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Secular Student Alliance New England Leadership Summit


The Secular Student Alliance is proud to announce its New England Leadership Summit, to be held April 16-18, 2010. The summit will be hosted at Harvard University in Boston, MA. This weekend session is a great opportunity for student leaders to fine-tune their group-running skills, meet other leaders from the area, network with local off-campus organizations, and have a great time!

We're excited to be holding this event in conjunction with the Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy's award ceremony for the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism, being presented this year to the MythBusters. HarvardJoin us for the award ceremony at a special discounted rate of only $8 when you register through the New England Leadership Summit.

Get Information On:
Keynote Presentation
Program & Schedule
MythBusters on Humanism

Housing Information
Housing for the New England Leadership Summit is not being provided as part of the conference due to high bookings in the area for the Boston Marathon. However, we have found several hotel options in the Harvard Square area or within easy bus/subway travel that you can check out.

Hostelling International Boston Downtown (~3 miles from Harvard; bus or subway)
12 Hemenway Street, Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 536-1027
Reservations: bostonhostel@bostonhostel.org
Rates: $44.99 per person

Sheraton Commander Hotel (short walking distance)
16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Reservations: (800) 535-5007
email: sales@shreratoncommander.com
Rates: $199 and up (rates vary; check with hotel)

Inn At Harvard Square (short walking distance)
1201 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02138
Reservations: (800) 458-5886
Rates: $249 and up

Best Western Hotel Tria (1.6 miles from Harvard; bus or subway)
220 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA, 2138
Phone: (617) 491-8000 or 866-333-TRIA
Rates: $135 and up - Friday / $212 and up - Weekend

Homewood Suites by Hilton Cambridge-Arlington (2.4 miles from Harvard)
1 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA 02474
Phone: (781) 643-7258
Rates: $199 and up

Boston Marriott Cambridge (3.5 miles from Harvard)
Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 494-6600
Rates: $249 and up

Keynote Presentation
Philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein will be delivering the keynote address at the New England Leadership Summit.

Goldstein is the author of several noteworthy novels and biographies, including Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity, Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, and her latest work, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction. Goldstein is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

She has earned numerous awards and fellowships for her work, including a MacArthur Fellowship (popularly known as the "Genius Award"), a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Radcliffe Fellowship. Her novel Mazel received the 1995 National Jewish Book Award and the 1995 Edward Lewis Wallant Award. In 2008, Goldstein was designated a Humanist Laureate by the International Academy of Humanism.

Program & Schedule
The New England Leadership Summit runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, 4/16/2010 - 4/18/2010. The complete schedule is here.

Friday, 4/16
8pm: MythBusters On Humanism Presented by Harvard Secular Society & Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy, at the Memorial Church on the Harvard Yard, Cambridge.

Saturday, 4/17 All events in Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard University
9:30am: Registration opens
10:00am: Events begin
12:30pm: Break for lunch
1:30pm: Events resume
6:00pm: Break for dinner - on your own
8:00pm: Keynote Presentation

Sunday, 4/18
10:00am: Events begin
2:00pm: Regional Summit Closes

Get the complete schedule!

MythBusters on Humanism
The Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism is presented at Harvard University each year by the Harvard Secular Society on behalf of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard and the American Humanist Association. Selected by a committee of 20-30 Harvard students each year, this award is given to a figure greatly admired by our students and community for both artistic and humanitarian reasons.

Now in its fourth year, the HSS Cultural Humanism committee has chosen the recipients for the award, the MythBusters, based on what they feel is an outstanding contribution to Humanism in culture. The MythBusters - special-effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman - take on the task of separating truth from urban legend on their television show with the same name. In true Humanist style, the pair takes on three myths per episode and uses modern-day science to demonstrate, through scientific trials, whether or not some things we take for granted really hold any ground. The award ceremony (April 16 8:00pm Memorial Church) will feature a talk and demonstrations by the pair.

Previous winners of the Cultural Humanism Award are, in 2007, novelist Sir Salman Rushdie, in 2008, punk rock star Greg Graffin (of the band Bad Religion and the UCLA Faculty of Biology), and in 2009, writer/ director/producer Joss Whedon ("Buffy," "Angel," Firefly," "Dollhouse").

Tickets to this event, when purchased as part of the SSA's New England Leadership Summit, are only $8 each! Reserve your seat when you register for the summit.

Advertising with the SSA
The Secular Student Alliance offers unique advertising opportunities for freethought organizations, businesses and authors. We offer opportunities to table at our regional leadership summits, and have opportunities for full-page, full-color advertisements in the conference proceedings booklets distributed to all conference attendees.

Tables for this event are $75.00 for the full weekend, including one free "Exhibitor" registration to the event. You can reserve a table at the 2010 New England Leadership Summit through our online webform.

You may place a 8.5 x 11, full color ad in our conference proceedings at one of three levels. Placing your ad in the proceedings for the New England Leadership Summit is $50.00 - ideal for local off-campus organizations! You may place an ad in the proceedings for our National Conference in summer 2010 for $75.00. Or, you can place your ad in both for a discounted rate of $100.00 - a great solution for authors, online businesses and national organizations. Reserve your ad space using our convenient webform!

Advertising for the 2010 events is closed. Contact us if you are interested in advertising at 2010-2011 SSA events!

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