In celebration of our 12th 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 Lobbying Day on Friday for those interested in taking a political stance, and our Fundraising Reception on Friday evening where you can meet many of our speakers and enjoy wine, dessert, and more.
Annie Laurie Gaylor is co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and, with her husband Dan Barker, is the current co-president. She is also editor of the organization's newspaper, Freethought Today, which is published ten times per year.
She is the author of several books, including Woe to the Women: The Bible Tells Me So, Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children, and Women Without Superstition: "No Gods — No Masters". She is a 1980 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism.
Annie Laurie and her mother, Anne Nicol Gaylor, and the late John Sontarck, founded the Freedom From Religion Foundation in a meeting around the Gaylors' dining room table in 1978.
Annie Laurie will be one of our first speakers at Freethought Day, at 10:30 AM, and will also be joining us at our Fundraising Reception.
Sean Faircloth is author of Attack of the Theocrats, How the Religious Right Harms Us All & What We Can Do About It.
Sean creates specific strategies to organize for a world based on reason and science. His extensive organizing, lobbying and political experience includes serving a decade in Maine’s legislature, spearheading over thirty laws, many pertaining to child welfare and women’s rights. Sean had a 100% voting record with the Maine Women’s Lobby. He served on the Judiciary Committee, Appropriations Committee, and was elected Majority Whip.
Sean is President of Global Secular Strategy & Organizing. GSSO leads a national project, Secularity USA, co-founded with Alan Koslow. Richard Dawkins will support this exciting strategy with a personal appearance.
He was opening speaker for candidate Obama in Maine in 2008, and served as opening speaker for Richard Dawkins on three tours. After his tour of New Zealand and Australia, including speaking at the Sydney Opera House, these countries organized first-ever policy-focused national coalitions.
Sean served as Executive Director of Secular Coalition for America, crafting his Secular Decade plan, including planning creation of fifty state secular coalitions. He also conceived of the Maine Discovery Museum, leading the $4.5 million project from concept to completion.
Sean will be speaking at Freethought Day, at 1:30 PM, and is joining us at our Fundraising Reception.
Greta Christina has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She is one of the most widely- read and well- respected bloggers in the atheist blogosphere, and was recently ranked by an independent analyst as one of the Top Ten most popular atheist bloggers.
Her atheist and skeptical writing has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including Skeptical Inquirer, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the anthology Everything You Know About God Is Wrong.
Greta lives in San Francisco with her wife, Ingrid.
Greta will be our final speaker at Freethought Day, at 5:45 PM, with her talk "Why Are You Atheists So Angry?" and will also be joining us at our Fundraising Reception.
Jason Frye has been an LGBTQ Activist since 1996, a Humanist Activist since 2003, a Humanist Celebrant since 2006, and has held various positions in freethought organizations at both the local and national level.
For three years Jason hosted a weekly, multimedia Humanist discussion series; and has regularly lectured and spoken on a variety of topics including LGBTQ rights, the separation of church and state, Humanism, and Atheist History.
Jason is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska and is currently studying Religious Studies at the University of California Irvine. A contagious enthusiast, Jason's speeches tend to be thought provoking, inspiring, chocked full of good information, and they never fail to entertain. He is an excellent speaker on issues of Humanism, The Separation of Church and State, The History of Atheism, or LGBTQ Rights & Humanism.
Jason will be speaking at Freethought Day at 12:40 PM, and will also be joining us at our Fundraising Reception.
Heina Dadabhoy spent her childhood as a practicing Muslim who never in her right mind would have believed that she would grow up to be an atheist feminist secular humanist, or, in other words, a Skepchick.
She has been an active participant in atheist organizations and events in and around Orange County, CA since 2007.
Heina will be speaking on "The Proper Care & Feeding of Tokens" at Freethought Day at 11:30 AM, and will also be joining us at our Fundraising Reception.
Neil Wehneman has served as the Development Director of the Secular Student Alliance since early 2013. Prior to joining the Secular Student Alliance, Neil litigated commercial disputes, conducted intellectual property transactions, and drafted scientific expert witness testimony. Neil maintains an Indiana law license (Good Standing, Inactive) as well as admission to the United States Patent Bar. In addition, Neil holds degrees in Information Systems (cum laude from Ohio State's Fisher College of Business) and law (summa cum laude from Indiana University's McKinney School of Law).
Raised fundamentalist Christian, Neil was active in Campus Crusade for Christ at Ohio State. Following law school, Neil solicited book recommendations from his atheist and fundamentalist friends so he could critically re-examine the faith of his childhood. After considering the best arguments the leading sides had to offer, he abandoned Christianity as not only unproven but affirmatively contrary to the evidence.
An avid board gamer, Neil previously served as the Assistant Director of the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund, a leading gaming charity.
Neil will be speaking at Freethought Day about the Secular Student Alliance and "What the Religious are Doing Effectively From a Movement Perspective" at 4:40 PM, and will also be joining us at our Fundraising Reception.