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Speakers About Philosophy and Morality

Dan Arel
  • Lives in San Diego, CA
  • Writes Op-Ed's for AlterNet, Salon and The Huffington Post
  • Author of an upcoming book on raising children in a Christian America
  • Has a column in American Atheist Magazine called Danthropology
  • Is the newsletter editor for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
  • Is the author of Parenting Without God: How to Raise Moral, Ethical and Intelligent Children Free From Religious Dogma
  • Also now the Ethics Expert for the Global Secular Council
  • Twitter: @danarel

Dan Barker
  • Located in Madison, WI
  • Former evangelical minister
  • Co-president of Freedom From Religion Foundation
  • Author of Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist
  • Author of Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists (with a foreword by Richard Dawkins)
  • Author of The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God
  • Dynamic Speaker and Debater (and singer!)
  • Frequent media appearances including the Phil Donahue show, Maury Povich, Hannity & Colmes, and Oprah Winfrey
  • Co-host of Freethought Radio
Carlos Bertha
  • Located in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Teaches Ethics, Logic, and Philosophy of Science at the US Air Force Academy
  • Faculty Advisor for the USAFA Cadet Freethinkers Club
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Military Association of Atheists and Freetinkers (MAAF)
  • Have spoken at various atheist conferences, to include AAIC, AHA, and The Amaz!ing Meeting

Peter Boghossian
  • Located in Portland, OR
  • Philosopher in the Portland State University Philosophy Department
  • Has helped countless people to lose their faith
  • Will teach you how to help others lose their faith
Richard Carrier
  • Located in Richmond, CA
  • Graduate of UC Berkeley and Columbia University
  • Holds a Ph.D. in ancient intellectual history
  • World renowned historian, philosopher, and author
  • Atheist evangelist and vocal critic of Christian apologetics
  • Author of several books including Sense and Goodness without God and Proving History: Bayes's Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus
  • "Specializes in the modern philosophy of naturalism and humanism and feminism, counter-apologetics, historical method, logic and critical thinking (including Bayes' Theorem), the development of ancient science and technology, and the origins of Christianity."

Dr. Carrier would love to talk on subjects relating to:

