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Schedule for Secular Student Alliance Programming at 2008 Conference


2008 Con LogoThe 2008 Secular Student Alliance conference is being held jointly with the International Humanist and Ethical Union's 17th World Humanist Congress, the American Humanist Association's 67th Annual National Conference and the IHEYO's 5th International Youth Conference.

Students with a valid student ID can register for the whole event (including two meals) for only $40 (as compared to $299 for non-students). This price gives students access to the entire conference* which starts at 9 a.m. on the morning of June 6th (Friday) and goes until the early afternoon of June 8th (Sunday). There is a tentative schedule of the AHA and IHEU events on the AHA's website. Students are very welcome to attend any AHA and IHEU events except for their board and membership meetings (which require membership in those organizations).

That said, here is a schedule of SSA specific events that will be going on during the conference. Non-student conference goers are welcome to attend these events except where noted. An integrated schedule of all events will be given to all attendees when they sign-in to the conference.

*A handful of events on the conference program are marked "invitation only," just like everyone else, students must be individually invited to attend any of these sessions (these are mostly meetings of small working groups).

Because food is being served at dinner and the subsequent events, we can only allow people registered as students to attend Friday night's events.

6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Oh's Restaurant (right below conference hotel)
6:45 -7:15 p.m.
Welcome from the Secular Student Alliance and the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization
Oh's Restaurant (right below conference hotel)
7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Presentation of Secular Student Alliance Best awards and the Secular Student Alliance Freethought Backbone Award
Oh's Restaurant (right below conference hotel)
8:00 p.m. - late
Students rejoin AHA Evening Awards Banquet

Grand Ballroom


10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Milk It for All It's Worth: Raising Funds on Campus the Easy Way
Presented by SSA Board Member Andy Buttler
Quorum Room
10:50 - 11:40 a.m.
Atheists to the Rescue: rebuilding after Katrina and changing misconceptions
Presented by Ashley Carter and Peter Ho
Quorum Room
11:40 a.m. - noon
Global Youth Humanism and the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization
Presented by Silvana Uhlrich
Quorum Room
3:00 - 3:35 p.m.
Texas Secular Network
Presented by SSA Board Member Becky Robinson
Quorum Room
3:35 - 4:15 p.m.
Bringing the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason's OUT Campaign to Campus
Presented by Prof. Liz Cornwell
Quorum Room
4:30 - 5:45 p.m.
Raising Hell in High School (This is actually part of the AHA programming, but we encourage all students not going to the lobby training at the same time to attend Matthew's presentation)
Presented by SSA Board Member Matthew LaClair
Ballroom D
6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
World Humanist Congress Reception - Re-presentation of SSA awards to the general conference body and a short preview performance by Greydon Square
Grand Ballroom Foyer
10:00 p.m. - late
Full musical performance by Greydon Square
Grand Ballroom


10:30 a.m. - noon

Panel Discussion: Making the Case for the New Enlightenment: what are the best ways to get people to value scientific and critical inquiry, naturalism, democracy, secularism, and human based ethics?
Moderator: Hemant Mehta
Matt Cherry
Greg Epstein
Jeff Nall
Kelly O'Connor
Greydon Square
Rebecca Watson (tentative)

Caucus Room
noon - 12:10 p.m.
12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Secular Student Alliance Membership Feedback Meeting
The board and staff of the Secular Student Alliance will be present to hear your feedback about the services we provide and your suggestions for what we should be doing in the future.
Caucus Room
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