Secular Conversations

The Public is Welcome

Humanists of North Central Florida programs are offered monthly in collaboration with Master the Possibilities Lifelong Learning Center in Ocala, Florida.  Join the conversation on the third Saturday each month.

Freethinkers, including atheists, agnostics and others, participate in respectful dialogue, sharing ideas on a variety of subjects. Videos, essays, participants and guest speakers may be used to enhance topics. 


Ryan Cragun Speaking at Master the Possibilities at On Top of the World on September 15, 2018

Please look at coming events below and register.  


All talks are at 2:00 pm on Third Saturdays

At Master the Possibilities On Top of the World

Live Oak Hall

8413 SW 80th Street

Ocala, Florida 34481

Free Admittance for Residents of On Top of the World and Stone Creek

All others pay $5 registration fee at the door

Register online or at the door, or call (352) 861-9751.


Jan 18, 2020, 2 pm

Astronomy Saves the World: Securing our Future Through Exploration and Education

Daniel Batcheldor, Ph.D.  

Dr. Batcheldor’s book and this presentation details the avoidable and unavoidable threats to our existence.  He provides the case for astronomy as part of everyone’s education. Our future is hopeless without a well-informed and cohesive global society. Astronomy is the great educational motivator regardless of demographics, and it is rich with history, science, art, engineering, music, and mathematics. It is the lesson for all humankind. 

Bio: Daniel Batcheldor, Head of Aerospace, Physics & Space Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology.  He holds a BSc (Honors) degree in Astronomy and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Hertfordshire. His research started with super-massive black holes and using the Hubble Space Telescope to examine how they may have played a role in the evolution of galaxies. He has had research flown on board the International Space Station.

February 15, 2020, 2 pm

The Emmett Till Memory Project

Davis Houck, Ph.D.

Since 2005, the state of Mississippi has embraced civil rights tourism as it relates to the kidnap and murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Chicago boy visiting relatives in the Delta region of the state.  The challenge for Mississippi is how to remember the infamous lynching, and who and what gets included in that narrative.  My presentation will show some of the highlights of the Till trail, how the National Park Service and many other stakeholders are negotiating the conflicting historical accounts of the case, and the challenges ahead.

Dr. Houck is the Fannie Lou Hamer Professor of Rhetorical Studies at Florida State University, where he has taught in the School of Communication for the past 21 years. He has written several books on the civil rights movement in Mississippi, including Emmett Till and the Mississippi Press (with Matthew A. Grindy). He is presently at work on revising the Emmett Till Memory Project, a digital public humanities project that originated with Google back in 2014.  Most recently he has been involved telling Fannie Lou Hamer’s story, a black Mississippi sharecropper, who helped lead the movement in the Delta.  He has completed a K-12 school curriculum as well as a feature-length documentary, both of which will go live in August.

March 21, 2020, 2 pm

“Unskeptical: Finding the Real Story in a World of Half-Truths.” 

Seth Andrews

Seth is a video producer and former Christian broadcaster, who now hosts a popular online podcast “The Thinking Atheist”. Seth has authored three books. “Deconverted: a Journey from Religion to Reason” chronicles his journey out of superstition, “Sacred Cows: A Lighthearted Look at Belief and Tradition Around the World” is a wild romp through many of the world’s strangest cultures and customs, and “Ghost Stories” is a fictional audiobook romp inspired by his annual Halloween radio show. With a mix of humor and heart Seth has spoken for audiences large and small in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia about his former faith, the promotion of science and skepticism, the importance of Humanism in this often crazy world, and why we should all pursue a personal relationship with reality.

April 18, 2020, 2 pm

The Florida Center for the Blind

Anissa Pieriboni, CEO

Florida Center for the Blind, Inc. (FCB) is a local non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization located right here in Marion county that has been providing vision rehabilitation since 1988. FCB provides accredited training and education for individuals who are blind or visually impaired at no cost to them. Our service area includes eight north central Florida counties: Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion and Union. During the course of each year, we work with over 200 individuals – babies, children, teens, adults and seniors.  Our vision is every person with visual impairments and their caregivers would receive the hope and support needed to live life to the fullest.

 Come and learn about the services offered by the FCB, as well as their vision for the future. Anissa will share their plans for expansion in Ocala.  

 The presenter, Anissa Pieriboni, is the President and CEO of the Florida Center for the Blind. Anissa has been the CEO for the last five years and has overseen the relocation, accreditation and expansion of services now offered.  With years of experience running businesses, the transition from being a professional civil engineer to her present position as CEO was seamless.  Her background in construction management and engineering lends the experience necessary to oversee the proposed 9.5 million dollar expansion that is currently being planned.  

May 16, 2020, 2 pm

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Marion County

April Savarese, CEO

April will tell the story about the Boys & Girls Club of Marion County (BGCMC) a not-for-profit organization which has been serving the children and youth in our community since 1967.  The BGCMC is focused on enabling all young people, especially those who need us most to become productive, caring and responsible citizens. Come learn about this valuable organization, the programs offered , the client’s served and what it takes to sustain the organization.

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Past Secular Conversations

Ibram Kendi-MasterPoss

Ibram X Kendi, PhD discussing his 2016 National Book Award winning book, “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.”


Hassan Shibly MasterPoss

Attorney Hassan Shibly, director of the Council on American & Islamic Relations


Rev Leroy Chandler

The Rev. Leroy Chandler honors Juneteenth, in his presentation, “Slave Ships Emerge in American Cities.”


Manal Fakhoury Speaking About Her Experience as a Muslim and Palestinian in the US and Ocala