UPDATE: The time for the St. Cloud talk. It’s now starting at 7:00 pm.
I have two speaking gigs coming up soon in Minnesota! I’m going to be speaking to the Minnesota Atheists in Minneapolis on Sunday Sept. 18, and to the Secular Student Alliance at St. Cloud State University on Monday Sept. 19. I’ll be speaking on the topics “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?” and “Atheism and Sexuality.” I’ll be doing Q&A at both talks… and after the Minneapolis talk, we’ll be going out to dinner. So if you have something you’ve always wanted to ask me — or if you just want to say howdy — be sure to come by!
And if you can’t make it in person… call me! I’ll be doing the “Atheists Talk” live radio show in Minnesota on Sunday Sept. 18, and you can call in with your questions.
Details are below. If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there!
EVENT/ HOSTS: “Atheists Talk” live radio
DATE: Sunday, Sept. 18
TIME: 9:00-10:00 a.m. Central Time
LOCATION: KTNF AM 950 Radio, broadcast from Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Listen live on-air at AM 950, or stream live (you must enter a Minnesota Zip code)
Call the studio line with your questions 952-946-6205, or send them via e-mail: [email protected]
The show will be posted as a free podcast later on the Minnesota Atheists website and on iTunes.
COST: Free. It’s the radio.
EVENT/ HOSTS: Talk at Minnesota Atheists
DATE: Sunday, Sept. 18
TIME: 1:00-1:15 p.m. – Social time
1:15-1:45 p.m. – Business Meeting
1:45-2:00 p.m. – Break
2:00-3:30 p.m. – My presentation: talk, plus Q&A
LOCATION: Southdale Library (meeting room upstairs), 7001 York Ave. S., Edina, MN 55435
(Meeting for nosh afterwards, 4:00, Q.Cumbers Buffet Restaurant, 7465 France Ave. S., Edina, MN 55435)
TOPIC: Angry Atheists?
SUMMARY: “Why are you atheists so angry?” The atheist movement is often accused of being driven by anger. What are so many atheists so angry about? Is this anger legitimate? Do the firebrands and diplomats in our community deal differently with this anger – and how can those differences be resolved? And can anger be an effective force behind a movement for social change?
EVENT/ HOSTS: Talk at Secular Student Alliance at St. Cloud State University
DATE: Monday, Sept. 19
TIME: 7:00-9:00 pm
LOCATION: Glacier room in the Atwood Memorial Center, 720 4th Avenue South, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-4498
TOPIC: Atheism and Sexuality
SUMMARY: The sexual morality of traditional religion tends to be based, not on solid ethical principles, but on a set of taboos about what kinds of sex God does and doesn’t want people to have. And while the sex-positive community offers a more thoughtful view of sexual morality, it still often frames sexuality as positive by seeing it as a spiritual experience. What are some atheist alternatives to these views? How can atheists view sexual ethics without a belief in God? And how can atheists view sexual transcendence without a belief in the supernatural?