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California Freethought Day

Sunday, October 14, 2018

California State Capitol Building

2018 Schedule

Oct 11 (Thu) at 6 pm:
Volunteer Dinner

A special volunteer-only dinner to thank those who have given their time to make Freethought Day a success. We'll dine at 6:00 PM. Learn about volunteering.

Oct 13 (Sat) at 10 am:
Secular Leadership Day

A series of workshops and more, Leadership Day is intended for organizers and board members of meetup groups, campus clubs, Sunday Assemblies, etc. Learn more.

Oct 13 (Sat) at 7 pm: Fundraising Reception

Our Fundraising Reception features live entertainment, an open bar, appetizers, and desserts, and the company of many of our speakers. Join us for an amazing evening that supports tomorrow's event.

Oct 14 (Sun): Freethought Day 2018

Please note that our schedule is subject to last-minute changes.

7:00

Making Strides: American Cancer Society Walk

Not affiliated with our event, but it's a great cause and right around the corner from us. The walk starts at 8 am, and their event ends at 11am. Learn more.

10:30

Capitol Tour

Pre-Registration required. Ends at 11:45am.

11:00

Registration Opens

Visit the community tables, authors, and registration to buy books and more.

11:45

Pre-Ordered Lunches Arrive

Available for purchase when registering online, until Oct 11.

Noon

Steve Hill, Emcee

Welcome and opening remarks.

12:05

David Diskin

Opening remarks.

12:10

Award: Congressional Freethought Caucus

Congressmen Jerry McNerney
Presented by Larry Decker (Secular Coalition for America)

12:20

Dr. Eugenie Scott

12:45

(break)

12:55

Victor Harris, Poet

1:00

Low Technology

1:20

Authors' and Podcasters' Panel

Ryan Bell, facilitator ɘlbe spurling Rebecca Hensler
 
William Bakeman Thomas Westbrook  

2:00

Scholarship Essay Winners

  • Sarah Hagy
  • Julia Vaughan

2:10

Sean O'Brien as Robert Ingersoll

2:20

Seráh Blain and Evan Clark

2:45

(break)

2:55

Community Panel

  • Secular Coalition for America
  • Foundation Beyond Belief
  • Reason Center
  • Secular Student Alliance
  • League of Women Voters
  • maybe more!

3:10

Community Awards

Judy Saint, Sacramento FFRF

3:15

Dr. Abby Hafer

UnIntelligent Design in Politics and Human Anatomy

Why is evolution education endangered in this country? Why do men's testicles hang outside the body?  Find out how these are related.

3:40

Group Photo

Bring your Banners and Signs!

3:50

Marie Bain

4:00

(break - last chance to visit Community Tables)

4:15

Greydon Square

4:40

Freethought Day Committee

Remarks and Door Prize Giveaway!

4:50

Kavin Senapathy

5:20

Victor Harris

5:25

Closing Words, David Diskin

Read the bios of our speakers, authors, and entertainers.