CFI-NYC eBulletin - May 2007

A Brief History of Disbelief on Bill Moyers Journal this week

The first-ever television documentary on the history of religious unbelief is coming to America. A Brief History of Disbelief premiers in the U.S. on most public television stations beginning in May 2007 (check local listings). This week's Bill Moyers Journal on PBS features an interview with the acclaimed British intellectual Jonathan Miller, who wrote and narrated the series. Bill Moyers Journal airs on Channel 13 Friday, May 4, at 9pm and Sunday, May 6, at 7pm.

A Brief History of Disbelief is a 3-part series 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 is expected to broadcast the series in July. Friends of the Center for Inquiry are now organizing viewing parties. Contact (212) 265-2877×12 if you are interested in hosting one.

Peer review: A party for the reality-based community

Skeptical Inquirer magazine presents PEER REVIEW: A party for the reality-based community. Featuring DJ Sid ‘L Vaga. No cover. Free mojitos before 10pm.

199 Bowery (at Spring St.) [ map ]
Friday, May 25, 9pm
RSVP events [at] cfinyc [dot] org or (212) 265-2877×12

CFI-NYC expands staff, appoints new Executive Director and office manager

In preparation for its transition to a permanent home in Manhattan and more intensive programming, Center for Inquiry-New York has expanded its staff, appointing a new Executive Director and office manager.

Derek C. Araujo has joined the Center for Inquiry-New York City as its Executive Director. Mr. Araujo graduated from Harvard College in 1999 with an Artium Baccalaureus degree in physics, magna cum laude, and from Harvard Law School in 2004 with a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude. While at Harvard, he founded the Harvard Secular Society. He was also a founder and the first president of CFI's student outreach group, CFI-On Campus (formerly the Campus Freethought Alliance, established in 1996). Prior to joining the Center for Inquiry, Mr. Araujo practiced law at the New York offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. In addition to his duties as Executive Director of the New York office, Mr. Araujo will assist CFI's First Amendment Task Force and its Public Policy office in Washington, D.C. with First Amendment litigation, policy analysis, and other issues.

Tasha Williams joined the Center for Inquiry-New York City in late January as the new Office Manager. Ms. Williams graduated from Temple University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a major in Legal Studies. In late spring, Tasha will begin attending law school in the evenings. Prior to joining the Center for Inquiry staff, she had started and run her own small business in the area of real estate title insurance.

Susan Jacoby remains active as Program Director while finishing her next book. Gerry Dantone and Sibanye continue to coordinate the Long Island and Harlem communities, respectively. New York City's former Executive Director, Dr. Austin Dacey, will retain his duties as the Center's representative to the United Nations and a coordinator of CFI's international outreach.

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