July 1, 2015
Contact: Kelley Freeman, Communications Associate
Secular Student Alliance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hundreds of atheist, agnostic students to convene at Ohio State
Columbus, OH – The Secular Student Alliance hosts its Annual Conference, and brings some of the best experts in legal, political, and cultural activism to train up the next generation.
This year’s Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference takes place July 10-12, 2015, at the Ohio Union at the Ohio State University. Speakers include representatives from the Southern Poverty Law Center, Think Progress, the National LGBTQ Task Force, as well as secular student leaders from around the country. The Secular Student Alliance will also be hosting their second annual blood drive on July 10 as a precursor to the conference.
WHAT: The Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference is the largest gathering of nonreligious and nontheistic students in the United States. Expected attendance is over 250 students from around the country.
WHEN: July 10-12, 2015, Opening Session begins at 7:30 pm.
WHERE: The Ohio Union at the Ohio State University, 1739 N High Street, Columbus, OH, at the corner of 12th Avenue and High Street. Driving directions to both the High Street and College Road entrances, from the surrounding Central Ohio areas.
WHO: MARSHA BOTZER - Nationally and internationally, Marsha served as co-chair of The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 2009-10, a position that she also held in 2005-6. She is a founding member of the Out In Front Leadership Project, creating a Leadership Training Program for the LGBTQ Community, and currently serves on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health board of directors. Marsha founded Seattle’s internationally known Ingersoll Gender Center, and continues to serve the organization.
GRETA CHRISTINA - Greta Christina is one of the most widely-read and well-respected bloggers in the atheist blogosphere. She is the author of Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, and Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, and was ranked by an independent analyst as one of the Top Ten most popular atheist bloggers. She is a regular atheist correspondent for AlterNet, the online political magazine with over 1,200,000 hits a week, and has been writing about atheism and skepticism for her own cleverly-named Greta Christina's Blog (now part of the Freethought Blogs network) since 2005.
CANDACE GORHAM - Struggling with severe mental illness and financial hardships caused Candace to study the Bible even closer for answers but it only led to more questions and doubt. Today an atheist, Candace started the Ebony Exodus project out of her own pain and anguish as a highly religious black female who was not getting adequate support for her severe struggle with mental illness. Today, she endeavors to help men and women–especially black women–address and recover from the oppression they faced while in the church.
LUCIEN GRAVES - Lucien Greaves is co-founder of, and spokesperson for, The Satanic Temple, an organization whose stated mission is to facilitate the "communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty." Presenting Satanism as a non-theistic religion, The Satanic Temple has fought to ensure plurality is respected wherever the line between church and state has been breached. The Satanic Temple is best known for its ongoing efforts to erect a Satanic monument alongside a 10 Commandments monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol building.