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Colloquium: The Great Agnostic
Robert Ingersoll was an American lawyer in the late 1800s, a Civil War veteran, politician, and is noted for his defense of agnosticism earning him the nickname "The Great Agnostic". From Wikipedia, "His radical opinions on religion, slavery, woman's suffrage, and other issues of the time effectively prevented him from ever pursuing or having political offices higher than that of state attorney general." Joining us Wednesday evening will be Sean O'Brien, in period costume, portraying Ingersoll as he lectures about reason, the Bible, and science versus religion. Sean O'Brien has, for many years, performed, directed, and taught acting in professional, community, and educational theaters across the country. Sean started on the stage in rural Connecticut when he was fourteen and has been involved with theatre for over thirty years. Since retiring from teaching, Sean has performed at regional theatres such as Big Idea Theatre, The Art Theatre of Davis, Runaway Stage, and The Sacramento Shakespeare Festival. In addition to representing Ingersoll, his work includes "The Portable Poe Show" and he is presently working on two more one-man shows: William Shakespeare and Mark Twain. About the Free Event This is a free event, open to the public, at the Manteca Library. Those of all worldviews and faiths are welcome. Doors open at 7:15 PM and our featured talk starts shortly after. We expect most Colloquiums to last until about 8:45 PM followed by mingling and cleanup. Coffee, water, and pastries are provided. Parking is free. Suggested donations of $10 to support this and future colloquiums are appreciated. Dinner Before For those interested in joining us for dinner, head to the GK Mongolian BBQ ( (1039 S Main St) prior to the event. People typically arrive at 5:30 and leave at 6:45 to start setting up at the Manteca Library.

Manteca Library

320 W Center St · Manteca, CA

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Welcome to the Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers!

We are a group of non-believers that focuses on community involvement, social events, education and information, and activism.

Most of our meetings are held in San Joaquin County, from Lodi to Manteca -- though we occasionally join efforts with our friends in Modesto, Sacramento, and the Bay Area.

We have a number of repeating events, including "Drinking Skeptically", game night, brunch, highway cleanup, colloquium, and more.

The Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers has no monthly dues, and no mandatory attendance. We're just looking for like-minded people who believe in good.

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