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ACA Lecture Series

Vic Cornell
April 1, 2012

Topic: The ACLU of Texas & Religious Freedom

About the speaker
A review of ACLU’s religious freedom campaign: what’s been accomplished and goals for the next few years.

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June 12, 2016 Anthony Magnabosco A Different Approach: Street Epistemology
May 22, 2016 Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker Freedom From Religion Foundation (a BONUS lecture at the Little Walnut Creek branch library)
May 8, 2016 Steve Bratteng The Good, the Bad, and the Genetically Modified
April 10, 2016 Sarah Morehead and Neil Carter Removing the Fig Leaf - sex and religion
March 13, 2016 Chase Hunter Why Humans Created God
February 14, 2016 Chris Robison The Chemistry of Love
January 17, 2016 Neil Carter Bonus lecture: Godless in Dixie. This talk will be given at the Little Walnut Creek branch library (835 W. Rundberg)
January 10, 2016 Elliott Naishtat The Adventures of a New York Yankee in LBJ's Court
December 13, 2015 Adam Narkiewicz What is wrong with the burden-of-proof logic?
November 8, 2015 Chris Robison The Mess in Your Head: How Cells in Your Brain Communicate
October 11, 2015 Dan Quinn Update on the Texas Freedom Network
September 26, 2015 Heina Dadabhoy Sex and Islam
September 13, 2015 Alan Covey Incan Religion and Culture
August 9, 2015 Heather Teague Contemporary Mayan Culture and the Modern World
July 12, 2015 Jen Peeples Equal Dignity Under the Law: The Long Road to Marriage Equality
June 14, 2015 Alix Jules How the Church is Beating Atheism at Diversity
May 10, 2015 Steve Bratteng Mother's Day Special: Your Mother's First Gift to You: Your Microbiome
April 12, 2015 Janet Heimlich Religious Maltreatment of Children: based on her book, Breaking Their Will.
March 8, 2015 Ryan Bell My Year Without God: Now a Permanent Condition
February 1, 2015 Chase Hunter Inside Scientology 2: the Sea Org
January 18, 2015 Clare Wuellner Fire Ants!
December 7, 2014 James H. Dee Why there are no gods (and no God)
November 9, 2014 Clare Wuellner The Foundation Beyond Belief
October 12, 2014 Steve Bratteng The New Tree of Life -- Where have all the Kingdoms gone - the new organization of organisms.
September 14, 2014 Chase Hunter Inside Scientology
August 10, 2014 Atif Shahnawaz Testing Tests
July 13, 2014 Wonders of the Living World A multimedia presentation of some of the amazing organisms sharing our planet.
June 8, 2014 Clifton Stuckey "Sex Education in Texas: Just the Facts, Ma'am"
May 11, 2014 Robert Jensen White Privilege
April 6, 2014 Lydia Pyne "Meet the Neanderthals" Note that this lecture is on the first Sunday this month instead of the usual second Sunday.
March 9, 2014 Vic Cornell ACLU Update. Recent news in the conflict over church/state and free speech issues.
February 9, 2014 Steve Bratteng What Darwin Never Knew -- Video clips and discussion of science since Darwin
January 12, 2014 Reeve Hamilton Politics and Higher Education in Texas
November 10, 2013 Steve Bratteng The ABCs of Biotechnology. A primer on the composition of organisms and how their genes can be manipulated.
October 13, 2013 Russell Glasser How Online Social Media is Changing the Face of Atheism
September 28, 2013 PZ Myers Bat Evolution
August 11, 2013 Innes Mitchell & Victoria Davis "Perspective by Incongruity: Teaching Atheism at a Catholic University"
July 14, 2013 Don Baker Broken Six Ways from Sunday: The Astounding Backwardness of the Christian Anti-Abortion Movement
June 9, 2013 Donald Wright A Secular Perspective on the State of the Nation
May 12, 2013 Matt Dillahunty Reflections on a "lifetime" as ACA President
April 14, 2013 Val Benavidez Update on Church-State separation and education issues facing Texans
March 10, 2013 Hans Hofmann Does Free Will Exist?
February 10, 2013 James Aldrete The Political Landscape from the Consultant's Perspective
January 13, 2013 David Prindle The Politics of Evolution
December 2, 2012 Darrel Ray Religion and Sex (tentative)
