Check Out These Upcoming Conferences, Too! June 5, 2011

Check Out These Upcoming Conferences, Too!

There are a few other incredible conferences coming up around the country worth looking into:

The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Foundation is putting together “a symposium on honor violence and forced marriage” in New York City this Monday at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The goal of the symposium is to discuss with criminal justice professionals, first responders and domestic violence shelters the emerging problems of honor violence and forced marriage in the United States. Speakers will provide information on how to identify cases, best practices for investigating and prosecuting cases of honor violence and honor killings, and guidance on how to protect potential victims.

Now there’s a topic we need to talk much more about. I love that Ali is addressing is head on.

The CFI Student Leadership Conference in Amherst, NY is great for high school and college activists. It takes place June 23rd–26th, travel grants are available, and speakers include Rebecca Watson and Joe Nickell.

Ed Beck, a former group leader, talks about why this conference is so relevant and helpful in this video:

Finally — and I’ll write much more about this in the next couple months — The Amazing Meeting is taking place July 14th-17th in Las Vegas. It’s a one-of-a-kind gathering of skeptics from around the world and one of the few conferences I know of where people save up their money so they can come back the following year 🙂 Once again, I’ll be live-blogging it. And I’ll also be on a panel discussing diversity in our movement!

If you need any more motivation to come to TAM, especially if you’ve never been there before, just check out the list of speakers.

Do they even need anyone besides Neil deGrasse Tyson? Nope. But they still brought together a hell of a roster — lots of women, too! This is my third time going and I can’t wait.

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  • Steven

    I’m really looking forward to TAM9. This’ll be my first TAM, and my first ever gathering of this sort. Hemant, I’m really looking forward to seeing you speak, as well as Jen McCreight, PZ, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Phil Plait, Richard Dawkins, and a few I’m sure I’m forgetting.

    I think it’s going to be an outstanding weekend.

  • DebGod

    I’m on that panel too! BROWNISH PEOPLE UNITE! 🙂 I’m looking forward to it.

  • Hannah C

    Probably the wrong place to ask this, but does anyone know if the student discount for The Amazing Meeting is available to high schoolers? Or is it just college students?

    Because that could be something to point out when trying to convince my dad that taking me to this would be the BEST. BIRTHDAY. PRESENT. EVER. 😉

  • Hannah – It should be available to high-schoolers, too!

  • Stephanie

    Oh, yay! Glad to see you’ll be at TAM9. Like Steven, this will be my first time going as well! 🙂