Teaching Critical Thinking

How can teachers use their role as educators to instill critical thinking and ideas like rationalism and empiricism? Are such approaches intrinsic to teaching or separate? We could also go into the ethics of where to draw the line between instructing and “preaching” but I’d actually prefer to stick to the praxis and methodology of bringing critical thinking into the classroom. How do we adapt assessments and assignments? How do we model thinking behaviors we’d like to see?

Panelists: Chana Messinger, Hiba Krisht, Matt Lowry, Dan Linford

Teaching Critical Thinking

Fundraising for a Secular Cause: Because It Takes Money To Change the World

It takes money to scale an organization up from its seeds as a good idea into a major player with local and/or national impact. Organizing a successful conference entails similar costs. But fundraising is hard, and very few people enjoy asking others for money.

This panel will show you not only how to ask people for money, but also to understand who you should be asking in the first place! Presenters range from those serving as volunteer fundraisers for a local group, to organizers of highly successful conferences, to professional staff with responsibility for raising a million-dollar budget.

Panelists: Neil Wehneman (moderator), Amy Boyle, Nick Fish, Maria Greene, Harry Shaughnessy

Fundraising for a Secular Cause: Because It Takes Money To Change the World

Secular Woman: Block Bot and Other Strategies

A brief introduction and history of The Block Bot, a blocking application on twitter, and explanation of the current features. Discussion among Block Bot admins, blockers, and coders about their personal philosophies about blocking, challenges inherent to shared blocking and their answers to some of the common criticisms.

Panelists: Nick Geiger, Vivian, James Billingham, M. A. Melby

Secular Woman: Block Bot and Other Strategies

Building a Better Workshop

Workshops are showing up at more and more atheist and humanist conferences these days, but what does it take to make them work? How do you go from knowing about the topic to helping other people understand it? How do you find good workshops if you’re running a conference?

Panelists: Stephanie Zvan, Josiah “Biblename”, Valerie Aurora, RJ Redden

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Building a Better Workshop

Questioning the Historicity of Jesus: Commentary and Q&A by Dr. Richard Carrier

Dr. Carrier will briefly discuss his new book On the Historicity of Jesus (published by the University of Sheffield), his online course on the topic, and some of the issues of debating the historical existence of Jesus, and then take live Q&A from the audience. Exactly the opposite of a Sunday sermon. On Sunday. At sermon time.

Questioning the Historicity of Jesus: Commentary and Q&A by Dr. Richard Carrier

The True Version of the False: Can Atheists Argue Over the “True” Version of Religion?

A debate about the issue of “true” religion: some atheists claim that we can say that some versions (like fundementalists) of a religion are the “true” version of those religions becuase of their relative consistency and loyalty to the scriptures, while other atheists bring different reasons to refute this, for example the subjective nature of the religion. This panel is a debate between the proponents of these two positions.

Featuring: Alex Gabriel, Richard Carrier, Dan Fincke, Russell Glasser, Kaveh Mousavi

The True Version of the False: Can Atheists Argue Over the “True” Version of Religion?