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The Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion, and Dorothy: Finding Community on the Yellow Brick Road"

This video was recorded at the July 2013 monthly meeting of the First Coast Freethought Society, Jacksonville, Florida. The speaker, Teresa MacBain, former Methodist minister, won American Atheists' 2012 "Atheist of the Year" award.

What is community? Should we seek out community? Is religion the only place where community is found? Or necessary? Teresa MacBain explores the answers.

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 The Tinman, Scarecrow, Lion, & Dorothy

Understanding the Economic Crisis: A Neo-Marxist Perspective

This video was recorded at the May 2013 monthly meeting of the First Coast Freethought Society, Jacksonville, Florida. The speaker, Dr. David Jaffee, currently serves as Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, at the University of North Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, his MA in Political Science from Washington University-St. Louis, and his BA in Political Science from the University of Florida.

Jaffee's research, writing, and publication are in the areas of social and economic development, organization theory, political economy, and higher education. He is the author of two books-Levels of Socio-Economic Development Theory (Praeger) and Organization Theory: Tension and Change (McGraw-Hill) and numerous
articles. He is currently heading up The Ports Project at the University of North Florida that examines the socio-economic implications of a port economy growth strategy for cities and regions.

At the University of North Florida, Jaffee has held several different academic administrative positions, including Director of the Office of Faculty Enhancement, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Studies. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Jaffee was a visiting General Education Fulbright Scholar at the City University of Hong Kong.

 

From Nundom to Freedom

Former Catholic nun, Liz Murad, shares the remarkable story of her long journey from faith in the unbelievable to life in reality, and all the stops in between.

The Best Speech Ever . . . Really
Or, why America is smart enough to have left plenty of room for improvement.

Ken Hurley is the director of Civication, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting civics education and civil responsibility. He spoke at a meeting of the First Coast Freethought Society, Jacksonville, Florida, on November 19, 2012.

Opinions, Dominions, Great Virginians, and the Hope for Civil Discourse

What elements are necessary for an opinion? How do you form your opinions? Does it sometimes seem that everyone else is wrong?

Ken Hurley is a co-founder and director of Civication, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting civics education and civil responsibility. He spoke at a meeting of the First Coast Freethought Society, Jacksonville, Florida, on July 18, 2011.

What Can Possibly Explain All This? Or--A Scientist Seeks a Unifying Theory for Everything About America

Joque H. Soskis explores why Americans seem not to be too concerned about the various ways in which things in the U.S. are deteriorating relative to other industrialized democracies. Learn about his theory of theistic exceptionalism.

Joque is a retired University of North Florida faculty member, past member and official of the faculty union of the Florida State University System, retired member of the Florida Bar, author, and freethinker. 

Building Bridges Beyond Belief: Dialogue with a Muslim

Earl Coggins, President, First Coast Freethought Society, welcomes Parvez Ahmed, Ph.D., Member, Jacksonville Human Rights Commission; Board Member, OneJax; Associate Professor of Finance, University of North Florida; Fulbright Scholar. They discuss differences in the Muslim and atheist worldviews. Dr. Ahmed is a frequent commentator on Islam and the Muslim American Experience. 

Crime and Religions

David R. Simon, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Institute of Public and International Policy, University of North Florida. Dr. Simon examines the numerous relationships between crime and religion. Have you ever wondered if religiosity reduces delinquency and adult crime? Why are there sexual abuse and other scandals among the clergy? And more! The results may surprise you.

 

What Should It Mean To Be An American?

A discussion with Ken Hurley, Civication, Inc., presented at a meeting of the First Coast Freethought Society, Jacksonville, Florida, April 19, 2010.

 

Theism and Atheism: A Dialogue About Building Bridges

FCFS president Earl Coggins and Baptist minister Harry Parrott discuss pertinent issues in the theism vs. atheism battle that has been going on for at least the last 2000 years. Moderated by Ken Hurley, Director, Civication, Inc.
 

Idiots, Activist Judges, Civics, and the United States Supreme Court

What's in a name? AND... How might new judicial nominations shape the philosophical direction of the Supreme Court?  May we rest easy?  How might the court view issues such as abortion rights, privacy rights, detention policies, executive power, gay marriage, voting rights, and our Pledge of Allegiance?

Speaker: Ken Hurley, founder and director of Civication, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting civics education and civil responsibility; and former Director of the Board, Florida ACLU, and President, Northeast Florida Chapter of the ACLU from 2001-2007.

Presented April 20, 2009, at a meeting of the First Coast Freethought Society.

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Subverting Our Constitution

David Schwam-Baird, Ph.D., addresses the First Coast Freethought Society, Jacksonville, FL, September 15, 2008.

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Flavors of Freethought

Presented at a meeting of the First Coast Freethought Society by Mel Lipman, President of the American Humanist Association, August 18, 2008.

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