November 4, 2012 Steve Bratteng What's Eating You! An exploration of the evolving world of parasites. Visually gross, but fascinating.
October 7, 2012 James Dee, Ph. D. The X-Rated Stories about Jesus: Weird Tales from the Apocryphal Gospels
September 22, 2012 Teresa MacBain The Clergy Project and how she found freedom from religion
August 5, 2012 Sissy Bradford Paying the Price for Defending Religious Freedom
July 1, 2012 Dr. Karl Gebhardt, University of Texas Professor of Astrophysics “HETDEX”, The Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment
June 3, 2012 Jerry DeWitt Laughing through the Apocalypse!
April 1, 2012 Vic Cornell The ACLU of Texas & Religious Freedom
March 4, 2012 Wrath James White, author and blogger Escaping The Overseer: Atheism in Black America
January 8, 2012 Steve Bratteng Unintelligent Design: Deceit and Hypocrisy vs. Science
December 4, 2011 The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today We'll be showing a documentary about the landmark Vashti McCollum school prayer case.
November 6, 2011 Gardner Selby, Austin American Statesman PolitiFact Texas Editor Pants on Fire and Other Ways to Judge What Politicians Say
October 2, 2011 Dr. Bruce J. Hunt, Associate Professor of History, UT Austin Darwin and Religion, or the Lack of It
September 11, 2011 Sarah Wheat, CEO of Planned Parenthood, Austin Standing up for Planned Parenthood---why healthy Texas women and families matter
August 7, 2011 Brett Buchanan Beyond The Reach, a look inside the FLDS
July 3, 2011 Nick Lee, President, Atheist Alliance America The New/Old Atheist Alliance
April 3, 2011 Ĺron-Ra What we can and cannot honestly say we 'know'
March 6, 2011 Jen Peeples Comfortable Lies About Don’t Ask, Don't Tell
February 6, 2011 The Mormons! Brian Spears talks about his experience of being steeped in Mormonism and his path out.
January 2, 2011 Don Baker Mechanisms of Religious Evil
November 7, 2010 Eileen Flynn Delao Observations: Why the Media Still Fears Atheists, and other observations from a religion writer
October 3, 2010 Steve Bratteng Dr. Darwin Makes a House Call
September 25, 2010 Matt Dillahunty The Superiority of Secular Morality
September 12, 2010 Dr. James H. Dee The Second Wave of Secular Humanism: How Scholarship Undermines Religion
August 1, 2010 Sarah Weis and Brian Spears from Americans United The Importance of the Separation of Church and State
July 11, 2010 Aime Parsons Camp Quest Texas, A Journey of the heart for the secular community in Texas
June 6, 2010 Doyle Duke, author A Critical Analysis of Christianity
May 2, 2010 Election meeting In lieu of a lecture, we will have an election meeting for the next ACA Board at the Austin History Center.
April 11, 2010 Noelle George Effective Secular Activism -- Not Just Politics and Protests
March 7, 2010 Kathleen Johnson A Place at the Table
February 7, 2010 Dr. Jennifer Whitson The Perception of Patterns in the Noise of Everyday Life
January 3, 2010 Fred Edwords "Sailing the Rising Tide of Reason"
December 6, 2009 Dr. Jay Banner Climate change in Texas – A long past and view to the future
November 1, 2009 Don Moore from Final Exit Network Don Moore talks about the death with dignity movement and the Final Exit Network
October 29, 2009 Dr. Victor J. Stenger The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason
September 13, 2009 Kathy Miller Texas SBOE -- Dragging our schools into the culture wars
August 2, 2009 Chris Comer Standing Up for Science in Texas
July 5, 2009 Panel Discussion ACA Members will talk on the subject of school vouchers
February 1, 2009 Matt Dillahunty How to fool the mind
December 7, 2008 Dr. James Dee The Truth about the Christmas Story
October 5, 2008 Russell Glasser How atheists can be effective evangelists
September 7, 2008 Oak DeBerg Are Atheists in the Military the "New" Gay, (or Black or Female)?
August 3, 2008 Matt Dillahunty Belief
July 6, 2008 Dr. Rory Coker Pseudoscience, Antiscience and Nonscience!
June 1, 2008 Representative Donna Howard Religion and the Texas Legislature
May 4, 2008 ACA Board Election Meeting In lieu of a lecture, we will use the time at the Austin History Center to elect a new board.
