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ACA Lecture Series

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Date Speaker Topic
May 16, 2004 Thomas van Orden
November 9, 2014 TBA
October 12, 2014 TBA
September 14, 2014 TBA
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.
August 11, 2013 Innes Mitchell & Victoria Davis "Perspective by Incongruity: Teaching Atheism at a Catholic University"
January 3, 2010 Fred Edwords "Sailing the Rising Tide of Reason"
June 8, 2014 Clifton Stuckey "Sex Education in Texas: Just the Facts, Ma'am"
December 2, 2007 Movie showing "The God who wasn't There"
March 2, 2008 James H. Dee, Ph.D. "Thinking about Religion...and Why it's so Hard" This lecture will discuss some of the obstacles to clear and honest thinking
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
June 6, 2010 Doyle Duke, author A Critical Analysis of Christianity
July 13, 2014 Wonders of the Living World A multimedia presentation of some of the amazing organisms sharing our planet.
March 20, 2005 Several ACA Members A panel discussion on debating theists
March 7, 2010 Kathleen Johnson A Place at the Table
June 9, 2013 Donald Wright A Secular Perspective on the State of the Nation
January 15, 2006 Joe Zamecki A special atheist tour of Inner Space Cavern.
May 1, 2011 Election Meeting ACA Members elect the 2011-2012 board of directors.
July 5, 2009 Panel Discussion ACA Members will talk on the subject of school vouchers
March 9, 2014 Vic Cornell ACLU Update. Recent news in the conflict over church/state and free speech issues.
September 7, 2008 Oak DeBerg Are Atheists in the Military the "New" Gay, (or Black or Female)?
October 16, 2005 DJ Grothe, Center for Inquiry Arguing for America: Secularism and the Culture Wars
September 28, 2013 PZ Myers Bat Evolution
August 3, 2008 Matt Dillahunty Belief
August 7, 2011 Brett Buchanan Beyond The Reach, a look inside the FLDS
February 6, 2011 The Mormons! Brian Spears talks about his experience of being steeped in Mormonism and his path out.
July 14, 2013 Don Baker Broken Six Ways from Sunday: The Astounding Backwardness of the Christian Anti-Abortion Movement
July 11, 2010 Aime Parsons Camp Quest Texas, A Journey of the heart for the secular community in Texas
April 17, 2005 Deece Eckstein of People for the American Way Challenges to church-state separation
February 20, 2005 Heather Alden Church-state separation and the Texas Freedom Network
December 6, 2009 Dr. Jay Banner Climate change in Texas – A long past and view to the future
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 6, 2011 Jen Peeples Comfortable Lies About Don’t Ask, Don't Tell
November 21, 2004 M. Draper Darwin and Mendel were clueless: Why we shouldn't teach evolution in schools
October 2, 2011 Dr. Bruce J. Hunt, Associate Professor of History, UT Austin Darwin and Religion, or the Lack of It
March 10, 2013 Hans Hofmann Does Free Will Exist?
November 1, 2009 Don Moore from Final Exit Network Don Moore talks about the death with dignity movement and the Final Exit Network
October 3, 2010 Steve Bratteng Dr. Darwin Makes a House Call
January 6, 2008 Don Rhoades Early Freethought in Texas - The Immigration and Settlement of the "Deutsche Freidenkers" and the Struggle to Preserve Their Sto
April 11, 2010 Noelle George Effective Secular Activism -- Not Just Politics and Protests
March 4, 2012 Wrath James White, author and blogger Escaping The Overseer: Atheism in Black America
July 1, 2007 Members of CASA From advocacy to reason and back again
October 5, 2008 Russell Glasser How atheists can be effective evangelists
October 13, 2013 Russell Glasser How Online Social Media is Changing the Face of Atheism
February 1, 2009 Matt Dillahunty How to fool the mind
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.
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.
October 7, 2007 Membership appreciation meeting In lieu of a lecture, we'll have a membership appreciation meeting.
February 3, 2008 Dicky Grigg It's Not About Them, It's About Us
June 3, 2012 Jerry DeWitt Laughing through the Apocalypse!
January 7, 2007 Robert "Rock" Howard Libertarianism: Philosophy, Religion or What?
September 9, 2007 Mark Loewe Low cost textbooks, progressive vouchers, and incorrect TAKS scores
January 2, 2011 Don Baker Mechanisms of Religious Evil
August 10, 2014 Atif Shahnawaz Medical Practice in America
June 5, 2011 General Membership Meeting Meeting to discuss the purchase of a building.
October 6, 2002 Don Baker Memes: The New Replicators
February 16, 2004 Don Baker Morality and Christianity
May 21, 2006 Mark Loewe Muon catalyzed nuclear fusion
December 7, 2014 TBA Note that this lecture is on the first Sunday this month instead of the usual second Sunday.
November 7, 2010 Eileen Flynn Delao Observations: Why the Media Still Fears Atheists, and other observations from a religion writer
October 17, 2004 Dr. Elaine Rich Our Quest for Machines that Act (and Look) Like Us
July 2, 2000 H. Thompson, R. Florence, J. Dee, J. Koonz, and M. Loewe Panel discussion on political activism
