For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul Fidalgo
Phone: (207) 358-9785

Cooke Named Director of International Programs

June 22, 2011

The Center for Inquiry (CFI), a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization, has appointed Bill Cooke as director of international programs. Cooke will take over the position this week.

The duties of director of international programs were previously carried out by Derek Araujo, vice president and general counsel, who is leaving CFI to pursue an advanced degree in physics.

Cooke is not a stranger to CFI, having served as international director for CFI between 2003 and 2004.

Bill Cooke is an excellent choice to take on the challenge of outreach beyond the shores of the United States, and we are confident he will do a splendid job in overseeing and coordinating the work of CFI’s international affiliates,” said CFI President & CEO Ronald A. Lindsay.

CFI’s international programs have two principal objectives: promoting humanism and skepticism in those countries where there is relatively little support for humanism or skepticism, and facilitating collaboration among existing humanist or skeptical organizations. CFI’s international affiliates range from volunteer groups meeting at member homes and libraries to professionally staffed groups. A list of international affiliates and representatives can be found on CFI’s website.

Cooke is a scholar of intellectual history, focusing on the history and nature of various strands of non-religious and anti-religious thought around the world. His depth of knowledge in this area is indicated by his forty-five entries in the New Encyclopedia of Unbelief. Until 2008, he was Programme Leader of Contextual Studies at Manukau School of Visual Arts, University of Auckland at Manukau, New Zealand. His most recent book is A Wealth of Insights: Humanist Thought Since the Enlightenment (Prometheus Books). He is a senior editor of FREE INQUIRY, and since 2000 he has written a column of art criticism for Art All, a New Zealand-based arts magazine. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Center for Inquiry is a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization based in Amherst, New York; CFI is home to both the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism. The mission of CFI is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Our web address is

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