2011 WORLD ATHEIST CONVENTION (DUBLIN 3-5 JUNE)
ATHEIST ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL & ATHEIST IRELAND,

FRIDAY 3 JUNE

12.30-2.00 AAI Board Lunch

2.00 Registration opens

2.00-4.30 AAI members’ meeting

2.30-4.30 AI policy meeting

5.00-5.15 Welcome – Michael Nugent (Atheist Ireland)

5.15-6.00 Keynote Speaker: [Chair: Jane Donnelly]

Senator Ivana Bacik (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

6.00 -7.30 Weird Science versus Weird Religion [Chair: Steve Duggan]

Lone Frank (author and journalist, Denmark)
DPR Jones (YouTube Vlogger)
Richard Dawkins (former professor, University of Oxford, UK)

7.30-7.45 Launch of new AAI [Chair: Conor McGrath]

Outgoing President: Nick Lee (Atheist Alliance of America/Freethinkers Association of Central Texas, USA)
Incoming President: Tanya Smith (Atheist Alliance International/Atheist Foundation of Australia)

8.00-9.00 Buffet

SATURDAY 4 JUNE

09.30-10.45 Secular Education & Human Rights [Chair: Michael Nugent]

Jane Donnelly (Atheist Ireland)
Thomas Prosser (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Annie Laurie Gaylor (Freedom From Religion Foundation, USA)

10.45-12.00 Speaking Out Against Blasphemy Laws [Chair: Steve Duggan]

David Nash (Oxford Brookes University, UK)
Michael Nugent (Atheist Ireland)
Anne Marie Waters (One Law for All, IRL/UK)

12.00-1.15 Keynote Speaker: [Chair: Grania Spingies]

PZ Myers (University of Minnesota, USA): Dancing on the graves of the gods: A damn-the-torpedos-full-speed-ahead polemic on outspoken atheism, the folly of mushy apologists for faith, and why science says there are no gods…and we ought to be damned happy about it.

Audience discussion

1.15-2.30 Lunch

2.30-3.45 Women Atheist Activists [Chair: Grania Spingies]

Paula Kirby (secular consultant and activist, UK)
Tanya Smith (Atheist Alliance International/Atheist Foundation of Australia)
Bobbie Kirkhart (author and activist, USA)
Anne Marie Waters (One Law for All, IRL/UK)

3.45-5.00  Religion: Accommodate or Confront? [Chair: Steve Duggan]

Dan Barker (Freedom From Religion Foundation, USA)
Richard Green (Atheism UK)
Rene Hartmann (International League of Non-Religious and Atheists, Germany)
Aroup Chatterjee (Author and Activist)

5.00-5.15 Break

5.15-6.30  Communicating Atheism [Chair: Jane Donnelly]

Tom Melchiorre (Editor, Secular World, USA)
AronRa (YouTube Vlogger)
Rebecca Watson (‘Skepchick’ blogger, USA)
Richard Dawkins (former professor, University of Oxford, UK)

Evening: Dinner/entertainment.

SUNDAY 5 JUNE

10-11.15 Building Secular Coalitions [Chair: Jane Donnelly]

Maryam Namazie (British Council of Ex-Muslims)
Mark Embleton (Atheism UK)
Nick Lee (Atheist Alliance of America/Freethinkers Association of Central Texas, USA)

11.15-12.15 Dublin Declaration on Religion in Public Life [Chair: Michael Nugent]

Audience discussion

12.15-12.30 Presentation on ILCAF and the International Association of Free Thought

Roger Lepeix (International Liaison Committee of Atheists and Freethinkers, France)

12.30-1.15 Keynote Speaker: [Chair: Conor McGrath]

Maryam Namazie (British Council of Ex-Muslims)

1.15-1.45 Closing: Michael Nugent (Atheist Ireland), Tanya Smith (Atheist Alliance International/Atheist Foundation of Australia)

Audience discussion

2.00: Dinner/entertainment

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