CFI-NYC eBulletin

August 1, 2007

The Secular Society and Its Enemies: The 2007 CFI-NYC Conference on Religion & Politics

CFI-NYC will hold a major conference on religion and politics at the New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, on the weekend of November 9 - 11. Speakers include, among others, "New Atheist" author Christopher Hitchens, celebrated defense attorney and Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz, bioethicist, author and Princeton professor Peter Singer, astrophysicist and television personality Neil deGrasse Tyson, lawyer and social critic Wendy Kaminer, philosopher and CFI Chair Paul Kurtz, author and media producer Ann Druyan, and an unannounced, very special guest.

Cost is $289 for general conference registration and $69 for the VIP Reception and Awards Presentation on Fri., Nov. 9. Space is limited. Late registrants will be accommodated in an audience overflow room with live video feed. All persons sitting in the overflow room will receive a special souvenir to compensate for the inconvenience.

To RSVP, call Cheryl Catania at (716) 636-4869 ext. 308. Further details will appear on our newly redesigned web site at http://www.centerforinquiry.net/nyc.

CFI-NYC's Susan Jacoby Inaugurates Secularist Blog at Washington Post

Susan Jacoby, Program Director for CFI-NYC and author of the acclaimed Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, has inaugurated her own Washington Post-sponsored blog on secularism. Visit The Secularist's Corner for "Not Always Polite Conversation on Religion, Politics and Liberty with Susan Jacoby."

A Brief History of Disbelief Viewing Party -RSVP Required

Please join CFI-NYC for a special viewing of Jonathan Miller's A Brief History of Disbelief. We will screen selections from the three one-hour episodes starting at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10 at the home of Friend of the Center Greg Scott, 83 Park Terrace West #3A at W 217th Street, two blocks west of the 215th Street stop on the 1 Train. Space is very limited; please RSVP by e-mailing events [at] cfinyc [dot] org or by calling (212) 265-2877 ext. 12. Please also contact us if you are interested in hosting a viewing party of your own.

Save the Date: Voices of Reason Lecture Series

CFI-NYC's 2007-2008 Voices of Reason lecture series will commence on October 24, with a presentation on "Framing Science" by celebrated journalist Chris Mooney and scholar Matthew C. Nisbet. Mooney is a columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine and the author of two books, the best-selling The Republican War on Science and the forthcoming Storm World. Nisbet, a professor in the School of Communication at American University, has conducted research tracking scientific and environmental controversies and examining the interactions between experts, journalists, and various segments of the public. Their presentation will focus on the need for scientists to improve their communication skills.

CFI-NYC Launches Capital Campaign

CFI-NYC's current rented space at Rockefeller Center 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 http://www.centerforinquiry.net/nyc/news/capital_campaign . 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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