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October Meeting Announcement

FS is pleased to host author and attorney Andrew L. Seidel on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)/Noon (PDT) for an online Zoom meeting. Seidel’s presentation, “The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American,” is based on his book by the same name. 

Andrew L. Seidel

Please note the information under the headline of this page to learn how you can obtain the Zoom link by registering as a member of the FS Meetup.

Seidel is the Director of Strategic Response at the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). When not fighting for the First Amendment with FFRF, Andrew writes for SlateThinkProgressReligion News ServiceRewire News and many other publications.

Renowned constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky described The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American as “a beautifully written book” that “explodes a frequently expressed myth: that the United States was created as a Christian nation.”

Seidel’s book illustrates that not only is the United States not a Christian nation, but Judeo-Christian principles are fundamentally opposed to the values on which America was founded. Religion, law, and history will collide in this presentation. Seidel will discuss his book and field questions. 

Professor Christopher Cameron

The Freethought Society (FS) is pleased to host Professor Christopher Cameron on SaturdayAugust 12020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)/Noon (PDT) for an online Zoom presentation  entitled “Black Freethought from Slavery to Civil Rights.” His talk is based on his book,  Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism.

Learn how you can obtain the Zoom link by registering as a member of the FS Meetup.

Cameron’s talk will explore the origins of black freethought among 19th century slaves, many of whom could not reconcile notions of a loving God with their condition on Earth. The talk will then examine freethought in the 20th  century as well as cultural and political movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, radical leftist politics, and the Black Power movement. Cameron argues that religious skepticism was prevalent among some of the most prominent voices in African American history, including Frederick DouglassRichard WrightJames BaldwinLorraine HansberryHuey Newton, and Alice Walker

Cameron is a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with research and teaching interests in African American and early American history, including slavery, the antislavery movement, religious and intellectual history. His first book, To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement, explored the relationship between Puritan theology and the rise of black abolitionism, arguing throughout the work that African Americans were central to the development of the antislavery movement in America.

Speaker Dr. Paul Offit on 10/15/2018: How to Communicate Science to the Public—Or Die Trying

Dr. Paul Offit

Dr. Paul Offit

 

The Freethought Society is very pleased to host Dr. Paul Offit as an honored speaker on Monday, October 15, 2018. The meeting takes place at the Ludington Library located at 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania). The meeting will start at 7:00 PM. The meeting is free and open-to-the-public.

Dr. Offit’s highly informative speech is entitled, “How to Communicate Science to the Public—Or Die Trying.” Using a series of personal experiences, Dr. Offit will discuss the challenges that scientists face in trying to communicate science to the public. 

Dr. Offit is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of many awards including the J. Edmund Bradley Prize for Excellence in Pediatrics from the University of Maryland Medical School, the Young Investigator Award in Vaccine Development from the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. 

 

 MeetUp Details

Dr. Paul Offit Discusses Science Communication

Monday, Oct 15, 2018, 7:00 PM

Ludington Library
5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave. Bryn Mawr, PA

18 Freethinkers Went

The Freethought Society is very pleased to host Dr. Paul Offit as an honored speaker on Monday, October 15, 2018. The meeting takes place at the Ludington Library located at 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania). The meeting will start at 7:00 PM. The meeting is free and open-to-the-public. Dr. Offit’s highly informative speech is enti…

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Speaker David N. Schwartz on 9/26/2018: The Last Man Who Knew Everything

David N. Schwartz

David N. Schwartz

David N. Schwartz

The Freethought Society (FS) and the Philadelphia Ethical Society (PES) invite you to an event highlighting the work of author David N. Schwartz.

Please plan to attend Wednesday, September 26, 2018 when PES Leader Hugh Taft-Morales will interview Schwartz about his book The Last Man Who Knew Everything.

 Schwartz holds a PhD in political science from MIT and is the author of two previous books. He has worked at the State Department Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs and at Goldman Sachs in a variety of roles in both London and New York. The Nobel Prize in Physics 1988 was awarded jointly to Schwartz’s father Melvin SchwartzJack Steinberger and Leon M. Lederman “for the neutrino beam method and the demonstration of the doublet structure of the leptons through the discovery of the muon neutrino.”

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