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All-Star Conference by MN Atheists & Humanists of MN

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 JacobyRebecca 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)


•  $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
Contact Nathan Curland at [masked] to confirm your HofMN membership OR join at


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  • Eric

    Thank you to everyone who attended the conference. Your smiles, cooperation, and overall good cheer was the fuel that kept the conference successfully cruising along. The post conference pub crawl was a perfect end to a very full day :)

    4 · July 13, 2014

    • Nancy

      BTW, we only made it to 1 pub, but "crawled" from one end of the rooftop patio to the other now and then.

      1 · July 13, 2014

    • Eric

      A dozen of us made it to one more bar after you left :) I wouldn't have made it to another bar though. Exhaustion+alcohol = zzzzzzz

      2 · July 14, 2014

  • Paul S

    This was my my first conference.
    The venue, food, and speakers were GREAT!
    I learned so much that i did not know the day before.
    My hat is off to the entire board. YOU ROCK!

    5 · July 13, 2014

  • Rhonda

    Board, the weekend was a HUGE success, again! My family and I so appreciate all the planning and behind the scenes work that went into the Aints game and conference. You rocked it!

    4 · July 13, 2014

  • Caroline

    Thank you Eric, August, Phil, Heather, Steve, Jill, Chris, Georgia, Alyssa and Stephanie for your countless hours of hard work putting this together! And thanks again Matthew for helping me celebrate my non-birthday!

    6 · July 13, 2014

  • Chuck13

    Nice location, rooms, great food!

    5 · July 12, 2014

  • Joe

    It looks like most of the other topics are posted. What is the topic of Rebecca Watson's talk?

    July 6, 2014

    • Eric

      The conference planning committee couldn't get a firm answer on that so I guess it'll be a surprise.

      July 9, 2014

  • Andy F

    Where within RiverCentre will the conference be held?

    July 7, 2014

    • Eric

      We will be in Ballroom A. That's "A", as in "Atheist" ;) ...there will be signs posted in and out, and around the building guiding attendees.

      1 · July 9, 2014

  • Steve P.

    Please note: If you are thinking of registering and you want meals this need to be in by Tuesday evening to be assured of a meal choice. After that one can still do the speakers package. If you are not sure if you are registered send me a private message and I will check.

    2 · July 5, 2014

  • Rhonda

    Alert! Server is not connecting to MNAtheists today!

    BTW: Inquiring minds would like to know which topics the speakers will be covering. I'm sure they know by now, right?

    June 25, 2014

    • Eric

      Thanks Rhonda. It looks like it was a temporary lapse; seems to be working now :)

      June 25, 2014

    • Eric

      Also, the speakers' topics will be released in the next couple of days...I promise. And my apologies for the delay.

      June 25, 2014

  • Eric

    There's been a couple of changes to the schedule the conference planning committee is working on. I will get this page updated as soon as possible (by 6/26, I'm sure). James Croft is out due to a timing conflict but we're really excited to announce that his replacement is a local atheist comedian who has performed all of the country and contributed to our Atheist Voices of Minnesota Book. Elizabeth Ess:

    June 25, 2014

  • Eric

    The schedule has just been released!
    • 8:00-9:00 Registration
    • 9:00-9:15 Welcome
    • 9:15-10:15 PZ Myers
    • 10:15-10:30 Break
    • 10:30-11:20 First workshop session (TBD)
    • 11:20-11:30 Break
    • 11:30-12:20 Second workshop session (TBD)
    • 12:20-1:45 Lunch break
    • 1:45-2:45 Debbie Goddard
    • 2:45-2:50 Break
    • 2:50-3:50 James Croft
    • 3:50-4:00 Break
    • 4:00-5:15 Susan Jacoby
    • 5:15-6:45 Dinner break/book signings
    • 6:45-7:45 Dan Barker
    • 7:45-8:00 Break
    • 8:00-9:00 Rebecca Watson
    • 9:15 Downtown St. Paul Pub Crawl

    2 · May 26, 2014

  • Eric

    Dan Barker (FFRF co-president) has been added to the list of speakers! So that's PZ Myers, Rebecca Watson, Debbie Goddard, Susan Jacoby, James Croft, and now Dan Barker! Early Bird prices end TODAY! Registration details available at

    3 · May 18, 2014

  • Rebecca

    Will an actual schedule be published during the early bird period?

    April 4, 2014

    • Eric

      Sorry, just noticed your question. No, the conference committee is still fine-tuning the schedule but it will be similar to last year's (welcome/speaker/worksho­ps/lunch/more speakers/dinner/speakers­/and breaks in between)

      May 18, 2014

  • Heather H

    Early Bird Specials end tomorrow!

    You may either pay online:!/~/category/id=[masked]

    Or pay in person tomorrow at the monthly public meeting:

    May 17, 2014

  • Bill W.

    Thank you, Heather, for your work in putting this event together. Let me know if you'd like Secular Coalition for Minnesota to help with anything involving governmental advocacy, perhaps a conference topic that SCMN has been working on at the Capitol.

    3 · February 2, 2014

  • Matthew H.

    I can't wait! Last year was so awesome, I look forward to the workshops and panel discussions.

    2 · February 2, 2014

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