I have a couple of speaking gigs coming up this week! I’m doing a joint event with JT Eberhard at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and I’m speaking at the entirely free SkepTech conference in Minneapolis this weekend. Topics: “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?” and “Arguing Effectively on the Web.” I’m also doing a panel discussion at SkepTech on Sex in Cyberspace; Porn, Okcupid and the Internet, and I’ll be doing still another panel discussion at SkepTech as a live podcast by Geeks Without God. Other speakers at SkepTech include Zach Weinersmith, PZ Myers, Stephanie Zvan, Hemant Mehta, JT Eberhard, Brianne Bilyeu, Jesse Galef, Maggie Koerth-Baker, Tim Farley, Ben Blanchard, Brendan Murphy, Scott Lohman, and Geeks Without God. Hope to see you there!
CITY: Fayetteville, Arkansas
DATE: Thursday, April 4
TIME: 7pm (they’ll have food and drinks starting at 6:30)
LOCATION: Old Main Giffels Auditorium, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
EVENT/HOSTS: Occam’s Razors
TOPIC: Why Are You Atheists So Angry?
SUMMARY: The atheist movement is often accused of being driven by anger. What are so many atheists so angry about? Is this anger legitimate? And can anger be an effective force behind a movement for social change?
OTHER SPEAKER: This is a joint event with JT Eberhard
COST: Free and open to the public
EVENT URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/131822227001361/
CITY: Minneapolis, MN
DATE: April 5-7 (I’m speaking April 6, and doing panel discussions April 5 and 6)
LOCATION: Wiley Hall, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
EVENT/HOSTS: SkepTech, hosted by CASH (Campus Atheists Skeptics and Humanists)
TOPIC: Arguing Effectively on the Web
SUMMARY: Many atheists think that trying to persuade people out of religion never works, and simply alienates people. But debating believers about their beliefs can be effective — in changing people’s minds about religion, as well as in achieving other goals of the atheist community. When does it makes sense to debate about religion? How should we go about it? What are some specific strategies for arguing on the Web as opposed in in person? And what should our expectations be for what these debates can accomplish?
OTHER SPEAKERS: Zach Weinersmith, PZ Myers, Stephanie Zvan, Hemant Mehta, JT Eberhard, Brianne Bilyeu, Jesse Galef, Maggie Koerth-Baker, Tim Farley, Ben Blanchard, Brendan Murphy, Scott Lohman, and Geeks Without God
COST: This conference is entirely free and open to the public.
EVENT URL: http://www.skep-tech.com/