Darwin Day is an international celebration of human achievement and scientific inquiry. Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809, which is why we celebrate on or around February 12. The continuing relevance and integrity of Darwin’s Great Idea and his significant contributions to science make Darwin Day a great opportunity to reach out to fellow students and your local community with fun and educational events. We have information and inspiration to help you with Darwin Day event planning—email a campus organizer, or check out the event ideas and resources on our Darwin Day resource page.

Exciting news for the start of 2015:
Free CFI memberships for students!

The Center for Inquiry is kicking off a new membership program, and until April 1, 2015, any student may become a CFI member at no cost. These free memberships last for one year and come with the same benefits as a contributing membership, including: Past intern pic.jpg

  • A personalized membership card
  • CFI’s new quarterly newsletter, Freethought In Action
  • Discounted rates at local events and national conferences

New student membership rates will be announced shortly before the April 1 deadline, so take advantage of this opportunity and sign up today to become a member of your advocate for science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.

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Questions? Contact CFI Outreach at outreach@centerforinquiry.net or 716-636-4869 ext. 406.

The Course of Reason

Affiliate Group of the Week: Secular Society at Elon

December 18, 2014 Stef McGraw

This week, we’re highlighting the Secular Society at Elon as Affiliate Group of the Week. We met Broadway Jackson III, group leader and then-intern of the Secular Coalition for America, at our CFI Leadership Conference this past summer, and were impressed with his thoughtful contributions during workshops. He continues to contribute his thoughts from time-to-time on The Course of Reason, including the following run-down of his background, his group, and his view of the future of secularism.

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Affiliate Group of the Week: Kettering Secular Skeptics

December 12, 2014 Stef McGraw

This week's Affiliate Group of the Week is the Kettering Secular Skeptics (KSS). We asked group leader Austin Edwards some questions about himself and his group; read on to learn about his New Age upbringing, how he got KSS started, and what his group has in store for the future:

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Being Nonreligious During the Holiday Season

December 8, 2014 Rebecca Surroz

"So you're an atheist...but your family celebrates Christmas! Why would you do that? How can you celebrate that? It's about Jesus!"
"Well, why do you celebrate Halloween?"
"I...well...you've been asked this before, haven't you?"

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Affiliate Group of the Week: Furman University Society of Free Inquiry

November 20, 2014 Stef McGraw

CFI On Campus is excited to bring back our Affiliate Group of the Week series on the Course of Reason blog! This week we're highlighting the Furman University Society of Free Inquiry (SoFI). We met three of their officers at last summer's CFI Leadership Conference, and were impressed with their enthusiasm and passion for the student freethought movement. Director of Public Relations Kristen Murdaugh gave us her thoughts about her group, the secular movement at large, and more:

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The Huge Success of GCSC CFI On Campus’ Carl Sagan Day

November 11, 2014 Jake Brown

November 9th, 2014 marked what would have been the 80th birthday of the late, great astronomer, educator, science popularizer, and wonderer Dr. Carl Sagan. Carl taught us to look up to the heavens and let our imaginations run wild. But, he also taught us to only accept conclusions about our universe that are supported by the strongest of observational evidence, and to achieve these conclusions via one of the most beautiful tools we have available to us: the self-correcting mechanism known as the scientific method.

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