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The New Humanism Conference: Word Is Spreading

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The 2007 Secular Student Alliance conference is part of The New Humanism conference being put on by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University. We have some exciting news about the conference. We'll let Greg Epstein, the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard, tell you:
Greg EpsteinOur conference, The New Humanism, is now receiving fantastic coverage in the New York Times, Washington Post, and beyond!

NOW PLEASE HELP US by going to the article at the New York Times site, then emailing it to several friends from there, both helping the story to circulate and potentially be listed as a "most emailed" story. THANK YOU SO MUCH! [Note from SSA: You'll have to create a free account with the New York Times to forward the story via their email system.]

Blogs about the story and links to it on social content sites such as "Digg.com" are deeply appreciated as well. And REGISTER NOW for our conference, featuring Salman Rushdie, Amartya Sen, E.O. Wilson, Steven Pinker, Dar Williams, Ned Lamont, Lori Lipman Brown, the leaders of all the major Humanist organizations in the US and many around the world, and much more.

A small quibble with the article in the Times- I did not actually call bestselling authors Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris "atheist fundamentalists." That part of the story was taken from the press release about our conference, (thanks to the talented Duncan Crary of the wonderful NY-based think tank, The Institute for Humanist Studies, for again helping place a Humanism-related story in the international media) in which Dawkins and Harris are referred to not as "atheist fundamentalists" but as atheist "fundamentalists," scare quotes intending to denote we know there is a huge difference between Harris and Dawkins- whom I greatly respect but also respectfully disagree on some issues about how to advance Humanism- and actual religious fundamentalists, who can be incalculably worse. The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard hosted Dawkins for a fruitful, intimate discussion this past October, and we were very gratified by his kind response to the experience.

But now is the time to show the world that Humanism is the diverse, inclusive, inspiring movement that best represents the 1.1 billion people around the world, 30-40 million Americans, and 1 in 5 Americans age 18-25 who identify with no religion. The mere fact that publications such as the Times now report substantively on discussions such as this one is evidence that Humanism is becoming a movement to be reckoned with in public life. For more on "The New Humanism," click here. And again, to register, click here.

Thank you again,

Greg M. Epstein
Humanist Chaplain of Harvard University



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