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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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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Joe E. Barnhart


Joe E. Barnhart, Ph.D., recently retired to write his novels, became Professor of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas in 1974. He became a contributing member of the American Academy of Religion, the Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Society for Biblical Literature, the Southern Society for Philosophy and …

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Russell Blackford


Russell Blackford is a philosopher, literary critic, and freelance writer (his professional fiction credits include The New John Connor Chronicles, a trilogy of novels written for the Terminator franchise). His formal qualifications include First Class Honours degrees in Arts and Law, and separate PhDs in philosophy and English literature. Dr Blackford is editor-in-chief of The Journal …

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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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Tom Clark


Tom Clark is founder and director of the Center for Naturalism and developer of Naturalism.org, a leading web resource on worldview naturalism, its implications and applications. He is also author of Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and its Uses and many articles on naturalism, science, free will, consciousness, addiction, and criminal and social justice. He even wrote …

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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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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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Catherine Dunphy


Catherine Dunphy is the Associate Humanist Chaplain at the University of Toronto, a founding member of the Clergy Project, and its former acting Executive Director. She was trained as a Roman Catholic Chaplain and is currently writing a book, Apostle to Apostate, about the founding of the Clergy Project and her experience of losing her …

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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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Scott Forschler

Independent Scholar · St. Cloud, Minnesota
Topics: Philosophy
Subtopics: Ethics & morality, Naturalism

Scott Forschler is an independent scholar with a PhD in philosophy from the University of Minnesota, and a specialization in the foundations of morality. He is the author of a book in progress called The Logic of Morality, and many articles on related topics, whose fundamental thesis is that moral facts derive from practical reasoning, …

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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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Jen Hancock


Jennifer Hancock is the former executive director for the Humanists of Florida, author of several books about Humanism and the founder of Humanist Learning Systems. Jennifer is unique in that was raised as a freethinker and is considered one of the top speakers and writers in the world of Humanism today. Her professional background is …

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Marty Klein


Dr. Marty Klein is a California psychotherapist, sex therapist, and international lecturer in sexuality and public policy. He has been an expert witness or invited plaintiff in many important state and federal obscenity and anti-censorship cases. His landmark book America’s War On Sex, with a foreword by the ACLU’s Nadine Strossen, was honored as Book of …

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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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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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Stephen Law


Stephen Law is Reader in Philosophy at Heythrop College and Head of the Center for Inquiry in the UK. He has published many introductory philosophy books, including books for children. His popular books include The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking and The Complete Philosophy Files (for children). Stephen is a well-known humanist and atheist. He wrote the …

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Ronald A. Lindsay


Ronald A. Lindsay, J.D., Ph.D. is by training and experience both a lawyer and a philosopher. An honors graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, he practiced for twenty-six years with the national law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP prior to joining the Center for Inquiry, where he served as president & CEO …

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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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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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Chris Stedman


Chris Stedman is the Interfaith and Community Service Fellow for the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University and the Managing Director of State of Formation, a new initiative at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue. Chris received an MA in Religion from Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago, for which he was awarded the …

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Nikki Stern


Nikki Stern writes political, social and cultural commentary with what NPR host Kurt Andersen describes as “even-keeled grace, tolerance and common sense.” She is the author of three books and a contributor to three anthologies that deal with aspects of peaceful resistance Her first book, Because I Say So: Moral Authority’s Dangerous Appeal, reviewed her …

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Troy Stoops


Troy Stoops was born into a radically fundamentalist family, the foundations of which were explicitly theological. His father was a homosexual, his mother mentally ill. Their preacher approved their union as a way of suppressing these satanic influences. Glossolallia, the handling of poisonous snakes as a test of faith, liberal doses of hellfire, and a …

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Edward Tabash


Edward Tabash is a Constitutional Lawyer in Los Angeles and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Inquiry. He has filed amicus briefs arguing for the preservation of the separation of church and state with the United States Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court. Mr. Tabash graduated Magna Cum Laude with …

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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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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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Gretta Vosper

Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity · Toronto, Ontario
Topics: Atheism & Secularism, Philosophy, Religion
Subtopics: Ethics & morality, Meaning of life

Named one of 2009’s Most Compelling Women in Canada by More Magazine, Gretta Vosper has been in the spotlight since founding the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity in 2004.  Her national bestselling book, With or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important that What We Believe, quickly became a national bestseller and attracted media …

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Kayley Whalen


Kayley Whalen is an activist who works at the intersections of humanism, racial justice, transgender and queer issues, immigration, disability advocacy and drug policy reform. She is the Digital Strategies and Social Media Manager at the National LGBTQ Task Force and the Digital Strategy Co-Director at Trans United Fund. She is multi-racial Latina/white. She skated with the DC …

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Phil Zuckerman


Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and the founder of the secular studies program at Pitzer College, in Claremont, California. He is the author of several books on secularity, including The Nonreligious (Oxford, 2016), Living the Secular Life (Penguin, 2015), Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion (Oxford, 2011), and Society Without God (NYU, 2008). He has also edited several books, …

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