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This Week: SSA Store Limited Items, IFYC Leadership Institutes, The Atheist Voice

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SSA Store Limited Items

If you missed our Annual Conference in the West and East, you can still purchase the limited time items available now to anyone via our store. There you can find Surly necklaces ($18 each), SSA Conference T-Shirts ($12 each) and books from author and new Regional Campus Organizer David Fitzgerald.

Please note - we have a very limited amount of shirts and therefore shirt sizes available.

As always if you are having any trouble or burning questions, send them to us. You'll need to have the login information from your free student membership and sign in on our site to access the store. If you are not yet a member, be sure to become one now!

IFYC Leadership Institutes

The Interfaith Youth Core has two more Interfaith Leadership Institutes (ILIs) in New York, NY and Atlanta, GA. ILIs equip students, staff, and faculty with the skills to engage diverse religious and non-religious identities to build the interfaith movement on their campuses. We highly recommend attending if you are interested in connecting more with religious groups on campus.

Registration is $299 (lodging and travel not included). Check the registration pages for discount and scholarship information. The fee may be waived or reduced if you can demonstrate need and present a strong application.

NYC ILI: August 11-13, 2013
Final Registration Deadline: July 30, 2013

Atlanta ILI: January 31, 2014 - February 2, 2014
Los Angeles ILI: February 15-17, 2014
Official Registration Launch on August, 15, 2013.

Email [email protected] for questions or check their faq page. Click the image to learn more.

The Atheist Voice

The Atheist Voice is a website run by Hemant Mehta, who also runs the Friendly Atheist blog. This new website provides a platform for discussion for atheist leaders, authors, bloggers, activists, and everybody else who is passionate about atheism, and secularism.

Do you want to appear in their video series? The Atheist Voice is accepting interview requests from Atheists with coming out stories to possibly be in an upcoming documentary. You may have to be in the Chicago area in order to complete an interview but check the form for details.

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Members from Southern Illinois University Carbondale Secular Student Alliance promoting safe sex.

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from David Tamayo speaking on Hispanics and American Atheism.

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Fred Edwords

Fred Edwords is the National Director of the United Coalition of Reason, an organization that promotes cooperation among local groups in the community of reason and helps raise their public profiles. A former Executive Director of the American Humanist Association (AHA), former editor of The Humanist magazine, and past president of Camp Quest. Edwords can speak on a variety of topics, mostly relating to Humanism.
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This Week: SSA Annual Conference Success!, FBB Fall Internships, 2013 National Student Power Convergence

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SSA Annual Conference Success!

We conclude our Annual Conference this week. Again, we could not have done it without the help of all the volunteers, speakers, members and supporters and most of all the students! We had over 250 attendees at the conference in Columbus making our attendance grand total this year almost 400!

We still have a few Columbus and Vegas conference shirts available for purchase. Simply log onto our store or email us and we'll be happy to work with you. 

FBB Fall Internships

Foundation Beyond Belief is looking for 3-5 fall volunteer positions from August 7th to January 21, 2014. The time commitment is an average of 8 hours a week and all work is done remotely. 

Experience in the nonprofit sector is a plus, as is experience in grant writing or other development capacities. Although interns will do work in several areas of Foundation operations, each internship includes a primary focus area, special project, and cause area vetting assignment.

This opportunity is an excellent way for students to get their foot in the door of the secular movement! View a detailed description of the internship here, testimonials from former FBB interns here and finally apply here. The application is due July 20th. For more job and internship opportunities in the movement, check out our jobs page.

2013 National Student Power Convergence

The convergence is for student and youth organizers who are invested in building a movement that encompasses multiple issues (student labor solidarity, student loan debt, LGBTQ issues, immigration, climate etc). With an awareness and appreciation for intersectionality - and a vision for building local power - across their state, and as part of a national network. The event is being held in Madison Wisconsin from August 1-5.

The organizers of the NSPC are looking for interested students to attend. Registration, food and housing is free. Just sign up and get there by August 1st.

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Students leaders and secular activists from all across the country at our 2013 Annual Conference - SSA East!

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from David Fitzgerald speaking on violence and sex in the Bible.

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Mr. Diety

Brian Dalton, better known as Mr. Deity, stars in a show on Youtube of the same name. A former Mormon, Mr. Diety uses the show in order to make people think about what they really believe. He promotes the idea that in order to determine what is good, right, and true, we must use reason, inquiry, and wisdom; whereas Western religion is institutionally at war with not only those concepts but virtually all the great ideas and values which have inspired and informed the great democracies of the West (human rights, liberty, equality, tolerance, justice, knowledge, science, and due process).

