Center for Inquiry


Focus on Climate Change & Public Education


Reba Boyd WoodenRob BostonPerson-CFI-NYC-DeDora-Michael.jpg[object Object]Jesse KharbandaNancy Papas

Third Annual

 Indiana Civic Day - Feb 8, 2014

Sponsored by

Center for Inquiry-Indiana

Indiana Chapter Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Saturday, February 8, 2014

10:45 am-2:30 pm

Indiana State House, North Atrium, 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN

Free Parking: West Section of the Indiana State House parking lot, north of the State House off Ohio Street. Enter the building at the north entrance only.     

CFI Friends of the Center and AU Members--$20.00

Public: $25.00

Students: $10

Box Lunch: $10.00

Event Sponsor: $100 (name listed on program)

Register and order a box lunch online or at CFI Indiana.

Become a CFI FOC.  Become an AU member.

Pick up your name tag which is your ticket for the day at 10:45.  Because of the limited amount of time that we can be in the State House, there will not be a lunch break.  Your choices are: eat lunch before you come, bring a sack lunch for yourself, or order and pay for a box lunch.  You can pick up your box lunch when you arrive and eat it discreetly during the program.  Box lunches must be ordered and paid for by February 2.

Weather Advisory: In case of severe weather, the conference will be canceled only if the streets and venues are closed.  If in doubt, call 317-797-5892 the morning of the conference. 

Be aware!!

Be informed!!

Be active!!

Attend Indiana Civic Day!!

To make sure that you are aware and informed about issues in Indiana so that you can be active in promoting your point of view, attend Indiana Civic Day on February 8, 2014.  This year we will focus on Climate Change and Public Education.  See the schedule for the day below.

We will also be discussing current bills in the Indiana General Assembly and encouraging you to visit with your legislators during the following week. 

Participation will be limited to the first 150 people who register.  Don't delay. Register today to attend this important conference.  


Location: Indiana State House, 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis.

We will be running on a extremely tight time schedule.  Please arrive on time.

10:45-11:00 am--Pick up your name tag which is your ticket for the day and your box lunch if you ordered one.

10:55 am—Welcome—Reba Boyd Wooden, Executive Director, Center for Inquiry|Indiana

11:00--Rob Boston, Senior Policy Analyst, Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The Triple Threat to Public Education.

11:30--Michael De Dora, Director of Center for Inquiry’s Office of Policy in DC and the organization's representative to the United Nations. Defending Secular Values on Capitol Hill.

12:00--Dr. Stuart D. Jordan, Senior Staff Scientist (Emeritus) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and a Rhodes Scholar. Climate Change Today: The Interaction of Science, Politics, and Ethics.

12:30--Jesse Kharbanda, Executive Director, Hoosier Environmental Council. Addressing Climate Change: An Economic Opportunity for Indiana.

1:00--Nancy Papas, Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) Public Education Advocacy Coordinator(retired). Public Education--Our Heritage, Our Hope.

1:30--education speaker [TBA--School Vouchers in Indiana]   

3:00—Reception at Center for Inquiry-Indiana, 350 Canal Walk, Suite A. (Free but must make reservation by February 2.)

Post Conference Activities 

There will be a reception at CFI|Indiana beginning at 3:00 pm.  No charge but reservation required. 

Thursday, February 13, 10:00 am.  Meet at CFI-Indiana and go to the State House to talk with your legislator.   (Optional: for those who can come)

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Speaker Biographies

Rob BostonRob Boston is the Director of Communications at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Rob, who has worked at Americans United since 1987, also serves as editor of AU's Church & State magazine. Rob is the author of three books: Close Encounters with the Religious Right: Journeys into the Twilight Zone of Religion and Politics (Prometheus Books, 2000); The Most Dangerous Man in America? Pat Robertson and the Rise of the Christian Coalition (Prometheus Books, 1996) and Why the Religious Right Is Wrong About Separation of Church and State (Prometheus Books, 1993; second edition, 2003). 

Person-CFI-NYC-DeDora-Michael.jpgMichael DeDora,  is director of the Center for Inquiry's Office of Public Policy and the organization's representative to the United Nations.

Michael received a master’s degree in political theory from Brooklyn College, and a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communication from SUNY-Albany. He maintains the blog The Moral Perspective, and contributes essays to Massimo Pigliucci’s blog Rationally Speaking.

Michael has appeared on numerous media outlets, including: The New York Times, Al Jazeera English, FOX News’ Live, Hannity, NBC New York, ABC New York, amNew York, NY1 News, Village Voice, Radio Netherlands,
BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, The Ron Reagan Show, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and WBAI’s Equal Time for Freethought.

Michael previously spent three years as executive director of CFI's office in New York City. Before joining CFI, Michael was a news writer and editor at both and the City University of New York. He got his start with CFI as a volunteer in 2008.  

[object Object]Dr. Stuart D. Jordan, Senior Staff Scientist (Emeritus) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and a Rhodes Scholar.  He has published dozens of articles in refereed scientific journals. He is the author of a position paper on global climate change for CFI and the Credibility Project.  He has recently published a book titled, The Enlightenment Vision, Science, Reason, and the Promise of a Better Future.   

Jesse KharbandaJesse Kharbanda, Executive Director, Hoosier Environmental Council.

HEC is Indiana’s largest environmental policy organization.   He oversees HEC’s strategic and program development, legislative initiatives, operations, and fundraising.  Jesse has spearheaded focusing HEC’s efforts on three core initiatives: clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and 21st century transportation systems.  Jesse has made it a priority of HEC to build bridges with groups that may not have been as engaged with the organization in the past, such as the business community and religious conservatives.   Jesse was named to the “Forty Under 40″ list by the Indianapolis Business Journal in 2011, and was the sole Indianapolis-based community leader named to Delta Omega, the national public health honorary, in 2010.  Jesse has a graduate degree from Oxford University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Chicago.

Nancy PapasNancy Papas, Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) Public Education Advocacy Coordinator(retired), is a graduate of Butler University with a B.A in political science. While at Butler, Nancy was thrilled to win a summer internship to work for her hero - U.S. Senator Birch Bayh in Washington. After graduation, Nancy worked full-time for the Senator as a Legislative Assistant and later became his Indianapolis Office Manager.  In election years, Nancy left the government payroll to serve as a Bayh campaign aide. 

In late 1974, Nancy joined ISTA as a lobbyist and political consultant to build ISTA’s political action capacity.   A fierce advocate of public education, Nancy soon earned the affectionate moniker of “Dragon Lady” from legislative allies.   She has trained countless ISTA members in political activism and re-organized ISTA’s fund-raising mechanism to increase ISTA’s state-wide PAC treasury from some $5000 in 1974 to more than a million dollars in the 2006 election. Nancy is active in St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and is on the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Indiana. She plays the organ weekly for State House Chapel services. Nancy says working for school employees is a labor of love because she “stands on the shoulders of giants”.

Reba Boyd WoodenReba Boyd Wooden is Executive Director of Center for Inquiry Indiana. She started Humanist Friendship Group of Central Indiana in 1999 which became Center for Inquiry Community of Indiana in 2005. On April 1, 2007, Center for Inquiry Indiana opened on the Indianapolis downtown canal walk at 350 Canal Walk, Suite A. Reba has a BA from University of Indianapolis with a major in Social Studies Education and a minor in Business Education, an MS from Butler University in History/Education, and an MS in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University. She retired after 37 years in public education in 2005. She spent her last 13 years as a high school guidance counselor and the previous years in the classroom. She has two children and seven grandchildren. She has officially hiked 8,000+ miles with Indianapolis Hiking Club. She writes the blog, Freethought from the Heartland.


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