The weekly update on SPI coalition members
by Julie Esris

SPI coalition member The┬áBertrand Russell Society will hold its annual meeting at Dublin, Ireland on June 5-7, 2015. This year’s keynote speaker will be SPI Fellow┬áA. C. Grayling. Find out more about this exciting conference here!

SPI coalition member, the┬áFoundation for Critical Thinking, is hosting the 35th annual International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform. This year’s theme will be Cultivating World Justice and Freedom of Thought Through Educational and Social Reform. This year the conference will take place in Berkley, California, from July 25th-30th, 2015. Registration is now open.

atheist-foundation-of-australiaSPI coalition member, The Atheist Foundation of Australia is thrilled to be bringing comedian Robin Ince to Australia for Happiness through Science at the Astor Theater in Perth on April 9th, 2015 at 7:30 PM. Can scientific thinking make you a happier person? Robin Ince sure thinks so. Come to what will surely be an exciting event!

Civil disobedience did not disappear after the civil rights movements of the 1960s. In fact, Bruce Hanes, of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, defied state law in 2013 by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. SPI coalition member, The Freethought Society, hosted Bruce Hanes, who told his story at the Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. That was on March 16th, but The Freethought Society continues to host more exciting Meetups throughout the year.

The 2015 international Freethought Film Festival will be held from May 8th-10th in Orlando, Florida. The Freethought Film Festival Foundation is, of course, an SPI coalition member, and they are excited to promote critical thinking, reason, and freedom of inquiry through film. There are sure to be a number of interesting films in this unique festival!

Freethought Film Festival Foundation

Freethought Film Festival Foundation

SPI coalition member, The Skeptics Society, will be hosting Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions. Pitzer College Professor Dr. Phil Zuckerman, who founded a Department of Secular Studies, will be speaking about the morality of secularists. This exciting event will be held on April 19th at 2:00 PM at the Baxter Lecture Hall at Caltech in Pasadena.

SPI coalition member, The Atheist Alliance International is excited to hold the 2015 International Atheist Convention on May 22-24th in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. This exciting convention will feature Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland, German author Carsten Frerk, minster-turned-atheist Dan Barker, and more!

The 2015 Asian Humanism Conference- Unity in Diversity will be held on June 20th-June 21st, 2015 in Singapore. The event will be hosted by SPI coalition member Humanist Society (Singapore)┬áand the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization. This year’s events┬áwill include discussions about freedom of expression, presentations on interfaith discussions, guest speakers from a variety of regions of the world, and more.┬ásingapore