Brian charges an honorarium in the range of $750 to $1,000. The prices are negotiable.
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This Week: SSA East - This Weekend!, SCA Action Alerts, Institutional Memory

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SSA East - This Weekend!

 

Our 2013 Annual Conference is nearing its big finale in Columbus! If you missed the deadline yesterday, you can still register if you show in-person. We can't guarantee housing or meals for in-person registrations however. In preparation for the big weekend, you might want to check out the schedule and download the conference book. Also be sure to RSVP on Facebook and show off to your friends. See you all later this week!

We are still selling SSA West (Las Vegas) Conference shirts for both Men and Women at our store. Get them before they're gone!

SCA Action Alerts

Do you love politics and secular issues and want an easy way to follow them both? Our friends at the Secular Coalition for America send action alerts that can be sent straight to your email. You'll receive a notice the moment something is happening on Capitol Hill, with the easy and immediate ability to contact your legislators.

Just click on the image and enter your email in the box to the right to sign up. You can unsubscribe at any time or even update preferences.

Institutional Memory

Institutional memory is the collection of facts, concepts, experience, and know-how held by a group of people. It transcends the knowledge held by any one member of the group and requires ongoing transmission to stay alive. Institutional knowledge is very important to student groups. It must be communicated from one set of leaders to the next, or it is lost. In an effort to save groups from being forced to reinvent the wheel - a process which some groups do not survive - the SSA publishes the Group Running Guide. However, as group leaders, you play the most vital role in passing along your group’s institutional memory and culture.

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Members from Morris Freethinkers and student organizers at The Midwest Science of Origins Conference.

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Missed the SSA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas? Didn't get to see all the talks? We're constantly posting new videos to our YouTube Channel so you can check them out! This latest video comes from Juan Mendez speaking on having a career in politics.

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James Croft

James Croft is the Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist Community at Harvard. He is a candidate for an Ed.D in Human Development and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and an MA in Education from the University of Cambridge. He grew up on Star Trek, Sagan, and Shakespeare, and is a proud gay Humanist. James is happy to speak on topics relating to the secular movement, humanism and humanist education among other topics.
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This Week: SSA East Annual Conference, Meet Your New Regional Campus Organizers, Repealing the Rest of DOMA

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SSA East Annual Conference

This is the last week to register for the conference! You'll need to register by July 7th if you want guaranteed access as well as housing and catering to our conference in Columbus. SSA West was already a big hit and we're expecting SSA East to be an even bigger hit. Don't miss out!

We also have some leftover Vegas t-shirts from SSA West. If you missed your chance to have one, you're in luck! Email us to see if we have your size available and for ordering details.

Meet Your New Regional Campus Organizers

The SSA's Campus Organizing is expanding! Our new Regional Campus Organizers (RCOs) Ellen Lundgren, David Fitzgerald and Jessika Griffin officially start today! Our Regional Program has been such a success that we've decided to expand it.

Ellen, our former intern,  is the new Texas RCO. You may email her at [email protected]. David, who is also on our Speakers Bureau is the RCO for both California and Nevada. You can reach him at [email protected]. Finally Jessika will be overseeing the Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana region. You can contact her at [email protected].

Check out a little more about our new staff here. You may also order David's book NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All from our store (if you have your login). You can also email us if you prefer.

Repealing the Rest of DOMA

Representative Jarrold Nadler and Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced bills in their respective chambers, that would completely overturn DOMA on June 26th. If made law, they will strike down the 2nd Provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, making states recognize all marriages from any other state. If you want to encourage your representatives to support the bill, you can find their contact information at the House or Senate sites. Our friends at the American Humanist Association also created a form which allows you to email your House Representative and two Senators simultaneously.

Group Photo of the Week

Members from Secular Student Alliance at University of Central Florida at the Dedication of an Atheist monument at Bradford County, Florida. See all the pictures of the dedication here.

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Ethan Clow

Ethan Clow is best known in the skeptical community as the host of Radio Freethinker, a skeptical podcast and radio show on CiTR in Vancouver. And as the former Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Vancouver. Ethan received a B.A. in History at the University of British Columbia and has an active role with skeptical movements in Vancouver and British Columbia. He has written articles that have appeared in The National Post. Ethan is happy to present on topics ranging from pseudohistory, diversity in the secular movement and podcasting.
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