November 6, 2011 Gardner Selby, Austin American Statesman PolitiFact Texas Editor Pants on Fire and Other Ways to Judge What Politicians Say
August 5, 2012 Sissy Bradford Paying the Price for Defending Religious Freedom
December 7, 2003 Dr. Robert (Bob) Solomon Philosophy, Spirituality, and Atheism
January 12, 2014 Reeve Hamilton Politics and Higher Education in Texas
December 5, 1999 Mark Loewe Predictions of science
April 15, 2007 Lori Lipman Brown, Secular Coalition of America Protecting Our Freedoms: Taking the Message to Congress
July 6, 2008 Dr. Rory Coker Pseudoscience, Antiscience and Nonscience!
June 18, 2006 Thomas Van Orden Recapping the 10C case and looking to the future of church-state separation
May 12, 2013 Matt Dillahunty Reflections on a "lifetime" as ACA President
December 2, 2012 Darrel Ray Religion and Sex (tentative)
June 1, 2008 Representative Donna Howard Religion and the Texas Legislature
December 8, 2013 Zack Kopplin - postponed replacement talk was on Darwinian Medicine
June 3, 2007 Video Showing and Discussion Showing of "The Creation Adventure Team: Jurassic Ark Mystery"
September 11, 2011 Sarah Wheat, CEO of Planned Parenthood, Austin Standing up for Planned Parenthood---why healthy Texas women and families matter
August 2, 2009 Chris Comer Standing Up for Science in Texas
January 16, 2005 Joe Zamecki Tales from the Trenches: A Report on Atheist Activism
February 5, 2012 Karl Gebhardt, UT Astronomy Dept TBA
November 5, 2006 Robin Matthews Teaching Evolution in Austin
September 13, 2009 Kathy Miller Texas SBOE -- Dragging our schools into the culture wars
August 15, 2004 Shannon Rauh Texas, Health Education and the Textbook Debates
November 10, 2013 Steve Bratteng The ABCs of Biotechnology. A primer on the composition of organisms and how their genes can be manipulated.
April 1, 2012 Vic Cornell The ACLU of Texas & Religious Freedom
February 4, 2007 UT History Professor Howard Miller The Atheist Moment: The Sudden and Remarkable Emergence of Public Atheism in George Bush's America
September 22, 2012 Teresa MacBain The Clergy Project and how she found freedom from religion
November 2, 2003 Dr. James Dee The Death of the Afterlife: How Fossils, Embryos, and Brains Falsify Promises of Heaven and Threats of Hell
February 19, 2006 Dr. Alan Cline The Disregard of Science and the Responsibility of Citizens
July 17, 2005 Craig Nazor The Hartman Prehistoric Garden - a Place for Ancient Plants in a Modern World
March 19, 2006 Matt Dillahunty The History of the Biblical Canon
June 1, 2003 Don Baker The implications of viewing Christianity as a meme
August 1, 2010 Sarah Weis and Brian Spears from Americans United The Importance of the Separation of Church and State
October 22, 2006 Don Baker The Influence of Religion in the Spanish Conquest of the Americas
October 29, 2009 Dr. Victor J. Stenger The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason
August 20, 2006 Jeff Jones, Center for Inquiry The New Austin CFI Community.
July 3, 2011 Nick Lee, President, Atheist Alliance America The New/Old Atheist Alliance
February 7, 2010 Dr. Jennifer Whitson The Perception of Patterns in the Noise of Everyday Life
February 10, 2013 James Aldrete The Political Landscape from the Consultant's Perspective
January 13, 2013 David Prindle The Politics of Evolution
July 23, 2006 Danielle Tierney The Religious Right's War on Birth Control
September 12, 2010 Dr. James H. Dee The Second Wave of Secular Humanism: How Scholarship Undermines Religion
September 25, 2010 Matt Dillahunty The Superiority of Secular Morality
December 7, 2008 Dr. James Dee The Truth about the Christmas Story
October 7, 2012 James Dee, Ph. D. The X-Rated Stories about Jesus: Weird Tales from the Apocryphal Gospels
March 4, 2007 Three members of the Travis County Archaeological Society Three mini-lectures covering human history in Texas and the practice of archeology.
January 8, 2012 Steve Bratteng Unintelligent Design: Deceit and Hypocrisy vs. Science
September 18, 2005 Don Baker Universal Darwinism: How Computer Science has Validated the Theory of Evolution
April 14, 2013 Val Benavidez Update on Church-State separation and education issues facing Texans
February 9, 2014 What Darwin Never Knew Video clips and discussion of science since Darwin
August 5, 2007 Matt Dillahunty Visions of Hell
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 4, 2007 Meet the Atheist Longhorns We'll have several members of the new UT group "Atheist Longhorns" to talk about their group.
April 3, 2011 Åron-Ra What we can and cannot honestly say we 'know'
November 4, 2012 Steve Bratteng What's Eating You! An exploration of the evolving world of parasites. Visually gross, but fascinating.
May 11, 2014 Robert Jensen White Privilege
July 1, 2012 Dr. Karl Gebhardt, University of Texas Professor of Astrophysics “HETDEX”, The Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment

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From the officers:

The audio and video from Steve Bratteng's July 13th lecture are now available.