Workshops

Each 50-minute workshop is offered twice to give you twice as many chances to hear your top picks!

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Anthony Magnabosco


Street Epistemology Hands-On

Many people have heard of street epistemology, but few people are comfortable trying it in real world situations. This workshop will give you the education, tools, and confidence needed to help a person reflect on a deeply-held belief or claim without closing them down or making them feel defensive.

After a brief overview of Street Epistemology, a short video example, and a few on-screen scenarios to consider as a group, participants will break out into teams to role-play conversations. Participants will take the role as both Street Epistemologist and interlocutor (the person making the claim). The session will conclude with a brief analysis of the practice exchanges and information on where to learn more afterwards. Each workshop will cover the same material, so there is no need to attend both.


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Ian Dodd & Margot Page


“Hell, yes!”: How Humanist Values Can Improve your Sex Life

With the advent of marriage equality, the new visibility of the transgender community, the curiosity around BDSM and kink since the “50 Shades” phenomenon and the media attention on “alternative relationships”, more and more people are becoming aware of the "sex positive" movement. As religious “nones”, many of us have embraced a broader view of sex and sexuality and begun to question/confront the societal norms that impose moral judgments on our inner-most wishes and desires. But for many people there is still some residual guilt and shame, leftover dregs of the negative messages we got from religion and society. In this experiential, first-person (no touch) workshop, participants will have a chance to examine those messages and learn about ways to cultivate a richer, juicier, guilt-free erotic life as an important part the human experience.


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Podcasters Panel

A few of your favorite atheist podcasters talk about the business and workings of podcasting and what its like to have your voice be heard in the atheist community! Featuring:

  • Jen Aldrich (Not Another Atheist Podcast)
  • Cass Midgley (Everyone's Agnostic)
  • Callie Wright (The Gaytheist Manifesto)
  • Patrick and Jenica Crail (Real Life Beyond Faith)
  • Tucker Drake (The Atheist in the Trailer Park)
  • Marissa Alexa McCool (Inciting Incident podcast)
  • Zach Law (Zachrilege Cast)

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Phil Ferguson


How To Money

Open for questions about investments. May discuss:

  • Stock market risks / recent performance
  • Stocks Vs. Bonds
  • Why Annuities suck
  • Long term Care insurance
  • Other topics…

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Dr. Steven Davidson


Sexual Ethics: The Basics of Consent

This workshop will examine the biological and sociological influences behind non-consensual sexual behavior. We will define consent (implicit and explicit) and identify consequences of non-consent (legal, psychological, social). We will also examine concepts of personal responsibility and accountability of
setting and honoring boundaries. You will receive clear instruction on how to set boundaries, and what to do if your boundaries are not respected. We will also learn ways to minimize accusations of nonconsensual misconduct.


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Sarah Key


The Infiltration of Religious Bias into the School System and What We Can Do About It

Under the U.S. Constitution, Titles IV and VI of the Civil Rights Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d, 2000e), and the Tennessee Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Tenn. Code Ann. § 4-1- 407) students have the right to be free from school-sponsored prayer and proselytizing. Students across Nashville right now are being subject to proselytization and the insidious infiltration of religious bias into curriculum across subject areas. This presentation will outline case studies taken from local classrooms, address the opportunities for religiously biased instruction in Common Core standards, and provide information on how secularists can take action in our community.


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Dr Darrel Ray


SocioSexual Orientation: Explaining the Mystery – kinks to fetishes

SocioSexual Orientation is a 25 year old concept, that is little known, yet it helps explain much of our behavior and helps a person understand their own drives and urges. This work shop will use a 9 questions survey and some small group activities to give you a full understanding of why SSO is such an useful way to look at your sexuality.


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Bryan Gitschlag


Darwinian Demons: How evolution brings out the worst in us and what to do about it!

We live in the age of global communication, space exploration, and historically high rates of literacy and life expectancy. However, many problems from the past continue to affect us today: prejudice, echo chambers, and their effects on political polarization. These anachronisms exist largely because biological evolution lags behind cultural evolution; we approach problems in the modern world using brains that were adapted to survive on the savannah. This workshop will review the link between evolution, neuroscience, and contemporary social issues, with an emphasis on how this information can help us break open echo chambers and facilitate better communication with those that do not share our values.


