This week on CenterStage, a sweeping presentation that captures the intellectual and religious climate of the Victorian age.
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, Lauren Becker speaks on “The Trouble with Robert Ingersoll: Guilt by Association in a Revolutionary World.”
Lauren Becker was Director of Marketing at the Center for Inquiry, Associate Director of the Council for Secular Humanism, and the former co-host of CenterStage.