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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Ronnelle Adams


Ronnelle Adams is an author/poet and secular activist from the Washington, D.C. area. His first children’s book, Aching and Praying, was published in 2011 and he has spoken at the Reason Rally, the American Atheist Convention, and for secular college groups. He has also contributed to an upcoming narratives book, Atheists In America, by Columbia University professor …

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Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar


Faisal is an Iraqi-born award-winning human rights activist, satirist, speaker and writer. He is an advocate for Universal Human Rights, secularism and the free market of ideas, and is enthusiastic about the intersection of technology and advocacy. He is also the founder of multiple online platforms that together have more than 400,000 subscribers and millions of …

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Julian Baggini


Julian Baggini is the author, co-author or editor of over 20 books including How The World Thinks, A Short History of Truth, The Edge of Reason, The Virtues of the Table, The Ego Trick, and Freedom Regained. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy …

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Jeremy Beahan


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 …

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Ben Blanchard


Ben is an organizer and activist best known for his service work through the Pathfinders Project, a yearlong international service trip sponsored by Foundation Beyond Belief. The Pathfinders supported clean water, education, human rights, and environmental conservation work around in eight countries the globe, as well as providing the framework for the Humanist Service Corps. …

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Bob Blaskiewicz


Bob Blaskiewicz is Assistant Professor of Critical Thinking and First-Year Studies at Stockton University, where he teaches courses on critical thinking, science and pseudoscience, science and business writing, and the literature of WWII combat veterans. He’s the Conspiracy Guy blogger at the CSI website, a former TAM presenter, a podcaster at Skepticality, an occasional contributor …

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Mark Blumberg


Mark Blumberg is a behavioral neuroscientist and the F. Wendell Miller Professor at the University of Iowa. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University in 1983, majoring in Physics and Philosophy. That year, he began graduate school at the University of Chicago, where he received his doctorate in Biopsychology in 1988. After leaving Chicago, …

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Glenn Branch


Glenn Branch is deputy director of the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit organization that defends the integrity of science education against ideological interference. He was the co-editor, with Eugenie C. Scott, of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools, and author or coauthor of numerous articles on climate education and …

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Christopher Cameron


Christopher Cameron is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the author of To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement (Kent State University Press, …

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Doug Cowan


Doug Cowan is a professor of Religious Studies at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo, and specializes in religion and film, television, and popular culture. Lately, he has become particularly interested in the spiritual relationship we have with things, with the objects around us and with which we fill our lives. He has …

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James Croft


James Croft is the Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist Community at Harvard, where he works on the Humanist Community Project, helping build communities for nonreligious people. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is currently studying for his Doctorate in the philosophy of education at the Harvard Graduate …

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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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Christopher DiCarlo


Dr. Christopher DiCarlo is a philosopher, educator, and author. He often teaches in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Toronto (in Scarborough). He is also a lifetime member of Humanist Canada and an Expert Advisor for the Centre for Inquiry Canada. He has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences …

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Dan Everett


Dan Everett is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Prior to Bentley he served Professor of Linguistics, Anthropology, and Biological Sciences and Chairman of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, where he was the first and only faculty member to hold the …

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Andrew Fraknoi

University of San Francisco, Fromm Program · San Francisco, California
Topics: Education, Science (General)
Subtopics: Pseudoscience, Science denial, Science education

Andrew Fraknoi is an astronomer and educator, known for his skill in interpreting scientific discoveries and ideas in everyday language. Fraknoi retired in 2017 as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College and now teaches introductory astronomy at the Fromm Program of the University of San Francisco and through the OLLI Program at San Francisco State University. …

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Luke Galen


Luke Galen is currently a professor of psychology at Grand Valley State University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Wayne State University. His main area of research and teaching focuses on the psychology of religion. He is currently researching the psychology of secularity and nonreligious individuals especially in regards to moral behavior. He …

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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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Sheldon Helms


Sheldon W. Helms is a professor of experimental psychology at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA, where he runs The Ohlone Psychology Speaker Series, hosting top-name skeptics, scientists, and authors who contribute to the teaching of critical thinking. A longtime skeptic, Sheldon has spoken for dozens of secular and skeptical groups across the country about a variety …

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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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Bruce Hood


Bruce Hood is Director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre in the University of Bristol in England where he has held a chair in developmental psychology since 1999. He took his first degree in psychology at Dundee University in 1984 and a Ph.D. on the development of visual attention in the human infant at Cambridge …

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George Hrab


Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and heliocentrist George Hrab has written and produced six independent CDs; published one book; recorded hundreds of episodes of an award winning podcast; and even performed for President Clinton- all in a personal quest to improve his audience’s cognitive skills by reaching them through their funny bones and dance shoes. …

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Gary Hurd


Gary S. Hurd received a doctorate in Social Science from the University of California, Irvine in 1976 (emphasis in Anthropology). He subsequently served on the faculties of the California College of Medicine (UCIMC), the Medical College of Georgia (Psychiatry), and held numerous adjunct appointments. In 1985, he returned to archaeology, the original focus of his …

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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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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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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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David Koepsell


Dr. Koepsell earned his Law degree and Doctorate in Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition to practicing law for eight years, he is Adjunct Associate Professor at SUNY at Buffalo Graduate School of Education, specializing in Ethics and Scientific Integrity. He is also the Education Director for CFI. Dr. …

