Updates!

HELLO!

We almost forgot to tell you about two new things at Skepticon this year!

The first is that we will be changing our seating around in the Main hall so that the center sections will all have tables so that you may be able to utilize the space better. Now for those of you that prefer the theater seating, we are keeping the wings the same. This should give you more room, and a better verity of seating options. We know that we have a lot of bloggers out there that attend skepticon, and we wanted to give you the ability to take notes if you wanted. With this setup, there will not be charging stations except in the back of the house like it was before.

The second announcement is that we now have a mobile app!

All you have to do is:
1.) Go to http://eventsxd.com/download and Select your Platform!
2.) Search for Skepticon 10

With this you can search by Speakers, Rooms, or Tracks.

Hope you enjoy!

Sunday Workshops Part 2!

SUNDAY WORKSHOPS!

Check out The Secular Women Workshops Track for Sunday!

 

Sam Farooqui – “Finding Your Way Around Moose”

Ex-Muslim issues can be really complicated for never-Muslims to parse. Frequently, never-Muslims fall prey to overcorrection, saviorism, or just plain silence. This workshop has been designed to educate never-Muslims on the intersections that tend to be involved where ex-Muslims are concerned, and how to work with and for those issues, in order to create substantive change.

Don’t miss out on Sam’s workshop on Sunday at 2:00 PM.

 

Stephanie Zvan – “How to do a Workshop”

Do you want to put on a workshop, but aren’t sure how to design an effective one? Learn how to use the interactive nature of workshops to build confidence while conveying useful information.

Don’t miss out on Stephanie’s workshop on Sunday at 3:00 PM.

 

If you haven’t yet, make sure you have registered for Skepticon10! its going to be Amazeballs!

Sunday Workshops Part 1

Sunday WORKSHOPS!

Check out The Skepticon Workshops Track for Sunday!

 

Eric Wells, Cora Hanf, and Amy Slavin – “How to Create, Build and Maintain a Local Secular Group”

“The Springfield Skeptics was formed from scratch in 2014 and since then has grown into a strong secular community providing a lively discussion forum, a place to vent, and social and community service events.” Hosted by Eric Wells, Cora Hanf, and Amy Slavin, Join their workshop called “How to Create, Build and Maintain a Local Secular Group” where they will discuss “tips and tricks to maintaining excitement, how to provide that sense of community which is often what keeps individuals returning to churches, how to select leadership, how to market and promote the group and much more.”

Don’t miss out on Springfield Skeptics’s workshop on Sunday at 2:00 PM.

 

Galen Broaddus – “How You Can Make Change As a Novice Activist”

Galen Broaddus talks about their role in lobbying and ultimately bringing a federal lawsuit over secular celebrants and Illinois marriage law, the lessons learned as a novice activist, and how other new activists can make their own change.

Don’t miss out on Galen’s workshop on Sunday at 3:00 PM.

If you haven’t yet, make sure you have registered for Skepticon10! its going to be Amazeballs!

Saturday Workshops Part 2!

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS!

Check out The Secular Women Workshops Track for Saturday!

 

Maddy Love and Marissa McCool – “Start your own podcast”

So, you wanna start a podcast.

Don’t miss out on Maddy and Marissa’s workshop on Saturday at 10:00 AM.

 

Rebecca Hensler – “Deescalation”

With every direct action, there is a chance the situation will get out of control. Explore ways to deescate before things get bad.

Don’t miss out on Rebecca’s workshop on Saturday at 11:00 AM.

 

If you haven’t yet, make sure you have registered for Skepticon10! its going to be Amazeballs!

Saturday Workshops Part 1

Saturday WORKSHOPS!

Check out The Skepticon Workshops Track for Saturday!

 

Jude Lane – “Expressing Humanism Through Service”

Following in the footsteps of our own Bentern(Ben + Intern), Jude Lane took it upon himself to join the Humanist Serice Corp after hearing Ben “SweaterVest” Blanchard speak at Skepticon 7! Now that he is back, he is hosting a workshop on “Expressing humanism through service”.

Don’t miss out on Jude’s workshop on Saturday at 10:00 AM.

