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Appeared in Secular Humanist Bulletin, vol 21 issue 4

New Center for Inquiry Research Building Completed

Paul Kurtz

The following article is from the Secular Humanist Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 4 (Winter 2005/2006).

We are pleased to announce that the new addition to the Center for Inquiry/Transnational headquarters has been completed. The 15,600-square-foot building includes new offices, an executive meeting room, and three seminar rooms that can be expanded into a large conference hall. The three buildings of the Center for Inquiry now total some 35,000 square feet on seven and one-half acres. There are an additional three residences for research faculty, students, and foreign visitors. The research park is adjacent to the University at Buffalo Amherst Campus.

The new building also contains additional space for the Center for Inquiry Libraries and archives. Among recent additions to the libraries are the books and papers of philosophers Paul Edwards and Richard Taylor, noted skeptic Martin Gardner’s collection on skepticism and the paranormal, and extensive correspondence, commentary, and news clippings bequeathed by Steve Allen. The Libraries already contain over 65,000 books and monographs, many not heretofore shelved for lack of space.

The new wing houses the offices of Transnational programs, including African Americans for Humanism and the Institute for the Secularization of Islamic Society. It contains offices for research fellows of the Center for Inquiry Institute, Campus and Community Programs, grants and special projects, and the studio of CFI’s new radio show and podcast, Point of Inquiry. The new wing will also contain a café and gymnasium for the staff.

The building was designed by the architectural firm of Hamilton, Houston and Lownie. Its style is “post-postmodern.” One side of the Y-shaped building is constructed of marble stone; the other of an aluminum and steel facade. Neo classical silver columns grace the corridors. A red-brick courtyard opens off the café, and three sculpture alcoves will house the statues chosen in CFI’s international sculpture competition. (According to the Affirmations of Humanism, “We are engaged by the arts no less than by the sciences.”)

The Center for Inquiry/Transnational and its affiliated organizations, the Council for Secular Humanism, the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, and the Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health, are committed to science, reason, and free inquiry in every area of human endeavor. Though our various programs and the publication of some seventeen magazines and newsletters, we support naturalism, secularism, and humanist ethics. There are now some eighteen Centers for Inquiry at various stages of development around the world and sixteen CFI Communities in North America.

The new research wing was built as part of the ongoing $26.25 million Fund for the Future expansion plan that was announced three years ago. The building will be officially dedicated in April of 2006.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Center for Inquiry and your commitment to developing a new future of reason, science, and freedom of inquiry!

Paul Kurtz is Chair of the Center for Inquiry/Transnational.

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