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Greta Christina is one of the most widely-read and well-respected bloggers in the atheist blogosphere. She is the author of Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and WhyComforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with GodWhy Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, and The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life. She is a regular contributor to AlterNet, The Humanist, and Free Inquiry magazines, and has been writing about atheism and skepticism for her own cleverly-named Greta Christina's Blog (now part of The Orbit network) since 2005. Her writing has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including Ms., Skeptical Inquirer, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the anthology Everything You Know About God Is Wrong. She has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She is an experienced and entertaining public speaker, who has been doing public speaking for many years. She is co-founder of The Orbit, the atheist social justice media collective. She received the SSA's inaugural Ambassador Award in 2015, and the American Humanist Association's LGBT Humanist of the Year award for 2013.

 

Greta is available to speak to your group on the following topics:

  • Atheism and Sexuality
    The sexual morality of traditional religion tends to be based, not on solid ethical principles, but on a set of taboos about what kinds of sex God does and doesn't want people to have. And while the sex-positive community offers a more thoughtful view of sexual morality, it still often frames sexuality as positive by seeing it as a spiritual experience. What are some atheist alternatives to these views? How can atheists view sexual ethics without a belief in God? And how can atheists view sexual transcendence without a belief in the supernatural?

  • Coming Out Atheist: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other Do It, And Why
    Coming out is the most powerful political act atheists can take. But coming out can be difficult and risky. What are some specific, practical, nuts-and-bolts strategies we can use: to come out of the closet, to support each other in coming out, and to make the atheist community a safer place to come out into? What can atheists learn about coming out from the LGBT community and their decades of coming-out experience -- and what can we learn from the important differences between coming out atheist and coming out queer?

  • Coming Out Atheist: Special Student Edition
    Coming out as an atheist has special challenges and issues for students. What are some ways for students to navigate coming out to family, peers, school administrators, and more? How can you decide when and how to come out, or whether you should come out at all? And how can you -- and your group -- make atheism a safer place for other students to come out into?

  • Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life
    So you don’t believe in God. Now what? The way we deal with life can change dramatically when we stop believing in gods, souls, and afterlives. When we leave religion — or if we never had it in the first place — where do we go? How do we deal with love and sex, pleasure and death, reality and making stuff up? How do we decide on our values, and how do we live them?

  • What Can the Atheist Movement Learn from the LGBT Movement?
    The atheist movement is already modeling itself on the LGBT movement in many ways -- most obviously with its focus on coming out of the closet. What else can the atheist movement learn from the LGBT movement... both from its successes and its failures?

  • Diversity in the Atheist Movement
    The most visible representatives of the atheist movement tend to be white men. Is this a problem? If so, should the atheist movement be doing something about it -- and if so, what?

  • Why Are You Atheists So Angry?
    The atheist movement is often accused of being driven by anger. What are so many atheists so angry about? Is this anger legitimate? And can anger be an effective force behind a movement for social change?

  • Activism Burnout: Prevention and Treatment
    (This would be a good talk to organize jointly with other campus groups.)
    One of the most important keys to the success of the atheist movement is keeping activists engaged for the long haul. But the most inspired and motivated activists are often the ones most likely to eventually burn out. What are some practical strategies for preventing burnout -- and for managing it when it happens? And how can activists support each other in not burning out?

  • Resistance Is Not Futile: Is Arguing About Religion Worth It?
    Many atheists think that trying to persuade people out of religion never works, and simply alienates people. But debating believers about their beliefs can be effective -- in changing people's minds about religion, as well as in achieving other goals of the atheist community. When does it makes sense to debate about religion? How should we go about it? And what should our expectations be for what these debates can accomplish?
  • Atheist Philosophies of Death 
    One of the most difficult things about leaving religion is letting go of belief in the afterlife. What are some ways that atheists can find comfort and meaning in the face of death?

Greta's requested honorarium for SSA affiliate groups is only $250. She will waive it for schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, and high schools that cover all travling costs. 


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