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The Memphis Freethought Alliance also hosts "Ockham's Cafe" and "MFA Book Club," which are not on this webpage. For information about these two groups, click on the the "Book Club" or "Ockham's Cafe" link on the left


Schedule for 2017

Date: February 12, 2017
Location: Rooms A & B at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
Event: Defending Evolution: Addressing Misconceptions and Refutting Creationism by Professor Michael Collins

 

Date: March 26, 2017
Location: Rooms A & B at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
Event: America Needs a Basic Income by Professor Karl Widerquist

 

Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Location: Cordova Public Library at 48457 Trinity Road, Memphis, TN
Time: 5:30 pm
Event: The Thinking Atheist by Seth Andrews

Schedule for 2016

Date: January 24, 2016
Location: Rooms B & C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
Event: An Honest Liar (Documentary about James "The Amazing" Randi)

 

Date: February 7, 2016
Location: Rooms A & B at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
Event: The Sixth Mass Extinction: Threats, Consequences, and Changes, lecture by Dr. Michael Collins

Schedule for 2015

Date: January 25, 2015
Location: Rooms B & C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
Event: Round Table Discussion about Present & Future MFA

 

Date: February 8, 2015
Location: Rooms A & B at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
Event: Darwin Day Celebration Lecture

 

Date: March 22, 2015
Location: Rooms B & C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:15 to 3 pm
Event: Watching and discussing the movie, The Revisionaires

 

Date: April 2 to 4, 2015
Location: Peabody Hotel, Memphis
Time: Schedule
Event: 2015 National Convention, American Atheists

 

Date: April 26, 2015
Location: Rooms B & C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: Movie and discussion

 

Date: May 24, 2015
Location: Rooms B & C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: Movie and discussion

 

Date: June 28, 2015
Location: Rooms B & C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: Canceled

 

Date: July 26, 2015
Location: Rooms B & C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: Short 10 minute Speeches, followed by Discussions: Religion Liberty, Abortion, Evolution, etc.

 

Date: August 30, 2015
Location: Rooms B & C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
Event: Islam 101: Between Fact & Fiction, lecture by Professor Yasir Kazi, Rhodes College

 

Date: September 27, 2015
Location: Rooms B & C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: Movie and discussion

 

Date: October 25, 2015
Location: Room B &C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: Stephen Guenther, Mid-South Paranormal Society lecture on "Exploring the Paranormal"

 

Date: November 22, 2015
Location: Rooms B & C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: Canceled

 

Date: December 27, 2015
Location: Rooms B & C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: Round table discussion

Schedule for 2014

Date: January 19, 2014
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
Event: Lecture by Attorney Allison Wannamaker titled "Immigration for Contrarians"

 

Date: February 9, 2014
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: Michael Collins lecture on evolution (Darwin Day Celebration)

 

Date: March 30, 2014
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: Phil Ferguson will lecture on "Raising Rational Kids in an Irrational Society."

 

Date: April 27, 2014
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:15 to 3 pm
Event: Video on environmental conservation: Fierce Green Fire

 

Date: May 11, 2014
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: Discussion on audience chosen topic

 

Date: August 31, 2014
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: TBA

 

Date: September 28, 2014
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Event: Professor Monica Miller of Lehigh University Lecture on Religion and Hip Hop

 

Date: October 26, 2014
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
Event: Watching and discussing the 60 minute documentary, The God Who Wasn't There.

 

Date: November 30, 2014
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: TBA

 

Date: December 28, 2014
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: TBA

 

Schedule for 2013

Date: January 20, 2013
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: Video of a debate on the existence of god with Dan Barker, Michael Shermer, and Peter Millican (non-theists) VERSUS John Lennox, Peter Hitchens, and Joanna Collicut (theists)

 

Date: February 17, 2013
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: Darwin Day Celebration! "Standing on the Shoulders of a Griant: Advances since Darwin and the Relevance of Evolutionary Biology": a lecture by Michael Collins from Rhodes College

 

Date: March 10, 2013
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Event: Atheism 2.0 by Alain de Botton (TED Talk video, followed by a discussion)

 

Date: April 20, 2013
Location: Shelby Farms, Memphis, TN
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Event: Memphis Freethought Alliance Educational Booth at "Down to Earth Day" at Shelby Farms

 

Date: April 28, 2013
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Event: "Formation and Geologic History of the Mississippi River Valley": a lecture by Dr. Roy Van Arsdale from the University of Memphis. (Note that we will have a short 15 minute "Annual Meeting" to elect officers from 1 to 1:15 pm.)

