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Campus Inquirer
January 2013

In This Issue:

Save the Date: 2013 Student Leadership Conferences
• New Field Organizer: Welcome Cody Hashman
• Darwin Day Resources
• Register for Women in Secularism 2
Regional Events


Save the Date: 2013 Student Leadership Conferences

This year, CFI On Campus is going above and beyond with two dates and two locations for student leadership training!

  • April 19–21 at CFI–Los Angeles
  • July 25–28 at CFI–Transnational in Amherst, NY

Mark your calendars, and let your group know!

Students at one of the #cficon panel discussions


Welcome to our new field organizer!

My name is Cody Hashman and I'm the newest field organizer in CFI’s Outreach Department. While this position is a new one for me, working at CFI headquarters is not—my first position was a summer internship in 2010. After the internship ended, I worked part-time at CFI while pursuing a graduate degree in cognitive psychology at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo.

Over the past two and a half years, I've assisted with CFI’s summer Student Leadership Conferences, designed and distributed outreach and promotional materials, and helped CFI branches and student groups raise over $25,000 for the Light the Night campaign.

Prior to graduate work at SUNY Buffalo I attended the University of Northern Iowa, where I cofounded the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers & Inquirers (UNIFI). As UNIFI president, I organized the first ever Darwin Week, participated in and helped organized a monthly interfaith dialogue event called "Grab a Brew, Share Your View," and coordinated an extensive set of intellectual and social events that helped UNIFI establish itself as a very successful group on campus. I hope to translate the successes I had with UNIFI to my outreach work here with CFI.

I am beyond excited to be a part of the Outreach team at CFI and to help advance its important mission. While you can get in touch with me via my seldom-used Twitter handle, @codshash, feel free to contact me via Facebook or shoot me an email at Also, keep an eye out for my weekly Music Monday blog posts on The Course of Reason.


Darwin Day Resources

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Darwin Day is back, and it's better than ever! Some of our affiliates already have activities planned:

Darwin Day offers student groups an opportunity to celebrate science and dispel some of the misinformation out there about evolution. Many groups around the world celebrate Darwin Day, so your group has a chance to capitalize on existing publicity and resources. You can find event ideas, related links, and free posters on our Darwin Day Resources Page.

Let us know if your group has Darwin Day plans and we can add them to the campus events calendar and help spread the word! Email


Register for Women in Secularism 2

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Last spring, the Center for Inquiry responded to a growing interest in women's issues in the secular movement by launching the Women in Secularism conference. The event will take place a second time in Washington, DC, from May 17–19, 2013.

All are welcome—men, women, and gender non-conformists.

Learn more and register on the WIS2 website. You can also RSVP on Facebook.


Regional Events

• February 8–10: North Texas Secular Convention at the University of Texas at Dallas. CFI On Campus affiliate group members can receive free registration by contacting Kevin Butler.
• March 8–10: Freethought Fest at University of Wisconsin–Madison. Hosted by the Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics at UW-Madison.
• March 16–17: Skeptics of Oz in Wichita, KS.
• April 5–6: SkepTech at UMN in the Twin Cities, MN. Sponsored by the Campus Atheists Skeptics and Humanists (CASH) at UMN and the Secular Student Alliance at St. Cloud State University (SSA@SCSU). 
• April 5–7: NECSS in New York, NY. Student registration only $35!
• April 5–7: Northwest Free-thought Alliance Conference at Portland State University, OR.
• April 13–14: ReasonFest at KU in Lawrence, KS. Hosted by the University of Kansas Society of Open-Minded Atheists & Agnostics (KU SOMA).
• May 17–19: Imagine No Religion 3 in Kamloops, BC.


About CFI On Campus


CFI On Campus promotes and defends reason, science, and freedom of inquiry in education. We are committed to the enhancement of freethought, skepticism, secularism, humanism, philosophical naturalism, rationalism, and atheism on college and high school campuses throughout North America and around the world.

Students all over the world are doing amazing things to advance science, reason, and secular values. If you have the means to help us provide resources to them, please contact Debbie Goddard by email or at (716) 636-4869 ext. 421.

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