Speakers

Ian Cromwell

Ian Cromwell (MSc) is a health economist with a background in health studies, epidemiology, and biostatistics. Ian’s research interests include health technology assessment, health services and policy research, and cost-effectiveness. As ‘Crommunist’, Ian is a commentator on issues relating to freethought, skepticism, and politics, with a specific focus on feminism and anti-racism as applications of critical thinking. Formerly at Freethought Blogs, Ian now blogs independently at http://crommunist.com.

 

st_heinaHeina Dadabhoy
Heina Dadabhoy [hee-na dad-uh-boy] 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. She is currently writing A Skeptic’s Guide to Islam. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

Tim Farley
Tim Farley is the creator of the website What’s The Harm?, a resource where stories are documented and categorized about the damage done when people fail to use critical thinking skills. Farley was also instrumental in the apprehension of spammer “David Mabus“. He is a Research Fellow with the James Randi Educational Foundation. Additionally, he blogs at http://skeptools.com.

Jesse Galef

Jesse Galef is the former Communications Director of the Secular Student Alliance, and currently serves the Humanist Community at Harvard as their National Community Coordinator. Jesse has appeared several times on national news networks including CNN as an SSA representative, speaks at conferences about philosophy, rationality, and psychology, and writes at www.measureofdoubt.com.

 
Debbie_headshotDebbie Goddard
Debbie Goddard is the director of African Americans for Humanism, a program of the Council for Secular Humanism, and the director of Outreach at the Center for Inquiry–Transnational in Amherst, NY. Before working for CFI, she participated in local freethought groups in the greater Philadelphia region and helped organize and support campus groups internationally as a student volunteer. She has also been involved with progressive issues and LGBT activism.

Kate Greene
San Francisco-based author and journalist, Kate Greene, writes about topics that range from laser physics and artificial intelligence to heart transplants and human spaceflight. Her work has appeared in Discover magazine, The Economist, the New Yorker Elements blog, and U.S. News & World Report, among others. Kate has been an invited speaker and panel moderator at numerous conferences and events and has lectured on writing at Vanderbilt University and San Francisco State University. Last year, she was an astronaut stand-in for NASA’s four month simulated Mars mission called HI-SEAS, an isolation experiment widely covered by the Associated Press, MSNBC, and Space.com. Her 2014 book called Reality Mining: Using Big Data to Engineer a Better World, co-authored with Nathan Eagle, will be published later this year by MIT Press. Kate can be found online at kategreene.net and @kgreene.

sk_jessicafaceJessica Kirsner
Jessica Kirsner is the Development Associate for the Secular Student Alliance. She was raised in a religious Texas community, but grew up in a reform Jewish household in which critical thinking and science were valued. She has a BA in biology and a minor in political science from the University of Miami. As an undergraduate, she was active with UM’s SSA affiliate, SHAARKS, but has now graduated to big kid activism.

Hemant Mehta
Hemant Mehta is the editor of FriendlyAtheist.com and the author of I Sold My Soul on eBay (2007) and The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide (2012). He has appeared on Fox News and CNN and serves in leadership positions for atheist organizations nationwide, including the Secular Student Alliance and Foundation Beyond Belief. When he’s not writing, Hemant is a National Board Certified high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago.

sk_david_tamayoDavid Tamayo
David Tamayo is president and founder of Hispanic American Freethinkers (HAFree), a national organization that promotes freethought, critical thinking skills, and secularism among Latino and Hispanic communities. He is the host of the HAFree Podcast, one of the few skeptical podcasts available in Spanish. David has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from George Washington University and a Master’s degree in Management of Information Technology from University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He is currently the vice president of technology for a D.C. company. You can find more about his activism and HAFree here (http://hafree.org/).

Rebecca Watson
Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org and appears on the weekly Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter @rebeccawatson.

 IMG_5471Miri Mogilevsky

Miri Mogilevsky is a graduate student in social work at Columbia University. Her blog, Brute Reason, covers topics such as social justice, psychology, mental health, and whatever else keeps her up thinking till 3 AM. When not writing, Miri devours books and talks to anyone who’s willing to listen about how amazing New York City is.