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This episode Derek tracked down Sikivu Hutchinson, a passionate skeptic and rights activist. Sikivu is the senior intergroup specialist for the Los Angles County Human Relations Commission, and the author of several books centering around race, gender, politics, and atheism in minority society within the United States. Her most recent book, 'Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels', attempts to shed light on the issues centering around minorities which often become overlooked by many in atheist communities and skeptic circles.
Show Notes

– Date – August 19th, 2014
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Skepticism, Past and Future [1:25]
Modern newspaper astrology columns began August 24, 1930 when the London Sunday Express
asked a famous astrologer to write a horoscope for Princess Margaret.
Skeptrack at DragonCon has been running since 2007.
SkepchickCon at Convergence started in 2009.
– NCAS has done skeptic programming at Balticon since 2011.
– Nine Worlds London Geekfest also has skeptical programming.
Skeptics on the Fringe and ThinkCon are two examples of skeptic outreach events in non-scifi events.
The Atlanta Star Party is on August 28, use the code KRELNIK2014 to buy your ticket for $5 off.
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Wikipedia [8:55]
Susan Gerbic
– The Skeptic Wikipedia Project.

Skeptical Humanities [17:20]
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Spirits.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Cottingley Fairies.
Doyle, History of Spiritualism, vol. I.
Doyle, History of Spiritualism, vol. II.
– Ruth Brandon, The Spiritualists: The Passion for the Occult in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. New York: Knopf, 1983.
Skeptical Humanities.

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Interview: Sikivu Hutchinson [29:20]
Sikivu Hutchinson.
– Senior Inter group Specialist for the LA County Human Relations Committee.
– Taught at the California Institute for the Arts and Western Washington University.
– First Book was ‘Imagining Transit‘ about the great migration of Africans across the USA.
– Her book ‘Moral Combat‘ is about appraising the history of black humanists, skeptics and atheists in a caucasian dominated movement.
– Sikavu’s newest book, ‘Godless Americana‘, is a collection of essays about ‘cultural relevant Humanism’.
– She has taken Obama to task in some of her writings about how his administration has been handling minority, race, and economic issues in the country.
– One of the bigger issues which has still not been addressed is the massive racial disparity in the prison system, especially when it comes to drug related laws and sentencing.
– She, in the past, has published some fictional stories, and is currently working on a historical fiction story about the Jonestown massacre from a black feminist perspective.
– Also the editor of the website/blog, which is a collection of writings from a black feminist perspective.
– Sikavu is also a fellow for the ‘Institute of Humanist Studies‘.
– Make sure to check out the big event that her group and the Center for Inquiry are putting on in Los Angles, October 11-12, 2014.

Outro Music [47:25]
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