The AHA 70th Annual Conference was held April 7-10, 2011 in Cambridge MA.
A final schedule was included in attendee conference material packets.
Photos of Speakers


Wednesday, April 6th – Preconference Sessions

AHA Board of Directors Meeting-Session 1
Open to all AHA members (Aquarium – 2nd Floor)

Thursday, April 7th – Chapter and Celebrant Sessions

Registration (Main Lobby) 8:00am-8:00pm
AHA Board of Directors Meeting-Session 2
Open to all AHA members (Haym Saloman)

Exhibitors and EvolveFish Humanist Bookstore (Courtyard Reception)


Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism Symposium (Paul Revere)
Chapter Workshop: How to Host a Regional Conference – Maggie Ardiente (Crispus Attucks) 10:00am-11:00am
Chapter Workshop: Establishing Child and Adult Education Programs - Bob Bhaerman (Crispus Attucks) 11:00am-12:00pm
Lunch Break (on your own) 12:00pm-1:00pm
Chapter Workshop: Chapter Leaders Roundtable Discussion
Open to AHA Chapter Leaders and Members (Crispus Attucks) [article]
Humanist Celebrant Training with the Humanist Society – Session 1
Howard Katz (Crispus Attucks)
Humanist Celebrant Training with the Humanist Society – Session 2
Howard Katz (Crispus Attucks)
Dinner Break (on your own) 6:00pm-7:30pm
International Freethought Film Festival Preview
Andrea Steele (Ballroom AB)

Friday, April 8th

Registration (Main Lobby)

Meet and Greet for New Members (Cambridge – 2nd Floor) 8:00am-9:00am
Exhibit Area and Bookstore (Courtyard Reception) 9:00am-10:00pm

Morning Breakout Sessions

  • The Psychology of the Born Again Syndrome - John Compere (William Dawes)
  • Evolutionary Leadership for a Just and Sustainable World - Manuel Manga (Thomas Paine)
  • LGBT & You: Building the LGBT Humanist Council - Jason Frye (Molly Pitcher)

Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Abortion and Birth Control: Past Present and No Future? - Bill Baird (Thomas Paine)
  • Finding your Aha! Moment - Margaret Downey (William Dawes)
  • International Humanism - Matt Cherry, Roar Johnsen, and Mel Lipman (Molly Pitcher) [listen]
Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Does Humanist Meditation Exist? - Rick Heller, Sara Lazar, and D. T. Strain (Thomas Paine)
  • New Territory, Why The Skeptic/Atheist Movement Must Expand Beyond College - J. T. Eberhard (William Dawes)
  • Religion in the brain: privileged player or fellow-traveler? Lessons for non-believers - Jane Holmes Bernstein (Molly Pitcher)

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Film Screening: The Lord Was Not On Trial - Dannel McCollum (Thomas Paine)
  • How America Got Fat, and What We Can Do About It - Ann Childers (William Dawes)
  • Humanism in Health Care - Susan Rose, Katrina Scott (Molly Pitcher)

Afternoon Plenary
R. Elisabeth Cornwell
Richard Dawkins
(Ballroom CD)

Welcome Reception
Open to All - Sponsored by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University
(Courtyard Reception)

Humanist of the Year Banquet

  • Bart Ehrman, Religious Liberty Award
  • Rebecca Goldstein, Humanist of the Year
(President’s Ballroom) 

Saturday, April 9th

Registration (Main Lobby) 8:00am-8:00pm

Meet and Greet for New Members (Cambridge – 2nd Floor)

Exhibit Area and Bookstore (Courtyard Reception) 9:00am-10:00pm


  • The State of Humanism Plenary
    Roy Speckhardt, AHA Executive Director
    David Niose, AHA President
    (Ballroom CD)
  • SSA Leadership Track: Leadership in the Secular Community
    Darrel Ray (Molly Pitcher)

Morning Breakout sessions

  • The Future of Humanism: Humanist Chaplaincies and Leadership on Campus - Anne Klaeyson, Gary Brill, Greg Epstein, Barry Klassel, and Jason Torpy (Thomas Paine) [listen]
  • No More War: the Human Potential for Peace - Judith Hand (William Dawes)
  • SSA Leadership Track: Grassroots Basics: Growing Your Group, Leadership Transitions and Fundraising - August Brunsman, Lyz Liddell, and Sharon Moss (Molly Pitcher)

Humanist Awards Luncheon

  • Judy Norsigian, Humanist Heroine
  • Candace Gingrich-Jones, LGBT Humanist Pride Award 
 (President’s Ballroom)

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • John Dewey's Humanist Philosophy of Education: the Goddard Model - Adam Burk, Newcomb Greenleaf, Gus Lyn-Piluso, Barbara Vacarr (Thomas Paine) [listen]
  • Feminist Caucus Session: Health and Sexuality in our 50s and Beyond - Judy Norsigian (William Dawes)
  • SSA Leadership Track: Taking it to the Next Level - Cecil Bothwell, J. T. Eberhard , Jesse Galef (Molly Pitcher)

Breakout sessions

  • My Church/State Road Trip (or what I learned from my visit to the Creation Museum) - Jay Wexler (Thomas Paine) [listen]
  • Unintelligent Design - Abby Hafer (William Dawes)
  • SSA Leadership Track: Building Diversity: Women, Minorities and LGBT in Local Groups - Greta Christina, Debbie Goddard, Jen McCreight (Molly Pitcher)
Humanist Contributors Reception
Humanist Contributor’s Reception *RSVP Required
(Charles View Ballroom – 16th Floor)

Humanist Awards Banquet

  • Roy Zimmerman, Entertainment 
  • Steve Wozniak, Isaac Asimov Science Award 
(President’s Ballroom)

Sunday, April 10th

Registration (Main Lobby) 8:00am-12:00pm
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Exhibit Area and Bookstore (Courtyard Reception) 9:00am-1:00pm

Church-State Plenary

 (Ballroom CD)

Closing Plenary

  • Jeff Sharlet, Keynote Speaker [listen]
 (Ballroom CD)

Environmental Sustainability Community Service Project with the Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy – departs from hotel lobby (open to all - $10 donation suggested to offset costs) 12:30pm-4:00pm
A Skeptic’s Tour of Salem Departs from the hotel lobby promptly at 1:00 pm
(separate registration required – pick up boxed lunch from registration desk between 12:00 and 1:00 pm)