CFI-NYC eBulletin - June 2007

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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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.

Religion & Politics Conference

CFI-NYC will hold a major conference in Manhattan on the weekend of November 9 - 11 on the topic of reason, religion, secularism and politics. Invited speakers include, among others, "New Atheist" authors Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, celebrated defense attorney and Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz , lawyer and social critic Wendy Kaminer , philosopher and CFI Chair Paul Kurtz, and author and media producer Ann Druyan. Further details will appear on our newly redesigned web site at

A Brief History of Disbelief on PBS

The first-ever television documentary on the history of religious unbelief is coming to America. A Brief History of Disbelief is a 3-part series by veteran television presenter Jonathan Miller that originally aired on the BBC. It combines an exploration of the origins of Miller's own lack of belief with historical perspective and interviews with leading authorities, including biologist Richard Dawkins, philosopher Daniel Dennett, Arthur Miller, and physicist Steven Weinberg.

A Brief History of Disbelief is presented by the Independent Production Fund, executive director Alvin Perlmutter, and its principal sponsor is the Center for Inquiry.

WNET will broadcast the series in three installments on July 15, 22, and 29. CFI-NYC will host viewing parties for the series. Keep an eye on our website ( ) for more information. Friends of the Center for Inquiry are also organizing viewing parties, for which DVDs, with extended interview footage, are available. Contact (212) 265-2877×12 if you are interested in hosting one.

Center for Inquiry / SHSNY Book Club

The SHSNY Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Muhlenberg Branch Public Library, 209 West 23rd Street (at 7th Ave.), 3rd floor (elevator). The book for the month of June is Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Named by Time Magazine in 2005 as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an extraordinarily courageous fighter for human rights. This book tells of her upbringing as a good Muslim in Somalia, Kenya and Saudi Arabia, her escape to the Netherlands as a young woman in 1992, and the soul searching that led her to become an atheist.

Free and open to the public.

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