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The Arizona/Desert RAM is over, but we have pictures! Here is the program, photos below:

The 2001 Arizona Regional Atheist Meet is dedicated to the memory of Walt Wilkinson, former Director of the Phoenix Chapter and member of the Board of Directors of American Atheists.

Crowne Plaza Hotel at Metrocenter
2532 W. Peoria Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85029


Ellen Johnson President of American Atheists

Monty Gaither (Arizona State Director) and Bart Meltzer will introduce the RAM and talk about Atheist Activism in Arizona.

Victor J. Stenger Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Hawaii Visiting Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Colorado.

American Atheists will host a book signing at the RAM. Professor Stenger will be signing copies of his book: NOT BY DESIGN, THE ORIGIN OF THE UNIVERSE.

Dr. Seth Asser, Medical Director for California Children's Services in San Diego, and Board Member of CHILD, INC., and advocacy group for defending the rights or children. His article in "Pediatrics" (co-authored with CHILD President Rita Swan) has attracted widespread media attention, and raised the issue of children's rights versus religious dogma.

Dr. Alan Hale is a world renowned astronomer, head of the Southwest Institute for Space Research, and a co-discoverer of the spectacular Hale-Bopp comet which bears his name. He graduated from the U.S.Naval Academy in 1976 with a Bachelor's Degree in physics. After military service and a stint as an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he earned his Master's and Ph.D. in 1992 from New Mexico State University.

Dr. Hale's writings have appeared in such publications as "Astronomy," "International Comet Quarterly," and the "Yearbook of Science and Technology."

In addition to his work on comets, Dr. Hale has been an outspoken advocate of the need for science literacy and reason in our society. When not mulling the fate of our world and the cosmos, he works out jogging in the Sacramento Mountains near his home in Cloudcroft, N.M., keeps up with the latest rock 'n roll music, and watches football.

Steve Benson is editorial cartoonist for the Arizona Republic Newspaper. As a teenager, he graduated from the famous "Draw-This-Dog-on-the-Back-of-a-Matchbook" correspondence school, and later obtained his bachelor's degree in political science summa cum laude from Brigham Young University.

Mr. Benson won the coveted Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1993, and has been a four-time finalist for the same aware. His work has appeared in numerous books and other publications. His favorite political figures for cartooning include Newt Gingrich, Clarence Thomas, Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio, two former governors of Arizona, and Bill Clinton.

Steve's speech title will be "Tooning Out Religion."

Brian Barnard, Esq graduated from Loyola Law School in 1969, and is now head of the Utah Legal Clinic. He has been involved in numerous cases defending the separation of church and state, including challenges to the display of the Ten Commandments on public property, and public subsidies for illuminating a Mormon temple. Mr. Barnard speaks on "Utah Litigation for State-Church Separation."

Conrad Goeringer, Editor, AANEWS speaking on: "Their Name Was Legion: The Roman Catholic Church and Censorship in the Modern American Experience"

Jodi Greene running registration and the book/product room

Monty Gaither opening the RAM

Bart Meltzer introduces the RAM

Ellen Johnson, photo of Walt Wilkinson

Dr. Alan Hale

Dr. Victor Stenger

Dr. Seth Asser

Cartoonist Steve Benson

Steve Benson

Monty Gaither with Steve Benson

Brian Barnard, Esq.

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