CFI Insider Series

Center for Inquiry is proud to present CFI Insider, a new monthly web series highlighting the work and programs of CFI and featuring world-class researchers, authors, thinkers, and luminaries affiliated with the Center for Inquiry.

Join us from the comfort of your laptop (or any other screen), wherever you are in the world and stay up to date on the latest from CFI. Free registration is required for these online lectures. See below for details and registration, and check back for additional events.


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SCOTUS v. Separation of Church and State

Featuring: Eddie Tabash

Thursday, October 29, 2020 7:00pm EDT

For the next CFI Insider, we welcome Eddie Tabash, Constitutional Lawyer and Chair of CFI’s Board of Directors, for a timely discussion on the history of the US Supreme Court, the true meaning of Separation of Church and State, and how this foundational principle has been defined and damaged by SCOTUS rulings over the years. Attendees are encouraged to download this handout for reference during the event.

Edward “Eddie” Tabash is a Constitutional lawyer in Los Angeles, California. He graduated magna cum laude from UCLA in 1973 and obtained his law degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 1976. Eddie is a member of the California State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Eddie is currently chair of the national legal committee of Americans United for separation of Church and State. He is the Chair of Center for Inquiry’s Board of Directors and chair of the Council for Secular Humanism’s First Amendment Task Force. Tabash has filed amicus briefs with the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and the California Court of Appeal in cases dealing with the separation of church and state.

Past Events

Evolution is for Everyone

Featuring: Bertha Vazquez

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:00pm EDT

Get to know Bertha Vazquez, director of CFI’s TIES program, bringing accessible tools to enable educators across the country to provide a scientifically sound evolution curriculum to their students. She talks about the work of the teacher-run TIES program, as well as how evolution education goes beyond the classroom.

A 30-year veteran teacher, Bertha Vazquez is the recipient of several national and local honors, including the 2014 Samsung’s $150,000 Solve For Tomorrow Contest and the 2009 National Environmental Education Foundation Award. She has been the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Science Teacher of the year three times in her career. Bertha has been the director of The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science since 2015. TIES is a project of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Thanks to her work with TIES, she was also the 2017 winner of the National Association of Biology Teachers Evolution Education Award.

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Women’s Suffrage Centennial – The Intersection of Suffrage and Freethought

Featuring: Tom Flynn, Judith Wellman, Susan Goodier

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 7pm EDT

One hundred years ago, women across the United States finally won the right to vote after decades of activism and struggle. The role of freethought and religious skepticism in that struggle has been whitewashed out of the history of women’s suffrage, when in fact secularism was a driving force as primary obstacle of suffragists was religion. Opponents of equality cited scripture and dogma to make the case for women’s second-class status.

Wednesday, August 26, at 7pm ET—the centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment—join historians Judith Wellman and Susan Goodier with CFI’s Tom Flynn, Editor of Free Inquiry magazine and director of the Freethought Trail, appear on a CFI INSIDER online event: a conversation about the intersection of freethought and women’s suffrage.

Judith Wellman, Ph.D., is Principal Investigator, Historical New York Research Associates, and Professor Emerita, State University of New York at Oswego. She has more than 40 years of experience in research, teaching, cultural resource surveys, and grants administration in U.S. history, women’s history, Underground Railroad history, African American communities, and historic preservation.

Susan Goodier is an Assistant Professor of History at SUNY Oneonta. She studies women’s activism, particularly woman suffrage activism, from 1840 to 1920. She earned a master’s degree in Gender History, a doctorate in Public Policy History, with subfields in International Gender and Culture and Black Women’s Studies, and a Women’s Studies master’s degree, all from the University at Albany. At SUNY Oneonta she teaches courses in Women’s History, New York State History, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and Progressivism.

Subscribe to Free Inquiry and read the latest special issue commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, with articles by Judith Wellman, Tom Flynn, Sue Boland, and more.

Conversation with a “Very Funny Lady”

Featuring: Leighann Lord

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 7:00pm EDT

Leighann Lord, the always funny host of Center for Inquiry’s Point of Inquiry podcast and the upcoming web series Skeptical Inquirer Presents, sat down with CFI’s outreach department to talk about her comedy, activism, and trajectory in the freethought movement.