CFI Speakers Bureau


The Center for Inquiry (CFI) Speakers Bureau is a tool for campus groups, community groups, and conference organizers to find quality speakers on topics related to CFI’s mission of fostering a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.

If you would like to book a speaker, you may email them at the address provided on their profile. Unless indicated otherwise, CFI does not typically act as an intermediary between speakers and groups.

“CFI Speakers” are staff, board members, and volunteer representatives.

If you have questions about the CFI Speakers Bureau, please contact the CFI Outreach Department at outreach@centerforinquiry.net.

Viewpoints and information presented by speakers do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of, nor should they be attributed to, CFI or its affiliates, or any of their directors or officers.


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Heather Berlin

Cognitive Neuroscientist · New York, New York
Topics: Cognitive Science, Debates, Psychology
Subtopics: Art & science, Mental illness

Dr. Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist and Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She practices clinical neuropsychology at Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian Hospital in the Department of Neurological Surgery, and is a Visiting Scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She explores the neural basis …

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Baba Brinkman


Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rapper, science communicator, and award-winning hip-hop playwright based in New York, NY. Best known for his “Rap Guide” series of science-themed plays and albums, Baba has toured the world and enjoyed successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and off-Broadway. The series so far includes rap guides to Evolution, Human Nature, Business, Wilderness, Religion, …

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Austin Dacey


Austin Dacey is a philosopher and author of The Secular Conscience and The Future of Blasphemy as well as articles in numerous publications including the New York Times, USA Today, and Dissent. As a former NGO representative to the United Nations, he has worked on issues at the intersection of secularism, religion, and human rights. He is …

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Kevin Davis


Kevin Davis is a secular activist focused mainly on fighting back against the harms that aggressive indoctrination can cause, especially in public school settings. He’s the head writer and editor for SecularVoices, a Patheos blog, and is the co-founder and Executive Director of Young Skeptics, an elementary-level after school program for kids, focused on critical …

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Tom Flynn


Tom Flynn is Executive Director of The Council for Secular Humanism, Editor of Free Inquiry magazine, and Director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum. A journalist, novelist, entertainer, and freethought historian, Flynn is the author of numerous articles and editorials for Free Inquiry magazine. He edited a massive reference work, The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief, in …

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Thomas Gilovich


Thomas Gilovich is the Irene Blecker Rosenfeld Professor of Psychology at Cornell University and codirector of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision Research. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California and his PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. His research focuses on how people evaluate information in their everyday …

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Debbie Goddard


Debbie Goddard is the outreach director at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, NY. She is also the director of African Americans for Humanism. Before working for CFI, she participated in local freethought groups in the greater Philadelphia region and helped organize and support campus groups internationally as a student volunteer. She has also been involved …

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Jennifer Michael Hecht


Jennifer Michael Hecht is a philosopher, historian, and poet. Her Doubt: A History demonstrates a long, strong history of religious doubt. Hecht’s The End of the Soul won the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 2004 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award “for scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.” Her book The Happiness Myth (HarperCollins, 2007) …

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Penny Higgins

University of Rochester · Rochester, New York
Topics: Biology, Chemistry, Science (General)
Subtopics: Evolution, Science education

Dr. Pennilyn (Penny) Higgins is a Research Associate in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester.  She earned bachelor’s degrees in Geology and General Biology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, (southwestern) Colorado, in 1995.  She completed a Master’s degree in Chemistry in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Geology in …

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Maggie Jackson


Maggie Jackson is an award-winning journalist and author most recently of Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention (Second Edition, Prometheus, 2018). Compared to Silent Spring (Fast Company) for its prescient warning of a looming crisis of inattention, Distracted explores the steep costs to fragmenting our focus in a digital age and the groundbreaking discoveries …

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Roger Scott Jackson


Roger Scott Jackson is a lecturer and orator in the classic tradition (but with profanity). A former reporter and editor, he has worked at dozens of jobs, including stints teaching speech, debate, and English. A longtime amateur historian, he combines his passion and skill in a series of lectures on two historic orators of particular …

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Susan Jacoby


Susan Jacoby is an author, most recently of the New York Times best seller The Age of American Unreason, about American anti-intellectualism. She lives in New York City and is program director of the New York City branch of the Center for Inquiry. Jacoby, who began her career as a reporter for the Washington Post, has …

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Chris Johnson


Chris Johnson is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker. He received his undergraduate degree in film production (along with a minor in religious studies) from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. His photography has been seen in various outlets, including The New York Times. He is the author of the coffee table photography book, A Better Life: 100 …

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Will Kinney


Will Kinney is a professor in the Department of Physics at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, where he has been on faculty since 2003. Dr. Kinney received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, and PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has worked as a research associate at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the …

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Marvin Kohl


Marvin Kohl is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, State University of New York, College at Fredonia.  He is the author of The Morality of Killing, the editor of Beneficient Euthanasia and Infanticide and the Value of Life, and Contributing Editor to The Humanist and Free Inquiry. He is a spokesperson for “Promethean Altruistic Humanism,” a pdf …

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Leighann Lord


Want funny? Want smart? Leighann Lord blends grace, charm, humor and intellect to become one of the hottest public speakers working today. You’ve seen her as an actress in movies (Radioland Murders), as a stand-up comedian on TV (HBO, Comedy Central, AspireTV), as a radio and TV co-host (StarTalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson), and …

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Amanda Marcotte


Feminist author, blogger, and gadfly Amanda Marcotte has been described as “funny. Really funny,” with a “wit is as sharp as the survival knife.” (Sacramento News & Review) Her “writing zings, it crackles, it leaves a mark, and never sugarcoats.” (Markos Moulitsas Zuniga of Daily Kos) And she tends to frantic ire from anti-feminists such …

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Allan Mazur


Allan Mazur, a sociologist, and engineer. Allan is professor of public affairs in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He is author or coauthor of over 150 academic articles and eight books, most recently Implausible Beliefs in the Bible, Astrology, and UFOs.  Mazur …

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Monica Miller


Monica R. Miller is Assistant Professor of Religion and Africana Studies at Lehigh University and among other publications, author of Religion and Hip Hop (Routledge, 2012). Miller currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow with The Institute for Humanist Studies (Washington, DC), Co-Chair and founder of Critical Approaches to the Study of Hip Hop and …

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Joe Nickell


Joe Nickell, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky, 1987), is senior research fellow of the international Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), formerly the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), and an investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer science magazine. He has been profiled in The New Yorker magazine and on the Today show. A …

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Jeffrey B. Perry


Dr. Jeffrey B. Perry is a critical-thinking, working-class scholar formally educated at Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, and Columbia. His work focuses on Hubert Harrison, Theodore W. Allen, and the centrality of the struggle against white supremacy to progressive social change. St. Croix-Virgin Islands-born and Harlem-based Hubert Harrison (1883-1927) was a pioneering Black activist in the Freethought …

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Brahm Segal

University at Buffalo · Buffalo, New York
Topics: Biology, Science (General), Skepticism
Subtopics: Science education

Born in Montreal, Canada, Brahm H. Segal, MD completed his undergraduate  education at McGill University followed by medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a residency in Internal Medicine at Tufts New England Medical Center and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Segal is a physician-scientist engaged in patient care, education, and research. His research interests are in …

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Lawrence Torcello


Lawrence Torcello received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University at Buffalo. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology. He regularly teaches and publishes on issues related to critical thinking, social and political philosophy, moral theory, and bioethics broadly construed (i.e. ethical issues in biology, ecology, and medicine). His current research …

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