Mythinformation Conference II Taking Place September 27
Mythicist Milwaukee (MM) is bringing big names to the city for our upcoming Mythinformation Conference on September 27. Our fall conference’s keynote speaker is Wu-Tang Clan member MC/rapper Killah Priest (Walter Reed) – speaking about religion’s influence on hip hop. An additional three speakers from the secular community – Mandisa Thomas, David Fitzgerald and Arthur George – will present for this full-day conference aimed at the secular, atheist and agnostic community.
Killah Priest is widely known for his intensely spiritual lyrics – with albums riddled with metaphors and religious references. Conference attendees will be able to hear from Killah Priest about the importance of incorporating religion into his lyrics – and why it’s a rarity in the rap community. VIP ticketholders will have the opportunity to meet Killah Priest face-to-face at their intimate pre-party event on Saturday, Sept. 26, taking place at John Hawk's Pub in Milwaukee.
“It’s very progressive and forward-thinking of Killah Priest to participate in the Mythinformation Conference,” says Mythicist Milwaukee president and co-founder Sean Fracek. “Many celebrities are afraid to associate themselves with the secular community for fear it might jeopardize their popularity or sales. But his manager reached out to us with a love for the work that the MM team does, and here he is, speaking at a conference for the secular community. He certainly breaks the stereotype of your typical biblical scholar or atheist activist. And he is bringing us a different perspective of how to put comparative religious studies to work.”
In the early 90’s, Killah Priest began making a name for himself in Brooklyn, but took sabbatical to educate himself on history and religion – returning to his rap career in 1995 – appearing on several Wu-Tang Clan projects. His studies have had a major impact on his lyrics – clear in albums such as The Psychic World of Walter Reed, Priesthood, Heavy Mental and newest album, Planet of the Gods.
Mythicist Milwaukee is bringing in three additional heavy hitters from the secular community to support Killah Priest in this full-day conference aimed at the secular, atheist and agnostic community. Coming all the way from Georgia is the founder and president of nonprofit Black Nonbelievers, Inc., Mandisa Thomas. Thomas will be discussing how black comedians and authors have challenged religion and the god concept through their work.
Adding to the mythicist angle of the conference are speakers David Fitzgerald and Arthur George. Fitzgerald is a well-known mythicist author and historian, known best for his historical-based book on the life of Jesus Christ titled, “Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All.” George, a mythologist and author, will look more closely at the lost divine feminine that is found in the mythology of the Old Testament – particularly focusing on the mythology from the Old Testament’s Garden of Eden. George and Fitzgerald alike have a passion for spreading knowledge of cultural history, mythology, religion and depth psychology in a way that will benefit society.
This is Mythicist Milwaukee’s second Mythinformation Conference this year – with our first conference in April attracting more than 120 attendees traveling from as far as Alabama, Oklahoma and California, and featuring prominent secular celebrities such as Dr. Richard Carrier and “The Friendly Atheist” Hemant Mehta. This conference was a historic event for Milwaukee – being the community’s first-ever secular conference.
The Mythinformation Conference II will be held Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 from 9 am-4 pm at the Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door; VIP pre-party tickets for September 26 are available for $35.