CFI-NYC eBulletin

September 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 the conference's official web site at

Region-Wide Student Organizing Meeting on Sept. 18: Protecting Science and Secularism on the Campuses

CFI-NYC will hold an organizing meeting for college and university students in the New York City area who are interested in defending science and secularism on the campuses. Meet and connect with student activists, learn how to establish and sustain campus communities, and connect into CFI's extensive student organizing network. Time and location to be announced. RSVP by e-mailing events [at] cfinyc [dot] org, or by calling Tasha Williams at (212) 265-2877 ext. 12.

A Brief History of Disbelief New Jersey Viewing Party - RSVP Required

Please join Katy & Russ Fischer at their home theater near Glasser, NJ for a free screening of Jonathan Miller's A Brief History of Disbelief . This three-part series is the first ever television exploration of the idea that God does not exist. Originally broadcast on the BBC in 2005, it was brought to PBS television this spring through funding by the Center for Inquiry.

To RSVP, call or e-mail Katy and Russ Fischer at kifischer [at] optonline [dot] net / (973) 663-4646. The Fischers's studio, Ballroom Magic, is located at 341 Lakeside Avenue at Hopatcong Street, Andover, NJ (in the Glasser, NJ area). For directions, call or e-mail the Fischers at the above contact information.

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 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. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen, 20 W. 44th St. After the presentation, a reception for Mooney and Nisbet will be held on the balcony of the General Society.

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.

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