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Leadership Seminar

EVENT
Hotel Pre-convention Meeting
Leadership Seminar
AAA Business Meeting

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th, 2018 – General Session
LOCATION
Marketplace

Various
Marketplace
Cottonwood
Dogwood

Imperial East
Cottonwood

Dogwood

General Check-In
League of Women Voters
Daycare
Convention Store Hours

Secular Students Leadership
Film Festival
Art Exhibit

EVENT
Administrative Welcome – Nick Lee & Paul Mitchell
PZ Myers – “Mutants”
Lunch Break (on your own)
Michael Shermer “Why People Believe in God”
Diversity Panel: Taylor, Hutchinson, Torpy, Rodriguez
AronRa – Podcast “Magic Sandwich Show”
Break
Sikivu Hutchinson – “The Ghost of Strom”
Growing Local Organizations:
McDonald, Dillahunty, Parker, Gonzales
Margaret Downey – “Altruism Action”
Break/Social
Michael Shermer “The Believing Brain”
Break
Dinner Break (on your own)
Film “The Ledge” w/ Director Matthew Chapman

General Check-In 6:00 – 9:00pm Cypress
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8th, 2018 – General Session
LOCATION

Imperial East
Cottonwood

Dogwood

Imperial West/Center

General Check-In
League of Women Voters
Daycare
Convention Store Hours

Secular Students Leadership
Film Festival
Art Exhibit
Blood Drive
EVENT
Atheist Alliance International
Nick Lee “Launch of AAA”
Dale McGowan – “Humanity at Work”
Break
Darrel Ray “Sex and Religion”
Panel: “Women in the Movement”
Downey, Taylor, Gonzales
Matt Dillahunty “Atheist Experience” (Podcast?)
Lunch (on your own)
Eugenie Scott
“The Rise and Fall of Evolution Education in Texas”
Secular Coalition of America
“The Future of Secularlism”

Break

Victor Stenger “Faster than Light? The Theological Implications”.
Panel: “Secular Family” – Haynes, McGowan, Kendall
Sunsara Taylor “The Emancipation of Humanity and a World Without Gods; “A Revolutionary Perspective”
Todd Stiefel – “Adopt-a School Campaign”
Panel: “National Activism” – Faircloth, Downey, Haynes
Panel: “Science Education” Scott, Forrest, Stenger, Myers
Break/Social
Banquet + Keynote – Richard Dawkins
Secular Students Dinner
Comedy Night – Mario DiGiorgio” (ticket holders only)
Rap Concert: Greydon Square

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9th, 2018 – General Session
LOCATION
Redbud

Imperial West/Center

Free Slot

Magnolia

Convention Store Hours

EVENT
Celebreakfast
Barbara Forrest – “They Call It Academic Freedom”
Elisabeth Cornwell
Break/social
Richard Dawkins
Closing ceremonies
Secular Coalition of America- Leadership Training

Imperial East
Cottonwood

Dogwood
Imperial East
Cottonwood
Dogwood
Imperial West/Center
Sandalwood
Imperial East
Imperial East

Cypress

Live Oak
Magnolia

Sandalwood
Redbud
Imperial Foyer
Willow
Welcome to Our Film Festival!

The Ledge

A film by Matthew Chapman

One step can change a life forever in The Ledge, a sexy and suspenseful thriller, starring Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard. After embarking on a passionate affair with his evangelical neighbor’s wife (Tyler), Gavin (Sons of Anarchy’s Hunnam) soon finds himself in a battle of wills that will have life or death consequences. As a nonbeliever, Gavin is lured by her lover’s husband (Insidious’s Wilson) to the ledge of a high rise and told he has one hour to make a choice between his life or the one he loves. Without faith in an afterlife, will he be able to make a decision? It’s up to police officer Hollis (Howard) to save both their lives, but the clock is ticking in this edge-of-your-seat film that will leave you gasping until the final frame.

The Nature of Existence

A Roger Nygard documentary

What if you asked the religious experts, gurus, scientists, and atheists of the world why we exist, and what are we supposed to do about it? What started the Universe, and was it a mistake? Does God exist, and why does he seem so interested in our sex lives? Who do you think wins that debate?

After exploring the phenomenon of Trekkies, filmmaker Roger Nygard journeyed to the source of each of the world’s belief systems, to find people who have influenced, inspired, and freaked out humanity…Including high-profile atheists such as Stanford physicist Leonard Susskind (co-discoverer of string theory), Harvard Psychologist Daniel Gilbert (Stumbling on Happiness), monologist Julia Sweeney (Letting Go of God), film director Irvin Kershner (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back), author Ann Druyan and wife of the late Carl Sagan), evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), and many more….

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The Evangelist
A dark comedy directed by Nate Chapman

Set in Provincetown, Massachusetts, gay theater director Danny Ziegfeld adopts twelve-year old Gideon Bellamont who turns out to be a religious fanatic. Danny reluctantly agrees to help Gideon on his mission to convert locals to Christianity, but Gideon’s increasingly radical ideas start to create trouble in the community.

(R)evolution
A drama directed by Mustafa Zaveri

A book is connected to the lives of three people from three different decades: 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s. Mumbai, 1997. Feroz has lost his girlfriend to an accident. He tries to find meaning in life through books. One day he comes across a book by J. Krishnamurti, in which a date, a name, and an address are written on the back of the cover. The film follows the journey of the book and its role in the lives of several people, tracing the way in which humans often wonder if it is possible to be bound together in time and space.

The God Complex
A comedy directed by Mark Pirro

What if god was a 350 lb. bald man in a bowling shirt?

The God Complex takes you from ‘In the beginning…’ to today, where God walks among us working at a toy company. You will meet the man in charge of it all, Alan Marty God – a man with a chip on his shoulder that’s the size of the universe he created. Also, you will meet many of your favorite biblical characters: Adam and Eve, and their third wheel Pete; Noah and his wife Yessah; Abraham and Isaac, depicting the first case of child abuse; Moses and the burning bush, and of course, the virgin Mary, her fiance’ gay Joseph and their illegitimate kid, Jesus.

The Third Testament
A suspense documentary directed by Matt Dallmann

In this nail-biting feature film debut from first-time visionary writer-director Matt Dallmann, the mysterious disappearance of a Christian missionary investigating the so-called “Third Testament” sets off a chain of events that lead to the stunning revelation of a dangerous religious doctrine suppressed for years behind a murderous cover-up.

Godless
A documentary directed by Kelli Cooke

Today in America one of the fastest growing groups are those labeled as the nonbelievers; the freethinkers, skeptics, agnostics and atheists. But what makes these people different from the rest of America? “GODLESS” provides a look at the faces of the nonreligious and gives answers to questions we have all had but did not know an atheist to ask.

After Twilight
A drama written/directed by Gary L. Watson

Ten years in the future, Texas is in a bloody war for independence. A fanatical theocratic government has closed the state’s borders and replaced democracy with oppressive biblical laws and unspeakable punishments. Reason is outlawed — blind faith rules.

In God We Teach
A film by Vic Lo sick

The role of religion had been central in American society from its founding to the present day, and remains a contentious topic in American life and politics. Passions run high on issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, embryonic stem-cell research, and the “ground-zero mosque.”

While these religion-based culture wars continue, “In God We Teach” explores the way in which diverse opinions on the role of religion in the public space conflict and clash in our everyday lives.
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