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Philosophy, God, and Morality

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Speakers About Philosophy and Morality

Dan Arel
  • Lives in San Diego, CA
  • Award-winning journalist who blogs at Danthropology on Patheos.com and contributes to Time, AlterNet and the Huffington Post.
  • Has a Patheos Blog called Danthropology
  • Is the bestselling author of Parenting Without God: How to Raise Moral, Ethical and Intelligent Children Free From Religious Dogma
  • Bestselling author of The Secular Activist, and Parenting Without God
  • 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
  • Author of GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction
  • 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
Dave Churvis
  • Located in Buffalo, NY
  • Atlanta native
  • Systems Administrator at the Center for Inquiry
  • Queer Poly Sci-Fi/Comics Nerd
  • Former Program Manager at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
  • Founder and three-term President of Secular Panthers at Georgia State University
  • Formerly various kinds of religious (Christian, Jewish) and spiritual (gnostic, pagan)
  • Former "psychic"
  • Former Project Leader for Openly Secular
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://the-orbit.net/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
  • Twitter: @Matt_Dillahunty
JT Eberhard
  • Located in Lawrence, KS
  • Blogger
  • Co-Founder of Skepticon
Matthew Facciani
  • Located in Columbia, SC
  • Sociology PhD student
  • Studies why people reject science"
  • Also studies the sociology of religion and gender
  • Writes for Patheos at According To Matthew
  • Twitter: @matthewfacciani
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
Lucien Greaves
Chris Highland
  • Located in Asheville, NC
  • Non-theistic freethinker
  • Humanist Chaplain 
  • Instructor at the College of Marin; non-profit housing Manager
  • 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 serving 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
  • Former Evangelical (high school through college attended Baptist, Pentecostal,
    Protestant, Campus Crusade and House Church congregations; youth group leader;
    wide biblical and ecumenical knowledge)\
  • Teaches classes on naturalistic freethinking through colleges
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
Danielle Muscato
  • Located in Columbia, Missouri
  • Civil Rights Activist, Writer, Debater, and Trans Woman
  • Former 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
  • Former 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 transwoman who uses she/her pronouns
  • Twitter handle: @DanielleMuscato
Julien Musolino
  • Based in Philadelphia, PA
  • Born and raised in France
  • Professor of psychology and cognitive science
  • Author of The Soul Fallacy
  • Expert Blogger for Psychology Today
  • Has appeared on national television, radio and podcast programs in the US and abroad
  • Faculty advisor for Rutgers Humanist Community
  • Twitter @JulienMusolino
Andy 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
  • President of American Atheists
  • Author of Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism
  • Host of the Ra-Men podcast
  • Author of Reason Advocates on Patheos
  • Over 140,000 subscribers on YouTube
  • Founder of the Philogeny Explorer Project
  • Producer of the Living Science series of classroom supplement biology videos
  • Former Texas State Director of American Atheists
Andre Salais
  • Located in Tempe, AZ
  • Owner of Unbelievers Media LLC
  • Host of Unbelievers Radio
  • Executive Producer of the "Humanist Experience" Podcast
  • Blogger at The Skeptic Examiner
  • Former President of Arizona State University and Mesa Community College SSA groups
  • Manager of Operations for Spectrum Experience, a progressive and Humanist public relations firm
Shelley Segal
  • Singer Song Writer - plays vocals and guitar
  • Released an album called 'An Atheist Album'
  • Speaks about de-conversion from Judaism to becoming an atheist activist
  • Sings about important topics such as atheism, equality, women rights, critical thinking
Hugh Taft-Morales
  • Lives in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • Ethical Culture Leader in Philadelphia and Baltimore
  • Broad knowledge of history, philosophy, and humanism
  • Delivering dynamic talks for 30 years
  • Young in spirit
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
  • Located in Minneapolis, MN
  • Producer of American Humanist Association's podcast: The Humanist Hour
  • Host of MNA's Atheist Talk radio and television shows
  • Writes at Almost Diamonds on The Orbit network
  • Named 2013 Blog of the Year by Secular Woman members
  • B.A. in Psychology, with an long-standing interest and study in research methodology
  • Experienced moderator of both panel and large-group discussions
  • Founder of the Secular Women Work conference
  • Twitter: @szvan
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