August 20, 2015

Contact: Amanda Novotny, Co-Coordinator–South Dakota Coalition of Reason and President of Siouxland Freethinkers, [email protected], (605) 691-3821

Starting Friday August 28, 2015, a two-day SkepDakota conference will be held at the Holiday Inn in downtown Sioux Falls. Non-theists will gather to advocate for progressive values, support the development and advancement of humanist and atheist thought, support the separation of government and religion, encourage rational thought and scientific inquiry, and provide a safe environment where humanists, atheists, other non-theists and those who are open to the values of non-theism can work together to move society forward with a firm reliance on reason and humanity.

WHO: Featured speakers for the event are
– Hemant Mehta—author, blogger and atheist activist.
– Amanda Novotny—President of Siouxland Freethinkers and blogger at Godless
– Dr. Hector Avalos—Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University.
– Steph Montgomery—non-profit and public sector professional.
– Michaelyn Eberhart—former President of the University of Kansas Secular
Student group.
– Sarah Morehead—Executive Director of Recovering from Religion.
– Debbie Goddard—Outreach Director for Center for Inquiry Transnational.
– J T Eberhard—writer, and public speaker on atheism and LGBTQ issues.

Details regarding the speakers can be found at: www.skepdakota.com.

WHERE: Holiday Inn—Sioux Falls City Centre, 100 W. 8th Street, Sioux Falls, SD  57104.

WHEN: Friday, August 28th from 8:30pm through Saturday, August 29th at 11:00pm.

WHY: The conference is about realizing that our society, the world and our universe is a bigger, brighter and a more amazing place than ever imagined when viewed through the lens of humanism and atheism. The conference provides an opportunity for non-believers to stand together and gives us a public voice, allowing us to reach out and connect with even more people who share our philosophy, and helps us continue the journey of building a strong and vibrant humanist community. When we discover that we’re not alone, we are encouraged to enthusiastically live lives in a way that reflects our values. What makes life for humanists, atheists and other non-believers so exciting is the infinite discoveries, unbounded by supernatural beliefs, that await to be revealed through reason, logic and open-minded curiosity.

MORE INFORMATION: More information about the conference can be found at www.skepdakota.com.


The SkepDakota Conference at www.unitedcor.org/skepdakota is organized in part by the South Dakota Coalition of Reason. There will be options for socializing with fellow conference attendees each evening and the conference will wrap up with a special evening with an Ask-an-Atheist TV podcast at www.askanatheist.tv.

South Dakota Statewide Coalition of Reason at www.southdakotacor.org is a proactive partnership of Atheists, Free-Thought advocates, and Humanists working together in the state of South Dakota with a clear vision to foster a sense of community for the secular among us and to raise the visibility of our efforts for those who have not yet found a secular community through which they can thrive and feel welcome.

The United Coalition of Reason at www.unitedcor.org is a non-profit organization that helps local nontheistic groups work together to achieve higher visibility, increase membership, and have a greater impact in their local areas.


For more information, please contact:

Amanda Novotny
South Dakota Coalition of Reason
(605) 691-3821
[email protected]

UnitedCoR’s Executive Director
Executive Director
United Coalition of Reason (based in Washington, DC)
(202) 744-1553
[email protected]