“Dear Christian” video

Adam Brown has posted my talk from Skepticon 3 to the Atheism Resource youtube channel.  Rob Lehr, Skepticon’s filmographer, has posted all other available talks to the Hambone Productions youtube channel and is currently re-editing the talks from Skepticon 1 & 2 into the hour-long format.  I cannot exaggerate Rob’s generosity enough.  He has been tireless in doing all this editing.  He has put in an insane amount of hours and he has done it all for free so you guys can see these talks.  If you have a second, head over to the Hambone Productions youtube channel, watch a great talk, and thank him!

Anyway, here ya go!

The full transcript of the talk can be read here.

The next time you can catch me on the road will be this weekend, Feb. 18-20, in Thousand Oaks, CA at the Secular Student Alliance’s Southern California Leadership Summit.  I’ll be running a peer problem-solving session for high school students on that Saturday.  There will be a host of other awesome speakers there such as Michael Shermer, Jen McCreight, Dan Barker, and Darrel Ray.

This event will also feature the final weigh-in of my weight-loss competition with Jen McCreight!  Phil Ferguson will have to do his weigh-in by proxy (he’ll probably do it in his undies, so I’m going to have to lose an extra pound or two).  It’s all for charity, so please consider pledging some money per pound to either myself or to Jen.

I will get into town on that Thursday and then I don’t leave until Monday, so I’m going to be free a lot (particularly Thursday and Sunday nights).  If you’re in the LA/Thousand Oaks area and want to hang out, throw me a yell.

The rest of my speaking schedule looks like this:

Feb. 18-20, SSA’s Southern California Leadership Summit in Thousand Oaks, California

I’ll be leading a peer problem-solving session for high school leaders.  This will also be where the final weigh-in is taken for my weight loss competition with Jen McCreight.

Notable Speakers:  Michael Shermer, Jen McCreight, Dan Barker, Darrel Ray

March 5, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

They’re wanting to do a debate, but so far nobody wants to play with me.  So I’ll either be doing a debate or giving a talk.  Free admittance.

March 17, Springfield, Missouri

I’ll be returning home to give a talk at Library Station for the Springfield Freethinkers at 7pm.  Joy, drinking, and merriment to follow.

Late March, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

I’ve been asked to represent the unbelievers in a debate across from yet-undecided Muslim debaters.  Should be fun.

April 7-10, the American Humanists Conference in Boston, Massachusetts

Am giving two talks.  One about effective activism, the other as part of the SSA’s Leadership Track Breakout Session.  Interesting story: there will be a guided tour of the area where the Salem witch trials took place afterward – and Jeff Wagg, whom I’ve tussled with before, will be the guide!  That should be deliciously awkward.  How could I not go?

There will also be a panel featuring what may quite literally be my three favorite women in the atheist movement: Jen McCreight, Debbie Goddard, and Greta Christina.

Notable Speakers:  Bart Ehrman, Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker

April 21-24, the American Atheists National Convention, Des Moines, Iowa

Giving a talk over activism in the youth movement.

Notable Speakers:  PZ Myers, Christopher Hitchens, Greta Christina

May 21, Fort Hays Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

I will return to the town I once lived in for about a year to give a talk (probably Dear Christian) alongside a veritable dream cast of atheist presenters.  They’re shooting for May 21, the day on which some Christian sects are saying the world will end.  I hear Dr. Carrier’s talk will be called You’re All Gonna Die! How the Jews Kept Failing to Predict Doomsday and Caused Christianity Instead.  This one should be a lot of fun!

There is now a web site for this event.  It’s free to get in, but registration is required via the web site.

Notable Speakers:  Richard Carrier, David Fitzgerald, Darrel Ray, Sam Singleton

There are some others in development, but nothing set in brimstone yet.  If you are wanting me to speak, my schedule is closing up really quick, FYI.  Get on it!  :P