Category Archives: News

March 2019

Ethan Kocak: Fartist of Science Twitter or, How to fall backwards into an illustration career by tweeting about science until someone gives you a job

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:00 PM

Manlius Library, One Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, NY

Portrait of Ethan Kocak

About the talk
The artist recounts his path from relatively unknown animator and web cartoonist to slightly more well-known illustrator of scientist portraits, science books, and a New York Times best-selling book about flatulence that started out as a Twitter joke.

About the presenter
Ethan Kocak is an artist and illustrator best known for the online comic series “Black Mudpuppy” and various science-related art projects including the New York Times best seller, Does It Fart? and TV presenter and biologist Ben Garrod’s dinosaur series, “So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?” He lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, son, and collection of rare salamanders.

November 2018 Debbie Goddard on Effective Activism

Debbie Goddard

“The Science of Change: Evidence-Based Methods for Effective Activism”

Debbie Goddard

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:00 PM

Manlius Library, One Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, NY

About the talk
The goal of activism is to change things, but how do we know what works? In a challenging political climate ripe for protests and petitions, it’s important to consider the effectiveness of our actions. Drawing from the experience of seasoned activists and organizers, Center for Inquiry outreach director Debbie Goddard will outline evidence-based methods for building campaigns and developing functional goals, objectives, strategies, tactics, and messaging so that our activism actually works.

About the presenter
Debbie Goddard is the director of campus and community programs and the director of African Americans for Humanism at the Center for Inquiry (CFI), where she has worked for 12 years. She facilitates workshops and gives presentations on group organizing, campaign-building and activism, diversity and outreach, student activism, the secular movement, and other topics for local groups and national conferences across North America. She has also been the lead organizer for conferences including Women in Secularism 4 and the annual CFI Leadership Conference. In 2012, she led a notable billboard campaign featuring black atheists, and in 2009, she helped coordinate an international campaign highlighting blasphemy laws and free expression.Before working for CFI, Debbie participated in freethought groups in the greater Philadelphia region and helped organize and support campus groups internationally as a student volunteer. She has also been involved with LGBTQ issues and progressive activism.

September 2016

Bryce Hand at Bald Mt. Tower in 2006

A Geologist Looks at the Great Flood . . . or, Noah? No-ah Way!

Bryce Hand, Ph.D.

Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 PM at the Dewitt Community Library

Long-time CNY Skeptics member Bryce Hand will give us a look at Noah’s Flood from a geologist’s perspective. Bryce is professor emeritus at Syracuse University.

November 2014 Meeting

Ethan Kocak with lizard on head

Cartoon Science and Skepticism with Ethan Kocak

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7:00 PM
Dewitt Community Library
Shoppingtown Mall
Dewitt, NY

About the presentation
Comics and cartoons are usually considered within the domain of entertainment, but at their core is the goal of communication. This discussion is about how that conversation can be about science, skepticism, and critical thinking and what form of comics and cartooning best suits communicating these topics. Since the Internet and comics are now so intertwined, we’ll also have to consider how that changes the discussion, for better or worse, and there will be some live demonstration of what digital comics creation looks like.

About the speaker
Ethan Kocak is an animator and illustrator who lives in Syracuse, NY. He is primarily known for drawing the webcomic “The Black Mudpuppy,” but has also been involved in the animation project “The Darwin Finches,” the all-science “Tetrapod Zoology Comic,” which is written by paleontologist Darren Naish, and “Al the Anoma Llama” with Doubtful News’s Sharon Hill. When not drawing, he’s writing, tweeting, or being a dad.

September 2014 Meeting

Photo of Debbie Goddard standing in front of Center for Inquiry banner

Debbie Goddard, Center for Inquiry

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7:00 PM
Manlius Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave,
Manlius, NY 13104

It’s September and time for our first meeting of the 2014-2015 program year.

We are pleased to welcome Debbie Goddard from the Center for Inquiry as our September 17th speaker.

Goddard is the outreach director at the Center for Inquiry Transnational in Amherst, NY. She is also the director of African Americans for Humanism, a program of the Council for Secular Humanism.

Before working for CFI, she participated in local freethought groups in the greater Philadelphia region and helped organize and support campus groups internationally as a student volunteer. She has also been involved with progressive issues and LGBT activism.