First Sunday — March 3rd

James Bowen Noble is a member of the planning committee of the Lake Superior Freethinkers.  He is also a Lawrentian, having graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.  By 1975 he had added master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Rochester.  That program is known to be the most rigorous in the nation, focusing on formal theory and quantitative analysis of empirical data.

While teaching political science at Ohio State, Jim enrolled in their Moritz College of Law and earned the degree of Juris Doctor. He was licensed by the U.S. District Court in Ohio in 1986 and then the following year in Wisconsin.  He set up shop in La Crosse at the 421 Main Street building that is still used by many lawyers and community groups.  He incorporated in 1989 as James B Noble, SC and practiced law for decades.  Over time he came to specialize in Elder Law (looking at wills, trusts, and probate) with an eye toward preventing us from losing all of our life savings to nursing homes.  He also set up a practice in Brule, WI where he is now retired.

As always, we’ll have coffee and conversation at 9:00 am followed by an optional breakfast buffet until the program begins at 10:00 am.  Announcements will be followed by a Five Minute Reflection from one of our members and then the featured presentation.  We are usually finished by about 11:30 am.

  • Duluth Radisson Harborview
  • 505 West Superior Street
  • Duluth MN 55802
  • (218) 727-8981

First Sunday — February 3rd

Robert Ingersoll: The Great Agnostic

The program will outline the life and ideas of the forgotten champion of the “Golden Age of Freethought” during the latter part of the 19th century.  It will cover his beginnings as a preacher’s kid, through his self-education, legal practice, and eventual rise as a world famous orator, critic of the church, the Bible, and all things superstitious.  He lectured against slavery, and later for absolute freedom of thought, the scientific approach, women’s rights, and other humanitarian ideals.  His many admirers and friends included Mark Twain and Walt Whitman.

Jane Whitledge is a poet and songwriter, whose poems have appeared in Widener Review, Wilderness magazine, Minnesota Monthly, Yankee, and elsewhere.  Her work has also been anthologized in 33 Minnesota Poets and a collection of Minnesota Women poets, To Sing Along the Way.  Besides working part-time at the Duluth Public Library, she is working on a book-length manuscript.

As always, we’ll have coffee and conversation at 9:00 am followed by an optional breakfast buffet until the program begins at 10:00 am.  Announcements will be followed by a Five Minute Reflection from one of our members and then the featured presentation.  We are usually finished by about 11:30 am.

  • Duluth Radisson Harborview
  • 505 West Superior Street
  • Duluth MN 55802
  • (218) 727-8981