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American Humanist Association 73rd Annual Conference schedule

Friday 6th June 2014

  • Religious Freedom: What It Is and What It Is Not

    by Rob Boston

    Religious liberty in the United States has traditionally been interpreted as an individual’s right to worship (or not) as she or he sees fit. But lately religious conservatives have been working to redefine religious freedom as a right to ignore secular laws and discriminate against others. This talk will explain why this interpretation of religious freedom is wrong and must be resisted.

    At 9:00am to 9:45am, Friday 6th June

    In Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

    Coverage video

  • Organized Humanist Responses to Crises

    by Nikki Stern, Binyamin / Ben Biber, Anne Klaeysen and Steve Lopes

    Following the Newtown shooting, Samuel Freedman wrote a New York Times article entitled, “In a Crisis, Humanists Seem Absent.” While that is demonstrably not true, the humanist community seems to be lacking an organizational strategy for responding to crises both man-made and natural.

    Panelists will explore how the humanist community can expand its crisis outreach. Participants will examine a range of proposals for both partnership opportunities when responding to large-scale events and leadership opportunities in efforts aimed at reducing violence, mitigating harm, and preventing tragedies. They will also consider how humanist groups might best promote their efforts within the relief community and to the public at large so as to be more visible. Discussion will include looking at what sort of public relations or organizational development might be both appropriate and beneficial for all concerned.

    At 10:00am to 11:30am, Friday 6th June

    In Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

    Coverage video

  • What’s New in Humanist Education?

    by Kristin Wintermute, Vanessa Gomez Brake, Carol Wintermute and Kevin (Watson) Jagoe

    Is The Humanist Institute now an accredited institution? What is it like to attend the Institute? What would I gain from such an experience? Can I take courses online? Does the Institute offer anything for children, parents, families, or groups? The panelists will talk about the new and exciting humanist educational offerings coming out of The Humanist Institute. From expansions of the graduate-level program to what’s available and being planned online, these representatives from the organization will address how humanist education is changing, developing, and becoming more available to individuals across the globe. They will also discuss the unique experience of attending the graduate-level certificate program and how it has been a life changing experience.

    At 1:30pm to 2:15pm, Friday 6th June

    In Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

    Coverage video

  • Letters from a Young Mesopotamian from Baghdad to Washington, DC

    by Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar

    Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar will explain his background about growing up in Iraq and the views that he acquired from living there as well as from traveling around the world to create a vibrant global secular humanist movement that has an influence nationally and internationally.

    At 2:30pm to 3:15pm, Friday 6th June

    In Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

    Coverage video

  • Banquet/Awards Program

    by Greg Graffin and Barney Frank

    Humanist of the Year Award: Barney Frank
    Humanist Arts Award: Greg Graffin

    This event is also open to those who have not purchased meals. General seating will be available anytime before the awards program commences at 8pm (doors open at 7pm).

    At 7:00pm to 10:00pm, Friday 6th June

    In Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

    Coverage video

Saturday 7th June 2014

Sunday 8th June 2014