June 21-23, 2013: Marc will take part in the Center For Inquiry Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.
July 2, 2013: Marc will take part in “Naturalism,” a Dinner & Philosophy discussion.
July 14, 2013: Meeting of the NYC Metacognitive Brunch, led by Marc.
July 15, 2013: Marc will present a lecture on critical thinking at The Rockefeller University. Details TBA.
July 27, 2013: Marc will attend the Blackout Secular Rally NYC.
September 17-19, 2013: Marc and Syd LeRoy will participate in the BCC Tolerance Event. Details TBA.
September 21, 2013: Marc will participate in the CFI-LI Secular Parenting Forum.
June 13, 2013: Marc attended the monthly meeting of the NYC/NJ Jolly Thirteen Club.
June 10, 2013: Marc participated in “Inference to the Best Explanation,” a consilience-themed Dinner & Philosophy discussion.
June 7, 2013: Marc was a judge at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens Social Studies Exit Project Exhibition.
April 13, 2013: Marc represented Center For Inquiry-NYC at the Institute for Science and Human Values Symposium at Columbia University.
April 5-7, 2013: Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism. Marc led a workshop with Robert J. Blaskiewicz on “Spectacular Skepticism.”
March 9, 2013: Marc moderated a discussion at “Improving Dialogue between Scientists and Educators,” a New York Academy of Sciences event at Rockefeller University.
February 14, 2013: Debut of the Skeptical Connections podcast, hosted and produced by Marc.
January 18, 2013: Marc presented a talk on skeptical outreach and critical thinking at Center For Inquiry-Long Island‘s first educational forum of the new year.
January 15, 2013: Marc took part in Massive Open Online Courses, a discussion dinner sponsored by New York City Skeptics.
January 13, 2013: First meeting of the NYC Metacognitive Brunch discussion group, led by Marc.
December 13, 2012: As a member of the Nobelist Mindset Advisory Committee, Marc helped the New York Academy of Sciences fine-tune its educational program designed to train students and teachers in Malaysia in fostering habits of persistence, connection-making and creativity, and developing skills in scientific communication, metacognition and innovative thinking.
December 8, 2012: Marc made the opening presentation at SkeptiCamp NYC 2012. Other presenters included Bill Chapman, Gregory Lopez, Daniel Korostyshevsky, M. Hans Liebert, Brian Gregory, Anna Chernyshenko, Amy Frushour Kelly, Reed Esau, Christopher Brown, Michael Rosch, and Mitchell Lampert.
November 6, 2012: Marc participated in a panel discussion, “Preparing 21st-Century Learners for a STEM-Saturated World,” at a professional development conference organized by The Young Women’s Leadership Network.
July 29, 2012: Marc helped facilitate the CFI-Harlem Division Meeting. Topics included community outreach, America’s culture of violence, and Barack Obama’s public position(s) on religious and secular values.
July 18, 2012: “The Neuroscience and Psychology of Nostalgia: How Memories of Our Past Affect Our Present,” a discussion among Krystine Batcho, Joseph LeDoux, and moderator Sandra Upson. Marc spoke with attendees about CFI-NYC’s mission and educational and social events.
July 16, 2012: Marc participated in “Doctor Who and Philosophy,” a Dinner & Philosophy Now event. Geekery ensued.
July 1, 2012: Marc led the first meeting of the Reasonable Running Group in Riverside Park.
June 24, 2012: The Secular Humanist Club, to which Marc serves as Faculty Advisor, received the award for Best Community College Organization at the Center For Inquiry Student Leadership Conference 2012 in Amherst, NY.
June 20, 2012: Marc joined the NECSS 2013 Organizing Committee.
June 3, 2012: Marc attended Center For Inquiry-NYC’s Potluck in the Park.
May 27. 2012: Marc facilitated Center For Inquiry-NYC’s Student Discussion Group meeting. This month’s topic: “The Freedom to Teach Hate.”
May 21, 2012: Marc represented Center For Inquiry-NYC, the only secular group in attendance, at the Interfaith Community Leaders Networking Session at The Interchurch Center. Other participants included Judson Memorial Church, The Hindu Temple Society of North America, Jamaica Muslim Center, West End Synagogue, The Interfaith Center of New York, Manhattan Sikh Association, Old First Reformed Church of Park Slope, United Sikhs and the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing. Topics included interorganizational dialogue, service projects, and political action.
