Carl Sagan Day Conference
Sponsored by Secular Alliance at Indiana
University, Center for Inquiry-Indiana, & CFI-Indiana Bloomington Chapter, Indiana University Astronomy Club, WonderLab
Saturday, November 9, 2013
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Indiana University Memorial Union
900 East 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Parking adjacent to building.
CFI Friends of the Center--$10.00, General
Public--$15.00, Students--no charge but registration recommended. Donations of any amount are appreciated to help defray the expenses for the conference. A donation of at least $25.00 makes the person eligible for priority seating. All conference registrants will have priority seating at the Phil Plait event at 4:00 pm.
Schedule (subject to change)
Phil Plait--Keynote Speaker
10:00 am - 2:00 pm-- Frangipani Room, Indiana Memorial Union
10:00 am--Katherine Rhode, IU astronomy professor
10:45 am--James Croft, Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist
Chaplaincy at Harvard
11:45 am--Leonard Tramiel, physicist and on the CFI Board of Directors
12:30 pm--Speakers TBA
1:15 pm--Panel-- participants TBA
2:00-4:00--Late lunch/ early dinner break
4:00 pm--Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union
Registration for the morning session guarantees you premium seating for Phil Plait's presentation. This presentation is sponsored by Indiana University Union Board and Indiana University Astronomy Department.
James Croft is a Humanist activist and speaker who
has swiftly become one of the best-known new faces in Humanism today. He is a
graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently studying
for his Doctorate in the philosophy of education at the Harvard Graduate School
of Education, while training to become a leader in the Ethical Culture movement.
He is an in-demand public speaker, an engaging teacher, and a passionate
activist for human rights. James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan and Star Trek,
and is a proud, gay Humanist. His upcoming book "The Godless Congregation",
co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Greg Epstein, is being
published by Simon & Schuster. More
Dr. Katherine Rhode, Associate Professor,
Astronomy Department, Indiana University.
Dr. Rhode joined the IU Astronomy faculty in August 2007. After receiving a
B.A. in Physics from Sonoma State University in 1989, she held positions at the
Maria Mitchell Observatory, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, and the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She earned an M.A. in Astronomy at
Wesleyan University in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Astronomy at Yale University in 2003.
From 2003 to 2006, she was an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral
Fellow with a joint appointment at Wesleyan and Yale Universities. More
Dr. Leonard Tramiel
, California physicist, Ph.D.,
M.A., M.Phil., member of CFI Transnational Board of Directors.
Fresh out of graduate school, Tramiel joined his father and two brothers when
his father bought Atari from Warner Communications in 1984. For the next 12
years, Tramiel was involved in the development of Atari’s
products as vice
president of software.
Since retiring from Atari, he has been
concentrating on advocating science education. Tramiel has also been a volunteer
eighth-grade astronomy teacher for the past 10 years and has been volunteering
at the Chabot Space and Science Center since 2000.
“I think that CFI’s mission of fostering a society based on reason and
values is wonderful, in fact vital, for the future of humanity,” Tramiel said.An
interview with Dr. Tramiel can be found here.
Philip Plait, Ph.D., is a renowned astronomer with more than
two decades of professional research and education experience. He has written
articles for such magazines as Astronomy and Sky and Telescope, as well
national and international newspapers. He has appeared on national
news and documentaries many times, including the Sci-Fi Channel's Countdown to
Doomsday and National Geographic's Is It Real? His Web site, Bad
Astronomy, has won numerous awards, such as Best Science Blog of 2007, and
is read by millions of people every year.
After 10 years working on Hubble Space Telescope data and six more working on
astronomy education, he struck out on his own as a writer. His two books are Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from
Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax" and Death from the Skies! These Are the Ways the Universe Will
End. He has also written dozens of magazine articles and 12 bazillion
blog articles.He is a skeptic and fights the abuse of science, but his true love
is praising the wonders of real science