Pennsylvania State Atheist and Humanist Conference avec moi

For a couple of days in late August I’ll be returning to my roots: Pittsburgh, where I spent much of my time as a kid and where many of my relatives still live. My return, however, will be to promote godlessness in the Keystone State, for, along with many others, I’ll be speaking at the Pennsylvania State Atheist and Humanist Conference over Labor Day weekend: Friday, August 29 to Sunday, August 31 (Labor Day weekend).

The list of speakers is here, and it’s not just the lineup of usual suspects (but check out the photos of John Loftus and James Morrow, who look like father and son).  The topics are diverse and intriguing, and I’m looking forward to learning some stuff and making new friends.

Registration, which is a paltry $130, is here. There’s entertainment, too, including George Hrab.

They may also be selling my book (not the new one—that’ll take at least a year to appear); if that’s the case there will be a secret feline password.

8 Comments

  1. Posted July 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Yes, WEIT will indeed be offered.  As a matter of fact, I had planned to submit my order form to your publisher manyana. You beat me to the punch!

    Tomorrow was also the day I had planned to send the attached pdf announcement to all of the speakers.  Since I’m here, you get the first emailing!

    Thanks for posting this, Jerry.  Much appreciated.  We look forward to your visit.

      ~AB

    • Diane G.
      Posted July 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      Do we have a new secret code?

  2. merilee
    Posted July 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Is it more compplicated than meow?

  3. merilee
    Posted July 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    one p in complicated:-(

  4. Charles Sullivan
    Posted July 6, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Pittsburgh? Did you used to say “yinz” or “yunz” when you spent time there?

    • merilee
      Posted July 6, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

      My parents retired in the mountains East of Pittsburg, so know all those you-uns, etc.;-)
      That are has a very distinct accent, especially in pronouncing “o”. And I think that undies are gutchies…

      • Charles Sullivan
        Posted July 7, 2014 at 1:49 am | Permalink

        Raised n Pittsburgh, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. never heard of gutchies.

        But ‘yinz’ or ‘yunz’ (pronunciation varies) is one syllable. It’s not “you-uns.” It is a unique American 2nd person plural pronoun. Probably derived from Scots-Irish immigrants, as is also the case with Philadelphia’s (and Brooklyn’s?) similar but different “Youze.”

        More common among the poor and working classes, but it appears among the middle and upper classes also.

  5. Quantumbee
    Posted July 7, 2014 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    This is a nice round up of speakers. Am sharing it with the KY Freethinkers for consideration for 3rd convention in the fall.


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