Lecture Series

Free & Open

Our monthly lecture series is presented as free and open to the public for all to attend.


Our lecture series is a means of educating and promoting ideas of interest to atheists and the greater Austin community.

Topics of Interest

Topics usually focus on subjects such as science, skepticism, the impact of religion, philosophy, church/state separation, and community activism.

Academic for All

While many of our lectures tend to be academics, speakers target their talks to a lay audience of people who want to enrich their understanding.
Our next lecture will be...

Date: Sunday, February 5, 2017 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

BTW: The talk will be over in plenty of time to prepare for the football game in the evening.

For decades, the conventional wisdom of the brain has been that young brains are highly resilient and adaptable, but that adult brains have little regenerative ability. Starting in the 1990s, new research emerged indicating that mature brains are capable of great plasticity, too, including the ability to generate new neurons. This talk will focus on the current state of knowledge about how the brain uses new cells in its day-to-day operation and recovering from injury, and how current and future therapies might take advantage of these to recover from injury and disease.

Chris Robison is a behavioral neuroscientist who currently works as a postdoctoral fellow at UT Austin, where he studies how hormone systems influence motivated behaviors such as drug reward and sex. Chris received his PhD in neuroscience from the Florida State University, where he studied the neuroscience of sex behavior and how sex and stress interact in the brain. His dissertation work examined how carbon monoxide acts as a neurotransmitter to reduce stress and improve sex behaviors in the rat. This is Chris's third presentation for the ACA lecture series.

Atheist Community of Austin

The Atheist Community of Austin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting positive atheism and the separation of church and state. The ACA serves the local Austin community through outreach programs, providing informational resources and various volunteer activities. In addition, the ACA serves the community-at-large through free online portals including informational wikis, regular audio/video podcasts and interactive blogs.

We define atheism as the lack of belief in gods. This definition also encompasses what most people call agnosticism.

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