Hundreds Attend Opening of New CFI Office at Rockefeller Center
by DJ Grothe
The following article is from the Secular
Humanist Bulletin, Volume 19, Number 1.
In an overwhelming show of encouragement and enthusiasm, hundreds of
supporters and interested members of the public flooded the new offices of the
Center for Inquiry-Metro NY during eight hours of reception on Friday, March 14
and Saturday, March 15.
On hand to welcome the public were CFI Chairman Paul Kurtz, Free Inquiry
Editor Tom Flynn, Skeptical Inquirer Managing Editor Ben Radford,
national Field Director and Campus Freethought Alliance (CFA) Coordinator DJ
Grothe, CFA Student President Debbie Goddard, CFI-Metro NY Chair Austin Dacey,
and Executive Director of Community Outreach Barry Seidman.
The guests included large numbers of media professionals, health
professionals, lawyers, graduate students, and academics, as well as leaders
from most of the New York-area skeptic and humanist groups. They took in the
spectacular views of Manhattan from the 28th floor, checked out books from the
new lending library, and learned about getting involved with the Center as
Friends or as members of the Volunteer Working Groups now forming.
Meanwhile, a very favorable Associated Press story on CFI's New York
operations was circulated on the national wire on Saturday and picked up by the Los
Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer,
the Guardian in the United Kingdom, and dozens of other media outlets.
DJ Grothe is the Council for Secular Humanism's field director, and Campus
Freethought Alliance coordinator.
A statue of Prometheus graces the plaza at Rockefeller Center in New York
City, site of the new home of the Center for Inquiry-Metro NY.