Although the number of American non-believers has doubled in the last twenty years, and the number of young atheists has quadrupled, atheists remain politically and publically underrepresented. Pomona College, for example, which has one of the least religious student bodies in the country, does not have an atheist organization on campus. The atheist movement is coming together, but despite significant developments it remains fractured. Some atheists seek allies with other minority groups and even liberal religious believers. Other more militant or “evangelical” atheists reject any such alliance and seek the destruction of religion itself. Today’s atheists have moved beyond the question of whether God exists. However, a number of questions are still left unanswered: what is atheist morality? Is atheism political? Should atheists ally with other minority groups, or even religious people? Should atheists organize as a group at all? Is atheism a social movement? How should atheists move forward? Please join the Pomona Student Union for a panel discussion confronting these questions and more.
David Silverman: President of American Atheists, author of the NoGodBlog and host of the Atheist Viewpoint television show
Chris Mooney, writer, author of three books including the New York Times best seller The Republican War on Science and the new book Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future, co-author of the blog “The Intersection,” and contributing editor to Science Progress
Hemant Mehta, author of I Sold My Soul on eBay and the Friendly Atheist blog, and member of the Board of Directors of the Secular Student Alliance
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Edmunds Ballroom, 7 pm
We all love to berate their hypocrisy and non-prescription glasses, but how much
do we actually know about the anatomy of the modern hipster? Where did hipsters come
from? What are their politics, music, and intellect? Are hipsters the embodiment of 21st
century counterculture or are they just modern yuppies trying to re-create the authenticity
of previous movements? What might the existence of the modern hipster bode for the
future of western society? Join us for a panel discussion on the impact of hipsters on
society, alternative movements, and the future of pop culture.
Robert Lanham is the author of The Hipster Handbook, and the founder and editor of the
popular website FREEwiliamsburg.com.
Douglas Haddow is a writer and journalist as well as the founder and editor of the popular
website pblks.com. He is the author of the Adbusters article “Hipster: the Dead End of
Mark Greif is an assistant professor from the New School in Manhattan. He is the co-author
of What Was the Hipster?, and a co-editor, co-founder and contributor to the magazine n+1.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Edmunds Ballroom, 7:00
Curious about the health system and health reform? Wondering how American health care got to where it is today? Confused about how the recent unprecedented reforms will impact the system and your future in it? Come ask an expert! The CEO of Kaiser Permanente, George Halvorson, is coming to campus! In addition to leading the nation’s largest HMO, Mr. Halvorson has also chaired the board of America’s Health Insurance Plans, the national insurance industry trade group.
Thursday, October 7, 4:15pm, SCC 208
You think it’s the best sport on earth.
Your friends thinks a game should never end in a tie and have a score than usually adds up to more than five.
For whatever reasons, Americans don’t watch soccer. The FIFA World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world, but not in the States.
We arrive at our question: should Americans watch more soccer? Why don’t we already? Is it likely we will in the future? What draws us away from soccer? What makes us love other sports?
Join our panelists (includes PP coaches and students) for an evening of lively discussion, great refreshments, and fun for all. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know who Landon Donovan is to get through the door.
Thursday, October 7, 8pm, SCC 208