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Just in time for Election Day, the University of Montevallo’s Secular Student Alliance hosted Chuck Miller, regional director of American Atheists’ Alabama chapter and founder of the Secular Coalition for Alabama!
On October 23rd, Miller’s talk, “Resisting Theocracy” spoke to the importance of the separation of church and state and how it affects everyone whether they are religious or not. He talked about how secularists and their allies can improve the political landscape by banding together to bring about the positive change we all want to achieve.
Hannah Martin, secretary of the University of Montevallo’s Secular Student Alliance, says, “He was very engaging and gave a lot of good advice. The audience seemed to really enjoy the lecture as there was a constant stream of questions from people at the end, all of whom seemed inspired and ready to work for that change.”
Officers of UM’s SSA were also able to meet with Miller beforehand at a local restaurant as a chance to introduce him to the group and campus, as well as to get to know him better and discuss ideas and current events. They were also able to make some connections for more possible events in the future.
In addition to having an awesome event, UM’s SSA was also able to get their presence known around campus with flyers in every building and a digital flyer on their local channel. They were also mentioned on a university-wide broadcast email for upcoming events at their university. Their event had a lot of people show up who had never been to an SSA meeting before!
Their audience was diverse as well - questions came from religious standpoints as well as a non-religious standpoint. UM’s SSA also noticed many audience members taking the tabling supplies that the Secular Student Alliance provided.