• Meet Some of Our Officers!


    Vice President, Mark W. Gura

    Mark W. Gura  is the Vice President of the Atheist Alliance of America and co-presenter of the Richard Dawkins Award, which was recently given to Dr. Lawrence Krauss at “Reason Rally 2016” in Washington, DC. Mark is also the media spokesperson for the United Coalition of Reason in Atlanta, the host of the “Blind Faith Vaccine” TV show, and the author of the book, Atheist Meditation Atheist Spirituality. Throughout his life, Gura has lived in and explored nearly 80 countries. He has more than 20 years’ experience in practicing mindfulness meditation/Vipassana. He is also the Executive Director of the nonprofit Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism

     


    Secretary, Dustin Kemper

    Dustin is obsessed with the ocean and spends most of his free time on the beach. Dustin joined AAA a few years ago and has been a big asset and support to our group and Board. Dustin currently lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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  • Dr. Lawrence Krauss: Winner of the 2016 Richard Dawkins Award

    Atheist Alliance of America and the Richard Dawkins Foundation of Science and Reason are pleased to announce Dr. Lawrence Krauss as the 2016 recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award.

    Lawrence Krauss

    Dr. Krauss was born in New York City, N.Y. but grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He received his undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics with full class honors at Calelton University in Ottawa, Canada. He was awarded his PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    “Dr. Krauss is not only a great theoretical physicist but he is also a passionate advocate of atheism and reason known throughout the world. Because of his remarkable ability to make a very complicated subject not so daunting, he engages many audiences easily and makes them want to learn more about the subject of physics and the laws surrounding the formation of our universe,” says Melissa Pugh, President of Atheist Alliance of America. She also says Krauss “is a light of reason in a world darkened by the excess of religion.”

    The Richard Dawkins Award will be given this year by Mark W. Gura and Melissa Pugh to honor an outstanding atheist whose contributions raise public awareness of the nontheist life stance; who, through writings, media, the arts, film, and/or the stage, advocates increased scientific knowledge; who, through work or by example, teaches acceptance of the nontheist philosophy; and whose public postures mirrors the uncompromising nontheist life stance of Dr. Richard Dawkins. Previous recipients are James Randi, Ann Druyan, Penn and Teller, Julia Sweeney,  Daniel Dennett, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Bill Maher, Susan Jacoby, Christopher Hitchens, Eugenie Scott, Steven Pinker, Rebecca Goldstein and Jerry Coyne.

    More details on the Reason Rally are available at http://reasonrally.org .

    Click on the names below to read more about past Richard Dawkins Award Recipients:
    2003: James Randi
    2003: James Randi
    2004: Ann Druyan
    2005: Penn & Teller
    2006: Julia Sweeney
    2007: Daniel Dennett
    2008: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    2009: Bill Maher[3]
    2010: Susan Jacoby[4]
    2011: Christopher Hitchens[5]
    2012: Eugenie Scott[6]
    2013: Steven Pinker[7]
    2014: Rebecca Goldstein[8]
    2015: Jerry Coyne
    2016: Lawrence Krauss

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    Melissa Pugh and Mark W. Gura Present the Richard Dawkins Award to Dr. Lawrence Krauss. Reason Rally 2016.

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  • Presentation of the Richard Dawkins Award to Steven Pinker

    AAACon2013

    June 17, 2013 by
    Posted by Atheist Alliance International: http://www.atheismuk.com/index.php?s=atheist+alliance+of+america

    Now I know this is a UK site, but I highly recommend this event over in the USA. I started going to atheist conventions is the USA back in 2009 (and I was present a the the magnificent Lawrence Krauss “Universe From Nothing” talk). I have made many good friendships with our fellow heathens “across the pond” who I remain in contact with to this day (and hope to see at this convention). It also reminds me of how important the work we are doing is. The problems that do occur in the US and other countries across the word solidify how marginalised and persecuted (yes I will use that word) some people are simply for not believing in the Sky Fairy.

    It can also be the centrepiece of a great holiday!

    So the Atheist Alliance of America present the “Shout Heard Around The World!” Convention in Boston over the US Labor Day weekend (30th August – 1st September 2013).

    Highlights include:

    Host Seth Andrews, (Host of the “Thinking Atheist Podacst”), the presentation of the Richard Dawkins Award to Steven Pinker, and keynote speaker Paula S. Aspell (senior executive producer of NOVA who commissioned the brillaint documentary on the Dover Trial) as keynote speaker.

    I’m already booked up, hope to see you there!

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