Brave Hero Radio: Two day reporting from Empowering Women Through Secularism

live-tweeting from Women in Secularism 2

I previously scheduled one episode of Brave Hero Radio to report live and on-the-scene from the Empowering Women Through Secularism conference in Dublin, Ireland, but noticed — due to a massive overlook and time zone conversation error — that I may now report and offer two episodes of Brave Hero Radio!

Days one and two of reporting from the conference are now available on Brave Hero Radio’s website: June 29 and 30 — Saturday and Sunday — will include live reporting at 10:00PM Ireland time and 5:00PM in the Eastern United States.

Here are the show links which will lead listeners to both live and archived episodes of the upcoming reporting from Empowering Women Through Secularism:

Empowering Women Through Secularism: Day One

Empowering Women Through Secularism: Day Two

Listen live, join the live chat, call the show, and share with others. All callers — no matter their viewpoints — are welcome and can be taken via Skype or mobile/landline telephone.

I look forward to your live (and archived) listens and interaction with the show!

As always, feel free to leave comments below and please excuse my foolish time zone error!

Empowering Women Through Secularism schedule update

scheduleewtsThe schedule for the Empowering Women Through Secularism conference has been updated. The schedule follows. Changes, items different from the conference website, are bolded. Note time changes, chairs of panels, and introductions.

Saturday 29th of June

9.30am-10.15am – Introduction
Jane Donnely introduces conference
Jane introduces Annie Laurie Gaylor

10.15am-11.30am  Session 1 – Reproductive rights and Irish abortion law
Chaired by Jane Donnely
Ophelia Benson, Clare Daly, Anthea McTiernan, Ailbhe Smyth, Ross Kelly

11.45am-1 pm – Session 2 – Secular Values in Society
Chaired by Maureen Meleady
Leonie Hilliard, Nina Sankari, Farhana Shakir, PZ Myers

2.15pm-3.30pm – Session 3 – Separation of Church and State
Chaired by Helen O’Shea
Ann Brusseel, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Elida Radig, Michael Nugent

3.45pm-5.00pm – Session 4 – Human Rights
Chaired by Astrid Malachewitz
Jane Donnelly, Maryam Namazie, [blank], Dan Barker

5.15pm-6.00pm – Keynote Speaker – Taslima Nasrin

Sunday 30th of June

10.15am-11.30am – Session 5 – Politics and Campaigning
Chaired by Ciara Lynch
Rachel Donnelly, Sinead Kennedy, Maryam Namazie, Ann Marie Waters, Carlos Diaz

11.45am-1pm – Session 6 – Finalising the Declaration
Chaired by Michael Nugent
Panelists representing outcomes of each of sessions 1-5

2.15pm-3.30pm – Session 7 – Review of Conference and What Next
Chaired by Catherine O’Brien
Panelists include Kate Smurthwaite

3.30pm – 4.15pm – Closing speeches
Chaired by Jane Donnely

Empowering Women Through Secularism conference guidelines

ewts guidelinesConference guidelines, although seemingly not appearing on the Empowering Women Through Secularism conference website, are affixed to the [now updated] schedule of Empowering Women Through Secularism.

Here are these guidelines:

Please follow the spirit of these guidelines using common sense and empathy. Please try to enjoy the conference, and to help others to enjoy it.

Please let us know if you have any particular personal requirements in order to be able to participate as fully as possible.

Please respect the agenda. Please be concise and stay on-topic when contributing.

Please debate the merits of ideas and actions. Please do not speak abusively about people, or attribute negative motivations to them.

Please listen respectfully, and speak without aggression to others. Please do not dominate discussions or marginalize or silence others.

Please do not try to extend questions from the audience into ongoing coversations with panelists or speakers, unless the chairperson invites this.

Please do not use language that is critical of a person on the basis of their gender, sex, race, ethnicity, class, ability, age, or body.

Please do not create an unpleasant or hostile situation by uninvited and unwelcome conduct towards another person.

Please keep these guidelines in mind when making online updates that other participants can read during the conference.

Please let us know, privately if, for any reason, you are not having an enjoyable experience, and we will do our best to resolve the problem.

Please let us know if you enjoyed your experience and tell us any ideas you have for improving future conferences.

These guidelines, different than many other policies I have been critical of, seem quite sensible although they seem to be redundant. Of particular interest are guidelines to stay on-topic when contributing mainly because I have witnessed speakers/panelists (and attendees) going off-topic or contributing discussion which is not applicable to topics they were assigned to speak about. More interesting is a guideline for attendees to keep guidelines in mind when making online updates.

These guidelines can likely be more concise – adding an item concerning unwelcome/hostile conduct/language and eliminating individual points about such language and behavior. Even better, perhaps, can be a short paragraph encouraging attendees to behave with respect and contact organizers if necessary. At the end of the day, though, these policies are a vast improvement over other conference policies.

As always, feel free to leave your comments below.