I can’t afford financially or logistically to take five days off to travel and attend a conference these days. But if I could, I might consider trotting on over to The New Humanism: A Conference Honoring 30 Years of Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard”. It’s happening April 20-22, 2007 at Harvard University. The subtitle, “Honoring 30 Years of Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard,” is just so very Harvard in its self-referential congratulatory tone. The substance of the conference has that elitist touch as well (check out the program here). There’s a bit of a rock-star mentality to the whole shebang, heavy on celebrities such as Steven Pinker, Salman Rushdie, Dar Williams, E.O. Wilson, Amartya Sen and Ned Lamont. But there is also an exposition of secular and/or humanist organizations and an activist training session (with a fee of $80???) with the Secular Student Alliance — which is holding a parallel conference.