Stef McGraw is a Campus and Community Organizer at the Center for Inquiry. She has degrees in philosophy and Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa, where she first got involved in the freethought movement through the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers.
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:
It’s mid-October. If you’re a leader of a CFI On Campus affiliate group, you’re probably finishing up the planning for a Halloween event or Carl Sagan Day, counting down the days until Thanksgiving break and maybe, possibly, studying for midterms. What you’re probably not thinking about, but should be thinking about, is what your group will be doing in the spring.
I asked three leaders of CFI On Campus affiliate groups—Max Nielson of the Secular Student Alliance at the College of Charleston, Aaron Friel of University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers, and Max McKittrick of the Illini Secular Student Alliance—to tell me what their organizations had planned for the start of the semester. Read what they had to say, and think about what your student group is doing to kick off the year. (Oh, and utilize their ideas all you want—the best events have usually been inspired by something another group did first!)
Freethinkers Union, an alliance of student freethought groups in South Korea, sent out this press release earlier today to spread the word about their letter welcoming Pope Francis to their country:
In late 2011, Republican hopeful Ron Paul had his sights set on winning Iowa. Unlike most GOP candidates, however, the bulk of his volunteers were not old white men or Christian housewives--they were college students.