April 6, 2008 Charles Jackson, PhD Climate Prediction: What can or can't we tell about our future - The little-known inner-workings of climate model development
March 2, 2008 Dr. James H. Dee "Thinking about Religion...and Why it's so Hard" This lecture will discuss some of the obstacles to clear and honest thinking
February 3, 2008 Dicky Grigg It's Not About Them, It's About Us
January 6, 2008 Don Rhoades Early Freethought in Texas - The Immigration and Settlement of the "Deutsche Freidenkers" and the Struggle to Preserve Their Sto
December 2, 2007 Movie showing "The God who wasn't There"
November 4, 2007 Meet the Atheist Longhorns We'll have several members of the new UT group "Atheist Longhorns" to talk about their group.
October 7, 2007 Membership appreciation meeting In lieu of a lecture, we'll have a membership appreciation meeting.
September 9, 2007 Mark Loewe Low cost textbooks, progressive vouchers, and incorrect TAKS scores
August 5, 2007 Matt Dillahunty Visions of Hell
July 1, 2007 Members of CASA From advocacy to reason and back again
June 3, 2007 Video Showing and Discussion Showing of "The Creation Adventure Team: Jurassic Ark Mystery"
April 15, 2007 Lori Lipman Brown, Secular Coalition of America Protecting Our Freedoms: Taking the Message to Congress
March 4, 2007 Three members of the Travis County Archaeological Society Three mini-lectures covering human history in Texas and the practice of archeology.
February 4, 2007 UT History Professor Howard Miller The Atheist Moment: The Sudden and Remarkable Emergence of Public Atheism in George Bush's America
January 7, 2007 Robert "Rock" Howard Libertarianism: Philosophy, Religion or What?
November 5, 2006 Robin Matthews Teaching Evolution in Austin
October 22, 2006 Don Baker The Influence of Religion in the Spanish Conquest of the Americas
August 20, 2006 Jeff Jones, Center for Inquiry The New Austin CFI Community.
July 23, 2006 Danielle Tierney The Religious Right's War on Birth Control
June 18, 2006 Thomas Van Orden Recapping the 10C case and looking to the future of church-state separation
May 21, 2006 Mark Loewe Muon catalyzed nuclear fusion
March 19, 2006 Matt Dillahunty The History of the Biblical Canon
February 19, 2006 Dr. Alan Cline The Disregard of Science and the Responsibility of Citizens
January 15, 2006 Joe Zamecki A special atheist tour of Inner Space Cavern.
October 16, 2005 DJ Grothe, Center for Inquiry Arguing for America: Secularism and the Culture Wars
September 18, 2005 Don Baker Universal Darwinism: How Computer Science has Validated the Theory of Evolution
July 17, 2005 Craig Nazor The Hartman Prehistoric Garden - a Place for Ancient Plants in a Modern World
April 17, 2005 Deece Eckstein of People for the American Way Challenges to church-state separation
March 20, 2005 Several ACA Members A panel discussion on debating theists
February 20, 2005 Heather Alden Church-state separation and the Texas Freedom Network
January 16, 2005 Joe Zamecki Tales from the Trenches: A Report on Atheist Activism
November 21, 2004 M. Draper Darwin and Mendel were clueless: Why we shouldn't teach evolution in schools
October 17, 2004 Dr. Elaine Rich Our Quest for Machines that Act (and Look) Like Us
August 15, 2004 Shannon Rauh Texas, Health Education and the Textbook Debates
July 18, 2004 ACLU Attorney Jay Jacobson A "quick and dirty" guide on the history of the establishment ofreligion clause in the First Amendment - from colonial times to
May 16, 2004 Thomas van Orden
February 16, 2004 Don Baker Morality and Christianity
December 7, 2003 Dr. Robert (Bob) Solomon Philosophy, Spirituality, and Atheism
November 2, 2003 Dr. James Dee The Death of the Afterlife: How Fossils, Embryos, and Brains Falsify Promises of Heaven and Threats of Hell
June 1, 2003 Don Baker The implications of viewing Christianity as a meme
October 6, 2002 Don Baker Memes: The New Replicators
July 2, 2000 H. Thompson, R. Florence, J. Dee, J. Koonz, and M. Loewe Panel discussion on political activism
December 5, 1999 Mark Loewe Predictions of science

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