Weekly Announcements 9/22

Freethinkers! Hope your first round of tests (if you’re an undergrad) isn’t hitting you too hard. Here are the Freethinker’s events for this week.

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Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 7:00-8:30pm: This week’s meeting will be a general discussion meeting, with focus on rape-culture and sexism, both in general society, and within the secular movement itself. We will be meeting in room 341 of Squires Student Center. Here’s a link to the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/632272110140044/

Wed, Sept. 25 at 8:00pm: The Secular Support Group will be meeting this week in Room 234 of Squires Student Center. This is a more private, mellow, and laid back group conversation than what you’ll be able to find at the regular Freethinkers Meeting. The general body meetings are great for guest speakers, educational workshops, good lively discussion, and even a heated debate or three. But if you want a safe space to explore ideas you may not yet have fully formed, or you’re seeking some advice about how to share your ideas with friends and loved ones who do not share those views, then please join us!

Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:00pm: There’s a group of us that go climbing at Crimpers Climbing Gym in Christiansburg. It’s a lot of fun as well as a good workout. It costs $14 to rent shoes and climb for the night. Here’s a link to their website: http://www.crimpersclimbing.com/

Friday, Sept. 27 from 11:00am-12:30pm: Friday morning, the Breakfast Club will be meeting again in the large first floor dining hall in Turner Place. This week the discussion topic is politics. As always, find the group by looking for the person in the magenta(pink) hat. Here’s a link to the page for the Breakfast Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/freebreakfast/

Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2:00pm: If you can’t go climbing on Thursday (or can, and want to go again) come climb at Crimpers on Sunday!

Sunday, Sept. 29 at 5:00pm: Our exec. group will be meeting in Squires Student Center near Au Bon Pan. In order to allow more time at meetings for discussion, we will be meeting Sunday to handle the business our club needs to organize. Everyone is invited to come and participate. It’s a great way to play a part in the workings of the club and gain leadership experience.

Friday, Oct. 4th from 7:00-9:00pm: This is just a head’s up, but next Friday, we will be having our First Friday of the Month Event. We will be watching a documentary, but a specific one hasn’t been decided on… That’s up to you! Keep an eye out on the Facebook page for a poll in which you can vote on what you want to see.

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*** For the first time ever, we are creating t-shirts to sell to our club! You can order them (and see a preview) at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/1n6mHSNokGYXq3d5N7TK1xhhaRAKEIeWGNXx4cG40OIs/viewform. Orders and payment are due on October 1st.***

Visit our website (http://www.freeatvt.org) or our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/24398461218/) for more information.

 

 

Weekly Announcement — 9/16

Freethinkers! The semester is getting into full swing, and so are we! Here’s what’s going on this week.

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Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 7:30-9:00pm: During this week’s meeting, in Squires room 300, Professor Brian Britt from the Department of Religion and Culture will be speaking about biblical scholarship. You may be surprised to hear what academic research has been done on the Bible for the last two hundred years and how it’s continuing today. So come prepared for a fascinating discussion on research on the Bible! You can find a link to the event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/161831260679102/

Note: ***This week, we will be meeting at 7:30 and in Squires Student Center, room 300. This is different than our normal meeting time/place.***

Britt is the author of a number of books on the Bible and its afterlives: “Walter Benjamin and the Bible”, “Re-writing Moses: The Narrative Eclipse of the Text”, and “Biblical Curses and the Displacement of Tradition”. He has also written many peer reviewed papers which have appeared in academic journals and book chapters for various texts.

 

Wed, Sept. 18 at 8:00pm: The secular support group will be having its third meeting in the Blue Ridge Conference Room (145) in Squires Student Center. It was decided after a couple meetings that the group would be expanding its purview. Here’s a description in the words of its moderator, John Grey Williams:

Hello freethinkers, secularists, questioning, curious, and spiritual types! Want to talk about issues relating to spirituality, religion, questioning, humanism, or macaroni and cheese? Pissed that they don’t sell your favorite beer at the Vintage Cellar anymore? Are you stuck between a rock and a hard place feeling the pressure to “come out” to friends and loved ones while maintaining those important relationships? Or, maybe you’re just looking for a chill place to have some casual laidback conversation about ideas.

If any of these apply to you, please consider joining us at the newly created “Secular Support Group.” Now, I know what some of you may be thinking… Support? I don’t need a “support” group! I’m doing just fine! Well, please don’t let that title turn you off. We had to call it something, but it’s so much more than that. This is just a more private, mellow, and laid back group conversation than what you’ll be able to find at the regular Freethinkers Meeting. The general body meetings are great for guest speakers, educational workshops, good lively discussion, and even a heated debate or three. But if you want a safe space to explore ideas you may not yet have fully formed, or you’re seeking some advice about how to share your ideas with friends and loved ones who do not share those views, then please join us!

We meet every Wednesday in Squires at 8pm. Check your email, the Freethinkers Facebook page, or ask the info Desk at Squires for the exact room location each week. All meetings are confidential. Hope you can join us for some good conversation! Queers, atheists, heathens, religious types, anarchists, and good old fashioned hippies are all welcome! Please join us!

 

Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7:00pm: There’s a group of us that go climbing at Crimpers Climbing Gym in Christiansburg. It’s a lot of fun as well as a good workout. It costs $14 to rent shoes and climb for the night. Here’s a link to their website: http://www.crimpersclimbing.com/

 

Friday, Sept. 20 at 11:00am: Friday morning, the Breakfast Club will be meeting in the large first floor dining hall in Turner Place. This week the discussion topic is religion. When you go, find the group by looking for the person in the magenta(pink)  hat. Here’s the link to the event for this week: https://www.facebook.com/events/173281389530383/

 

Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10:00pm-2:00am: Saturday night, we will have a bake sale fundraiser outside of Moe’s. We really need people to help out in order to make this successful, so if you have the time to either prepare baked goods or staff the table, please do. Here’s a link to the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/709032169122895/

 

Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2:00pm: If you can’t go climbing on Thursday (or can, and want to go again) come climb at Crimpers on Sunday!

