University of Wisconsin–Madison
Lindsey Doe talking at FTF6

Lindsey Doe, Freethought Festival 6

A picture of AHA officers Emily and Melissa
A picture of Karen Garst's talk

Karen Garst, Freethought Festival 6

Freethought Festival 9


Friday TBD

Time Speaker Talk Title
5:00 PM Introduction to AHA
5:30 PM
6:30 PM
7:30 PM
8:30 PM

Saturday TBD

Time Speaker Talk Title
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
4:00 PM
5-6:30 PM Dinner
6:30 PM
7:30 PM
8:30 PM


Freethought Festival will be held at:



Freethought Festival is a free, student-run freethinking convention held annually in Madison, Wisconsin. It is organized and hosted by Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Authors, bloggers, activists, and scientists from around the country give talks relating to atheism, freethinking, skepticism, science, and secularism. The event is funded by AHA through an annual operations budget received from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Harassment policy

Freethought Festival is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Assuming the absence of problematic behavior (intimidation, following, inappropriate physical contact, etc.), criticism or disagreement regarding an attendee’s belief structure will not be construed as harassment. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers are subject to the anti-harassment policy as well.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

Disability accommodations

The 80 is a free bus that provides transportation around campus; it’s fully equipped to accommodate people in wheelchairs, and it drops off across the street from Gordon. The 80 route can be found at this url:

If you have any questions about taking the 80 or getting around town in general, any AHA Leadership Team Members (wearing lanyards with their names) are UW Madison students and will either be able to answer your question or find someone who can.

The conference location is located on the second floor of the Gordon Dining and Events Center in the Symphony Room and is accessible by elevator.

The chairs in the conference room are not connected to the ground and can be moved to allow seating for a person in a wheelchair; we don’t have a specified seating section for disabled guests, so you can pick your own seat.

If you require other accommodations at Freethought Festival, you can let an AHA Leadership Team Member know at the registration table, or talk to any AHA Leadership Team Member throughout the conference and they’ll be happy to help. If you need assistance or need to request an accommodation while off-site you can call 920-266-7902 or you can email to reach AHA’s Co-President.