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ACA Lecture Series

Shannon Rauh
August 15, 2004

Topic: Texas, Health Education and the Textbook Debates

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Date Speaker Topic
December 7, 2014 TBA Note that this lecture is on the first Sunday this month instead of the usual second Sunday.
November 9, 2014 TBA
October 12, 2014 TBA
September 14, 2014 TBA
August 10, 2014 Atif Shahnawaz Medical Practice in America
July 13, 2014 Wonders of the Living World A multimedia presentation of some of the amazing organisms sharing our planet.
June 8, 2014 Clifton Stuckey "Sex Education in Texas: Just the Facts, Ma'am"
May 11, 2014 Robert Jensen White Privilege
April 6, 2014 Lydia Pyne "Meet the Neanderthals" Note that this lecture is on the first Sunday this month instead of the usual second Sunday.
March 9, 2014 Vic Cornell ACLU Update. Recent news in the conflict over church/state and free speech issues.
February 9, 2014 What Darwin Never Knew Video clips and discussion of science since Darwin
January 12, 2014 Reeve Hamilton Politics and Higher Education in Texas
December 8, 2013 Zack Kopplin - postponed replacement talk was on Darwinian Medicine
November 10, 2013 Steve Bratteng The ABCs of Biotechnology. A primer on the composition of organisms and how their genes can be manipulated.
October 13, 2013 Russell Glasser How Online Social Media is Changing the Face of Atheism
September 28, 2013 PZ Myers Bat Evolution
August 11, 2013 Innes Mitchell & Victoria Davis "Perspective by Incongruity: Teaching Atheism at a Catholic University"
July 14, 2013 Don Baker Broken Six Ways from Sunday: The Astounding Backwardness of the Christian Anti-Abortion Movement
June 9, 2013 Donald Wright A Secular Perspective on the State of the Nation
May 12, 2013 Matt Dillahunty Reflections on a "lifetime" as ACA President
April 14, 2013 Val Benavidez Update on Church-State separation and education issues facing Texans
March 10, 2013 Hans Hofmann Does Free Will Exist?
February 10, 2013 James Aldrete The Political Landscape from the Consultant's Perspective
January 13, 2013 David Prindle The Politics of Evolution
December 2, 2012 Darrel Ray Religion and Sex (tentative)
November 4, 2012 Steve Bratteng What's Eating You! An exploration of the evolving world of parasites. Visually gross, but fascinating.
October 7, 2012 James Dee, Ph. D. The X-Rated Stories about Jesus: Weird Tales from the Apocryphal Gospels
September 22, 2012 Teresa MacBain The Clergy Project and how she found freedom from religion
August 5, 2012 Sissy Bradford Paying the Price for Defending Religious Freedom
July 1, 2012 Dr. Karl Gebhardt, University of Texas Professor of Astrophysics “HETDEX”, The Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment
June 3, 2012 Jerry DeWitt Laughing through the Apocalypse!
April 1, 2012 Vic Cornell The ACLU of Texas & Religious Freedom
March 4, 2012 Wrath James White, author and blogger Escaping The Overseer: Atheism in Black America
February 5, 2012 Karl Gebhardt, UT Astronomy Dept TBA
January 8, 2012 Steve Bratteng Unintelligent Design: Deceit and Hypocrisy vs. Science
December 4, 2011 The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today We'll be showing a documentary about the landmark Vashti McCollum school prayer case.
November 6, 2011 Gardner Selby, Austin American Statesman PolitiFact Texas Editor Pants on Fire and Other Ways to Judge What Politicians Say
October 2, 2011 Dr. Bruce J. Hunt, Associate Professor of History, UT Austin Darwin and Religion, or the Lack of It
September 11, 2011 Sarah Wheat, CEO of Planned Parenthood, Austin Standing up for Planned Parenthood---why healthy Texas women and families matter
August 7, 2011 Brett Buchanan Beyond The Reach, a look inside the FLDS
July 3, 2011 Nick Lee, President, Atheist Alliance America The New/Old Atheist Alliance
June 5, 2011 General Membership Meeting Meeting to discuss the purchase of a building.
May 1, 2011 Election Meeting ACA Members elect the 2011-2012 board of directors.
April 3, 2011 Åron-Ra What we can and cannot honestly say we 'know'
March 6, 2011 Jen Peeples Comfortable Lies About Don’t Ask, Don't Tell
February 6, 2011 The Mormons! Brian Spears talks about his experience of being steeped in Mormonism and his path out.
January 2, 2011 Don Baker Mechanisms of Religious Evil
November 7, 2010 Eileen Flynn Delao Observations: Why the Media Still Fears Atheists, and other observations from a religion writer
October 3, 2010 Steve Bratteng Dr. Darwin Makes a House Call
September 25, 2010 Matt Dillahunty The Superiority of Secular Morality
September 12, 2010 Dr. James H. Dee The Second Wave of Secular Humanism: How Scholarship Undermines Religion
August 1, 2010 Sarah Weis and Brian Spears from Americans United The Importance of the Separation of Church and State
July 11, 2010 Aime Parsons Camp Quest Texas, A Journey of the heart for the secular community in Texas
June 6, 2010 Doyle Duke, author A Critical Analysis of Christianity
May 2, 2010 Election meeting In lieu of a lecture, we will have an election meeting for the next ACA Board at the Austin History Center.
April 11, 2010 Noelle George Effective Secular Activism -- Not Just Politics and Protests
March 7, 2010 Kathleen Johnson A Place at the Table
February 7, 2010 Dr. Jennifer Whitson The Perception of Patterns in the Noise of Everyday Life
