Howdy blogees! As some of you know, I have a lengthy trip on the docket for next month that will take me to North Carolina and back over the course of 10 days, with the apex being the North Carolina Secular Student Leadership Summit (which looks to be a splendid local conference). I’m not sure just yet how that will affect blog production honestly, but we will soon see.
On the subject of local cons specifically, there’s a surprising number of other conferences around the South over the next few months, so I thought I would spotlight a few of them in particular.
Carolinas Secular Conference – Charleston, South Carolina – September 28th – 30th 2012
Features: This one strikes me as being a conference particularly focused on local relevance. The panel discussions all seem quite interesting and motivating, and the talks (particularly “From Student Activist to Nonprofit Professional”) look to be quite intriguing.
Kentucky Freethought Convention – Lexington, Kentucky – October 6th 2012
Features: KFC, heh. I also love the logo to this one, featuring a gloriously be-bearded Darwin. Anyway, this one has a lineup headlined by Seth Andrews, Jen McCreight, and Edwin Kagin. However, what most strikes me about this one is the inclusion of an entire panel of former ministers. That is going to be something to see for sure. For a max of 10 dollars (free for students), this one is well worth it for heathenous Kentuckians and nearby secularists.
Alabama Freethought Convention – Montgomery, Alabama – October 13th 2012
Features: I’m looking forward to this one quite a bit. Of course, I might be a bit of a homer on this one. Still, this is an intriguing lineup and certainly worth the day trip. I’m particularly interested in the Secular Teens panel and the always fantastic Jamila Bey, but the whole schedule looks pretty solid to me. I’ll be tabling at this one for sure reppin’ the SSA; so make sure to poke me if you are planning on being there.
Reason in the Rock – Little Rock, Arkansas – October 27th 2012
Features: I really like this lineup – Seth Andrews, Jerry DeWitt, Teresa MacBain, and JT just to name a few. This sounds like one hell of a conference to check out if you are in Arkansas, and is likely a more practical alternative to CSI for the thin-walleted of that neck of the woods.
CSIcon 2012 – Nashville, Tennessee – October 25th – 28th 2012
Features: Once again features an outstanding lineup of skeptics, and is bound to be a good conference. Last year in New Orleans was quite a blast, and I’m hoping I’ll make it to this one. The price tag is perhaps a bit high, but I dare say it is well worth it when you consider the quality of the event. Also, it is about as central as you can get in the south, and I’d say well worth the trek from any of the surrounding states.
Those are the current highlights that I have seen, but let me know if I missed any! I’m going to try to get back to a consistent trend of posting, but I’m not making any promises.