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Secular Student Alliance 2010 Annual Conference - July 23-25, Columbus OH

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Ohio UnionThe 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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Columbuz Zoo & AquariumColumbus 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.

Conference Schedule
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.

Friday, July 23
1:30pmGuided 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

Registration and Events in Jennings Hall 155

10:00amRegistration - Coffee & Donuts
10:30amAll 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

12:30pm -
2:00pm

Lunch - On Your Own
2:00pm
Moderating Discussion: Julia Galef, Co-Host and writer for the Rationally Speaking Podcast/Blog
2:30pmBridging 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

6:30pm -
8:00pm

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

3:00pm


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


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.

Check out our handy Maps and Directions!

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!

Advertising is closed for the 2010 Conference.
Please contact us if you are interested in 2010-2011 conference advertising opportunities.
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