Register now for Women in Secularism 4, September 23–25, 2016 in Arlington, VA, just outside of DC.
Women are increasingly living religion-free lives and embodying the values of humanism and skepticism in their activism and professional work.
"Secularism" also refers to the secular movement, which fights against religious oppression and advocates for women's rights around the world, and where women's voices and leadership are at the forefront of a broader, more inclusive movement.
This fourth Women in Secularism conference brings together a diverse lineup of speakers to address what it means to be a “woman in secularism”—not just in theory, but in practice. Speakers will address not only the progress that has been made, but also the many challenges that still lie ahead.
How can we fight back against the intrusion of religious dogma on women's lives, from anti-abortion legislation to the violent threats against religious dissidents? What is the role of "safe spaces" in a movement that highly values free expression? What can we learn from other social movements to more effectively advance the cause of secularism?
Join us September 23–25, 2016 in Arlington, VA, just outside of Washington, DC. Women in Secularism 4 is proudly presented by the Center for Inquiry.
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Registration opens at 11:00am.
1:00pm – 1:15pm
1:15pm – 2:00pm
Why There Are Fewer Atheist Women (And Other Fun Gender-Based Speculation from Folks in Ivory Towers)
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Ashley F. Miller
Class and the Secular Movement: Why Class Matters
2:45pm – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 3:45pm
When Women Are "Caught in the Pulpit"
3:45pm – 4:30pm
Women’s Resistance to Islamism in the Age of ISIS
4:30pm – 5:00pm
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Women in Secular Leadership
Moderator: Debbie Goddard, Panel: Robyn Blumner, Sarah Haider, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Rebecca Hale, Hypatia Alexandria
6:30pm – 7:30pm
7:30pm – 9:30pm
9:00am – 10:30am
Women and Science
Moderator: Yvette d'Entremont, Panel: Emily Willingham, Kavin Senapathy, Janet Stemwedel, Kaberi Kar Gupta
10:30am – 10:50am
10:50am – 11:35am
Women Countering Violent Extremism and Building Peace
11:35am – 12:00pm
Annie Laurie Gaylor
From Feminist to Freethought Founder: The Legacy of Anne Nicol Gaylor
12:00pm – 1:45pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:45pm – 2:30pm
Secular Feminism, Liberty, and Social Justice
2:30pm – 2:50pm
2:50pm – 3:35pm
On What Matters: Rebecca Goldstein and Ashley F. Miller in Conversation
3:35pm – 4:20pm
4:20pm – 4:50pm
4:50pm – 6:20pm
Free Expression and Safe Spaces: How do we balance free expression with other concerns?
Moderator: Ashley F. Miller, Panel: Maryam Namazie, Melanie Brewster, Diane Burkholder, Sarah Haider
6:20pm – 7:30pm
7:30pm – 9:30pm
with special guest Shelley Segal, accompanied by Andrew Robertson
9:00am – 10:30pm
Secular Women in Other Movements
Panel: Kaberi Kar Gupta, Kayley Whalen, Diane Burkholder, Hypatia Alexander
10:30am – 10:45am
10:45am – 11:30am
Katha Pollitt in Conversation with Annie Laurie Gaylor
11:30am – 12:15pm
12:15pm – 12:30pm
Become a secular celebrant!
Policy on Hostile Conduct / Harassment at Conferences
The Center for Inquiry values full participation at all of its events, including participation from individuals with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodation may be made by contacting Barry Karr at (716) 636-4869 ext. 217 or email@example.com.
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