In celebration of our 13th anniversary, we are proud to have booked some amazing speakers. In addition to these speakers, we also have live entertainment and an Authors' Panel. And don't forget Advocacy Day on Monday for those interested in taking a political stance, and our Supporters' Reception on Satuday evening where you can meet many of our speakers and enjoy wine, dessert, and more.
Rebecca Watson, SkepChick
Rebecca is a writer, performer, and activist who runs the Skepchick Network, a collection of sites focused on science and critical thinking with dozens of contributors spanning four languages.
She has also written for outlets such as Slate, Popular Science, and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. She co-hosts the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, one of the most popular podcasts in the world with more than 150,000 listeners per week. She travels around the world delivering talks on science, skepticism, secularism, and feminism.
Rebecca will be our last speaker of the day.
Phil is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California where he founded the first Secular Studies department in the nation.
Phil is the author of several books, including Living the Secular Life, Faith No More, and Society Without God. He has also edited several volumes, including Atheism and Secularity, and The Social Theory of W.E.B. Du Bois. Phil’s books have been translated and published in Danish, Farsi, Turkish, Chinese, Korean, and Italian.
Phil writes a regular blog for Psychology Today titled “The Secular Life” and he also writes for the Huffington Post. His work has also been published in various scholarly journals, such as Sociology Compass, Sociology of Religion, Deviant Behavior, and Religion, Brain, and Behavior.
He lives in Claremont, California, with his wife and three children.
Phil will be our first speaker, starting at about 11:15 AM.
Ross Blocher, of the podcast Oh No Ross and Carrie!
Ross is a product of the Evangelical Christian community, and even served as the president of his college Bible study group before he began to question his faith.
For the past 8 years, Ross has tested paranormal claims with the Independent Investigations Group, and for over 3 years has been co-host of the popular investigations podcast Oh No, Ross and Carrie! (and on Facebook).
He continues to pursue first-hand experiences with religion, paranormal beliefs, and other extraordinary claims.
Ross will be speaking in the late-afternoon.
Dan Arel, author of Parenting without God
Dan is the author of Parenting Without God as well as a freelance columnist who writes pieces for AlterNet, Salon and The Huffington Post. Dan is a Special Correspondent for American Atheists and has a regular column in American Atheists Magazine, as well as a Patheos Network blog called Danthropology.
Living in San Diego, CA with his family, Dan writes on secular parenting, science, religion and politics.
Dan will be speaking in the mid-afternoon.
Tom Manger, from the Secular Coalition for California
Tom Manger, the Legislative Chair for the Secular Coalition for California (SCCA), will be speaking on secular activism in California. The SCCA has had a number of successes helping to minimize religious bias and religious privileging in new legislation. In this talk, Tom will give a wrap up of 2014 California legislation from a secular perspective. He will also talk about activities planned for 2015 and ways you can assist in not just enforcing the separation of church and state, but ways to reverse the many ways that religion is unduly privileged in existing laws.
Tom will be speaking just before lunch.
In addition to our great line-up of speakers, we'll also have community announcements from:
- David Diskin, president of Camp Quest West
- A Representative from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society