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Dr. Brynda Quinn


Assertiveness: No “No,” No “Yes”

This workshop will explore the power of being able to say "no" in all kinds of interpersonal situations. Many of us feel guilty when we say no. We fear that others will resent us, or that we do not have the right to say no. These ideas can be difficult to overcome, so we trap ourselves by saying yes when we mean no. Then, of course, we worry that when others say yes, we assume that they are doing the same thing, leading to the "I hate to ask" cycle. We will discuss practical techniques to say no without guilt. Being able to freely and without guilt say "no" is what allows us to truly say "yes."


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Fernando Alcántar


Sex, God, and Other Unsatisfied Desires

In this presentation we will examine the journey of sexual frustration that can exist while withholding sexual desires within conservative doctrine. Learn the ins and outs of sex-negative theology found within different branches of Christian belief, and the extreme consequences of religious judgement.


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Bob Faw


Purpose: What Gives YOUR Life Meaning?

Come discover and create your own Purpose Statement. This can be your guide to yourself on how to create the most meaning in this one life we have. If the most secular countries are any indication, secular people tend to create better societies to live in. Despite religious myths, many secular people have lives of purpose and meaning. We just make it for ourselves, rather than be told what it is.


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Jen Scott


Strategic Protest Planning

Want to have an impact on your community? Direct actions make a difference. Come and learn how to create an effective strategy from the group who brought you the Genocide & Incest Park and Ark Encounter protests. Learn how to capture the public attention and highlight your cause through protests and other creative tactics.


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Kalai Mugilan, PhD


Men & #MeToo

How have the ways men are socialized been complicit in their all-too- frequent violations of the dignity of women, such as have been repeatedly exposed by the #MeToo movement? This workshop will include examples of how men have responded to this movement in private. Finally, we will examine the complexities of a direct apology to women, and discuss how we might better inform men in preparation for the future.


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Kate Turner


Me Time: how time alone can make you a better sexual partner

In this workshop we will discuss three activities that can be done alone to improve sexual relations; meditation, masturbation, and self care. You will learn why these things matter and how to use them in your own life.


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Trav Mamone


How to Avoid Activist Burnout

Being an activist of any kind is thrilling at first. You’re pumped full of energy fighting the good fight, and you’re encouraged when you see progress being made. Unfortunately, there comes a time in every activist’s life when it becomes too much. Quitting sounds like a nice idea, but there’s too much work left to do. So what’s the answer?

In this workshop, I will use my experiences to teach other activists how to avoid burnout. I’ll explain how perfectionism kills activism, how to unplug when things get too overwhelming, and how to pick battles.


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Casper Rigsby


Unpacking Religious Baggage

So you've let go of religion…? Well that's a good start, but you might still be carrying some left over baggage… and perhaps it's so ingrained in our society that most of us carry that baggage and don't even know it. Explore with Casper Rigsby in this workshop how religion has shaped your thinking and so shaped the society we live in. Work together to recognize this baggage and how to let go of it to move forward and embrace progress.


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Cliff Fiedler


Preserving Secular Government in a Religion-Dominated Society

For 71 years Americans United for Separation of Church and State has defended Thomas Jefferson's Wall through education, advocacy, litigation and communication. This workshop intends to explain what you can do to maintain secular government and equality before the law.


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Bill Conte


Humanism 101 Panel

This panel will open up to the wide range of humanist experiences and non-theistic angle to humanity. Humanism itself has a range of expressions, and we will discuss all of them, and how atheism alone is not enough for most humanists.


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Jim Helton


Sex Education in our Public Schools

We will present step-by-step instructions to give you the resources needed to change minds and policies in your local school districts. Abstinence-only until marriage (AOUM) sex education and medically inaccurate materials are still the norm in far too many of our public schools. Not only does abstinence-only until marriage sex education not reduce pregnancy rates, STI infection rates, nor postpone commencement of sexual activity, it increases teen pregnancy and STI infection rates. AOUM programs are not neutral or benign "options", they are actively harming young people. The solution is comprehensive sex education in public schools.


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