||The biggest gathering of humanists, secularists and atheists in K-W EVER!
Many months of work and collaboration resulted in an event we could all be proud of! The pictures (most of which were taken by our 'official' photographer, Sassan Sanei) tell the story. Enjoy!
Keynote Speaker, Lawrence Krauss
Lawrence Krauss spoke about Science and Militant Atheism. And then followed with a science lecture.
And Mr. Deity walked among us
Brian Dalton, a 'formon' (former Moromon) and creator of the Mr. Deity satirical films and The Way of the Mister, entertained us with humour underscored with a serious message.
Mixing and Mingling
Throughout the day, the Speakers and Exhibitors mingled with the Attendees. The Speakers were all charming and gracious good sports about the many photos and selfies that were requested.
|| 11 Presenters and 17 Exhibitor Tables
While we do not have photos of everyone, this selection will give you a good overall idea of the event.
Some of the Presenters
Armin Navabi, founder of Atheist Republic (a non-profit oganization with over a million followers) and author of Why There is No God shared his powerful journey.
Ensaf Haider is shown here with her translator, May Tartoussy, responding to audience questions.
Carolyn Hyppolite, author of Still Small Voices shared her personal journey and offered advice about how to speak to the devout.
The "Panel of Blasphemy", composed of Christine Shellska (Atheist Alliance International), Eric Thomas (Humanist Canada), Doug Thomas (Secular Connexion Séculaire) and David Rand (Libres Penseurs Athées) discussed the Blasphemy Laws that exist in Canada, their effects, and what should be done about them.
Stephanie Guttormson invited an attendee up onto the stage for an 'interview' to make a point about transgender issues.
||Some of the Exhibitors
Logospilgrim with her book There's a Hula Girl on my Dashboard.
The Humanist Canada table.
Encounter World Religions (an educational organization from Guelph) and Spiritual But Not Necessarily Religious (non-religious chaplain) shared a table.
Some of our friends at the Society of Ontario Freethinkers.
The Sanctuary's table brought inquiries from prospective new members.
There were multiple book-selling tables, and all of them seemed to do well.