CFI | NYC Event Calendar: February 2010

February 1, 2010

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-- Come out to Brooklyn Feb. 8 for a discussion about the so-called "God gene," with author Matthew Alper.
-- RSVP now for Darwin Day 2010, featuring paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall!
-- Philosophy and Fries is back, and now in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.
-- A new section, a CFI news update, to keep you informed about the ongoings of your favorite organization. 
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February Public Lectures

Monday, Feb. 8: A Conversation with Matthew Alper

Is man a spiritual being, immortal, created by a God -- or is he strictly physical in nature, destined to eternal dust? So begins the personal odyssey of Matthew Alper, who in "The 'God' Part of the Brain," asserts that it's no coincidence every culture has believed in some form of the spiritual realm. CFI's Michael De Dora Jr. will interview Alper about his book and his arguments, with an audience Q&A to follow.

Admission is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

Saturday, Feb. 13: Darwin Day 2010: Ian Tattersall on Darwin and Human Evolution

On the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday, come hear prominent paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall give a public lecture about Darwin and his impact on what we know about human evolution. Tattersall, curator in the anthropology department at the American Museum of Natural History, will then sit down for a conversation with Massimo Pigliucci , Chair of the Philosophy Department at City University of New York (CUNY) at Lehman College. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow.

Admission is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Click here for more information.

  February Community Events

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. : SHSNY Celebration Banquet: 21st Anniversary and Darwin Day. Click here for more.

Thursday, Feb. 11, 7:00 p.m. : Brooklyn Philosophy and Fries. Click here for more.

Saturday , Feb. 13, 8:00 p.m. : The Jolly Thirteen Club, a monthly conversation-based meal on skepticism. This month it will follow our Darwin Day 2010 program. Click here for more.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 7:00 p.m. : Manhattan Philosophy and Fries. Click here for more.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. : Drinking Skeptically, a pub-based monthly drinking meetup promoting fellowship and networking. Click here for more. 

CFI News Update

-- D.J. Grothe, who for several years has been Vice President for Outreach at CFI, and host of the Point of Inquiry podcast, has left CFI to become President of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). Lauren Becker, who has worked for the past three years in the Outreach Department as a field organizer and outreach coordinator, has succeeded D.J. Grothe as Vice President for Outreach. Click here for more.

-- CFI has announced three new hosts for the Point of Inquiry podcast: Chris Mooney, Robert M. Price, and Karen Stollznow.

-- On Jan. 10, the Council for Secular Humanism became a member of the Secular Coalition for America. Click here for more.

-- Following the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, the Center for Inquiry’s Skeptics and Humanists Aid and Relief Effort (S.H.A.R.E.) has raised more than $88,262 in relief funds, with $47,000 coming in less than 24 hours after announcing the campaign Jan. 15. Click here for more. 

-- Physicist Leonard Tramiel has joined the CFI Board of Directors. Click here for more.

-- Recordings of two of our recent events are now on the Center for Inquiry's YouTube page . Always remember to check there for our latest videos.

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