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Tentative schedule FFRF’s 42nd annual convention

Friday, October 18

Morning Open House

Pre-convention event

9:30 -11:30 AM Open House

Freethought Hall in Downtown Madison

(Free, but reservations required!)

Early registration opens

Complimentary pastries, juice, hot beverages, Champagne, OJ, Mimosas

Afternoon Formal Opening 

Monona Terrace Community &

Convention Center

Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr.

Madison Ballroom

Noon Registration re-opens

(continues throughout convention) 

Sales tables open in the Madison Ballroom

1:00 PM Short Welcome

Speaker to be announced

1:30 PM Henry H. Zumach Freedom From Religious Fundamentalism Award

Rachel Laser accepts on behalf of  Americans United

2:00 PM A Conversation with Sarah Vowell with Dan Barker, followed by &A

3:00 PM BREAK — Refreshments (lobby)

Book signing for Sarah Vowell in ballroom  concurrent

3:30 PM “Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic: Atheists in American Public Life”

Authors R. Laurence  Moore & Isaac Kramnick

Book signing at 5 p.m.

4:15 PM Forward Award,  Nancy Northup,

Center for Reproductive Rights


Buffet in Grand Terrace/Rooftop gardens (ticketed event)

Book signing for Moore & Kramnick  concurrent                

Friday Evening Program

Madison Ballroom

7:00 PM Evening Welcome, Music

FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker & Annie  Laurie Gaylor: Year in Review

7:30 PM “Nothing Fails Like Prayer Award” Hemant Mehta

“Is Atheism Still Taboo in Politics?”

Hemant Mehta

Book signing at evening’s conclusion

8:00 PM “The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American”

Andrew Seidel

Book signing at evening’s conclusion

8:30 PM God Gets His Annual Job Performance Review

Mrs. Betty Bowers (America’s Best Christian™) and Andrew Bradley

Complimentary gourmet cupcakes and hot beverages – Grand Terrace

Concurrent book signing for Hemant Mehta and Andrew Seidel in ballroom

10:15 PM Film: “Holy Hierarchy: The Religious Roots of Racism in America”

To be repeated at 12:15 p.m. Saturday

Saturday, October 19

All Saturday events held in Madison Ballroom, unless otherwise noted.

8:00 AM Nonprayer Breakfast (ticketed event) – Exhibit Hall A

9:00 AM Madison Ballroom

Sales tables open

9:30 AM Welcome Lisa Strand, Music  Dan Barker

9:40 AM Film Preview, Jeremiah Camara,

Director, “Holy Hierarchy: The Religious

Roots of Racism in America”

10:00 AM Trio of  student essay winners

10:30 AM “Eternal Hostility: The  Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy”

Frederick Clarkson

11:00 AM Battle of Church & State: Legal Accomplishments

FFRF Legal Staff & Mark Dann, FFRF lobbyist

Noon – 2:00 PM  LUNCH BREAK 

Optional Grab & Go Lunch

12:15 – 12:45 PM FILM SCREENING

“Holy Hierarchy: The Religious Roots of Racism in America”

2:00 PM Freethought Heroine Award

Mandisa Thomas

2:30 PM Avijit Roy Courage Award

Avinash Patil, on behalf of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti

3:00 PM Emperor Has No Clothes Award

Anthony B. Pinn


Book signing for Anthony Pinn

4:00 PM TBA 


(Ticketed event) – Exhibit Hall A

Evening program in Madison Ballroom

8:00 PM “Clean Money Drawing”

8:30 PM An Evening with Trae Crowder, “Liberal Redneck”

Sunday, October 20

Annual Membership Meeting

Hall of Ideas FG

8:30 AM 

Complimentary pastries & hot beverages

9:00 AM Annual Membership meeting

Open to current FFRF members

Annual State Representatives meeting

Adjourn by Noon