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Visit our website (http://www.freeatvt.org) or our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/24398461218/) for more information.

 

Weekly Announcement — 9/8/13

Welcome, new Freethinkers! I know that many of you are new, having just met us at Gobblerfest or the info booth outside of D2. Because of this, I’ll be giving a more detailed description of this week’s events.

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Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 7:00-8:30pm: Meet the Freethinkers! This is the same time and place as our normal weekly meetings, but instead of having a particular speaker or discussion topic, this meeting will be for giving everyone a chance to get to know each other. We will have board games, food, materials for drawing/coloring, and plenty of discussion on whatever anyone wants to talk about. If you have a board game that you think people might be interested in playing, feel free to bring it in! We will be in Squires Student Center, Brush Mountain B.

Wed, Sept. 9 at 8:00pm: This Wednesday, our secular support group will be having its second meeting.

Are you struggling with your religious identity? Do you find yourself becoming sad, angry, or isolated because of your religious beliefs or lack thereof? Are you feeling lost or confused as your religious views are rapidly changing?

Freethinkers at Virginia Tech organizes a weekly Secular Support Group to help with these (and similar) issues. If you are having or have had these problems, feel free to come to the meeting to support and get support from your fellow Hokies.

The meeting’s attendance and discussions are confidential and will be moderated by John Gray Williams, a Safe Zone trainer with a Master’s degree in life/career counseling for college students. The next meeting is on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 8:00 pm in the Shenandoah Conference Room (314) in Squires Student Center. That room is on the 3rd floor at the end of the hallway where the LGBTA office is located.

Friday, Sept. 13 at 10:10am: Friday morning, the Breakfast Club will be meeting in the large first floor dining hall in Turner Place. When it comes to people with different beliefs, people often talk past each other instead of with each other. The Breakfast Club seeks to change that. It provides a safe place to engage with the different beliefs and ideas that people have, rather than ignoring them. It provides a chance to learn how to communicate across different religious and political cultures. This week, the discussion will be on politics. The Young Democrats and Libertarians at VT have been invited to participate. In subsequent weeks, the discussion will alternate between religion and politics. If you go,  you can find the group by looking for the person in the magenta(pink)  hat.

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As there are many new people to this listserv, I’d like to say something about our group’s non-discrimination policy. All people are welcome to attend club meetings and events regardless of ability, need, background, lifestyle, culture, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or economic circumstances. We strive to create an environment where people of completely different opinions, backgrounds, and identities can come together and learn from each other. Because of this, we have a rule regarding bigoted language: its use is not welcome at our meetings or events, though it may be discussed in the abstract. Ideas may be investigated, questioned, or challenged, but people need to be met with all due dignity and respect.

Visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/24398461218/) for more information.

kaiju versus jaegers at the Lyric Theatre

Gipsy Danger Jet Jaguar vs Onibaba Megalon (WikiZilla)

Tonight several of us are going to the newly digitized Lyric Theatre to live or relive the awesomest of the summer’s homages, Pacific Rim! We’ll head to the 21:30 (9:30pm) showing after tonight’s regular discussion meeting.

Now, there are many, many good reasons to see this movie, and to see it on the big screen (here is a shamelessly cherry-picked favorable review by Matt Zoller Seitz), and i’d like to share a couple of my own. They emanate from my own passions, so you may not share them…but, hey, i’m the one blogging today.

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Weekly Announcement 9/1

Freethinkers! I hope you’re excited, because there is a lot going on this week.

At last week’s meeting, we field tested our new discussion modes. The meeting was split up into three tables, each for one of our different modes of discussion – panda, owl, and leopard. We had discussion topics including how we found the club, the situation in Syria, different arguments for vegetarianism, among others.

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Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 7:00-8:30pm: During this week’s meeting, Dr. Zack Lewis will be giving a presentation entitled “Secrets that Scientists Don’t Want YOU to Know About”. We will be in Squires, Brush Mountain B.

Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 9:30-11:30pm: Some people will be going to see Pacific Rim at the Lyric. Price for tickets is $5, $4 if you have a Lyric membership.

Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 10:00am-4:00 pm:  We will be having an information table outside of D2. We will be under the porch, so there’s no need to worry about getting wet or sitting in the sun all day. Visit the event page if you’re interest in helping out: https://www.facebook.com/events/193468574161163/?ref=2  Here’s a link to the Doodle poll: http://doodle.com/f34qeix6ir6bb4tm

Friday, Sept 6 from 10:10-11:00am: In addition, the first meeting of the Breakfast Club will be this week. It will be held in the large dining area on the first floor of Turner Place. Visit the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/freebreakfast/) if you’re interested.

Friday, Sept. 6 from 4:00-8:00pm: We will have a table at Gobblerfest. There will be a sign-up sheet for the booth at this week’s meeting.

Friday, Sept 6 from 8:00-10:00pm: We will also have our 1st Friday of the month event, where we will be watching TED talks of your choosing.

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As a reminder, we are still trying to give life to the blog on our website, http://www.freeatvt.org/. Go on and take a look at the discussion topics that are up right now. If you want to contribute, make a word-press account and join in the discussions. I understand that many of our discussions take place on Facebook, but holding discussions on the forum gives people that are not associated with our group a chance to see how we do things.