The Secular Conscience

Featuring: Susan Jacoby



Susan Jacoby is an award-winning author and journalist, particularly noted for her writings on the history of American freethought. Jacoby began her career as a reporter at The Washington Post and has continued to have her articles and essays appear in numerous publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect, Harper’s, Mother Jones, The Nation, Glamour, Vogue, and AARP Magazine.

She is the author of several critically acclaimed books including the New York Times best seller, The Age of American Unreason (2008), which was named Outstanding International Book of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement (London) and The Guardian. Jacoby is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for general non-fiction, the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and the Richard Dawkins Award.

In a deeply personal presentation, Jacoby explores how we should approach opposition to secular ideas of morality, and the personal comfort she has found through her atheism and secular views, even in times of great loss and sadness. This was presented at the Reason for Change conference in Buffalo, New York on June 14, 2015.