 

Randall Jensen – “Alternatives to Healing: Transformative Justice and Unpacking Collective Trauma from the Criminal Injustice System”

We invited Randall Jensen to be one of our guests this year on our main stage, but one talk is not enough to encompass Randall’s awesomeness, so he is doing a workshop as well!

Join Randall as he presents “Alternatives to Healing: Transformative Justice and Unpacking Collective Trauma from the Criminal Injustice System” where in it he will discuss how we “work from a transformative justice framework and recognize the realities of the criminal injustice system’s impact on individual people’s lives, specifically those who live in this country with marginalized identities and experiences. Further, what happens when most resources for support are inaccessible and inappropriate for certain people and communities?  In large and small group activities, participants will discuss how individual people may need to navigate alternatives to healing to help keep one another safe from violence and trauma, particularly when working outside of traditional, mainstream systems of support (i.e. children’s division, mental health service providers, hospitals, law enforcement, etc.)”

Don’t miss out on Randall’s workshop on Saturday at 11:00 AM.

If you haven’t yet, make sure you have registered for Skepticon10! its going to be Amazeballs!

Friday Workshops Part 2!

Friday WORKSHOPS!

Check out The Secular Women Workshops Track for Friday!

 

Mandisa Thomas – “Creating a Welcoming Group”

You can plan the events, but to get people in the seats, they have to feel they belong.This workshop will walk you through making your group a welcoming one.

Don’t miss out on Mandisa’s workshop on Friday at 9:00 AM.

 

Monett Richards – “Organizing a Lobby Day”

We’ve clicked on action alerts, sent faxes, emails and texts. We have even called our elected officials, mostly to end up in voice mail. What’s the next step? Why not go visit them in person? Why not take your friends, too!

Don’t miss out on Monett’s workshop on Friday at 10:00 AM.

 

Debbie Goddard – “TBA”

Debbie has been a long time supporter of Skepticon and one of the original individuals that helped us get on our feet as an organizaion, she has been on our main stage multiple times and never misses a conference.

Don’t miss out on Debbie’s workshop on Friday at 11:00 AM.

 

Greta Christina – “Making Ourselves Relevant In the Resistance”

With all that is going on in the world, how can the secular movement remain relevant?

Don’t miss out on Greta’s workshop on Friday at 12:00 PM.

 

Ingrid Nelson & Laura Thomas – “Lessons from AIDS Activism”

Learn Direct Action from activists who have been there and done it. These members of ActUP will go over the lessons they learned during AIDS Activism.

Don’t miss out on Ingrid and Laura’s workshop on Friday at 1:00 PM.

 

Hiba Bint Zeinab – “Creating a Self-Care Plan”

We often talk about the importance of self-care. But do we know how to actually put it into practice?

Don’t miss out on Hiba’s workshop on Friday at 2:00 PM.

 

Stephanie, Monette and Jessica – “Imposter Syndrome”

Impostor syndrome is that feeling that you’re just faking what you do and are going to be found out any minute. It keeps us from fully appreciating our own work and from tackling new, ambitious projects that need to be done. Come gather tips and exercises to combat this problem and be a more effective, secure activist.

Don’t miss out on Stephanie, Monette and Jessica’s workshop on Friday at 3:00 PM.

 

Heina Dadabhoy – “Consent”

Heina was an attendee before she ever stepped on the skepticon stage, Will you join her as she continues the discussion about Consent?

Don’t miss out on Heina’s workshop on Friday at 4:00 PM.

If you haven’t yet, make sure you have registered for Skepticon10! its going to be Amazeballs!

Friday Workshops Part 1

FRIDAY WORKSHOPS!

Check out The Skepticon Workshops Track for Friday!

 

Heina Dadabhoy – “Improving & Reducing Your Screw-Ups”

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Man… I screw-up a lot.” Then have we got the work shop for you! Join Heina Dadabhoy as they host the workshop “Improving & Reducing Your Screw-Ups”!

As Heina says “Everyone messes up sometimes. Here’s how to not put your foot in your mouth and do better next time in a world where few forgive and no one forgets. We will be examining various recent screw-ups and discuss what could have been done better.”

Don’t miss out on Heina’s workshop on Friday at 11:00 AM.

