The schedule of speakers is subject to change, but you are welcome to download the Tentative 2014 Speaker Schedule.  (Last updated July 14, 2014.)

Jamila Bey

Jamila Bey

Journalist & Radio Host

Bey is an African-American journalist and public speaker. She is the Communications Director for the Secular Student Alliance and writes for the Washington Post's blog.

Ed Brayton

Ed Brayton

Dispatches from the Culture Wars

Brayton is a popular blogger who has been on the Rachel Maddow show twice. In 2009, he received the Friend of Darwin award from the National Center for Science Education. He is almost certain that he is the only person who has ever made fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown

We Are Atheism

Brown is a co-founder of We Are Atheism, a platform that allows atheists around the world to tell their story and engage in philanthropic efforts.

 Jerry Coyne

Jerry Coyne

Why Evolution Is True

Coyne is a Professor of Biology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Speciation and the bestselling book Why Evolution Is True. He maintains a website by the same name.

Jerry DeWitt

Jerry DeWitt

Hope After Faith

DeWitt is a former pastor of two evangelical churches who publicly deconverted to atheism in 2011. He is the former Executive Director of Recovering From Religion, currently sits on the Boards of Directors of The Clergy Project and The Foundation Beyond Belief and is the author of “Hope After Faith.“

Fred Edwords

Fred Edwords

United Coalition of Reason

Edwords is National Director of the United Coalition of Reason, serves on the Broader Social Impacts Committee for the Smithsonian's Hall of Human Origins in Washington DC, is on the Humanist Institute's adjunct faculty, and is an advisory board member for the Secular Student Alliance.

Dan Fincke

Dan Fincke

Camels With Hammers

Fincke has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He teaches philosophy classes independently online and is well known for his Camels With Hammers blog.

Vyckie Garrison

Vyckie Garrison

No Longer Quivering

Vyckie Garrison started No Longer Quivering to tell the story of her “escape” from the Quiverfull movement. Over time, NLQ has developed into a valuable resource of information regarding the deceptions and dangers of the Quiverfull philosophy and lifestyle.

Annie Laurie Gaylor

Annie Laurie Gaylor

Freedom From Religion Foundation

Gaylor is co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and, with her husband Dan Barker, is the current co-president. She is a self-described feminist and liberal. She is the author of several books, including Woe to the Women: The Bible Tells Me So and Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children.

Luis Granados

Luis Granados

Author & Attorney

Granados is a Washington, DC attorney and the Director of Humanist Press. He is the author of Damned Good Company: twenty stories of men and women throughout history who stood up against the God experts of their time and place. His articles have appeared in Free Inquiry, The Humanist, and more.

Sarah Haider

Sarah Haider

Ex-Muslims of North America

Haider is a co-founder of Ex-Muslims of North America, a community building organization for ex-Muslims across the non-theist spectrum, for which she currently works as Director of Outreach and Development.

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Allison Reed

Rich Hess &
Allison Reed

Couple of Atheists

Hess and Reed are the co-authors of the “Couple of Atheists” blog. Both Pittsburgh natives they are active in the local atheist community. Their main focus is on raising a family in a secular humanist environment while living in a religiously dominated society.

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

A Better Life

Johnson is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker. His photography has been seen in The New York Times. He created the book 'A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy and Meaning in a World Without God.'

Dave Lampe

Dave Lampe

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Lampe is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He has been teaching evolutionary biology to undergraduates and graduate students for 15 years. He founded and still organizes Duquesne’s annual Darwin Day, now in it’s 12th year. When he’s not in the lab he’s randonneuring.

 Lauri Lebo

Lauri Lebo

The Devil in Dover

Lauri Lebo is a writer and author of The Devil in Dover: An Insider’s Story of Dogma v. Darwin, an account of Kitzmiller v Dover, the 2005 constitutional test case of intelligent design. She is a contributor to The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media and is an activist for public education and civil liberties.

