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?

Secular Asian Community – The binary nature of diversity discussions

A panel of Asian freethought community members will discuss successes in making Asians more visible in the community, things the secular community could be doing better to make Asians feel more welcome, and the consequences of not building organized and humanist communities, such as the situation in China presently.

Panelists: Michael Nam, Cindy Cooper, Yau Man Chan, Vic Wang, Mai Dao, Michelle Huey, Lilandra Ra, Razib Khan, Marissa Torres Langseth (Founding Chairperson of HAPI, Founder of PATAS and BATAS)

Secular Asian Community – The binary nature of diversity discussions

The Humanism of Star Trek

Gene Roddenberry was a Humanist, and his television show, “Star Trek,” featured many Humanist elements. Scott Lohman, former president of the Humanists of Minnesota, will be your tour guide into the Humanism of Star Trek. Even if you aren’t a fan of TOS (The Original Series), Scott will be exploring what it is about science fiction which allows it to explore more taboo ideas in popular culture than other genres.

Speaker: Scott Lohman

The Humanism of Star Trek

Secular Cults

Not all cults are religious. Attributes of a cult include traits such as: unquestioning commitment to one or more leaders, who are considered unaccountable to any authorities; punishment of dissent; mind-altering practices such as meditation and chanting; and deceptive recruitment practices. Many organizations that are not overtly religious still exhibit many of these traits. In this panel we will discuss some examples of this phenomenon, such as the Amway and other multi-level businesses, the self-help movement, and some homeschooling organizations.

Panelists: Russell Glasser, Adam Lee, Karen Stollznow, Vyckie Garrison, Angie Jackson

Secular Cults

How to Stay Positive in a Negative Online Environment

Strife and harassment in our movements aren’t going away anytime soon, but we still have work to do. How do we keep from letting the negativity control our lives? How do we find the will to make good things happen when people are constantly trying to stop us?

Panelists: Monette Richards, Amy Davis Roth, Lauren Lane, Stephanie Zvan, Raychelle Burks

How to Stay Positive in a Negative Online Environment

Kinky Sex: Learning the Ropes (See What We Did There?)

“Kinky” is a term that gets thrown around a lot, but what does it actually mean? Learn the basics of power exchange, fetishes, and all the different ways you can relate with others and/or have sex (but might not have imagined before!) We’ll also talk about ways to get involved in the kink scene, and how kink intersects with other matters of sexuality such as polyamory and being queer.

Panelists: Neil Wehneman (moderator), Heina Dadabhoy, Danny Samuelson, Trina Gardinier, Dan Williams

Kinky Sex: Learning the Ropes (See What We Did There?)