 5:00 pm

Location:

USS Midway aircraft carrier

Address:

910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, 92101, United States

 

Please show up and help me welcome the nation's humanists to San Diego!

Debbie

 

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