John Loftus

John Loftus

Debunking Christianity

Loftus earned M.A., M.Div., and Th.M. degrees in Philosophy, Theology, and the Philosophy of Religion. He is the author of Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity, and The Outsider Test for Faith: How to Know Which Religion is True. He writes daily on his blog Debunking Christianity.

James Morrow

James Morrow

Author

Morrow is an award-winning fiction writer who routinely filters faith and theology through his satiric sensibility. His novels include “Only Begotten Daughter,” “Towing Jehovah,” and “The Last Witchfinder.” “Galápagos Regained,” which dramatizes the coming of the Darwinian worldview, will appear early in 2015 from St. Martin's Press.

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar

Global Secular Humanist Movement

Al Mutar is the founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement, Secular Post and he is also the PR director for Global Secular Organizing and Strategy. A writer, public speaker, and a social activist, an advocate for freedom of thought, science, reason and the free market of ideas and economy.

Mark & Shanon Nebo

Mark & Shanon Nebo

Be Secular

Mark and Shanon Nebo co-founded Be Secular, a socially conscious company that strives to strengthen the secular community and purpose by connecting progressive atheist and theist people, groups, and non-profits as well as helping these entities with fundraising and visibility.

Andy Norman

Andy Norman

Professor & Author

Norman teaches philosophy at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. He works on the conceptual and historical foundations of humanism and is a skilled facilitator of collaborative inquiry. He has published widely on the nature of reason and the teaching of wisdom.

Jon Pushinsky, Esquire

Jon Pushinsky, Esquire

American Civil Liberties Union, PA

Pushinsky argued the original “crèche” case (ACLU v. Allegheny County) in district and 3rd Circuit courts which ultimately led to the landmark US Supreme Court decision that the religious display on government property was unconstitutional. He has litigated cases involving separation of church and state; free speech issues; employment, housing and education discrimination.

Monette Richards

Monette Richards

Secular Woman

Richards is on the board of directors of Secular Woman, President of the North East Ohio branch of the Center for Inquiry and one third of the Literally, Figuratively Speaking Podcast. As someone who identifies as a feminist and as a non-academic, she is interested in making the atheist movement accessible & relevant to more communities.

Mano Singham

Mano Singham

Theoretical Physicist

Singham is the Director of the teaching center at Case Western Reserve University. He has authored three books, including God vs. Darwin: The War Between Evolution and Creationism in the Classroom, and Quest for Truth: Scientific Progress and Religious Beliefs.

Entertainment

Gab Bonesso

Gab Bonesso

Comedian & Actress

Comedian, Anti-Bully Advocate, Actress, Writer, Producer and Human. Voted “Best Comedian” in Pittsburgh by City Paper and Pgh Magazine. Top Ten Finalist at the New York City Underground Comedy Festival. Host of American Eagle Outfitters Television. Katharine Hepburn enthusiast.

Andy Hoke

Andy Hoke

Musician/Philosopher/Blogger

A classically trained musician from age 5, Hoke studied philosophy and religion at Gettysburg College. In addition to being a regular blogger on Atheist Nexus, Hoke is currently involved in launching Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh.

George Hrab

George Hrab

Musician & Geologic Podcast

Hrab is a drummer, guitarist, composer and podcaster known for performing rock, funk and jazz and for exploring atheist, skeptic and science themes in his work.

Drew Lasswell

Drew Lasswell

Musician & Composer

Lasswell is a Pittsburgh native and composer of Smart-ass Rock. He has performed as both musician and a sideshow marvel in Circus Apocalypse, The Bull-Seal! Collective, the Ghost Healers, and more. His current show involves sardonic wit and a piano.

Alexander Vornoff

Alexander Vornoff

Mentalist, Memory Expert, Skeptic

Alexander has overcome mental disabilities to become a professional performing artist. His show Mental Marvels shows how a sharp mind and stagecraft can be used to entertain, and how some people can use them to convincingly fake paranormal powers.