Thursday, August 25th, 2011 - Think Inc
Two former students from exclusive Catholic boys school, Xavier College, have invited some of the world’s leading Atheist speakers to Melbourne for next months’ Think Inc. conference.

The list of internationally-recognised speakers at the conference include famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, journalist Christopher Hitchens, “Infidel” author and critic of Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Skeptic Society founder Michael Shermer.

Conference director James Gallichio, 24 (Xavier College class of 2005), said that “Our education drove us to question the world around us, to question authority, to try and shake things up. That’s the Xavier way.”

The conference’s core Atheist line-up has shocked many in the conservative school, seeing it as backlash against Xavier’s religious education.

More information about the event can be found at

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