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Secular Student Alliance 2009 Conference Schedule

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Secular Student Alliance 2009 Conference

Schedule of Events

August 7-9 2009
Columbus, OH

Friday Events
Saturday Events
Sunday Events

Friday, August 7, 2009

10:00am - 3:00pm Visit the Creation Museum with PZ Myers

This is an optional trip. See more information at www.secularstudents.org/conference/creationmuseum

7:00pm The 2009 Best Awards Presentation

7:30pm Secular Coalition for America: Activism Training

Sean Faircloth and Jesse Galaf from the SCA teach you how to effectively lobby in your local and national governments

8:30pm Best Media Award: the Winner's How-To

Hear from the winners of the 2009 Best Media Coverage award on how they were able to gain visibility in the media

9:00pm How to Sound Good In the Media

Joel Guttormson, leader of the Metro State Atheists, tells you how to talk to the media without sounding like an idiot

9:30pm Blasphemy Day - Support Freedom of Speech!

Debbie Goddard of CFI on Campus talks about their new Blasphemy Day initiative to raise awareness of freedom of speech

10:00pm Speed Networking

Meet and share ideas with student group leaders from across the country


Satur
day, August 8, 2009

9:00am Getting People to Meetings

SSA Vice Chair Don Sutterfield walks you through strategies for the perennial struggle to get people to show up

9:30am Atheist Students in a College Setting

Kathleen Goodman and John Mueller discuss their recent article "Invisible, Marginalized, and Stigmatized: Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Atheist Students."

10:00am Best Service Project: the Winner's How-To

Hear from the winner of the 2009 Best Service Project award on the service projects that earned them this award

10:30am Collaborating with Religious Organizations

Jon Weyer is a minister with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and a campus ministry organization at the Ohio State University.

11:00am Fundraising Through your Institution

Shelley Mountjoy, SSA Board Member and leader of the Rational Response Squad at George Mason University, discusses how you can tap into your school's funding.

11:30am One Nation Under the Constitution

Sean Faircloth, a ten year legislator and former member of legislative leadership in Maine, will discuss the connection between advocacy for a secular world view in Washington DC, and the heritage of our nation, and young people as the future of the secular movement.

12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch (on your own)

Check out the wide variety of restaurants and eateries nearby the Ohio State University, and invite your favorite speaker to join you for further conversation.

1:30pm The United Coalition of Reason

Fred Edwords explains the United Coalition of Reason project and how your group can get involved.

2:00pm Meet the American Humanist Association

Maggie Ardiente, Director of Development at the American Humanist Association, explains the organization and what the AHA has to offer to your group

2:30pm Meet American Atheists

Edwin Kagin is the head legal advisor to American Atheists. Learn what this organization has to offer your group!

3:00 - 4:00pm Peer Problem Solving

You know that problem that your group is having? Enlist student group leaders from across the country to help!

4:00pm Meet Camp Quest

Amanda Metskas, executive director of Camp Quest, talks about the program's growth and the opportunities it offers to students and youth.

4:30pm Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers

Jason Torpy explains the struggles faced by nontheist members of our military, and the organization to support their rights.

5:00pm Meet the Freedom From Religion Foundation

Dan Barker, co-president of FFRF, describes his organization and how it's helping student groups across the nation.

5:30pm The Friendly Atheist: Dating While Atheist

Hemant Mehta, widely known as The Friendly Atheist, doubles as the chair of the SSA's board of directors - but this will be anything but a boring business session!

6:00 - 7:30pm Dinner (on your own)

Check out the wide variety of restaurants and eateries nearby the Ohio State University, and invite your favorite speaker to join you for further conversation.

7:30pm The 2009 Freethought Backbone Award

8:00pm - 9:00pm Keynote Presentation: PZ Myers

9:00 - 11:00pm Freethought Trivia

This isn't just a sit-in-your-seats trivia session. Emcee Frisby gets you up and going with games, fun and prizes!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

9:00 - 10:00am SSA Membership Meeting

The annual meeting for members of the Secular Student Alliance. Come to get involved with the organization that supports your group!

10:00am Working with Local Off-Campus Groups

Sharon Moss, former president of OSU's Students for Freethought, has tons of experience working with off-campus groups as President of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio. Come learn about the rewards and opportunities of collaboration!

10:30am When You're Gone: Succession Planning

You won't be in college forever (we hope!). Here's how to make sure your group sticks around even when you're gone. Presented by Chris Calvey, former President of Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers at the University of Illinois.

11:00am When You're Gone: Staying Involved

You won't be in college forever (we hope!). But secular students have a tendency to vanish from the freethought movement after they graduate. We encourage you to stay involved - here's how! Presented by Shelley Mountjoy (GMU's Rational Response Squad) and Jeremy Diamond (American University Rationalists and Atheists).

11:30am Odds & Ends

An eclectic half-hour of short presentations on our newest ideas, upcoming programs, and feedback.

12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch (on your own)

Check out the wide variety of restaurants and eateries nearby the Ohio State University, and invite your favorite speaker to join you for further conversation.

1:00pm Atheist On the Fence

August Berkshire is a pro at reaching out to younger freethought audiences. Attend this presentation if you're interested in bringing him to your campus.

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