This year's conference features social influencers from popular YouTube and podcasts shows and secular activists, another Buzzed Belief debate and the premiere of feature film "Batman & Jesus."
speakers & presentations - 10 am-3:25 pm
Our day begins with inspiration, education and entertainment from YouTube and social media personalities Armoured Skeptic and Shoe0nHead and scientist/activist Melissa Chen from the Global Secular Humanist Movement. Thomas Smith will be interviewing Sargon of Akkad live on stage to take us through the noon hour. They will be discussing cultural-political topics on which they disagree. We'll close the afternoon with a presentation from Ron Miscavige, the father of David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology. Ron spent 42 years living under the Church's grasp, but escaped from their international headquarters in California on March 25, 2012.
buzzed belief debate - 3:30-5:20 pm
The third in the Buzzed Belief Debate Series takes on the topic of "The Future of Islam in the Age of Trump." Our debaters include heavy-hitter on the topic of Islamic reform, Asra Nomani, and secular Iraqi-born human rights activist Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar. Moderator Matt Dillahunty will dig to find common ground between this label-rich duo: A liberal, Muslim, feminist, immigrant Trump-voter, and an atheist, refugee, activist from Al-Queda's hit list.
movie premiere - 6:30-9 pm
Attend the premiere of the feature film, "Batman & Jesus." By tracing the origins of Jewish and Christian mythology and using the contemporary example of Batman, among other pop culture heroes, this comedic documentary film will illustrate the evolution of mythology over time, as well as demonstrate how canonizing the gospels of the Bible would have been comparable to trying to canonize the Batman series today.
vip after party with Speakers and special guests - 9 pm-midnight
Keep the discussion and debate going and mingle with the day's speakers and special guests at our after-party at Aloft Hotel. Limited number of tickets available.