2010-2011 Upcoming Events
Portland Humanist Film Fest
October 8th, 9th, and 10th
The Reed Secular Alliance will be attending the 2010 Portland Humanist Film Fest. The festival will be a great place for non-theists to convene and enjoy a secular cinematic extravaganza. For more details, contact Elad Gilo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2010-2011 Past Events
Monday, September 13th, 2010
Come join the Reed Secular Alliance as we welcome atheist blogger, Greta Christina ’83, to speak at Reed. Christina, a Reed alumna and Religion major, has been a freelance writer since 1989. She currently blogs at http://gretachristina.typepad.com/ about atheism, sexuality, and her queer identity. Christina will discuss the atheist movement, which is often accused of being driven by anger. She will address the validity of this assessment, as well as why some atheists seem so angry. Among the questions she asks are “Is this anger legitimate?” and “Can anger be an effective force behind a movement for social change?”
Biology Lecture Hall (Bio 19)
2009-10 Past Events
Greg Epstein – Good Without God
Thursday, November 19th, 2009
Greg Epstein, author of Good Without God, will present a lively analysis of the role of religion in our society. In conflicts over religion, fundamentalist religious adherents are often pitted against New Atheists, such as Dawkins, Hitchens, and Sam Harris. However, there is an often-neglected middle-ground. In his book, Greg Epstein will explain the Humanist solution to the troubles of our current era. Instead of either advancing or ridiculing religion, Epstein provides a compassionate, positive, and non-theistic solution to the troubles of the modern era. A book-signing will follow the lecture.
Psychology Auditorium (Psych 105)
RSA Fieldtrip to Dawkins Talk at Portland State
Saturday, October 10th, 2009
In Richard Dawkins’s latest work, he cogently explains the theory of evolution, defending Darwin’s theory from its many detractors. In the face of opposition from conservatives, the evolutionary biologist spells out the undeniable nature of human evolution. According to Publishers Weekly, “If Charles Darwin walked into a 21st-century bookstore and wanted to know how his theory had fared, this is the book he should pick up.” In short, Dawkins has a great way of explaining scientific theories to novices and students of science alike.
Portland State University
Dr. Darrel Ray – The God Virus
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
Dr. Darrel Ray, organizational psychologist and the author of The God Virus will speak about how religion has a negative impact on our lives and culture. In a cogent and highly readable analysis, Dr. Ray traces the contagion course of religion as it enters the lives of countless individuals, beginning in childhood and infecting their behavior, professions, sex lives, and virtually every aspect of living. There will be a book signing following the lecture.
Eliot Hall Chapel
Student Activities Fair
Friday, September 4th, 2009
Come meet the Reed Secular Alliance, socialize, and sign up for our mailing list. We will have copies of freethinking pamphlets, for your reading pleasure. You won’t want to miss it.
Gray Campus Center