  • Ancient Roman science, technology, philosophy, and religion
  • The philosophy of naturalism and the importance of naturalism as a worldview
  • Christian apologetics
  • Arguments for and against the resurrection of Jesus or the existence of God
  • Historical method and what makes for a good historian
Dave Churvis
  • Located in Washington, DC
  • Atlanta native, recent transplant to the DC area
  • Program Manager at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
  • Founder and three-term President of Secular Panthers at Georgia State University
  • Queer Poly Sci-Fi/Comics Nerd
  • Formerly various kinds of religious (Christian, Jewish) and spiritual (gnostic, pagan)
  • Former "psychic"
Tom Clark
  • Located in Boston, MA
  • Founder, Center for Naturalism.
  • Developer of Naturalism.Org, a leading Web resource on worldview naturalism, its implications and applications.
  • Author, Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses and many publications and presentations on naturalism, free will, science, addiction, and criminal and social justice.
  • Host and moderator, Philosophy Caf√© at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA.
Heina Dadabhoy
  • Located in Southern California
  • Blogs at Heinous Dealings (http://freethoughtblogs.com/heinous/)
  • Former Muslim, current atheist
  • Author of A Skeptic's Guide to Islam (forthcoming title from Pitchstone Publishing)
  • Does well both alone and in panels
  • Twitter handle: @heinousdealings
  • Find out more info here.
Matt Dillahunty
  • Located in Austin, TX
  • President, Atheist Community of Austin
  • Host of The Atheist Experience Live!
  • Co-Host of The Non-Prophets
JT Eberhard
  • Located in Lawrence, KS
  • Blogger
  • Co-Founder of Skepticon
Fred Edwords
  • Located in Washington, D.C.
  • Guidance and expertise in SSA publications
  • Input into mutual cooperation between SSA and AHA
  • Contributions to SSA literature and content
  • Participation in the Speaker Series and Debate Circuit
Scott Forschler
  • Located in St. Cloud, MN
  • PhD in Philosophy (U of MN, 2004), emphasis in ethical theory
  • former member of Campus Atheists and Secular Humanists (U of MN), Minnesota Atheists
  • previously taught philosophy at several Minnesota community colleges and the University of Minnesota
  • author of several peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations on ethics
  • author of the upcoming book The Logic of Morality, to be published by Rowman & Littlefield
  • currently a philosophy instructor at St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Jennifer Hancock
  • Located in Tampa Bay, FL
  • Former executive director for the Humanists of Florida Association.
  • Author: The Humanist Approach to Happiness: Practical Wisdom Writer and producer of An Introduction to Humanism on DVD
  • Tampa Humanist and Freethought Examiner for Examiner.com
  • Writes a freelance column about Humanism for the Bradenton Herald newspaper.
  • Writes the Happiness through Humanism blog and podcast.
Chris Highland
  • Located in San Rafael, California
  • Non-theistic freethinker; "Nature Chaplain"†
  • Instructor in "natural spirituality" through Cherry Hill Seminary; adjunct instructor, Dominican University and Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
  • Nine published books including Life After Faith
  • Presbyterian Minister for 14 years (1987-2001; Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary; parish associate for 10 years; left ordination for reasons of conscience)
  • Interfaith Chaplain in county jails--10,000 inmates per year-- and with unhoused, homeless poor--in one of the nation's wealthiest counties-- for 20 years (directed county emergency shelter for 2 winters)
  • Taught courses in congregations on World Religions and Sacred Scriptures
  • Philosophy major, Seattle Pacific University--evangelical college
  • Former Evangelical (high school through college attended Baptist, Pentecostal,
    Protestant, Campus Crusade and House Church congregations; youth group leader; wide biblical and ecumenical knowledge)
Keith Lowell Jensen
  • Founder and resident atheist on The Coexist? Comedy Tour
  • Host of popular YouTube series Atheist Church
  • Has performed with Robin Williams, Doug Stanhope, Norm Macdonald, and a bunch of other big shots
  • Has four full length comedy albums out including the most recent, Elf Orgy on Stand Up! Records
Adam Lee
  • Located in New York, NY
  • Author of the blog Daylight Atheism
  • Cited in Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion
  • Won first prize in a science-writing contest judged by Steven Pinker
  • Was singled out in campaign attack ads in 2008 run by a Republican senator
  • Lifetime member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation
John Loftus
  • Located in Ft. Wayne, IN
  • Three master's degrees in the area of the Philosophy of Religion
  • Former Christian Minister & Apologist
  • Earned a masterís degree under the infamous Christian apologist William Lane Craig.
  • Author of Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity - named best atheist book of the decade by†Common Sense Atheism
  • Editor of†The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, which received the 2010 Atheist/Agnostic About.com Readerís Choice Award.
  • He has edited three other important books, The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, The End of Christianity and Christianity is Not Great. He also co-wrote a debate book (with Dr. Randal Rauser) titled, God or Godless published by Baker Books.
  • The only skeptic with a reasonable set of credentials that William Lane Craig refuses to debate!†Let's Recap Why William Lane Craig Refuses to Debate Me
David Madison
Steven Martin
  • Located in Ripon, WI
  • Professor of Communication at Ripon College, in Ripon, WI
  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Address from Penn State University
  • Teaches courses on the rhetoric of social movements, U.S public address, political campaign communication, public speaking, argumentation theory, and metaphor and social problems
  • Advises the Secular Student Alliance at Ripon College
David G. McAfee
  • Author of Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-Believer and Disproving Christianity and other Secular Writings
  • Contributor to American Atheist Magazine and Canadian Freethinker
  • Graduated with BA in Religious Studies and English
Matt McCormick
  • Located in Sacramento, CA
  • Professor, Dept of Philosophy, California State University
  • His teaching website can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/mccormickphilosophy/
  • He runs a blog, Atheism: Proving the Negative, at http://atheismblog.blogspot.com/
  • Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester
  • Has studied the philosophy of religion, epistemology, atheism, and critical thinking for over 20 years
  • About to release a book entitled Atheism and the Case Against Christ
  • Has lectured extensively to student groups, at atheism and philosophy conferences, public groups, and others.
Danielle Muscato
  • Located in Cranford, New Jersey
  • Public Relations Director, American Atheists
  • Former Secular Student Alliance Volunteer Network Coordinator and summer intern
  • Former student group leader (SASHA at University of Missouri)
  • Co-editor of the SSA Group Running Guide, 4th ed.
  • Blogger for Humanist Community at Harvard, muSASHA.org, and SkepticFreethought.com
  • Host of "Atheist Viewpoint", a nationally syndicated weekly TV show, also available on the Atheist TV channel free online at www.atheists.tv
  • Former professional Christian worship musician
  • Also available for debates!
  • Muscato is a trans woman formerly known as Dave
  • Twitter handle: @DanielleMuscato
Andrew Norman
  • Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Philosophy prof at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Author of the Humanist Network News's "Brainstormin" series
  • Contributor to Free Inquiry magazine
Aron Ra
  • Located in Dallas, TX
  • Producer of the 'Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism' video series
  • Regular co-host of the Magic Sandwich Show on BlogTV
  • Occasional co-host on the Atheist Experience TV show
  • Member of American Atheists and the Fellowship of Freethought
  • Over 80,000 subscribers on Youtube
  • Host of the podcast "Ra-Men"
  • Contributing member of the Global Secular Council
  • Founder of the Philogeny Explorer project
  • Producting educational classroom supplement videos according to Next Generation Science Standards
Valerie Tarico
Gleb Tsipursky
  • Located in Columbus, OH
  • I am Co-Founder and Ideator-in-Chief of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to promoting rational thinking, emotional intelligence, and social intelligence
  • I am a history professor, specializing in analyzing decision-making processes and outcomes in various historical contexts
  • I am the former president of the New York University secular student group
  • I am an activist of the secular humanist group in Columbus, OH (The Humanist Community of Central Ohio)
  • I am an activist of the atheist group in the Unitarian Universalist (UU) church in Columbus, OH (UU Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists)
  • Twitter: @Gleb_Tsipursky
Frank R. Zindler
  • Located in Columbus, OH
  • Editor of American Atheist Press
  • Linguist
  • Spent twenty years as a teacher and professor of biology, psychobiology, and geology
  • Outstanding debater and public speaker
Stephanie Zvan
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