Category Archives: talk

Update: Darwin Day event tomorrow in London

My Darwin Day lecture for the British Humanists, set tomorrow for 7:30 at the Institute of Education in London, is now sold out, which pleases me greatly as it seats 1000 people. The announcement is here, but I wanted to add a last-minute note. I will have to depart for a “do” soon after the […]

An Oxford event

One week from today, while I’m visiting that Meyer Wolfsheim called “Oggsford” in The Great Gatsby, I’ll be doing a book event at Blackwell’s, sponsored by Five Books. The announcement is below (click on screenshot to go to the page). Since the London Darwin Day talk is sold out, this is a cheaper alternative: only […]

My talks in Canada

In February I’m giving two talks in Canada for the Centre for Inquiry: one in Halifax and the other in Ottawa. They’ve both been announced online, but I’ll add the dates and times here. They’ll be book talks about Faith versus Fact, but with plenty of Q&A. As far as I know, the book will be […]

Book discussion in Chicago

If you’re in what they call “Greater Chicagoland’ (I never hear anything like that for other cities—Greater New YorkLand?), and have nothing to do Saturday afternoon, you’re welcome to come to Revolution Books at 1103 North Ashland at 2 pm for a discussion of Faith versus Fact. (The announcement is here.) I’ll talk briefly about […]

Reminder: Darwin Day lecture for the British Humanists, Feb. 12

Just a reminder that I’ll be giving the annual Darwin Day Lecture for the British Humanist Association at 7:30 p.m. on February 12 in London. The details are here, and the topic is below. You might have heard of the other atheist/evolutionist who will be be chairing the talk: I’ve just finished writing this talk, and am excited […]

High Court rules that British schools must include humanism in religious studies

Just a quick note about what appears to be a landmark decision. The British Humanist Association (BHA) reports that the High Court has ruled that non-religious “philosophical” views such as humanism must be included in the Religious Studies curriculum. As you may already know, religious education is mandatory in government secondary schools in England and Wales (see details […]

Uppsala

. . . well, there’s one picture from Poland: the Last Meal. Malgorzata and Andrzej’s friend Monika, a gourmet cook (and student of linguistics and translation) met me in Warsaw before taking me to the airport hotel, and we went to a lovely restaurant for lunch. I had a delicious breast of duck (rare, as […]

My talk in Torun

The biology group at the University of Torun has published a series of photos of the “Inauguration of the Academic Year” ceremony, and I’ll put up a few, including some of my talk. The ceremony was designed to welcome the new students in biology, and also to inspire them. Thus I designed my talk to outline the […]

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 […]

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