St. Patrick’s Eve, March 16th

Dubh Linn Brew Pub, 5:30 pm


Wednesday, March 16th, freethinkers will descend upon the Dubh Linn Brew Pub at 109 West Superior Street with a song in their hearts. They’ll partake of Irish treasures like Shepherd’s Pie, Jameson Gold Reserve, Bangers & Mash, and Red Breast 15. The fun starts at 5:30 pm, with parking available along Superior Street. Celebrate the beginning of the St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, which runs until March 20th. Éire go Brách!

May you live as long as you want

And never want as long as you live.


Ethics without gods


Sunday, March 6th @ Scholastica

Have you every wondered how atheists and agnostics get their ethics, if they don’t believe in a father god with all the answers? Me, neither. But other people do wonder about that, a lot. And we sometimes want to explain ourselves to friends and family or colleagues and neighbors. So this Sunday we’ll hear a panel of freethinkers describe the sources of their ethics, whether they see them as universal or just their own personal truths. A question and answer session will follow (well, questions, at least … we’re not big on answers).

We meet at Somers Lounge, which is the first building you encounter after entering the campus of the College of St. Scholastica from the College Street entrance. The doors open at 9:30 am and the meeting begins at 10:00 am. We will be social distancing (four to a table) and, because we believe in science, will be vaccinated. After the presentation, those who are interested can gather in the cafeteria one floor below for a breakfast buffet and stimulating conversation.


Sun 6 Feb, Live@Scholastica


Jonathan Rauch writes, “It is not good to offend people, but it is necessary. A no offense society is a no knowledge society”. In this presentation Dr. Shane Courtland will examine one aspect of the problem of offensive speech, namely whether it is appropriate to silence views that attempt to undermine the dignity of marginalized groups.

Dr. Courtland will argue that we should not silence the expression of these offensive views. Often when educators try to shield students from offensive views, they compromise the attainment of knowledge. To know something requires that one be familiar with, and perhaps even seriously entertain, falsehoods. The censuring of even racist viewpoints would also have the unintended consequence of undermining the ability of marginalized groups to reply to bigoted arguments.

The INSTITUTE for HUMANE STUDIES at George Mason University

Dr. Shane D. Courtland received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Tulane University and is currently employed as the Managing Director of Academic Relations at the Institute for Humane Studies. Previously, Dr. Courtland served as the Managing Director of the Center for Free Enterprise at West Virginia University.

Dr. Courtland’s publications have appeared in American Catholic Philosophical QuarterlyPacific Philosophical QuarterlyJournal of Environmental Philosophy, Journal of Applied PhilosophyJournal of Mind and BehaviorSouthwest Philosophy ReviewHobbes StudiesReason Papers, Utilitas, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Routledge’s The Value and Limits of Academic Speech: Philosophical, Political, and Legal Perspectives, Routledge’s American Philosophy: an Encyclopedia, Routledge’s Political Ethics, Wiley-Blackwell’s The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy Book, and Wiley-Blackwell’s House of Cards and Philosophy. He also published an edited volume, Hobbesian Applied Ethics and Public Policy (Routledge 2017).

This Sunday, February 6, 2022, we will meet in person at Somers Lounge within the campus of the College of St. Scholastica. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the festivities begin at 10:00. For extra safety, we’ll be social distancing (four to a table) and remaining masked. Luckily, there’s plenty of room at the venue to spread out. After announcements, a five-minute reflection, Shane’s presentation and Q&A, we’ll go downstairs for brunch and discussion in the student cafeteria. We’ll save you a seat!

If for any reason you will not be attending this presentation in person, try clicking on the Zoom icon below to begin a live stream of the event.

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First Social Dinner of 2022

Mariner Mall 69 N 28th St E Superior, WI 54880

A new year calls for a new experience. So this month we will gather to enjoy authentic Mexican food at the Guadalajara Restaurant in Superior’s Mariner Mall. On Wednesday, January 19th, we’ll take advantage of the free parking and break bread with others who share our honest approach to life. Earn your own “No-bull Prize” by coming out to tell it like it is with your like-minded friends and neighbors. We’ll be there at 5:30 pm and we’ll save you a seat.