Episode 237 – “What Robert Green Ingersoll Has to Offer Secular Young People Today”

This week on CenterStage, a talk by Center for Inquiry field organizer Cody Hashman.

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.

This week, Cody Hashman asks what nineteenth-century freethought orator Robert Ingersoll has to offer secular young people today.

Cody Hashman is a Field Organizer for the Center for Inquiry, where he works with campus and community groups.