CFI-NYC eBulletin

October 1, 2007

Speaking Science 2.0: A Lecture by Chris Mooney and Matthew C. Nisbet

As the first in its 2007-2008 Voices of Reason lecture series, the Center for Inquiry-New York City presents "Speaking Science 2.0," a presentation 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 recently published 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.

After the presentation, a reception for Mooney and Nisbet will be held on the balcony of the General Society.

The lecture is free for Friends of the Center. For all others, $10. Prepayment recommended. The reception is $30 (free to subscribers to the entire Voices of Reason series). RSVP required. To prepay and/ RSVP Online. Or call 212-504-2935.

Wednesday, October 24th, 6:30 pm
20 W. 44th St., between 5th & 6th Aves

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 the conference's official web site at

CFI-NYC Relocates to Financial District

Its lease at One Rockefeller Plaza having ended, CFI-NYC has relocated to downtown Manhattan. Our new office address is as follows:

Center for Inquiry - New York City
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Tel: (212) 504-2945
Fax: (212) 504-2951

CFI-NYC is renting temporary office space just south of Wall Street in anticipation of purchasing a permanent home in Manhattan. See below for more on our Capital Campaign. Stay tuned to CFI-NYC's eBulletin for an announcement of an upcoming Open House reception.

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 . 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.

John Rennie on "Scientific American's Century and a Half of Skepticism"

In its long history of reporting on discoveries and inventions, Scientific American has frequently been at odds with proponents of the paranormal, the technologically dubious, the weird and the downright irrational. The New York City Skeptics Association presents editor in chief John Rennie, who will discuss some of the magazine's (and his own) brushes with figures as diverse as the Wright Brothers, Harry Houdini and the Unabomber, not to mention the creationists, cold fusion advocates and nanotechnology cultists.

New York Public Library
Andrew Heiskell Branch
40 W. 20th St. (between 5th & 6th Aves)
Saturday October 27, 1:30 PM

Free and open to the public

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