Conference Schedule

Updated as of 8/15/2019


September 21, 2019
Day One: Agenda

9:00am-9:05am

Welcome Address | Dr. S. Ilangovan

9:05am-9:10am

Plenary Introduction | Roy Speckhardt

9:10am-10:00am

Plenary | Philipp Möller

Topic: Better without Religion

10:00am-10:20am

Speaker | Rep. Jamie Raskin

Topic: Welcome Address

10:20am-10:30am

Tea Break

10:30Am-11:00Am

Speaker | Toni Van Pelt

Topic: Feminism from a Humanist Perspective

11:00Am-11:30Am

YouTube Contest Winners

11:30Am-12:00pm

Panel | Periyar Ambedkar Study Circle

Topic: Humanism and Self Respect in the US Diaspora

12:00pm-1:30pm

Lunch

1:30pm-1:50pm

Children and Youth Program

1:50Pm-2:15Pm

Speaker | Dr. Ulrike Niklas

Topic: Global Humanism

2:15Pm-3:15Pm

Breakout Sessions

A. Caste System & DNA Testing | Dr. Madhvi Potluri
B. Women’s Rights
C. The Astrology Predicament
D. Social Justice & the Marginalized

3:15pm-3:30pm

Tea Break

3:30Pm-4:00pm

Breakout Session Presentations

4:00Pm-4:20Pm

Speaker | Dr. R. Prabhakaran

Topic: Humanism in Thirukkural

4:20Pm-4:45Pm

Speaker | Debbie Allen

Topic: Responsibility
As humanists, we accept that there is no supernatural power to call upon to repair ourselves, others, or our planet. If something, anything, is going to change for the better, it’s up to us. We are responsible! Let’s explore the ways that taking responsibility is not an unwelcome burden, but the path to confidence, self-respect, and personal fulfillment.

4:45pm-5:15pm

Award Presentation

5:15pm-6:00pm

Cocktail Hour

6:00pm-7:00pm

Dinner

7:00pm-onwards

Music & Entertainment


September 22, 2019
Day Two: Agenda

9:00am-9:05am

Welcome Address | Roy Speckhardt

9:05am-9:10am

Keynote Introduction | Arasu Chellaiah

9:10am-9:50am

Keynote Address | Dr. K. Veeramani

Topic: Self Respective Humanism

9:50am-10:10am

Speaker | Prof. George L Hart

Topic: Humanism in Classical Tamil

10:10am-10:30am

Speaker | Dr. Kannibiran Ravishankar

Topic: Humanism & the Dravidian Movement

10:30am-10:50am

Speaker | Pa. Thirumavelan

Topic: Humanism & Periyar

10:50am-11:10am

Tea Break

11:10Am-11:40Am

Speaker | Fred Edwords

Topic: Happiness

11:40Am-12:00Pm

Speaker | Dr. Sven Wortman

Topic: Evolutionary Humanism

12:00pm-1:30pm

Lunch

1:30pm-4:00pm

Breakout Sessions: Practical Humanism

1:30pm-4:00pm

Humanism and Self Respect in Tamilnadu

1:30pm-2:40pm

How to Involve Youth in Humanism | Ryan Bell

1:30pm-2:40pm

The Science of Change: Evidence Based Activism | Debbie Goddard

2:40pm-2:55pm

Break

2:55pm-4:00pm

Building Humanist Communities | Amanda Poppei

2:55pm-4:00pm

Life Problems & Humanist Solutions | Dr. Gary Berg-Cross

4:00pm-4:30pm

Breakout Session Presentations

4:30pm-5:00pm

Closing Remarks | Dr. S. Ilangovan & Roy Speckhardt