A Scarlet Letter will be premiered at LogiCon 2014 on Saturday, April 19th at 5 pm!
LogiCon is back and better than ever! Hosted at the University of Arkansas Union Theater, this year promises to be our best event ever. Keynote speaker, Dorion Sagan. Other speakers include: Darrel Ray, Jerry DeWitt, Lisa Corrigan, Scott Austin, Doug Krueger, Art Hobson, JP Jennings, and more. Special film premier of "A Scarlet Letter".Register Here!
A Scarlet Letter will be premiered at LogiCon 2014 on Saturday, April 19th at 5 pm!
Dr. Corrigan will discuss the last legislative session in Arkansas and the bills that rolled back access to reproductive health care in the state. She will talk about the consequences of these measures and will make many suggestions about how to expand access to reproductive justice through an intersectional framework that charts the impacts of surveilling, imprisoning, and disenfranchising pregnant women.
Dr. Corrigan is an Assistant Professor of Communication, Director of the Gender Studies Program, and Affiliate Faculty in both African & African American Studies and Latin American Studies in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Her writings have appeared in Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Women & Language, Communication Quarterly, The National Journal of Urban Education and Practice, The Journal of Post-Colonial Writing (forthcoming), and Intertexts (forthcoming). Her book is tentatively titled, Prison Power: How Prison Politics Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation, and is under contract with the University of Alabama Press.
Scott Austin, PhD
PhD, Physics, Arizona State University (1995)
Scott took his current position at the University of Central Arkansas in the Department of Physics and Astronomy starting in the fall of 2000 and was granted tenure in the spring of 2006. He has renovated the UCA Observatory so that a variety of research projects are being done with the new 0.35-m telescope. These projects include near-earth asteroid astrometry, emission star spectroscopy, and variable-star time-series-photometry. Scott does public outreach with the UCA Observatory and the 60-seat UCA Planetarium. He runs monthly public viewing nights with the observatory. With the planetarium he produces and gives shows monthly for the general public and by request for school groups.
Personal Web Page: http://faculty.uca.edu/saustin/Astronomy/scott_austin.html
Research: Variable stars, spectroscopy, photometry, asteroid astrometry.
Late-Type Near-Contact Eclipsing Binary [HH97] FS Aur-79, Austin, S. J., Robertson, J. W., Tycner, C., Campbell T., and Honeycutt, R. K. 2007, The Astronomical Journal, Volume 133, Issue 5, pp. 1934-1946
An Eclipsing Near Contact Short Period Binary in the Field of FS Aur, Robertson, J. W., Austin, S. J., Campbell, T., Hoskins, J., 2004, Information Bulletin on Variable Stars, 5536
What’s in the A-Word?
A Scarlet Letter explores the stigma surrounding the word “atheist,” a word often associated with immorality, anger, and… devil-worship? Yet, despite its stigma, non-belief is the fastest growing “religious” segment in the American public. This documentary explores why atheists are choosing to stand out against religious intrusion in public life while showing the human face of atheism. It examines the question of why so many people are passionate about a negative.
Looking through the lenses of agnostics, humanists, secularists and atheists, the film examines how non-belief is stigmatized, why it matters, and the importance of visibility. It also seeks to correct misconceptions while continuing to foster growth and understanding of the nonreligious community.
Jerry DeWitt’s ministry began when he was 17. After 25 years of preaching, including pastorship of two fundamentalist congregations, he became an atheist.
About “Hope After Faith”:
A former Louisiana pastor’s courageous memoir chronicling his conversion to atheism Atheism’s leading lights have long been intellectuals raised in the secular and academic worlds: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens.
By contrast, Jerry DeWitt was born and bred into the church and was in fact a Pentecostal preacher before arriving at atheism through an extraordinary dialogue with faith that spanned more than a quarter of a century.
Hope After Faith is his account of that journey.
For more information, please visit Jerry’s website: http://www.hopeafterfaith.com/index.html
As a devotee of both the arts and sciences, Art found it congenial to move from music to physics. In 1964 he received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Kansas State University and joined the physics faculty at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he remains. His publications include Concepts in Statistical Mechanics (a research monograph), Physics and Human Affairs (an earlier textbook), The Future of Land-Based Strategic Missiles (an arms control study by a team of physicists, co-authored and co-edited by Art), Phyiscs: Concepts and Connections (currently in its 5th edition and used on over 100 college campuses), and over 100 papers on theoretical physics, the control and reduction of nuclear weapons, and physics education. He served for nine years as editor of the quarterly newsletter Physics and Society, and was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1992 “for numerous contributions in the area of physics and society.” He is a coorganizer of the American Association of Physics Teachers’ physics and society education group. He won the University of Arkansas Fulbright College of Arts and Sceince’s Master Teacher Award in 1989. In 2006, he received the AAPT’s Millikan Award “for notable and creative contributions to the teaching of physics.” He writes a regular op-ed column, about topics at the interface between science and society, for four local newspapers in Northwest Arkansas.
For more information, please visit Art’s website: http://physics.uark.edu/hobson/index.html
Kyle Sanders “A Pilot’s Guide To Extreme Skepticism”
Military pilot Capt. Kyle Sanders discusses common myths and dangers in aviation with this talk about how to apply critical thinking in everyday life. Sanders is a pilot, cartoonist, and Skeptic activist who authors Carbon Dating, a comic strip about pseudoscience and relationships. He is published in ongoing editions of Skeptic magazine and the Skeptical Inquirer, and founded and cohosted Little Rock’s Skeptics In The Pub for three years until a recent move to Colorado Springs.
Darrel Ray is a writer and speaker on leadership and organizational development and author of two books on the topic. He is also author of the books Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality and The God Virus: How Religion Affects Our Lives and Culture. Ray is founder and Chairman of the Board of Recoveringfromreligion.org, a international self-help organization for those dealing with the trauma of religious indoctrination, Sarah Morehead is the Executive Director. In 2011 he started the Secular Therapist Project designed to help secularists find secular mental health services. In that same year, he published the results of a major survey, Sex and Secularism: What Happens When You Leave Religion? A survey of over 10,000 secularists and their sex lives. His primary interests include writing on the impact of religion on mental health, Colorado mountain climbing, running, flower gardening and travel.
Dorion Sagan, award winning author and lover of science, has confirmed his participation in LogiCon 2014. He is a “Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association, he has been a Humana Scholar at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and received an Educational Press Association of America Excellence in Educational Journalism Award” WordPress Biography. He’s the author of 20+ books and many essays and articles concerning science and the human condition.
It’s a real privilege to have this level of intellectual share his thoughts in a geographic area (in this author’s opinion) severely lacking of his type. Come out and join us in April! Register here today!
Thanks to the University of Arkansas’ Occam’s Razors for sponsoring the event’s venue. This year we are lucky to hold the event in the Union Theater. It’s a beautiful facility located in the Arkansas Union on the University of Arkansas campus. With seating for over 250 and state of the art audio and video, it’s sure to make for a great convention. Resister Now!!
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