Secular Student Alliance 2010 Annual Conference - July 23-25, Columbus OH
The Secular Student Alliance 2010 Annual Conference was held July 23-25 in Columbus OH, hosted by Students for Freethought at the Ohio State University. Our annual conference is the largest event held by the Secular Student Alliance and attracts student leaders from all over the U.S. and around the world. Attendees had the opportunity to learn great group-running skills, network with other student leaders, meet with leaders of the freethought movement, and more!
Read about the conference at http://www.secularstudents.org/node/3207.
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Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Field Trip
We're taking a Friday field trip to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, the top-ranked zoo in the U.S. according to Travel Guide USA. We'll meet at the Zoo around 1pm, and starting at 1:30 we'll be taking an interactive guided tour with anthropologist Jeffrey McKee of the Ohio State University, focusing on the biology of evolution, with real live animals to illustrate! Then we'll have a few hours on our own to enjoy the Zoo and Aquarium before heading back to Ohio State for the evening reception. This package is available at the discounted rate of $8.00 if you sign up when you register for the conference. Join the fun! You can learn more about the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium at their website.
Our speakers include blogger and atheist/LGBT activist Greta Christina, Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta, "Boobquake" founder Jen McCreight, Skepticon host JT Eberhard, and more! Workshops include media training, on-campus fundraising, succession planning, handling controversial projects, participating in interfaith organizations, and other sessions to help you grow your group.
Registration and Events in Jennings Hall 155 12:30pm - 6:30pm -
Friday, July 23 1:30pm Guided Tour of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 7:00pm - 10:00pm Welcoming Reception, Networking, and SSA Best Awards Presentation - Jennings Hall Room 155
Saturday, July 24
10:00am Registration - Coffee & Donuts 10:30am All for Naught? Why Groups Die and What You Can Do to Save Yours: Lyz Liddell, Secular Student Alliance Campus Organizer 11:00am How to become a Campus Fundraising Ninja: August Brunsman, Secular Student Alliance Executive Director 11:30am How to be a Media Pirate: Jesse Galef, Secular Student Alliance Communications Director 12:00pm Growing Your Group: Lucy Gubbins, President of the Alliance of Happy Atheists
Lunch - On Your Own 2:00pm Moderating Discussion: Julia Galef, Co-Host and writer for the Rationally Speaking Podcast/Blog 2:30pm Bridging the Divide - Interacting with Religious Groups: Nathaniel Mauger, Secular Student Alliance Assistant Campus Organizer 3:00pm Edgy Yet Friendly: Jennifer McCreight, Member Secular Student Alliance Board of Directors 3:30pm Peer Problem Solving 4:30pm Secular Activism 101: Caroline Slobodzian, Development Director Secular Coalition for America 5:00pm Atheism After College - How You Can Improve Off Campus Groups: Sharon Moss, President Humanist Community of Central Ohio 5:30pm Diversity and the Freethought Movement: Debbie Goddard, Center for Inquiry Campus Outreach Coordinator 6:00pm Group Photo - Steps of Jennings Hall
Dinner - on your own 8:00pm Freethought Backbone Award - 2010 Recipient, Ellery Schempp, Ph.D. 8:30pm What Atheists Can Learn From the LGBT Movement: Greta Christina: Author and Blogger - Greta Christina's Blog 10:00pm Come out to Buffalo Wild Wings on the corner of Lane Ave. and High St. to kick it with your freethought buddies
Sunday, July 25
Events in Jennings Hall Room 155 10:00am Coffee & Donuts: A Reason to Get Out Of Bed! 10:30am Atheists in the Interfaith Setting: A Panel Discussion 11:30am Humanist Chaplain in Training: John Figdor 12 noon Chalking Mohammad - SHIFT your Thinking: Cassy Byrne, president of SHIFT at Northwestern 12:30pm 10 Minute Stretch & Coffee Break 12:40pm How the Religious Right Went After Me...and Lost: Hemant Mehta, SSA Chair and Friendly Atheist 1:10pm History of Skepticon and a Different Organizational Model: JT Eberhard, President of the MSU Chapter of the Church of the FSM
Secular Student Alliance Board of Directors Annual Meeting (open to all SSA members)
SSA National Office, 1515 W. Lane Ave LL101, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Registration and Events in Jennings Hall 155
Maps and Directions
Wondering how to navigate the madness that is Ohio State? Need directions from Port Columbus International Airport, information about shuttles or taxis, or directions to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium? Well, look no further. Check out our Maps and Directions page to learn everything you need to know about getting around Columbus, OH for our Annual Conference.
Advertising at the SSA Annual Conference
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 $100.00 for the full weekend, including one free "Exhibitor" registration to the event. You can reserve a table at the 2010 Annual Conference through our online webform.
Alternately, you may want to place a 8.5 x 11, full-color ad in our conference proceedings for only $75.00. This is a great way to raise awareness of your organizations, products, latest book and more. Reserve your ad space using our convenient webform!