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Pennsylvania Atheist/Humanist Conference

atheist_humanist_logoOn September 13, 14, and 15, 2013, the Freethought Society (FS) and other co-sponsors will host the 2013 Pennsylvania Atheist/Humanist Conference in Philadelphia at The Embassy Suites (9000 Bartram Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

The weekend events will kick off with the opening of the world’s only Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center staffed by Friggatriskaidekaphobia doctors and nurses who will seek to cure attendees of their superstitions. The anti-superstition bash will include mirror breaking, dancing under a ladder, a magic show and many more activities. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own umbrellas for dancing inside. An interactive museum of superstition will disclose the origins of common and uncommon superstitions.

There will also be live musical performances, games, souvenirs, caricature artists and desserts.

superstition-poster-2013-K-3The activities continue with a different focus on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15. Local and national nontheist speakers will highlight the subjects of freedom of thought, maintaining separation of religion and government, building community and the promotion of a unified effort to attract supporters.

The program also includes a comedy show and two concerts.

To purchase tickets and to get more information, please see the following website:   http://atheistpa.org



The list of speakers and entertainers so far include:

American Humanist Association Officers and Board Members

Herb Silverman

Becky Hale

Debbie Allen

Seth Andrews, Author, Blogger, Podcaster and Video Producer

Jamila Bey, Washington, DC Journalist and Podcaster

Rob Boston, Author and Senior Policy Analyst at Americans United for Separation of Church and State

James Croft, Representing the Harvard Humanist Community

Dave DeLuca, A rising atheist star debuting his Common Sense Comedy act

Jerry DeWitt, Former minister and author

JT Eberhard, Blogger, Debater and Co-Founder of SkeptiConatheists_agnostics_block

Sean Faircloth, Author and Director of Strategy and Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation

Fred Edwords, Activist and Executive Director of UnitedCOR

Steve Hill, Atheist Comedian

George Hrab, Popular Atheist Musician, Comedian, Podcaster and Gadfly

 AJ Johnson, Writer, Promoter, Vice-President and Co-Founder of BeSecular

Amanda Knief, Author and Executive Director of American Atheists

Lauri Lebo,  Journalist, Writer and Author of “The Devil in Dover: An Insider’s Story of Dogma vs. Darwin in Small-town America

Tracy Lockwood,  Former religious cult member

Teresa MacBain, Former pastor and Executive Director of Humanists of Florida

Joe Nickell, Author and Skeptical Investigator of the paranormal

Edwina Rogers, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America

Shelley Segal, Popular Australian Singer/Songwriter at the Top of the Charts!

David Silverman, President of American Atheists

Jamy Ian Swiss, Magician and Senior Fellow of the James Randi Foundation

David Tamayo, Podcaster and Founder of Hispanic American Freethinkers

Joe Wenke,  Lawyer and Author


The conference fee is $113. The price includes the Friday night Friday the 13th party ticket, Saturday buffet lunch and dinner, plenary passes for Saturday and Sunday. A VIP package is available, as well as student pricing, day passes, and other options.

Please do not miss this great event on par with national conferences.   The discount hotel room rate has expired, but provided below are overflow hotel options:

 Extended Stay America

9000 Bartram Ave.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19153

Website: http://bit.ly/169ROTE

Phone: (215) 365-4360

Fax: (215) 365-4398

Email: PLA@extendedstay.com


Fairfield Inn

8800 Bartram Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19153

Website: http://bit.ly/54yq0

Phone: (215) 365-2254


Hampton Inn

8600 Bartram Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19153

Website: http://bit.ly/12YCrsC

Phone: 215-966-1300


Courtyard Marriott

8900 Bartram Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19153

Website: http://bit.ly/9lCtjl

Phone: 888-236-2427


Conference contact persons are:

Margaret Downey                                         

Freethought Society President

Phone: 610-357-9432

Email: Margaret@FtSociety.org

Brian Fields

PA Nonbelievers Inc. President

Phone: 717-386-1541

Email: BFields@PANonbelievers.org


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