Episode 14: Like Organizing Bus Stops – Secular Student Alliance at 20 with August Brunsman
In this episode Douglas chats with August Brunsman, one of the founders and first paid executive director of the Secular Student Alliance which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. We talk about the heady days at the beginning of the group, the problems that come along with a college project like SSA, and his continuing work with Camp Quest. An educational adventure shaped by fun, friends and freethought.
00:42 Founding the Secular Student Alliance
06:18 Like Organizing a Bus Stop
09:09 We Love Young People Now Sit Down and Shut Up
18:31 Camp Quest
I was a member of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio in Columbus all those years ago when August dropped by a meeting one day and introduced himself and his group the Students for Freethought at Ohio State. HCCO, like many local humanist groups tend to skew older and so anytime younger people wanted to come to a meeting we were all very excited. Several members jumped at the chance to assist the students any way we could and that kept up for a number of years even after August and his friends graduated.
August also served on the HCCO Board for several years and when SSA had office space they allowed HCCO to share some of it so we then had an office to store our crap. One year, our Winter Solstice Banquet speaker failed to show up and August did his standard SSA PowerPoint presentation and saved the evening for us.
Although this interview was the first time we had spoken in some time I still consider him a friend and would help him out should he ever need it.
Written, produced, and edited by Douglas Berger and he is entirely responsible for the content.
This episode by Glass City Humanist is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.