August Berkshire

Minnesota Atheists — Minneapolis, MN

August Berkshire is the president of Minnesota Atheists (MNA) and is a past vice president of Atheist Alliance International (AAI). He serves on the boards of directors of Camp Quest of Minnesota (CQMN) and Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), and is on the speaker’s bureau for the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) and the Center for Inquiry (CFI).

August has been an atheist activist since 1984, when he co-founded and served as the first president of the Twin Cities Chapter of American Atheists (which became Minnesota Atheists in 1991). He has also served on the boards of directors of the Humanists of Minnesota (HoM) and American Atheists.

August is the author of numerous pamphlets and articles, which can be found on his website He is the owner of the “ATHEIST” license plate for Minnesota and is proud to be included in the reference book Who’s Who in Hell.

August uses down-to-earth arguments that he wishes he had heard when he was younger. He believes atheists have already won the intellectual debate and now they must be persuasive in the areas of emotion and politics.

August’s presentations are best suited for high schools, colleges, and the general public. He is also available for debates and panel discussions. Currently he has presentations on “An Introduction to Atheism” and “Morality with and without God.” He can also discuss “The Problem of Evil.”


Topic(s): Activism & Organizing, Debates, Politics, Social Issues & Movements

Sub-topic(s): Campus group organizing, Community group organizing, Atheist/secular movement, Separation of church and state