 

Date: May 19, 2013
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Event: One Day Two Part Lecture by Professor Tom Graves:

Part I: The Great Debates:  The 1968 Clash Between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal 

Part II: Mythmaking and the Legend of Bluesman Robert Johnson

 

Date: June 8, 2013
Location: The Coon Creek Science Center, 2985 Hardins Graveyard Rd,  Adamsville, TN
Time: 10 am to whenever
Event: Reserve your spot by signing up at an MFA event or by emailing memphisfreethought@yahoo.com ($5 for member; $15 for everyone else)

 

Date: June 23, 2013
Event: NO MEETING

 

Date: July 21, 2013
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
Event: Video and discussion of the PBS Series: "God in America"

 

Date: August 18, 2013
Event: NO MEETING

 

Date: September 22, 2013
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
Event: Watching and discussing a film: The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today by Jay Rosenstein

 

Date: October 13, 2013
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: Round Table Discussion: Growth of freethought in the nation and region

 

Date: November 17, 2013
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: TBA

 

Date: December 29, 2013
Location: Room C at the Benjamin L. Hook Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Event: PBS Part 2: God in America: Out of Eden, followed by a discussion

Schedule for 2012

January 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm in Meeting Room C at Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue Memphis, TN: How the Baptists Created Separation of Church & State by Constitutional Scholar, Linda R. Monk, JD. Download and share the ad flyer: Monk_flyer

February 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm Guest speaker at Ockham's Cafe at Newk's Express Cafe at 2200 Germantown Parkway, Cordova, TN: Current State of Affairs of LGBT Legislation in TN. Presentated by Anne Gullick, JD of the Tennessee Equality Project

February 12, 2012 at 1:15 pm to 3 pm in Meeting Room C at Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN: Darwin Day Celebration.

March 18, 2012 at 1 pm to 3 pm in Meeting Room C at Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN: Classical Philosophers of the Greeks and Romans Related to Freethought (short introduction by the MFA Officers followed by a discussion)

April 21, 2012: All Day: Down to Earth Day at Shelby Farms in Memphis, TN. Memphis Freethought Alliance will have an informational booth.

April 29, 2012 at 1 pm to 3 pm in Meeting Room C at Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN: (1) Brief Officer Elections & Discussion of MFA Goals from 1 to 1:30 pm; and (2) Earth Day Speaker on Ecosystems in Memphis Wooded Parks by Rosanna Capellato, Ph.D. of Rhodes College from 1:30 to 3 pm.

May 19, 2012: All Day: A'Fair in Hernando, Mississippi. Memphis Freethought Alliance will have an informational booth and talk to fair participants about freethought.

May 27, 2012 at 1 pm to 3 pm in Room C at Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN: Round Table Discussion and Suggestions about Future of Memphis Freethought Alliance (Membership input)

June 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm to 1:45 pm; 2:15 pm to whenever: Meeting Room C at Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis to watch a video on Dinoaurs from 1:15 pm to 1:45 pm. After the movie, we are meeting at the Memphis Zoo at 2:15 pm to view the dinosaur exhibit. (All participants will pay the zoo fees individually. MFA Officers will be at the dino exhibit entrance at 2:15 pm with MFA t-shirts.)

July 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm to whenever:

PART 1: Meeting in Room C at Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN to watch, "Walking with Dinosaurs: Time of the Titan" from 1:15 pm to 1:45 pm.

PART 2: Meeting at the Pink Palace lobby at 2 pm to see the dinosaur exhibit.

August 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm to 3 pm in Meeting Room C at Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN: Dan Barker, Co-President of FFRF, will speak on "Tilting at Watertowers: The Battle to Keep Religion and Government Separate."

September 15, 2012 at 9 am to 7 pm: Information Memphis Freethought Book at Cooper Young Festival: MFA members will be educating festival attendees on science, reason, and other freethought topics. A211 is the MFA booth number.

September 30, 2012 at 1 pm to 3 pm in Meeting Room C at Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN: Michael Collins of Rhodes College will be speaking on "Science Education, Evolution, Climate Change, and the Threat of Denialism".

October 14, 2012 at 1 pm to 3 pm in Meeting Room C at Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN: Watch the video, "The Root of All Evil?" by Richard Dawkins

November 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm to 3 pm in Meeting Room C at Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN: Lecia Brooks of Southern Law Poverty Center will speak of Crime, Poverty and Education in South

December 30, 2012 at 1 pm to 3 pm in Meeting Room C at Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN: To Be Announced