Category Archives: talk

Fun in Dobrzyn and Toruń

Yesterday I was off to Toruń to give the beginning-of-the-school year lecture to the entering biology students at Nicolaus Copernicus University. The school was founded only in 1945, but has antecedents dating centuries earlier to the University of Vilnius (founded 1579), many of whose students and faculty migrated to Toruń after World War II. But before I left, […]

Atheist Alliance of America meeting in two weeks

I’m just back from speaking in Torun, which was great fun, including a slap-up traditional Polish lunch in the dean’s office, which is the fanciest office I’ve ever seen (some of the furniture dates from the sixteenth century). I also saw Copernicus’s house, but I’m getting ahead of myself; there will photos of all this […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

I am posting my first Hili Dialogue as Professor Ceiling Cat, Emeritus. All I can say is that I feel the same as yesterday, except that I have a warm feeling from all the kind readers who wrote in to congratulate me and say “thanks.”  And now business will resume as usual. One note: posting may be virtually […]

Professor Ceiling Cat and others at the Aspen Ideas Festival

My Big Road Trip is actually beginning with a professional gig at the Aspen Ideas Festival. This appearance involves an hourlong discussion with Eliot Gerson, executive VP of the Institute, about my book Faith versus Fact. It will take place on Friday, July 3, in the Lauder Room of the Koch Building in Aspen, Colorado. That will […]

My book talk in D.C.

Reader Ben Goren managed to find a posted recording of my book talk at Politics & Prose. I’m not going to listen to it, but I see it’s a bit over an hour long, so it includes the 35 minutes of Q&A.  There’s a TRIGGER WARNING at the beginning.

Upcoming book-related events and talks

Please excuse a bit of self-promotion: there will be an inordinate number of book-related announcements this week, just to keep people up to date.  This is a list of upcoming events, and I’ll add others when they materialize: Thursday, May 21: Tomorrow I’ll be speaking at noon at the spiffy University Club of Chicago (76 E. Monroe St.). […]

Signs from above and below

I realized that the hyper-Christian (and pro-creationist) Bob Jones University was close to where I was going to talk yesterday (Furman University), so I asked my hosts to take me to BJU. I did so in the fervent hope that I could at last find Jesus, for if he’s real, he’s surely at Bob Jones University. Sadly, […]

Talk in South Carolina: Saturday

I’m heading for South Carolina on Friday (the Greenville/Spartanburg area) to give two talks, schmooze with the local humanists, eat good southern nomz, and meet Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo. One of my two talks, on evolution, is open to the public at Furman University, and the information is below. There will be a book sale […]

Monday: Hili dialogue (plus bonus video)

It’s Monday again, and that means it’s the week of Darwin Day, the anniversary of the day he was born, which happens to be this Thursday. All over the U.S., evolutionists will fan out to give lectures celebrating the marvel that is evolution. (I’ll be at Southern Mississippi University, talking on Friday). You can find […]

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s talk at Yale: no “hate speech” in evidence

Well, Ayaan Hirsi spoke at Yale two days ago, and the Apocalypse didn’t happen. Here’s an account of what she said from the Yale Daily News: The talk was attended by over 300 individuals, with lines to enter the auditorium stretching more than a block. While the MSA [Muslim Students’ Association] did not organize any formal demonstration during […]


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