January 3, 2010 Fred Edwords "Sailing the Rising Tide of Reason"
December 6, 2009 Dr. Jay Banner Climate change in Texas – A long past and view to the future
November 1, 2009 Don Moore from Final Exit Network Don Moore talks about the death with dignity movement and the Final Exit Network
October 29, 2009 Dr. Victor J. Stenger The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason
September 13, 2009 Kathy Miller Texas SBOE -- Dragging our schools into the culture wars
August 2, 2009 Chris Comer Standing Up for Science in Texas
July 5, 2009 Panel Discussion ACA Members will talk on the subject of school vouchers
February 1, 2009 Matt Dillahunty How to fool the mind
December 7, 2008 Dr. James Dee The Truth about the Christmas Story
October 5, 2008 Russell Glasser How atheists can be effective evangelists
September 7, 2008 Oak DeBerg Are Atheists in the Military the "New" Gay, (or Black or Female)?
August 3, 2008 Matt Dillahunty Belief
July 6, 2008 Dr. Rory Coker Pseudoscience, Antiscience and Nonscience!
June 1, 2008 Representative Donna Howard Religion and the Texas Legislature
May 4, 2008 ACA Board Election Meeting In lieu of a lecture, we will use the time at the Austin History Center to elect a new board.
April 6, 2008 Charles Jackson, PhD Climate Prediction: What can or can't we tell about our future - The little-known inner-workings of climate model development
March 2, 2008 James H. Dee, Ph.D. "Thinking about Religion...and Why it's so Hard" This lecture will discuss some of the obstacles to clear and honest thinking
February 3, 2008 Dicky Grigg It's Not About Them, It's About Us
January 6, 2008 Don Rhoades Early Freethought in Texas - The Immigration and Settlement of the "Deutsche Freidenkers" and the Struggle to Preserve Their Sto
December 2, 2007 Movie showing "The God who wasn't There"
November 4, 2007 Meet the Atheist Longhorns We'll have several members of the new UT group "Atheist Longhorns" to talk about their group.
October 7, 2007 Membership appreciation meeting In lieu of a lecture, we'll have a membership appreciation meeting.
September 9, 2007 Mark Loewe Low cost textbooks, progressive vouchers, and incorrect TAKS scores
August 5, 2007 Matt Dillahunty Visions of Hell
July 1, 2007 Members of CASA From advocacy to reason and back again
June 3, 2007 Video Showing and Discussion Showing of "The Creation Adventure Team: Jurassic Ark Mystery"
April 15, 2007 Lori Lipman Brown, Secular Coalition of America Protecting Our Freedoms: Taking the Message to Congress
March 4, 2007 Three members of the Travis County Archaeological Society Three mini-lectures covering human history in Texas and the practice of archeology.
February 4, 2007 UT History Professor Howard Miller The Atheist Moment: The Sudden and Remarkable Emergence of Public Atheism in George Bush's America
January 7, 2007 Robert "Rock" Howard Libertarianism: Philosophy, Religion or What?
November 5, 2006 Robin Matthews Teaching Evolution in Austin
October 22, 2006 Don Baker The Influence of Religion in the Spanish Conquest of the Americas
August 20, 2006 Jeff Jones, Center for Inquiry The New Austin CFI Community.
July 23, 2006 Danielle Tierney The Religious Right's War on Birth Control
June 18, 2006 Thomas Van Orden Recapping the 10C case and looking to the future of church-state separation
May 21, 2006 Mark Loewe Muon catalyzed nuclear fusion
March 19, 2006 Matt Dillahunty The History of the Biblical Canon
February 19, 2006 Dr. Alan Cline The Disregard of Science and the Responsibility of Citizens
January 15, 2006 Joe Zamecki A special atheist tour of Inner Space Cavern.
October 16, 2005 DJ Grothe, Center for Inquiry Arguing for America: Secularism and the Culture Wars
September 18, 2005 Don Baker Universal Darwinism: How Computer Science has Validated the Theory of Evolution
July 17, 2005 Craig Nazor The Hartman Prehistoric Garden - a Place for Ancient Plants in a Modern World
April 17, 2005 Deece Eckstein of People for the American Way Challenges to church-state separation
March 20, 2005 Several ACA Members A panel discussion on debating theists
February 20, 2005 Heather Alden Church-state separation and the Texas Freedom Network
January 16, 2005 Joe Zamecki Tales from the Trenches: A Report on Atheist Activism
November 21, 2004 M. Draper Darwin and Mendel were clueless: Why we shouldn't teach evolution in schools
October 17, 2004 Dr. Elaine Rich Our Quest for Machines that Act (and Look) Like Us
August 15, 2004 Shannon Rauh Texas, Health Education and the Textbook Debates
July 18, 2004 ACLU Attorney Jay Jacobson A "quick and dirty" guide on the history of the establishment ofreligion clause in the First Amendment - from colonial times to
May 16, 2004 Thomas van Orden
February 16, 2004 Don Baker Morality and Christianity
December 7, 2003 Dr. Robert (Bob) Solomon Philosophy, Spirituality, and Atheism
November 2, 2003 Dr. James Dee The Death of the Afterlife: How Fossils, Embryos, and Brains Falsify Promises of Heaven and Threats of Hell
June 1, 2003 Don Baker The implications of viewing Christianity as a meme
October 6, 2002 Don Baker Memes: The New Replicators
July 2, 2000 H. Thompson, R. Florence, J. Dee, J. Koonz, and M. Loewe Panel discussion on political activism
December 5, 1999 Mark Loewe Predictions of science

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The audio and video from Steve Bratteng's July 13th lecture are now available.