May 7, 2012: Freethought in Black History and Culture panel: Sponsored by the Bronx Community College Secular Humanist Club and hosted at Gould Memorial Library, this event was seven months in the making and brought together several illustrious speakers: Debbie Goddard (Director of African Americans for Humanism), Jeffrey B. Perry (antiracist researcher and author), and Ayanna Watson (Founder and CEO of Black Atheists of America). Marc delivered the opening remarks and moderated the discussion, which included a slideshow on Hubert H. Harrison and the connections between freethought and Harlem radicalism, and was followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
April 25, 2012: Marc led “What Do Atheists, Agnostics and Humanists Believe?“, a panel discussion with the Secular Humanist Club at BCC’s Roscoe Brown Student Center.
April 21-22, 2012: Marc spoke at NECSS 2012: The Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism with D. J. Grothe on “Critical Thinking and Education,” a panel moderated by Meghan Groome, before being interviewed by Christopher J. Brown. The weekend featured live recordings of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe (with Steve Novella, Rebecca Watson, Evan Bernstein, Jay Novella, Bob Novella, and guest James Randi) and the Rationally Speaking podcast (with Massimo Pigliucci, Julia Galef, and guest David Kyle Johnson). Other participants included James Randi, PZ Myers, Joe Nickell, Deborah Feldman, Debbie Berebichez, Seth Shostak, George Hrab, Kevin Slavin, John Bohannon, Brian Wecht, Hai-Ting Chinn, and Ethan Brown.
April 21, 2012: Marc was one of the guests at the NECSS Fundraising Reception.
April 20, 2012: Marc was one of the guests at the NECSS 2012 Speakers Dinner.
March 25-26, 2012: Marc attended the American Atheists National Convention in Bethesda, MD along with members of the Secular Humanist Club. He live-tweeted most of the main events and had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.
March 24, 2012: Marc attended the Reason Rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC — the largest-ever gathering of the secular movement in world history. He chaperoned a group of students, debated members of Westboro Baptist Church, and generally had a splendid time.
February 26, 2012: Marc celebrated the Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers with members of Harlem Humanists (CFI-Harlem). Special guests included Ayanna Watson (Black Atheists of America) and A. J. Johnson (American Atheists).
February 1, 2012: Marc assisted members of the Bronx Community College Secular Humanist Club with tabling in the lobby of Colston Hall.
January 25, 2012: Marc participated in a gathering sponsored by Black Atheists of America.
January 22, 2012: Marc participated in “How to Speak to the Religious,” a discussion on interfaith communication and values-framing featuring Chris Stedman of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University. Marc’s comments focused on the linguistic framing of same-sex marriage rights.
December 3, 2011: Marc gave the opening presentation at SkeptiCamp NYC, “Teaching Critical Thinking in New York City Colleges.” Other presenters included Gregory Lopez, Tony Saunders, Scott Berjot-Stafiej, Hai-Ting Chinn and Matthew Schickele, Michael De Dora, Michael Rosch, Kevin Keith, and Mitch Lampert. As an added bonus, Theodore Edwards, President of the Secular Humanist Club, facilitated a discussion on involving communities of color in the skeptical movement.
December 1, 2011: Marc attended a special screening of For the Bible Tells Me So, an exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in America, at Schwendler Auditorium.
November 22, 2011: Marc spoke at “Diversity and Discrimination,” a panel discussion at the BCC Roscoe Brown Student Center.
November 15, 2011: Marc participated in a Dialogue on Humanist Community and Interfaith Work at the Park 51 Islamic Center, which was led by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University and cosponsored by the Bronx Community College Secular Humanist Club, Harvard Humanist Alumni, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Faith House Manhattan, World Faith, Groundswell, Auburn Seminary, and the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue. Marc spoke about the centrality of intercultural outreach and the importance of involving communities of color in interfaith conversation and service projects, and wrote a reflection on the issues raised by the event.
November 6, 2011: Marc attended “The Science and Philosophy of Free Will,” a panel discussion at NYIT Auditorium.
October 25, 2011: Marc introduced Jeffrey B. Perry‘s lecture on Hubert Harrison at the Roscoe Brown Student Center.
October 23, 2011: Marc attended Eugenie Scott‘s National Center for Science Education lecture, “Denialism of Climate Change and Evolution,” at New York University’s Vanderbilt Hall. Afterward, he took part in a discussion dinner hosted by Massimo Pigliucci.
September 25, 2011: Marc participated in Harlem Humanists’ Discussion with Anthony Pinn.
May 4, 2011: Marc was a speaker at “Religion, Non-Religion and Spirituality: A Discussion to Foster Campus Tolerance and Understanding.”