CFI-NYC eBulletin - July 2009

June 30, 2009

Upcoming Public Lectures

July 9: Dr. Jeff Schweitzer on Moral Life in a Random World

Come hear from former White House science advisor Dr. Jeff Schweitzer , co-author of the recent book Beyond Cosmic Dice: Moral Life in a Random World .

A scientist who has written extensively on morality, religion, politics and science -- and who served as science advisor to former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore -- Schweitzer will talk about how we each have within us the awesome power to create our own meaning in life, our own sense of purpose, our own destiny. He will address how happiness and fulfillment are derived from the freedom to discover within ourselves our inherent good, and then to act on that better instinct, not because of any mandate from above or in obedience to holy texts, but because we can.

Admission is free and open to the public. Hardcover copies of Schweitzer's book will be on sale for $20, and Schweitzer will be happy to sign your copy if you choose to buy one. The event will be held Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m. at the SLC Conference Center, 352 7th avenue (between 29th and 30th streets), 16th floor.

Click here for more information.

Upcoming Community Events

Tuesday, July 7, 7:30 p.m. : CFI-Brooklyn Philosophy and Fries: The word "Religion." Click here for more.

Monday , July 13, 8 p.m. : The Thirteen Club, a monthly conversation-based dinner on skepticism, at Tree. Click here for more. 

Monday, July 13, 7 p.m. : CFI/SHSNY Monthly Movie Night at Stone Creek Lounge. Click here for more.

Sunday, July 19, 12:30 p.m. : CFI/SHSNY Monthly Brunch at Wild Ginger. Click here for more. 

Thursday, July 23, 6:30 p.m. : CFI/SHSNY Monthly Book Club, on Stuart Kauffman's "At Home in the Universe," at Muhlenberg Library. Click here for more.

Sunday, July 26, 1 p.m. : CFI-Harlem Monthly Discussion at Harlem State Office Building. Click here for more. 

Wednesday, July 29, 8 p.m. : Drinking Skeptically, a pub-based monthly drinking meetup promoting fellowship and networking in the skepticism movement. Click here for more.


CFI Travel Club Adventure: The Western Carribean, Nov. 12-20, 2009

We are happy to announce the 6th Annual Center for Inquiry Travel Club Event.   Please join your host, Paul Kurtz, and staff sailing on Carnival Miracle®.

Enjoy 8 days of conversation, camaraderie and fun with like-minded folks. Sailing from Ft. Lauderdale, visit the countries of Costa Rica, Panama and Belize. Savor 4 days at sea, stretching your mind and body, participate in challenging presentations and pleasant on-board activities.  November 12-20, 2009.

For more information and registration, visit  Everything, including all times, itinerary and pricing, is subject to change at any time.

CFI-NYC Launches Capital Campaign

CFI-NYC's current rented space at 80 Broad Street has many limitations. We have barely enough room for staff to function efficiently. We have no room for skeptics and secular humanists to gather. The next step of CFI-NYC's development is to take its place as a leading cultural institution. To this end, we are seeking to purchase a 5,000+ square-foot property in Manhattan (hopefully with room for expansion) to serve as the headquarters for our growing staff and to become a permanent home for reason, science, and secular values in New York.

We are challenging our friends - humanists, skeptics, and freethinkers in the New York area - to help us exceed our goal of raising $6.25 million. Our goal is based on the amount considered necessary to purchase and renovate a building that will suit our needs.

Our capital campaign brochure is available for download on our website at .To request a hard copy of our brochure, or to inquire about making a contribution, call Sherry Rook, Vice President of Development, at (800) 818-7071.

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With its network of scientists and other thinkers, its grassroots advocacy and public education organizations, and its popular and scholarly publications, the Center for Inquiry fills this gap, lending a credible voice to critical inquiry and the scientific outlook.

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