Last year, freethought groups in Chicago came together to celebrate Carl Sagan Day. This year, it’s happening again! On November 1st, skeptics and science-enthusiasts alike are coming together to celebrate Sagan’s life and legacy.
Dr. Peter Vandervoort, Professor Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and a former colleague of Carl Sagan.
Dr. Angela Olinto, Chair of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Bernhard Beck-Winchatz, Associate Professor of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Studies Department at DePaul University.
Sagan Day is an important event to me. Last year, I was just a few weeks into my first year as President of the Secular Alliance at the University of Chicago and I really wanted to do a good job. Andrew Tripp (DePaul University), Dan Abramov (Northwestern), and I were all working together, trying to bring this ridiculously cool idea to Chicago. Unfortunately, planning started late, many speakers turned us down, and at more than a few points, it looked like we would have to abandon the whole idea and all our hard work would be for nothing. But somehow, even though there were no confirmed speakers until about four days before, the event, my first as president, was a resounding success. Over 80 people came from all over Chicago, shared apple pie and cosmos, and were inspired all over again by the unbelievable amazingness of science, space, and the exploration of the universe.
I am so grateful to be co-running this event again with the incredible Andrew Tripp and also with the brilliant and hypercompetent Kate Donovan. Carl Sagan Day is an annual tradition I hope will continue long after I graduate. I have reason to hope that will happen, too, because the growth we’ve experienced in just a year is astounding. A week before the event, more than 100 people have already RSVP’d on Facebook. We have a Safe Space Policy to make sure everyone feels welcome. Our speakers are exceptional scholars in their fields. We’ve gotten sponsorship from Chicago Skeptics, the College of Curiosity, and the freaking Adler Planetarium.
[Note from Hemant: I’ll be there, too!]
You don’t want to be left out of all that awesome, do you? So join us!