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Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. Author of FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND THE SECULAR STATE (2012), HUMANITY ENHANCED (2014), and THE MYSTERY OF MORAL AUTHORITY (2016).

Friday, February 17, 2012


Russell Blackford, an Australian writer, philosopher, and critic, will speak his mind at “Moving Secularism Forward,” the Council for Secular Humanism/Center for Inquiry conference to be held in Orlando, Florida, March 1–4, 2012. For a limited time, FREE INQUIRY subscribers can still save a stunning $100 on conference registration, so beat the rush and register today!

The second luncheon speech at “Moving Secularism Forward,” featuring activist and newly named Free Inquiry columnist Russell Blackford, will take place on Saturday, March 3. Blackford is editor in chief of the Journal of Evolution and Technology, a fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and coeditor (with Udo Schuklenk) of 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). An emerging figure in U.S. circles, he is well known in Australia as a “go-to” spokesperson sought out by the media when issues concerning secularism are in the news. He is a conjoint lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle (Australia) and will soon join Free Inquiry’s roster of celebrity columnists. He authors the noted blog Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.

In the field of nonfiction his interests include bioethics, cyberculture, transhumanism, and a deep body of literary criticism of the science fiction genre. He is also well known as an author of science fiction and horror, including a trilogy of novels set in the universe of the Terminator films and collectively titled Terminator 2: The New John Connor Chronicles.

Blackford will be the featured speaker at the Saturday luncheon. This is a ticketed event that requires separate registration for the luncheon in addition to registration for the conference itself.

“Moving Secularism Forward” will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, a world-class hotel located inside the Orlando airport terminal. Arriving airline passengers can just pick up their luggage and ride an escalator to the lobby. (But fear not: locals driving to the hotel don’t need to clear security to enter the Hyatt!)

For a very limited time, Free Inquiry subscribers can register for $275, $100 off the normal registration of $375. This very special discount can’t be maintained much longer, so register today before the rate goes up!

To register for the conference and the Russell Blackford luncheon on Saturday, March 3, click here, phone 1-855-417-9930 during business hours Eastern time, or see the multi-page advertisement in recent issues of Free Inquiry.

^^^^^^The above was in my email this morning. Hopefully, a lot of y'all also received it.

1 comment:

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