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July - August 2018 eZine Newsletter

July – August 2018 eZine Newsletter

Click here  to see the July/August 2018 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following articles:

  • The 2018 Philadelphia Rally for Science and Thomas Paine Plaza History
    by Margaret Downey
  • Photos of the 2018 Rally for Science
  • 2018 Secular Coalition for America Lobby Days
    by Margaret Downey
  • In Freedom of Expression I Trust
    by Jane Kelly
  • Participating in the American Faith and Family Project
    by Victoria de la Torre
  • In Recognition of the Freethought Society’s 25 Year Anniversary
  • How to Forgive Without Forgiving
    by Byron Varvarigos
  • The Freethought Society’s 2017 Four-Month Activities Calendar
  • Donation and Information Page
Thomas Paine portrayed by Julien Musolino

Thomas Paine portrayed by Julien Musolino

2018 Secular Coalition

2018 Secular Coalition

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Dr. Daeschler to Present “Cold, Hard Science: The 2016-2017 Antarctic Paleontological Expedition”

Dr. Daeschler to Present

“Cold, Hard Science: The 2016-2017 Antarctic Paleontological Expedition”

PENNSYLVANIA — The Freethought Society is pleased to host Dr. Ted Daeschler as a speaker at the Ludington Library (5 South Bryn Mawr AvenueBryn Mawr) on WednesdayMay 23, 2018. This event is free and open-to-the-public. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM.

Dr. Daeschler’s presentation “Cold, Hard Science: The 2016-2017 Antarctic Paleontological Expedition,” will highlight the Devonian Period (420-360 million-years-ago). Fossils bear witnessed of profound diversification of the form and function of aquatic vertebrates, including the origin of limbed forms. Previous discoveries from fossil sites in the northern hemisphere motivated questions about biotic evolution within the southern landmasses from the same timeframe.

Working out of McMurdo Station, Dr. Daeschler’s team spent three weeks at two sites in the Transantarctic Mountains of Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. These areas have had little paleontological exploration and this fieldwork revealed productive Middle Devonian sites with a wide variety of fossil vertebrates from ancient freshwater ecosystems. A powerful slide show will take you into the camp and the surrounding areas.

About Dr. Ted Daeschler:

Dr. Daeschler is curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Academy of Natural Sciences Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, Drexel University. He has been at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia since 1987. His research interests center on Late Devonian-age fossils and the origin of limbed vertebrates. Daeschler’s responsibilities at the Academy of Natural Sciences focus on research, teaching, collections curation, and public programs within the museum. Since 2011, Dr. Daeschler has had a joint appointment as a Professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel.

For more information, contact:

Margaret Downey
Freethought Society President 
Phone: 610.793.2737
Email: Margaret@FtSociety.org           

Speaker Dr. Paul Halpern on 3/22/18 at 7pm

Guest Speaker Dr. Paul Halpern

On Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the large community room of the Ludington Library (5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania), FS will host acclaimed science writer and physicist Dr. Paul Halpern. He is Professor of Physics at the University of the Sciences and is the author of fifteen popular science books.

Halpern’s latest book, The Quantum Labyrinth, investigates how physicists Richard Feynman and John Wheeler, despite strong personality differences, established a lifelong bond that stimulated each of them to explore the fundamental ingredients of nature and revolutionize the nature of time and reality. His March 22ndspeech is based on this book. 

Halpern is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an Athenaeum Literary Award. He is a regular contributor to NOVA’s The Nature of Reality physics blog. Halpern has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including Future Quest and The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special.

More information about Halpern, his books and other writings can be found at


Lawrence Krauss - The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far

On Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM, The Freethought Society and the Philadelphia Ethical Humanist Society will host Lawrence Krauss as an honored speaker. He will discuss his newest book, The Greatest Story Ever Told — So Far, which is scheduled for release just a few days before his appearance. 

Click here for more information on joining!

March for Science PHL on Saturday, April 22​!

The Freethought Society is proud to be a participant and fundraising group for the March for Science PHL, a sister march to the main March for Science rally in Washington DC, taking place on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

The mission of the March for Science is to defend science, celebrate the scientific process, and combat the silencing of both.

There is a lot of work to be done between now and April 22, 2017.  Visit the March for Science PHL page to sign up to help with Logistics, Planning, Social Media & Outreach, Fundraising, Website & Design, “Day Of” Volunteering, Diversity or Science Engagement!  Questions?  Email: volunteer.philamarch4sci@gmail.com

Can’t attend, or just feeling motivated to help financially with the march?  Visit the Freethought Society Donation Page page!