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2012.06.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Carl Zulauf - Omaha Atheists
phone: 402.612.2567 - email: carl@omahaatheists.org

Midwest Humanist and Freethinker Conference to be Hosted at UNO

Omaha - The Omaha Atheists and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Secular Student Alliance (SSA) have announced the 2012 Midwest Humanist and Freethought Conference. The conference will be held from Friday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 5 on the UNO Campus in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC).

The three-day conference will start Friday evening with a social event and networking opportunity for Midwest freethinkers. Saturday’s program will feature Paul Meyers, associate professor of biology from the University of Minnesota Morris and science blogger; Jerry DeWitt, a former Pentecostal minister and executive director of Recovering From Religion; Dan Barker, co-host of Freethought Radio and co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation; Brian Dunning, host and producer of the weekly podcast “Skeptoid;” Amanda Knief, administrative director for American Atheists and previous government relations manger at Secular Coalition for America; and Hemant Mehta, writer of “Friendly Atheist,” a 2011 Bloggie award winner for Best Weblog About Religion.

“We look forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as some fresh ones at this year’s conference. I think the community will benefit from expanding people’s awareness of freethinking programs and events here in Omaha.” Nicole Miller, President of the UNO SSA, said in announcing the conference. “I think this will add to the momentum of freethought movements, not only locally, but also around the country.”

The conference is open to atheists, agnostics, secularists, humanists, freethinkers and those wanting to learn more about non-religious Americans, which a 2008 study by Trinity College found to be the fastest growing ‘faith based’ group in the United States. Omaha Atheists President Sheila Cole says she believes the conference will give the rapidly growing community of non-believers an opportunity to come together and share ideas.

For more information about the 2012 Midwest Humanist & Freethought Conference visit http://www.midwestfreethought.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/OmahaFreethoughtConference.

Omaha Atheists is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to building a positive community for non-theists, fostering secular viewpoints, supporting charitable contributions to society, and protecting the separation of church and state.

The Secular Student Alliance is a democratic society of scholars dedicated to organizing, uniting, educating, and serving students that have an interest in a secular, non-theist philosophy while promoting the ideals of scientific and critical inquiry, democracy, secularism, and human based ethics.

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