Susan Jacoby


Author · New York, New York

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 been a contributor to a wide variety of national publications, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the American Prospect, Mother Jones, the Nation, Glamour, and the AARP Bulletin and AARP Magazine. She is currently a panelist for “On Faith,” a Washington Post-Newsweek blog on religion. Her book Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism was named a notable book of 2004 by the Washington Post and the New York Times. The Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian also named it an ‘Outstanding International Book of the Year.’ Wild Justice: The Evolution of Revenge was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Her talk topics include:

  • America’s history of secularism
  • The religious right’s hidden impact on American education
  • Anti-rationalism in the American media
  • Atheism and feminism
  • Political divisions within the secular movement
  • Why Ayn Randian atheism hurts secularism in America
  • An atheist look at death
  • The conscience of an atheist
  • Robert Ingersoll, the Great Agnostic

Susan Jacoby is only available for lectures in the New York City area.

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Topics: Education, Humanism, Media, Religion, Social Issues & Movements
Subtopics: Critical thinking, Journalism, Leaving religion, Separation of church and state, Women & gender

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