Minnesota Atheists will be holding an All-Star Conference in partnership with the Humanists of Minnesota. It will be held at the RiverCentre on the west end of downtown near the Xcel Energy Center, Science Museum, and Mississippi River. As the last two years, the conference will follow a night of unbelievable fun with the Mr Paul Aints!
Confirmed speakers on a growing list include Susan Jacoby, Rebecca Watson, and PZ Myers, Debbie Goddard, Elizabeth Ess, and Dan Barker!
Keep posted for more details including admission, schedule, new speakers, and admission prices. We will continue our tradition of keeping prices affordable and provide discounts for our members. (a RSVP on Meetup does not get you into the conference)
REGISTRATION HAS OPENED!
• $90 ($81 for members) Full Package (Admission, Lunch, & Dinner)
• $55 ($49 for members) Admission Only
• $55 Student Price Full Package (Admission, Lunch, & Dinner)
• $20 Student Price Admission Only
10% DISCOUNT for all paid-up members of Minnesota Atheists and/or Humanists of MN*
Schedule listed below:
8:00 am Registration, Merchandise Sales, and Silent Auction Open
9:00-9:15 - Welcome
9:15-10:15 - PZ Myers: “God in a Box: Providing Answers while Dissolving the God-of-the-Gaps through Science”
10:15-10:30 - Break
10:30-11:20 - First workshop session (Pick 1 of 3 choices*)
11:20-11:30 - Break
11:30 am-12:30 pm - Second workshop session (Pick 1 of 3 choices*)
12:30-1:45 - Lunch (prepaid or on your own)
1:45-2:45 - Debbie Goddard: “The Science of Change: Evidence-Based Methods for Effective Activism”
2:45-3:00 - Break
3:00-4:00 - Rebecca Watson
4:00-4:15 - Break
4:15-5:15 - Susan Jacoby: “Where Are You, Robert Ingersoll, Now That We Need You?: The Great Agnostic and the Golden Age of Freethought”
5:15-5:30 - Break
5:30-6:30 - Dan Barker: “Life-Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning”
6:30-7:45 - Dinner (prepaid or on your own)
7:15-7:45 - Book Signings
7:30 - Bids for Silent Auction End
7:45-7:55 - Announcements
7:55-8:25 - Elizabeth Ess comedy break
8:25-8:30 - Transition break
8:30-9:00 - Dan Barker performance
9:00 - Pub Crawl
Rationally Reading Science News (Stephanie Zvan) - We’re about to cure cancer, have discovered a miracle berry, and confirmed all your prejudices. What should you watch for when you’re reading science news? What are the tells of sensationalist reporting?
Ethical Eating (Audrey Kingstrom) - Explore the multi-faceted moral dimensions of our industrial food system and one’s personal food choices. In a no-guilt approach to evaluating one’s eating habits, we’ll consider ways to make incremental changes to our diets to better reflect humanist values.
How Do We Manage Establishment Clause Violations (Dan Barker) - So you’ve found prayer in your schools or your city council. What can you do to handle it on your own, and when do you want to call in the big guns?
Fairy princesses, Hobbits, and the Easter Bunny (Scott Lohman) - Sooner or later, every discussion about atheist parenting comes around to “the Santa question.” Let’s address the topic of fantasy in our children’s lives more broadly.
Expressing your Freethinking Identity in the Workplace (Debbie Goddard) - Your co-workers wear necklaces featuring a crucifix so you begin wearing your scarlet “A” lapel pin. How will you respond when your co-worker(s) ask you what your pin means? How to respond to religious-themed emails getting forwarded to your Outlook email. Should you remove that Darwin fish from your car?
Making Better Atheist Arguments (August Berkshire) - It may not be possible to make a good argument for the existence of gods, but it’s certainly possible to make bad ones for their nonexistence. Bring your own favorite bad atheist argument or pick one that will be supplied.
We have secured a special rate of $119 per night (plus tax) for Friday and Saturday nights, July 11 and 12, at the Holiday Inn in downtown St. Paul at 175 W 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102. Space is limited and you must make your reservation by June 11. Reservations can be made by visiting the Holiday Inn booking link or by calling[masked]-1411. Mention the Minnesota Atheists/Humanists of Minnesota Conference to receive the special room rate.
Financial assistance grants are available. To apply, email [masked]. To donate see option within the conference price selections.
Student discounts available with current student ID
*Members will be verified by MNA and HofMN after purchase.
Contact Steve Petersen at [masked] to confirm your MNA membership OR join at http://mnatheists.org/join-and-donate/become-a-member.
Contact Nathan Curland at [masked] to confirm your HofMN membership OR join at http://humanistsofmn.org/join.
PURCHASE TICKETS AT: http://mnatheists.org/store