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Caleb Lack


Caleb W. Lack, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, professor, and scientific skeptic operating out of Oklahoma. Dr. Lack is the author or editor of six books, most recently Critical Thinking, Science, & Pseudoscience: Why You Can’t Trust Your Brain (co-authored with University of Cape Town philosopher Jacques Rousseau). He has also authored or co-authored more than 45 scientific publications relating …

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Scott Lilienfeld


Scott O. Lilienfeld is  Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta. He received his A.B. from Cornell University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Minnesota in 1990.  He is founder and past editor of the Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, most recent past President …

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William London


William M. London, Ed.D., M.P.H. is a professor in the Department of Public Health at California State University, Los Angeles. He’s the editor of the newsletter Consumer Health Digest, co-author of the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth (2013) editions of the college textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions, and co-host of the Credential Watch website. London is also a consultant to …

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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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Marissa Alexa McCool


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 …

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James McGaha


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 …

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Dale McGowan


Dale McGowan double-majored in music and evolutionary anthropology at UC Berkeley and taught interdisciplinary courses centered on writing and critical thinking at the college level, as well as music theory and music history. As a writer, Dale has variously focused on science, parenting, and the interface between religious belief and unbelief. His books include Sharing Reality: How …

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Andy Norman


Andy Norman teaches philosophy and directs the Humanism Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University. He’s a dynamic presenter who likes to challenge audiences to think hard about reason and faith, science and spirituality, and the natural foundations of ethics. Andy authored the popular “Brainstormin’” column for the Humanist Network News, and works at understanding how ideologies corrupt …

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Shawn Otto

Author, Filmmaker · Marine on St Croix, Minnesota
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 …

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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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Aron Ra


Aron Ra is the author of Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism, the host of the Ra-Men podcast, director of the Phylogeny Explorer Project, and a regional director for American Atheists. Aron is one of the “YouTube atheists” and an advocate for rationalism in science classrooms. His videos promoting secular science education have been mirrored, featured, referenced, and recommended by …

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Desiree Schell


Desiree Schell is the host of Science for the People, a syndicated live radio show and podcast that broadcasts across North America. The program explores the connections between popular culture, history and science, and promotes critical thinking beyond the ranks of current skeptics. Desiree interviews researchers, authors and experts to help listeners understand the evidence and …

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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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Keith E. Stanovich


Keith E. Stanovich is Professor of Human Development and Applied Psychology at the University of Toronto.  He is the author of over 200 scientific articles. Stanovich is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and of the American Psychological Society.  From 1986-2000 Stanovich was the Associate Editor of Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, a leading journal of human …

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Kylie Sturgess


Kylie Sturgess is the President of the Atheist Foundation of Australia and an award-winning Philosophy teacher with over ten years experience in education. She has lectured on teaching critical thinking, feminism, new media and anomalistic beliefs worldwide, and regularly writes editorial for numerous publications. In 2011, she was the winner of the Best Individual Activist …

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John Suarez


Dr. John M. Suarez is a retired Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, and the founder and director of the Section on Law and Psychiatry.  He is a lifelong social activist, concerned with Civil Rights, Social and Economic Justice, the Environment, Public Education and the First Amendment.  He is on the Board of Trustees of Americans …

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Robert Talisse


Robert Talisse is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Political Science, and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from City University of New York Graduate School. Professor Talisse has published widely on political philosophy, ethics, and American pragmatism.  His current research focuses on …

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Jill Tarter


Jill Tarter is the Emeritus Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for that institution. Tarter received her Bachelor of Engineering Physics Degree with Distinction from Cornell University and her Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University …

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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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J.D. Trout


J.D. Trout earned his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and History in 1982 at Bucknell University, and his doctorate in Philosophy in 1988 at Cornell University, where he was a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in history and philosophy of science. While there, he also did graduate work in Psychology. He then spent a year as …

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Gleb Tsipursky


Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is passionate about promoting truth-oriented behavior, rational thinking, and wise decision-making. He serves as the President of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit devoted to popularizing these topics. Its main current focus is the Pro-Truth Pledge, a project that aims to reverse the tide of lies and promote truth in public discourse through combining …

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James Underdown


James Underdown has been the Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles since 1999. He has written for both Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines. He is also the founder and chairman of the Independent Investigations Group in Hollywood, CA, one of the U.S.’s premiere paranormal investigation teams. The IIG, with the Committee for …

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Bertha Vazquez

TIES, Center for Inquiry · Miami, Florida
Topics: Biology, Education
Subtopics: Evolution, Science education

Bertha Vazquez is the Director of the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES), a project of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science. Since its inception in April of 2015, TIES has presented over 94 professional development opportunities for middle school science teachers across the country, providing these middle school teachers with free resources …

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Judith B. Walker


Judith Walker is a graduate of Wellesley College with a degree in sociology and anthropology. She earned her JD from the University of Colorado School of Law and served as an Assistant Colorado Attorney General in the Higher Education Unit representing Colorado state institutions of higher education. She joined the University of Colorado Foundation in …

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Benjamin Wolozin


Benjamin Wolozin received his B.A. in Chemistry from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. and M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, with a focus in neuroscience.  Dr. Wolozin is currently a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine. 0 SharesShareTweet

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Charles Wynn


Dr. Wynn has lectured about science and science education in Puerto Rico, Canada, Malaysia, China, Australia, England, and Russia. His critically acclaimed science trilogy, The Five Biggest Ideas in Science (John Wiley & Sons), Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction: Where Real Science Ends and Pseudoscience Begins (Joseph Henry Press), and The Five Biggest Unsolved Problems in Science (John Wiley & …

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