“Funding Our Future” Fundraiser

Thursday, July 15th 2010 at 6:00 pm
Thursday, July 15th 2010 at 9:00 pm
621 Pennsylvania Ave SE (Eastern Market metro), Washington, DC 20003

With speakers and special guests:  
Jennifer Michael Hecht • Ronald A. Lindsay 
Chris Mooney • John Shook


CFI D.C. has been your advocate for science, reason, and secular values for over three years. Now, however, because of a major budget shortfall, we will have to close our physical office in D.C. in August. To maintain the quality of our services, we need your support now. Help us continue to be your voice of reason in the nation's capital.

Come and enjoy a light hors d'oeuvres reception with Friends of the Center and special guests, author Chris Mooney and CFI Director of Education John Shook. Listen to captivating talks by author Jennifer Michael Hecht and CFI CEO and President Ronald Lindsay.

Most importantly, come and make a donation to CFI DC! We are fortunate to have several generous supporters who have agreed to match the funds raised at the event. This means your donation to CFI D.C. at the fundraiser has the potential to be DOUBLED!

Your attendance and generosity will truly help us fund our future!

Click here to buy your ticket today.
Registration: $30


Jennifer Michael Hecht is the author of award-winning books of philosophy, history, and poetry. Her Doubt: A History (HarperOne, 2003) demonstrates a long, strong history of religious doubt from the origins of written history to the present day, all over the world. Hecht's The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism and Anthropology (Columbia University, 2003), won the Phi Beta Kappa Society's 2004 prestigious Ralph Waldo Emerson Award "for scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity."

Hecht earned her Ph.D. in the History of Science and European Cultural History from Columbia University in 1995 and now teaches at The New School University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband John, and their two children.

Ronald A. Lindsay, J.D., Ph.D. , is by training and experience both a lawyer and a philosopher. An honors graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, he practiced for twenty-six years with the national law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP prior to joining the Center for Inquiry, where he is now President and CEO. Dr. Lindsay received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University, specializing in bioethics. He has had articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and The American Journal of Bioethics. His book Future Bioethics: Overcoming Taboos, Myths, and Dogmas was published by Prometheus Books in June 2008.

Chris Mooney is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science-dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American-Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs.

John Shook, Ph.D. is Director of Education and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry Transnational in Amherst, N.Y., and Research Associate in Philosophy at the University at Buffalo, since 2006. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books about naturalism, pragmatism, and humanism. He travels for lectures and debates across the United States and around the world.