Brighter Brains Institute (BBI) - a nonprofit in SF East Bay - has built, partnered with, and "converted" 11 schools to humanism in the Ruwenzori region of western Uganda in the last 2 years, including BiZoHa, "the world's first atheist orphanage." BBI has also established 11 clinics that offer sex education, free condoms, family planning workshops, fistula surgeries, abortion counseling, and AFRIpads (washable, reusable menstrual pads), plus it's provided start-up funds to five schools so they can sustainably support themselves with businesses. In this eye-opening lecture, Hank Pellissier, founder/director of BBI, reveals how weak religion is in Subsaharan Africa, if atheists & humanists assert themselves with generosity and creativity.
Hank is a writer, teacher, editor, and events producer. He's had columns in NYTimes.com, Salon.com, SFGate.com; he's a regular contributor to GreatSchools.org, a Slam Poet co-champion; he started two San Francisco preschools (Bernal Kids Co-op and Mission Kids Co-op); he was Managing Director of the think tank Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology; he co-produced the world's first Atheist Film Festival (San Francisco 2009) and an Atheist Calendar (2010); and he's produced over 150 events (conferences, debates, comedy showcases, political fundraisers, and arts festivals) in the Bay Area.
We will go to a nearby restaurant for dinner after the discussion. Everyone is welcome.
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