I was going to write something for Music Monday, but Cody always does a good job of writing about philosophically interesting music, so today I thought I would just extend Music Monday into Tuesday. Tom Petty Tuesday.
Thanks to a recent suggestion, this week's Music Monday artist is The Hold Steady. Specifically today's song comes from their second studio album Separation Sunday, a concept album of sorts that follows a cast of characters who experience life in a series of drug benders, religious conversions, and life on the streets.
Center for Inquiry On Campus (and its predecessor, the Campus Freethought Alliance) has been connecting students with knowledge, resources, and other leading secular activists and scientists for over fifteen years. We believe that it is our job to inspire students and to educate the secular leaders of tomorrow so that they can expand on the limits of our knowledge and bring reason to the coming generations. A big part of how we fulfill this mission of being a jumping-off point for young freethinkers is by holding our annual student leadership conference. It is a chance for students to come together in real life and relate leadership experiences, share how-to tips, make connections, and inspire each other. Several students who attended the 2011 Student Leadership Conference have offered to share their stories so that others can get an idea of what to expect, why it is important, and how you can help. This is one of those stories.
Skeptics of Oz was the second large scale free to attend freethinker conference in Wichita. Following the success of Rapture Day we decided to plan for another Spring conference with more speakers across multiple days. The focus of this conference was considerably different from Rapture Day, and focused more on science, skepticism, and living as a non-believer rather than dealing with religion directly. Our speakers included Phil Plait, James Underdown, J Anderson Thomson, Darrel Ray, Abbie Smith, Carol Fiore, Phil Ferguson, and James Croft.
Last weekend, I worked and attended CFI’s Women in Secularism Conference in Washington, DC. One of the many awesome speakers was a woman named Bernice Sandler. While she isn’t a big name in the secular movement, anyone who cares about feminism should familiarize herself or himself with her work. Sometimes referred to as the “Godmother of Title IX,” Sandler has a long list of accomplishments regarding sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including being the first person to testify in front of a congressional committee to address sex discrimination in education.