Episode 235 – “Where Are You, Robert Ingersoll, Now That We Need You Again?”

This week on CenterStage, a speech by best-selling author and historian Susan Jacoby.

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.

Susan Jacoby poses the provocative question, “Where Are You, Robert Ingersoll, Now That We Need You Again?”

Susan Jacoby is the author of The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought. She has been a contributor to a wide variety of national publications. Her work Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism was named a notable book of 2004 by the Washington Post and the New York Times. Her work The Age of Unreason became a New York Times best seller.