 

Chad McLaurin – “Culture War Skirmishes: Moving Forward”

“The ongoing culture wars for the “soul” of America is in full swing, and those who would narrowly define the norms for society are organized! Those who do not fit their definition of acceptable society (e.g., non-religious, LGBTQ, feminists, progressives, etc.) will be relegated to perpetual “outgroup” status until they are either swept back into the shadows by varying degrees of force, or are adopted into society as an ingroup member. The road to inclusion is multi-faceted, spanning public policy at federal, state, and local levels; social expressions of normalcy; and individual mindset.”

Join a very passionate Chad McLaurin for his workshops including “a brief presentation to help provide structure for interactive brainstorming and the development of strategic action points that will help individuals channel their efforts into the facets with which they choose to engage, based on their individual strengths.”

Don’t miss out on Chad’s workshop on Friday at 2:00 PM.

 

Nick Fish – “Unlikely Allies: Building a Coalition to Protect the Johnson Amendment”

Sometimes the political landscape seems overwhelming and you just are not sure what to do, well join Nick Fish for his workshop “Unlikely Allies: Building a Coalition to Protect the Johnson Amendment” where they “will discuss the national coalition fighting to protect the prohibition on churches and other 501(c)(3) nonprofits engaging in politics and how to build momentum behind this issue at the local level, including a training on how to lobby your member of Congress.”

Don’t miss out on Nick’s workshop on Friday at 3:00 PM.

 

Darrel Ray – “What I Learned From a Lifetime of Activism”

One thing that I love about what we do at Skepticon is that we bring together people with experience. One of our long time guests Darrel Ray has had the opportunity to know and work with so many Activists and comes to you now with his workshop “What I Learned From a Lifetime of Activism”

As he says, “Activism is a marathon, not a sprint. Effective activists act strategically and build strong bridges to allies. Today’s environment calls for all of us to become activists in some way. Learn what that means for you and how to avoid common self defeating mistakes many activists make.”

Don’t miss out on Darrel’s workshop on Friday at 4:00 PM.

If you haven’t yet, make sure you have registered for Skepticon10! its going to be Amazeballs!

Operation Workshops

AHHHHHHHHHHH! Skepticon is right around the corner! There is so little time and so much to do!

This year we wanted to adapt our lineup and do something a little different! Every year since we have started hosting workshops, I get the question; “What workshops are going to be on Saturday and Sunday?” Well… at the time we only had them on Fridays, but that is no more!

It might have taken us a few years, but we have changed it up and we are offering workshops each day during the conference this year. Every Day we will be announcing more and more workshops that will be at this year’s convention. So stay tuned for the Amazeballs that is Skepticon10!

If you haven’t yet, make sure you have registered for Skepticon10!

Ground Control to Major Tom: Part 3 of 3

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles, I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go, Tell everyone I love them very much (We Know!)

 

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We are back with our final Moonbase Tour! Today we get to visit the Moonbase MAUI Workshop Room!

In this Room we have Seven Amazing Workshops starting at 10:00 AM on Friday of Skepticon! Lets take a look shall we?

