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2011.07.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Midwest Humanist and Freethought Conference Aug. 12-14 at UNO

Omaha - The Omaha Atheists and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Secular Student Alliance will host the 2011 Midwest Humanist and Freethought Conference Aug. 12-14, at UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center.

The three-day conference begins Friday evening with a social event and networking opportunity.

The program Saturday features atheist blogger Greta Christina; star of the “Mr. Deity Show,” Brian Dalton; campus organizer and high school specialist for the Secular Student Alliance, JT Eberhard; co-founder of the Society of Non-Theists and Secular Student Alliance Board Member, Jen McCreight; 2011 Bloggie award winner for Best Weblog About Religion, Hemant Mehta; National Director of the United Coalition of Reason, Fred Edwords; and Sam Singleton, the Atheist Evangelist.

The conference concludes Sunday with a screening of a timely documentary followed by a panel discussion.

“I want people to attend this conference to show solidarity with fellow freethinkers,” said Luke Hoffman, president of the UNO Secular Student Alliance. “This conference will spread the message that there are alternatives to religious lifestyles already prevalent in our culture. I think people will take away a positive outlook and new networks of like-minded individuals.”

Atheists and agnostics are the fastest growing ‘faith-based’ group in the United States. Brian Aden, president of the Omaha Atheists, said the conference will give the rapidly growing community of non-believers an opportunity to come together and share ideas.

“With the expansion of our community of non-believers it is nice to come together to share ideas on what it means to be an atheist, agnostic, humanist, secular or freethinker,” he said.

Aden expects participants will come away with the idea that there are many ways non-believers can be involved in the atheist movement.

The conference is open to atheists, agnostics, secularists, humanists, freethinkers, and those wanting to learn more about non-religious Americans.

“I want everyone to feel welcome at this conference, believers and non-believers alike,” Aden said. “Atheists are consistently the least trusted group of Americans and I hope the conference will begin to change perceptions about the community of non-believers in the Omaha area.”

For more information on the 2011 Midwest Humanist and Freethought Conference, visit www.facebook.com/OmahaFreethoughtConference or www.midwesthumanistandfreethoughtconference.com.

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