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Topics: Debates, Philosophy, Religion
Subtopics: Critical thinking, Leaving religion, Naturalism, Religious criticism
Fundamentalist raised and educated, Jeremy graduated from Grace Bible College and Cornerstone University with a dual degree in social studies and religious education. While training for ministry Jeremy underwent a dramatic de-conversion as a culmination to many years of questioning. Today Jeremy works to promote critical thinking and skeptical inquiry in his local community. When …Learn more about Jeremy Beahan >
Topics: Activism & Organizing, Debates, Politics, Social Issues & Movements
Subtopics: Atheist/secular movement, Campus group organizing, Community group organizing, Separation of church and state
August Berkshire is the president of Minnesota Atheists (MNA) and is a past vice president of Atheist Alliance International (AAI). He serves on the boards of directors of Camp Quest of Minnesota (CQMN) and Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), and is on the speaker’s bureau for the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) and the Center for …Learn more about August Berkshire >
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 …Learn more about Heather Berlin >
Topics: Activism & Organizing, Debates, Humanism
Subtopics: Leaving religion
Over three decades of Christian ministry, Bart Campolo became increasingly committed to building loving relationships, working for a better world and cultivating a sense of gratitude for the wonders of life. Now, as a community builder, counselor, podcaster, and humanist chaplain at the University of Cincinnati, Bart aims to inspire and assist people around the world who are …Learn more about Bart Campolo >
Topics: Debates, Politics
Subtopics: Free expression issues, Separation of church and state
Nick Little is the Vice President and General Counsel of the Center for Inquiry. In this role, he oversees both the Center’s in-house legal work, and its outside litigation. Nick graduated from the University of Oxford with an honors degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and the University of Warwick with a Master’s degree in …Learn more about Nick Little >
Topics: Arts & Entertainment, Debates, History, Media, Philosophy, Politics, Social Issues & Movements, Sociology & Anthropology
Subtopics: Art & science, Atheist/secular movement, Comedy, Critical thinking, Ethics & morality, Filmmaking, Free expression issues, Journalism, LGBTQ issues, Music, Poetry, Sex & sexuality, Social media, Women & gender
Marissa Alexa McCool, 32, is a podcaster, author, performer, speaker, and an LGBT rights/atheist activist. She’s a trans woman, married, partnered, and a parent. Born in Akron, Ohio and currently residing in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her family, she graduated the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 with degrees in English, Cinema and Media Studies, and …Learn more about Marissa Alexa McCool >
Topics: Astronomy & Earth Science, Biology, Debates, Education, Philosophy, Skepticism
Subtopics: Astrophysics, Critical thinking, Evolution, Pseudoscience, Science education
James McGaha is a retired USAF pilot, an instructor/examiner in parachuting who has completed over 5000 sport parachute jumps, an astronomer, and director of the Grasslands Observatory. He held a TOP SECRET compartmented security clearance and was involved in numerous classified operations including operations in the so-called “Area 51.” His current work includes astrometry and photometry …Learn more about James McGaha >
Topics: Debates, Education
Subtopics: Science education
Shawn Otto is an award-winning science advocate, writer, teacher, and speaker. He is the cofounder and producer of the first US Presidential Science Debates, for which he received the IEEE-USA’s National Distinguished Public Service Award. He was a featured speaker at the inaugural March for Science and a behind the scenes organizer, and he speaks around …Learn more about Shawn Otto >
Keith Parsons is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston at Clear Lake and the former editor of the philosophy journal Philo. He has debated William Lane Craig on the topics “Is Christianity True?” and “Does God Exist?” Dr. Parsons is the author of God and the Burden of Proof (1989), Drawing Out Leviathan: Dinosaurs …Learn more about Keith Parsons >
Subtopics: Free expression issues, Philosophy of science, Pseudoscience, Science denial, Separation of church and state
Christine Shellska is a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Communication, Media and Film, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Calgary, Canada. Her research involves studying the rhetorical strategies employed by the Intelligent Design Creationism movement. She is the first Canadian to be elected to the Board of Directors of the American Humanist …Learn more about Christine M. Shellska >
Topics: Arts & Entertainment, Atheism & Secularism, Debates, Humanism, Religion, Social Issues & Movements
Subtopics: Coming out atheist, Leaving religion, Separation of church and state
David Smalley grew up Christian, but started to question his beliefs as a teenager. His questioning and seeking after the truth led to his atheism and now he is the host of the podcast and radio show Dogma Debate and the founder of Secular Media Group, LLC. David is a secular humanist activist and works toward the goals …Learn more about David Smalley >