CFI-NYC eBulletin - April 2007

Nothing: Something to Believe In

A book reading and signing by Nica Lalli

What is it like to grow up in a house with no religion? What kind of experience does someone have when one is not a believer and yet comes into constant contact with religion? How can a person find out what they are when they focus primarily on what they are not?

These are the questions raised in the memoir Nothing . With humor, wit and poignant insight, Nica Lalli recounts her mishaps and misadventures with religion from early childhood into her adult years. As a questioning child, unsure of her idea of God, then a teenager feeling like an outsider, and finally an adult mother confronted by her husband’s born-again Christian family and questions from her own children, Nica vividly describes her struggle to find out what kind of “something” she really is. In the end, the author finds that “nothing” is a philosophy to be embraced rather than feared.

Nothing is an appealing, sensitively written story that offers hope, humor and reason to millions of similar Americans who feel alienated in an ever more religiously polarized nation.

Barnes & Noble Union Square
Thursday, April 26, 7:30 pm
Free and open to the public

You can also catch Nica Lalli at the Park Slope Barnes & Noble on Thursday, May 24 at 7pm. Visit Nica online at www.nicalalli.com .

Austin Dacey at 4th International Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering

The 4th International Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering will feature a talk by Dr. Austin Dacey of the Center for Inquiry on “Democracy, free inquiry, and bioscience.”

Dibner Auditorium, Polytechnic University
5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn
Sunday, April 22, 4:45pm

Click here to download the entire program.

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