This week on CenterStage’s return to the airwaves, the talk that opened a recent conference honoring nineteenth-century freethought orator Robert Ingersoll.
On August 16th and 17th, 2014, the Center for Inquiry presented a conference entitled “Robert Green Ingersoll and the Reform Imperative” at its headquarters in Amherst, New York. This event celebrated Ingersoll, perhaps the best-known unbeliever of America’s Gilded Age. Ingersoll was born in 1833 in Dresden, a village in New York’s Finger Lakes district. The conference placed Ingersoll in context with other freethinking reformers with roots in west-central New York State, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, and Matilda Joslyn Gage.
Tom Flynn, CenterStage co-host, editor of Free Inquiry magazine, and director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum, opens the conference with an illustrated lecture titled “Ingersoll and the Reform Imperative: The Historical Milieu, The Modern Response.” He is introduced by Center for Inquiry CEO Ronald A. Lindsay.