Saved by Science and Humanism: Dare to Care

Sat, Apr 13th 2019 at 8:30 AM EDT · By Washington Area Secular Humanists
Date & Time
Sat, Apr 13th 2019 at 8:30 AM EDT
Sun, Apr 14th 2019 at 5:30 PM EDT
Event Details

Welcome to the Saved by Science & Humanism: Dare to Care regional conference presented by Greater Richmond Humanists with support from its parent organizations - Washington Area Secular Humanists and the American Humanist Association.

Our country stands at a curious inflection point, with religious zealots perched in some of the highest offices even as the allure of fundamentalism crumbles, and where scientific illiteracy and denialism echo through the halls of power, despite that science and reason offer the only compass by which we may yet mitigate the damage of climate change and navigate such civilizational dangers as lie on our horizon. Then there’s our perverse march backward in history, with the gutting of voting rights, a renewed assault on women, a brazen antipathy toward marginalized communities, and the stripping away of human dignity in the name of tribalism, nativism, hatred and fear. If you are disturbed by these trends and would like to alter our course, this conference is for you!

So please mark your calendars and join an inspiring collection of activists, authors, educators, and secular leaders in Richmond, Virginia for a conference that will focus on:

  • science broadly defined – with a particular emphasis on evolution, climate change, and the foundational role critical thinking plays in helping us understand reality, identify potential problems, and make wise decisions

  • humanitarian principles – with an examination of the inequitable conditions faced by marginalized communities; an inclination to proactively address big picture problems that reach beyond our own narrow interests; and a full-throated embrace of secular ethics

  • civic activism and political engagement - which allow us to channel comprehension and concern into beneficial social reform

Anchored by the directors and founders of major secular organizations; by secular individuals who’ve sought public office and by grassroots organizers with the passion and expertise to change how we do politics; by proponents of science, secularism, and expanding the pool of people we care about, this conference gives us the opportunity to put Richmond on the map as a hub for Humanist activity.

Lunch and dinner options are available for purchase ahead of time, for your convenience. In order to purchase a meal, please add them to your ticket order, by selecting them to the right and adding them to your cart before check out. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own packed meals.

For more information, speakers and the schedule click HERE or HERE!

Note, the conference will take place at two separate venues:

Saturday Venue

First Unitarian Universalist Church

1000 Blanton Ave

Richmond, VA 23221

Sunday Venue

Diversity Richmond

1407 Sherwood Ave

Richmond, VA 23220

Hotel Information

Hyatt Place Richmond/Arboretum

201 Arboretum Place

Richmond, VA 23236

We have secured a block of rooms (reserved under “Saved by Science and Humanism”) for $109 per night on April 12th-14th at Hyatt Place Richmond/Arboretum. That rate will be guaranteed through Friday, March 29th. After that point, the hotel will still honor the rate for people attending the conference subject to continued availability of rooms.

Please reserve your room by calling the hotel directly at (804) 560-1566 ext. 0 and ask to speak with either Jonathan Stoneman or Angelica Valentine. If neither of them are available, let the person know you're coming in for the “Saved by Science and Humanism” conference and they should be able to help you. Note that online reservations at the discounted rate are no longer available, so you will need to call in to make your reservation.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Rob Penczak via email at or by phone at (804) 320-0493. Thanks and hope to see you at the conference!

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