Upcoming speech for Intro to Religion students

"Man Objects To Prayers Before City Council Meetings" c/o WNEP TV-16
“Man Objects To Prayers Before City Council Meetings” c/o WNEP TV-16

I will soon be speaking to students enrolled in Intro to Religion courses at a local Catholic university — Marywood University — which I also happen to attend.

Rather than appearing before multiple classes in-person, I will upload a 30-minute recording with a corresponding transcript on justinvacula.com which will allow for students to ask me questions, leave feedback, challenge some of my ideas, and interact with me well beyond the constraints of a class session.

In the allotted time, I will speak about my religious background, my shift to atheism, explain why my identity as an atheist is important, address common misconceptions people have about atheists, and talk about the problem of natural suffering. This diverse array of topics should be a good introductory lecture for students.

I look forward to producing this video and interacting with students. Stay tuned for more updates.

Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. Vacula received bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University's graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County's Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher's assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.