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2020 Virtual Tree of Knowledge Winter Holiday Event

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Michael Steven M. and 2 others
2020 Virtual Tree of Knowledge Winter Holiday Event


On Saturday, December 12, 2020 The Freethought Society (FS) and the Philadelphia Ethical Society (PES) will co-host a Winter Holiday Zoom event during which a Tree of Knowledge will be decorated in the FS office located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Here is the Zoom link:

The event starts at 11:45 AM (PST)/2:45 PM (EST) with a 15-minute Pre-Event Social piano concert featuring Rollin Wilber. Wilber’s musical presentation was filmed at the PES building located at 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Authors of books that are always included on our Tree of Knowledge will be in attendance. Margaret Downey, president of FS, and Hugh Taft-Morales, leader of PES, will introduce special guests with technical assistance from Michael Steven Martin. Invited authors and titles of their book that each chose to discuss include:

Dan Barker
"God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction"

Rob Boston
"Why the Religious Right Is Wrong About Separation of Church & State"

Christopher Cameron
"Black Freethinkers"

Tom Flynn
"The Trouble with Christmas"

Karen Garst
"Women Beyond Belief"

Annie Laurie Gaylor
"Women Without Superstition"

Abby Hafer
"The Not-So-Intelligent Designer"

Bailey Harris
"My Name is Stardust"

Elle Harris
"Elle the Humanist"

Tom Krattenmaker
"Onward Christian Athletes"

Hemant Mehta
"I Sold My Soul on eBay"

Julien Musolino
The Soul Fallacy: What Science Shows We Gain From Letting Go of Our Soul Beliefs"

David Orenstein
"Darwin’s Apostles: The Men Who Fought to Have Evolution Accepted, Their Times, and How the Battle Continues"

Ben Radford
"The Martians Have Landed!"

Herb Silverman
"Candidate Without a Prayer"

Katherine Stewart
"The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children"

Marlene Winell
"Leaving the Fold"

As each author speaks (5-10 minutes each), a laminated copy of the book cover they are discussing will be placed on the Tree of Knowledge at the FS Chester County office.

After the formal presentations conclude there will be a 10-minute break with entertainment from Abraham Steve Mackey and Taft-Morales. Get yourself a holiday drink and rejoin us for a Post-Event Social. Attendees can help select additional laminated book cover ornaments that will adorn the 2020 Tree of Knowledge during this time. The list of available book cover ornaments can be found at this link:

As each book cover ornament is placed on the Tree of Knowledge, the person who made the selection will be invited to talk for 2-3 minutes about why the book is of significance and should be included.

This meeting will implement the latest available security features to help keep our conversation secure and will be recorded for replay on social media. By joining the meeting, you consent to be recorded and agree to abide by the Freethought Society's Anti-Harassment and Code of Conduct Policy.

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Meeting ID: 892 9815 9428
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