Rock Valley College

Chris Stedman to Speak at RVC’s Annual Lecture

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018

Media Contact: Dave Costello, 815-921-4516

Event Date: Monday, April 16, 2018

Caskey Lecture 2018 - Chris StedmanHumanist and author Chris Stedman will speak on “Finding Our Common Humanity and Building Bridges Across Lines of Religious Difference” at Rock Valley College’s 7th Annual David H. Caskey Memorial Lecture on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Physical Education Center (PEC) on RVC’s main campus (3301 North Mulford Road).

The Lecture: Finding Our Common Humanity and Building Bridges Across Lines of Religious Difference - Is the chasm of understanding between atheists and people of different faiths growing wider? Can people of diverse religious affiliations identify shared values and build partnerships for the common good, or are our disagreements too vast?

Chris Stedman is the founding executive director of the Humanist Center of Minnesota. Formerly the founding executive director of the Yale Humanist Community and a fellow at Yale University, Chris also worked as a humanist chaplain at Harvard University and a content developer for the Interfaith Youth Core. He currently serves as a fellow at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship and at the Christensen Center for Vocation, both at Augsburg University.

Chris is the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. He is currently writing a book on vulnerability in the digital age and writing a monthly column on the same topic for INTO. He has appeared on CNN, msnbc, PBS, and Fox News, and has written for publications including The Guardian, CNN, msnbc, USA Today, Salon, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, VICE, and others. Details magazine named him one of “five next-gen gurus who are disrupting religion’s status quo” and Mic called him “the millennial who’s busting every stereotype about atheists.”

The event is free and open to the entire community. For more information please contact Brian Wagner at: or (815) 921-3367.

Sponsored by the David Caskey Family, RVC Foundation, the RVC Departments of Philosophy, Social Sciences and Humanities.