What we're about

The Center for Inquiry–DC (CFI–DC) offers an opportunity to put your principles into practice by joining other rationalists to work for positive change in society. In addition, the D.C. Center sponsors social events for freethinkers as well as intellectual programming.

CFI provides an ethical alternative to religious and paranormal worldviews. In this time of rising religiosity, anti-intellectualism and political turmoil on ethical issues, it is critical that rationalists and freethinkers join together to promote and defend science, reason, and secular values.

CFI–DC is the Washington, D.C. region's source for information and social activities serving atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, skeptics, and freethinkers of all ages and backgrounds. We hope you can identify with our goals and find a home at our Center!

Learn more about CFI–DC at www.centerforinquiry.net/dc and our parent institution, the Center for Inquiry, at www.centerforinquiry.net.

All events are crosslisted with our main web page, Convio, Facebook, and other sites, so RSVPs on this site constitute a minority of RSVPs .

Interested in starting or joining a discussion? Visit our online forum at http://www.centerforinquiry.net/forums/viewforum/95/ .

Upcoming events (5+)

Café Inquiry

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library

This month's discussion topic is: immigration. The United States is a nation of immigrants. Almost everyone living in the U.S. is descended from people who hopped in a ship or plane and came here for a better life. In some ways we have exulted in this identity, and celebrated the ingenuity, drive, and ambition of immigrants. The plaque at the base of the statute of liberty, for example, states "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore." The U.S. has benefited in the past, and notably continues to benefit economically and culturally, from immigration. Even if immigration is a net positive, however, it can also carry risks. Local resources can be overwhelmed by an influx of new residents, and integration of differing cultures and languages can be difficult in the best of times. New immigrants can also be vulnerable to human traffic, economic exploitation, and isolation. Having enforceable borders is, in some ways, an integral part of any nation. Additionally, immigration policy in the past, and the present, has sometimes been a vehicle of racism and prejudice. As just one example, from 1880 through the 1940's Asian Americans were largely prohibited from becoming naturalized citizens under U.S. law. There is an argument that the current administration's focus on immigration, to include the recent/ongoing shutdown, borrows from this aspect of American history. How much immigration is ideal? What are the benefits of immigration? What are the risks of immigration? After the discussion we will head over to Beau Thai down the street for those who wish to have food and continue the conversation.

CFI - Drinking Skeptically DC

Mackey's Public House

Please join CFI for Drinking Skeptically DC on Tuesday evening, 6:30 PM, at MACKEY'S PUBLIC HOUSE, 1306 G Street NW, Washington DC. We will be downstairs. Please look for the 'CFI' sign on the table or ask the host for the 'Drinking Skeptically - Center for Inquiry' group. See you there! ***. We have moved Drinking Skeptically DC to the second TUESDAY of each month (rather than the second Wednesday). We hope you can make it. *** Drinking Skeptically DC is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship among skeptics, humanists, and like-minded individuals. Drinking Skeptically provides an opportunity for skeptics, humanists, and others to talk, share ideas, and, yes, drink in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We discuss science, history, philosophy, politics, and whatever is on our minds. The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. To learn more about CFI and CFI-DC, please see http://www.centerforinquiry.net and http://www.centerforinquiry.net/dc . Please consider joining CFI (but if you just want to drink with us then that’s fine too). Drinking Skeptically DC usually meets on the SECOND TUESDAY of each month at Mackeys Public House, 1306 G Street NW, Washington DC, which is half a block from Metro Center, 13th Street exit, and near the 30, 32, 36, 42, 52, 54, 63, 64, 80, D6, G8, P6, S2, S4, X2, and Circulator Yellow and Blue bus lines. The CAFE INQUIRY discussion group also meets at the Shaw Library on the LAST Tuesday of each month. Our friends at the American Humanist Association also have DC social events on the 1st and 3d Wednesdays of each month. So there is usually at least one place to visit in DC every week. In addition, African Americans for Humanism DC generally meets on the fourth Saturday of each month, and Drinking Skeptically Gaithersburg meets every other Tuesday. Also please check for other events in the DC area that are sponsored by CFI, AHA, Washington Area Secular Humanists, and others. There is a separate Drinking Skeptically DC Meetup group, and Drinking Skeptically DC events are listed under both Meetup groups. Other events may also be posted on the CFI-DC website. CFI encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about physical access please post a comment and the event leader will email you. Don't drink? Don't let that stop you from joining us! Some of the world's most famous skeptics are teetotalers, and we are happy to have you! The venue has no age restriction for the duration of our event. Drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. Science and personal experience teach us about the effects of alcohol on the human body. This is especially relevant if you will be driving back home, so public transport is encouraged. We will get separate checks but the restaurant may add a fixed gratuity charge for groups. Please assume about 30% in tax and tips above menu prices for your food and drink. You may pay by cash or credit card but you may need a credit card in order to run a tab.

Cafe

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library

This month's discussion topic: TBD After the discussion we will head over to Beau Thai down the street for those who wish to have food and continue the conversation.

CFI - Drinking Skeptically DC

Mackey's Public House

Please join CFI for Drinking Skeptically DC on Tuesday evening, 6:30 PM, at MACKEY'S PUBLIC HOUSE, 1306 G Street NW, Washington DC. We will be downstairs. Please look for the 'CFI' sign on the table or ask the host for the 'Drinking Skeptically - Center for Inquiry' group. See you there! ***. We have moved Drinking Skeptically DC to the second TUESDAY of each month (rather than the second Wednesday). We hope you can make it. *** Drinking Skeptically DC is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship among skeptics, humanists, and like-minded individuals. Drinking Skeptically provides an opportunity for skeptics, humanists, and others to talk, share ideas, and, yes, drink in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. We discuss science, history, philosophy, politics, and whatever is on our minds. The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. To learn more about CFI and CFI-DC, please see http://www.centerforinquiry.net and http://www.centerforinquiry.net/dc . Please consider joining CFI (but if you just want to drink with us then that’s fine too). Drinking Skeptically DC usually meets on the SECOND TUESDAY of each month at Mackeys Public House, 1306 G Street NW, Washington DC, which is half a block from Metro Center, 13th Street exit, and near the 30, 32, 36, 42, 52, 54, 63, 64, 80, D6, G8, P6, S2, S4, X2, and Circulator Yellow and Blue bus lines. The CAFE INQUIRY discussion group also meets at the Shaw Library on the LAST Tuesday of each month. Our friends at the American Humanist Association also have DC social events on the 1st and 3d Wednesdays of each month. So there is usually at least one place to visit in DC every week. In addition, African Americans for Humanism DC generally meets on the fourth Saturday of each month, and Drinking Skeptically Gaithersburg meets every other Tuesday. Also please check for other events in the DC area that are sponsored by CFI, AHA, Washington Area Secular Humanists, and others. There is a separate Drinking Skeptically DC Meetup group, and Drinking Skeptically DC events are listed under both Meetup groups. Other events may also be posted on the CFI-DC website. CFI encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about physical access please post a comment and the event leader will email you. Don't drink? Don't let that stop you from joining us! Some of the world's most famous skeptics are teetotalers, and we are happy to have you! The venue has no age restriction for the duration of our event. Drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. Science and personal experience teach us about the effects of alcohol on the human body. This is especially relevant if you will be driving back home, so public transport is encouraged. We will get separate checks but the restaurant may add a fixed gratuity charge for groups. Please assume about 30% in tax and tips above menu prices for your food and drink. You may pay by cash or credit card but you may need a credit card in order to run a tab.

Past events (640)

CFI - Drinking Skeptically DC

Mackey's Public House

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