Conference Schedule

The 2019 National Convention begins on Friday, April 19 with additional social events available on Thursday, April 18 for attendees who arrive early.

All plenary speakers and sessions will be held in the Pavillion Ballroom of the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel unless otherwise noted.


Thursday, April 18

 

Registration Opens
3PM

The convention check-in desk will open at 3PM on the Fourth Floor of the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, just outside the main ballroom. Please bring your Eventbrite confirmation email you received when registering for the quickest check-in experience.

You Can’t Explain That! Pub Quiz
7pm - 8pm

Join us for our fourth annual You Can’t Explain That! pub quiz and show your fellow atheists just how smart you actually are! Featuring a cash bar, snacks, and a fantastic time, this is a great way to meet your fellow conference attendees. This is a separately ticketed event ($10).

Cards Against Humanity & Game Night
8PM - 10Pm

Get an EXCLUSIVE set of American Atheists-themed Cards Against Humanity and have some fun with your fellow convention-goers. Proceeds from the Cards Against Humanity game night will be donated to a local charity.


 

Friday, April 19

 

Registration Opens
8am

The convention check-in desk will open at 8AM on the Fourth Floor of the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, just outside the main ballroom. Having your Eventbrite confirmation email with you will give you the quickest check-in experience.

Opening Conversation and Welcome
9:30 am

Welcome to the American Atheists National Convention! Featuring a welcome from local elected officials and American Atheists leaders.

Friday Morning Speakers
10am — 11am

Individual speaker times will be announced in the next few days. Stay tuned!

Good Friday Equality Rally
11am — 1pm

We’re heading to Cincinnati’s famous Fountain Square for a rally in support of religious freedom, equality, and local activism! Join us to stand up for our rights and show that on Good Friday, doing good is what matters.

Friday Keynote - Jim Obergefell
2pm — 3pm

The plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality case, Jim Obergefell draws from his unique experience to move and empower audiences to stand by their beliefs—and prove that love always wins.  

 A self-described accidental activist, Jim found himself in the role of caregiver for his partner of more than 20 years, John, as he neared the end of his life due to ALS. An unexpected series of events led to their decision to marry, eventually taking Jim to the Supreme Court and the landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that resulted in victory for marriage equality.

 Now a self-described purposeful activist, Jim is here today to share with us his emotional and empowering journey as he continues on his fight for equality for all.

Friday Afternoon Speakers
3Pm — 6pm

Individual speaker times will be announced in the next few days. Stay tuned!

Student Mixer
6pm — 7pM

VIP Reception
6pm — 7pM

Join us for drinks, appetizers, and conversation with our speakers, the staff of American Atheists, and some of your favorite members of the atheist community! The VIP Reception is a separately ticketed event ($300), and a portion of your ticket price is tax deductible.

The Secular Student Alliance is hosting a student mixer for students attending the convention! Join them for networking, drinks, and snacks before heading to the Awards Dinner!

Awards Dinner
7pm — 9pm

The awards dinner recognizes excellence from members of our community and celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding activists, organizers, advocates, and leaders. Thanks to the generosity of constitutional advocate and attorney Eddie Tabash, the Awards Dinner is free for the first 500 attendees!

God Awful Movies
9pm — 11pm

Eli Bosnick, Heath Enwright, and Noah Lugeons team up for a special attempt to prove that if god existed, his PR couldn't possibly be this bad. This is a separately ticketed event ($25).


 

Saturday, April 20

 

Registration Opens
8am

The convention check-in desk will open at 8AM on the Fourth Floor of the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, just outside the main ballroom. Please bring your Eventbrite confirmation email with you for the quickest check-in experience.

Saturday Morning Speakers
9am — noon

Individual speaker times will be announced in the next few days. Stay tuned!

lunch break
12pm — 1:30pm

Venture out to downtown Cincinnati or take advantage of the dining options conveniently located in the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel!

Afternoon Workshops and Breakout Sessions
1:30pm — 6pm

With multiple tracks of options for hands-on training, living as an atheist in America, and practical skills ranging from community building, organizing, and grassroots advocacy, this is a great way to take your activism to the next level!

SATURDAY night on the town!

Here’s your chance to put on your convention t-shirt to show our impact to local businesses as you explore Cincinnati’s nightlife. There are dining options in the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, a diverse selection of restaurants downtown, and fabulous nightlife in the nearby neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine. Go paint the town red!


 

Sunday, April 21

 

Morning Speakers
9am — noon

Individual speaker times will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Community service Project
12pm — 3pm

For the second year in a row, we’re inviting attendees at our national convention to show that two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.