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Conference Schedule

The 70th Annual Conference will be held April 7-10, 2011. This schedule is subject to change; please check back to this page for updates. A final schedule will be included in your conference material packet when you check-in at the hotel.

 

Wednesday, April 6th – Preconference Sessions

AHA Board of Directors Meeting-Session 1
Open to all AHA members (Aquarium – 2nd Floor)
6:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, April 7th – Chapter and Celebrant Sessions

Registration (Main Lobby) 8:00am-8:00pm
AHA Board of Directors Meeting-Session 2
Open to all AHA members (Haym Saloman)
8:30am-10:00am

Exhibitors and EvolveFish Humanist Bookstore (Courtyard Reception)

 

9:00am-10:00pm
Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism Symposium (Paul Revere)
9:00am-6:00pm
Chapter Workshop: How to Host a Regional Conference – Maggie Ardiente (Crispus Attucks) 10:00am-11:00am
Chapter Workshop: Establishing Child and Adult Education Programs - Bob Bhaerman (Crispus Attucks) 11:00am-12:00pm
Lunch Break (on your own) 12:00pm-1:00pm
Chapter Workshop: Chapter Leaders Roundtable Discussion
Open to AHA Chapter Leaders and Members (Crispus Attucks)
1:30pm-2:45pm
Humanist Celebrant Training with the Humanist Society – Session 1
Howard Katz (Crispus Attucks)
3:00pm-4:15pm
Humanist Celebrant Training with the Humanist Society – Session 2
Howard Katz (Crispus Attucks)
4:30pm-5:45pm
Dinner Break (on your own) 6:00pm-7:30pm
International Freethought Film Festival Preview
Andrea Steele (Ballroom AB)
7:30pm-9:30pm

Friday, April 8th

Registration (Main Lobby)

8:00am-8:00pm
Meet and Greet for New Members (Cambridge – 2nd Floor) 8:00am-9:00am
Exhibit Area and Bookstore (Courtyard Reception) 9:00am-10:00pm

Morning Breakout Sessions

  • The Psychology of the Born Again Syndrome - John Compere (William Dawes)
  • Evolutionary Leadership for a Just and Sustainable World - Manuel Manga (Thomas Paine)
  • LGBT & You: Building the LGBT Humanist Council Jason Frye (Molly Pitcher)
9:00am-10:15am

Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Abortion and Birth Control: Past Present and No Future? Bill Baird (Thomas Paine)
  • Finding your Aha! Moment Margaret Downey (William Dawes)
  • International Humanism Matt Cherry, Roar Johnsen, and Mel Lipman (Molly Pitcher)
10:30am-11:45am
Lunch (on your own)
12:00pm-1:00pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Does Humanist Meditation Exist? Rick Heller, Sara Lazar, and D. T. Strain (Thomas Paine)
  • New Territory, Why The Skeptic/Atheist Movement Must Expand Beyond College J. T. Eberhard (William Dawes)
  • Religion in the brain: privileged player or fellow-traveler? Lessons for non-believers Jane Holmes Bernstein (Molly Pitcher)
1:30pm-2:45pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Film Screening: The Lord Was Not On Trial Dannel McCollum (Thomas Paine)
  • How America Got Fat, and What We Can Do About It Ann Childers (William Dawes)
  • Humanism in Health Care Susan Rose, Katrina Scott (Molly Pitcher)
3:00pm-4:15pm

Afternoon Plenary
R. Elisabeth Cornwell
Richard Dawkins
(Ballroom CD)

4:30pm-6:00pm
Welcome Reception
Open to All - Sponsored by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University
(Courtyard Reception)
6:00pm-7:00pm

Humanist of the Year Banquet

  • Bart Ehrman, Religious Liberty Award
  • Rebecca Goldstein, Humanist of the Year
(President’s Ballroom) 
7:00pm-10:00pm

Saturday, April 9th

Registration (Main Lobby) 8:00am-8:00pm

Meet and Greet for New Members (Cambridge – 2nd Floor)

8:00am-9:00am
Exhibit Area and Bookstore (Courtyard Reception) 9:00am-10:00pm

Events

  • The State of Humanism Plenary Roy Speckhardt, AHA Executive Director David Niose, AHA President (Ballroom CD)
  • SSA Leadership Track: Leadership in the Secular Community Darrel Ray (Molly Pitcher)
9:00am-10:15am

Morning Breakout sessions

  • The Future of Humanism: Humanist Chaplaincies and Leadership on Campus Gary Brill, Greg Epstein, Anne Klaeyson, Barry Klassel, and Jason Torpy (Thomas Paine)
  • No More War: the Human Potential for Peace Judith Hand (William Dawes)
  • SSA Leadership Track: Grassroots Basics: Growing Your Group, Leadership Transitions and Fundraising August Brunsman, Lyz Liddell, and Sharon Moss (Molly Pitcher)
10:30am-11:45am

Humanist Awards Luncheon

  • Judy Norsigian, Humanist Heroine
  • Candace Gingrich-Jones, LGBT Humanist Pride Award 
 (President’s Ballroom)
12:00pm-2:45pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • John Dewey's Humanist Philosophy of Education: the Goddard Mode– Adam Burk, Newcomb Greenleaf, Gus Lyn-Piluso, Barbara Vacarr (Thomas Paine)
  • Feminist Caucus Session: Health and Sexuality in our 50s and Beyond Judy Norsigian (William Dawes)
  • SSA Leadership Track: Taking it to the Next Level Cecil Bothwell, J. T. Eberhard , Jesse Galef (Molly Pitcher)
3:00pm-4:15pm

Breakout sessions

  • My Church/State Road Trip (or what I learned from my visit to the Creation Museum) Jay Wexler (Thomas Paine)
  • Unintelligent Design Abby Hafer (William Dawes)
  • SSA Leadership Track: Building Diversity: Women, Minorities and LGBT in Local Groups Greta Christina, Debbie Goddard, Jen McCreight (Molly Pitcher)
4:30pm-5:45pm
Humanist Contributors Reception
Humanist Contributor’s Reception *RSVP Required
(Charles View Ballroom – 16th Floor)
6:00pm-7:00pm

Humanist Awards Banquet

  • Roy Zimmerman, Entertainment 
  • Steve Wozniak, Isaac Asimov Science Award 
(President’s Ballroom)
7:00pm-9:30pm

Sunday, April 10th

Registration (Main Lobby) 8:00am-12:00pm
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Exhibit Area and Bookstore (Courtyard Reception) 9:00am-1:00pm

Church-State Plenary

  • Cecil Bothwell 
  • Andrew Copson 
  • Sean Faircloth 
 (Ballroom CD)
9:00am-10:15am

Closing Plenary

Closing Plenary Jeff Sharlet, Keynote Speaker (Ballroom CD)
10:30am-12:00pm
Environmental Sustainability Community Service Project with the Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy – departs from hotel lobby (open to all - $10 donation suggested to offset costs) 12:30pm-4:00pm
A Skeptic’s Tour of Salem Departs from the hotel lobby promptly at 1:00 pm
(separate registration required – pick up boxed lunch from registration desk between 12:00 and 1:00 pm)
1:00pm-6:00pm

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