[learn_more caption=”Wemon, Sex, and Islam”] Hosted by Yasmin Ali and Sam.Al-Nahi [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Becoming & Being One of the Cool Kids Online”] Hosted by Heina Dadabhoy. The Internet is the primary means by which secular and skeptic types tend to communicate, organize, debate, and meet. There may be no hard-and-fast rules, but there are plenty of strategies for every context and person. This workshop will cover ideas for how to be ready for almost anything that comes your way online as well as methods by which to ensure other people come your way online.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Secular Safe Zone Ally Training “] Hosted by Jessica Kirsner. “The number of non-theists in America is rising rapidly and there is a growing body of research that is beginning to explore this once-invisible and amorphous group. While tolerance for minority religions is growing around the country, discrimination and harassment of non-theistic Americans continues to be a problem.Non-theists in America are often looked upon with suspicion and treated as outsiders, untrustworthy, and immoral Along with these attitudes and discriminatory behaviors, non-theists lack the community, institutions, and support that religious Americans can readily rely upon. The Secular Safe Zone is working to build a network of Allies to provide community and support to non-theists around the nation. Attendees will be certified as Secular Safe Zone Allies, ready to help create safe spaces for non-theists and encourage acceptance, understanding, and tolerance. Allies are also trained to recognize and respond to issues of discrimination, harassment, and bullying that non-theists may come up against.”[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”The Satanic Temple and the politics of religious privilege”] Hosted by The Satanic Temple’s spokesperson and co-founder, Lucien Greaves, this workshop discusses the legitimacy of atheistic religion and the importance of fighting for equal rights and representation for non-supernaturalists. The workshop will explore TST’s unique brand of secular activism with a focus on their campaign to erect a Satanic monument next to a 10 Commandments monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol in the name of religious pluralism.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Atheists in Tights! The Year in Humanist Graphic Novels and Comics!”] Hosted by Dale DeBakcsy. Nerd Up!! It has been a truly massive year for the creative treatment of atheist and humanist issues in comic form. Dale DeBakcsy (co-creator of Frederick the Great, and the chap behind The Cartoon History of Humanism and Women in Science comic series) goes through some of the best and worst web and print comics that 2014 had to offer.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Getting It On at the Con: How to Get Lucky Consensually”] Hosted by Miri Mogilevsky. Conferences aren’t just about lectures and learning. For most of us, this is a time to hang out with friends and maybe more-than-friends. This workshop will cover the basics of flirting and hooking up with consent. There will be interactive activities! (No, not that kind.)[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Private Screening: Thunderdome”] Hosted by Rob Lehr. Description Coming Soon. [/learn_more]

I hope you have enjoyed this brief overview of Moonbase COCO! Next time we visit Moonbase MAUI!

 

Ground Control to Major Tom: Part 2 of 3

This is Major Tom to Ground Control, I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way, And the stars look very different today

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We are back today with the second part of our Moonbase Tour! Today we get to visit the Moonbase COCOI Workshop Room!

In this Room we have Seven Amazing Workshops starting at 10:00 AM on Friday of Skepticon! Lets take a look shall we?

[learn_more caption=”Surviving Online Harassment”] Hosted by Stephanie Zvan “It doesn’t take much these days. Talk to the “”wrong”” person on Twitter. Promote the “”wrong”” blog post. Even tweet from the “”wrong”” conference hashtag. Suddenly you find yourself being inundated with responses from belligerent questions to outright abuse. Now what do you do? Let’s talk about what you can expect in this situation, how much control you have, and where to find the support you may need.”[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Open Time Slot”] This is an open time slot and can be filled by your workshop![/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Think you don’t need community? Think again!”] Hosted by Helen Stringer Religion shouldn’t have a monopoly over organized community on Sundays. The church has efficiently built communities spanning the globe, the secular community can learn from that, and can do it even better. The “nones” are a rapidly growing demographic, and secular people are becoming more visible and less reticent. It’s time for them to band together, get to know one another, and stop being sidelined because they don’t do church. By attending this workshop, you will learn more about the Oasis community concept and how you can help start one in your city.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Atheist Women in Politics”] Hosted by Amanda Knief There is no better way to get women’s issues moving forward in state legislatures and Congress than through direct representation. Let’s talk about the whys and hows of getting more atheist women elected to public office.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”How the Hell Does Health Insurance Work?”] Hosted by Rebekah and Floyd Two of our own organizers let you in on the secrets of the healthcare world, Shed light on the mystery that Is your doctors appointment.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Mental Health Service Provision for the Skeptically Inclined”] Hosted by Dwight Panozzo Obtaining beneficial assistance for emotional distress can be a difficult challenge for skeptics, agnostics, and atheists, particularly in more theistically dominated regions of the country. This roundtable discussion for consumers and providers offers a venue to discuss the clinical and social justice strategies associated with more successful outcomes. Preliminary data from Dr. Panozzo’s qualitative research in the field will be introduced, as needed, to further the discussion.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Private Screening: Obvious Child”] Hosted by Becca Thomas For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her hysterical and relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna winds up unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand, she is forced to face the uncomfortable realities of independent womanhood for the first time. Donna’s drunken hookup – and epic lapse in prophylactic judgment – turns out to be the beginning of a hilarious and totally unplanned journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Written by A24 Films[/learn_more]

I hope you have enjoyed this brief overview of Moonbase COCO! Next time we visit Moonbase MAUI!