CFI-NYC eBulletin - June 2009

June 1, 2009

Upcoming Public Lectures

Thursday, June 4: Nina Burleigh on Biblical Forgery

Join CFI and the Secular Humanist Society of New York on Thursday, June 4, to meet journalist and author Nina Burleigh , who wrote the recent book Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed, & Forgery in the Holy Land . The book tells the story of the unraveling of a Bible relic forgery scheme in Israel, and gives a glimpse into the intriguing world of biblical archaeology and relic collectors. Burleigh will talk about her book and the con-men, archaeologists, secular scholars, religious believers, hype-masters, billionaire collectors, and eccentrics she encountered while researching it.

Admission is free and open to the public. The event will be held Thursday, June 4, 7 p.m. at the SLC Conference Center, 352 7th avenue (between 29th and 30th streets), 16th floor.

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Monday, June 8: Thomas Paine Commemoration with John Nichols and More

Join Thomas Paine Friends, Inc, and the Center for Inquiry-New York City on June 8 to commemorate Thomas Paine on the 200th anniversary of his death. The event will feature a number of speakers, music, socializing, and see the dedication of a new Thomas Paine historical sign. Speakers will include: John Nichols , writer and journalist who is the Washington, DC, correspondent for The Nation magazine; Eric Foner , DeWitt Clinton professor of history, Columbia University; Craig Nelson , historian, writer and editor, and author of Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution and the Birth of Modern Nations , which won the 2007 Henry Adams prize; Frances Chiu , faculty in Humanities at the New School, where she teaches a course on Paine; and Michael De Dora Jr. , executive director of Center for Inquiry-New York City.

Admission is free and open to the public. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Thomas Paine Park at Foley Square (across from the courthouses and bound by Centre, Worth, Pearl, and Lafayette Streets).

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Tuesday, June 23: CFI and the State of Science and Reason

What exactly is the Center for Inquiry? What does CFI stand for? How does CFI carry out its mission? What does CFI -- specifically the New York City office -- have to offer to society? And how can you get involved in CFI and the movement? Come hear the new CFI-NYC Executive Director Michael De Dora Jr. address all these issues with a presentation entitled "CFI and the State of Science and Reason." Afterwards, the room will open to discussion about: the presentation; the future of CFI and other similar secular organizations in NYC; the general future of science, reason and free inquiry; the direction of the freethought movement; how we should handle our movement in order to be successful; and what success would mean.

Admission is free and open to the pubic. The event will be held Tuesday, June 23, 7 p.m. at the SLC Conference Center, 352 7th avenue (between 29th and 30th streets), 16th floor. Dinner and/or drinks will follow for all those interested. 

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Community Events

Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.: CFI-Brooklyn Philosophy and Fries: Atheism. Click here for more.

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

Sunday, June 14, 12:30 p.m. : CFI/SHSNY Monthly Brunch at Wild Ginger. Click here for more. 

Thursday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. : CFI/SHSNY Monthly Book Club, on Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point," at Muhlenberg Library. Click here for more. 

Monday, June 22, 7 p.m. : CFI/SHSNY Monthly Movie Night at Stone Creek Lounge. Click here for more. 

Sunday, June 28, 1 p.m. : CFI-Harlem Monthly Discussion at Harlem State Office Building. 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.

Help CFI promote and defend science, reason, and freedom of inquiry by becoming a Friend of the Center. Friends of the Center receive:

  • Free or discounted admission to CFI events
  • 10% discount for national events sponsored by CFI and its affiliates CSH and CSI
  • 15% discount on selected Prometheus Books titles
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  • An enamel CFI lapel pin (Contributor level or higher)
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