NEW! CFI INSIDER SERIES so You can Stay up to Date

July 22, 2020

Center for Inquiry is proud to present CFI Insider, a new monthly web series highlighting the work and programs of CFI and featuring world-class researchers, authors, thinkers, and luminaries affiliated with the Center for Inquiry.

Join us from the comfort of your laptop (or any other screen), wherever you are in the world and stay up to date on the latest from CFI. Free registration is required for these online lectures. See below for details and registration, and check back for additional events.


Conversation with a “Very Funny Lady”

Featuring: Leighann Lord

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 7:00pm EDT

Join us as we get to know the always funny host of Center for Inquiry’s Point of Inquiry podcast and the upcoming web series Skeptical Inquirer Presents, Leighann Lord. Leighann will sit down with CFI’s outreach department to talk about her comedy, activism, and trajectory in the freethought movement.

Leighann Lord (Ph.D, honorary) is a veteran stand-up comedian and the author of several humor books including Dict Jokes and Real Women Do It Standing Up. She is the creator of the People with Parents podcast (where she talks about the role reversal between adult children and aging parents); and is a former co-host on StarTalkRadio,with Neil de Grasse Tyson.

Leighann has been seen on Comedy Central, HBO, and The View, and was recently seen on Netflix in the Def Comedy Jam25th Anniversary Special. She was a national finalist in the American Black Film Festival-HBO Comedy Wings Competition and received the 2019 Humanist Arts Award from the American Humanist Association.

Leighann is currently a co-host for Point of Inquiry, the podcast for the Center for Inquiry and is hosting CFI’s Skeptical Inquirer Presents virtual Lecture series. She is the creator of the new YouTube show, “Hanging In There with Leighann Lord”and has a daily social media post called #LightheartedHistory, which takes a humorous, tongue and cheek approach to random events in history.

She is also a proud member of House Ravenclaw (with a dash of Slytherin). Follower her on Twitter @LeighannLord and visit

Evolution is for Everyone

Featuring: Bertha Vazquez

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:00pm EDT

Join us as we get to know Bertha Vazquez, director of CFI’s TIES program, bringing accessible tools to enable educators across the country to provide a scientifically sound evolution curriculum to their students. We will talk about the work of the teacher-run TIES program, as well as how evolution education goes beyond the classroom.

A 30-year veteran teacher, Bertha Vazquez is the recipient of several national and local honors, including the 2014 Samsung’s $150,000 Solve For Tomorrow Contest and the 2009 National Environmental Education Foundation Award. She has been the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Science Teacher of the year three times in her career. Bertha has been the director of The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science since 2015. TIES is a project of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Thanks to her work with TIES, she was also the 2017 winner of the National Association of Biology Teachers Evolution Education Award.

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