Speakers & Panels

NaNoCon will feature 6 speakers and 2 panel discussions on the theme of Human Wisdom. Flip each speaker's card for their bio, and click their Read More button for more details on their speaker page.


Human Wisdom panel

Let's explore this year's theme: What is the wisdom we've learned that helps us be better human beings? What brings us happiness? What makes life more meaningful? What values are important to us as secular people? How can we be our best selves in this one life we know we have?


Sarah Levin

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Sarah Levin

Secular Coalition for America

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Bart Campolo

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Bart Campolo

Community builder

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Mandisa Thomas

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Mandisa Thomas

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Coming Soon!

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Coming Soon!

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Gayle Jordan

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Gayle Jordan

Recovering from Religion (RfR)

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Bob Faw (moderator)

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Bob Faw (moderator)

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"What can SE do for me?"  Some may assume that Street Epistemology can only be practiced on the street with strangers... Not so fast!  Our panelists will share experiences of how they've applied SE approaches in multiple different situations, from social media, to in class, to at work, and at home. Come and learn how Street Epistemology can be useful with anyone in any setting!


Dr Tyrone Wells

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Dr Tyrone Wells

SE practitioner
@5minChat

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Anthony Magnabosco (Moderator)

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Anthony Magnabosco (Moderator)

Street Epistemology trainer

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Nichole Terry

@SkepticNikki

Nichole Terry

@SkepticNikki
Street Epistemology practitioner

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Todd Yoder

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Todd Yoder

Street Epistemology practitioner

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Bob Swanson

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Bob Swanson

SE practitioner

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Behold the full line-up of your 2019 featured speakers! Flip each speaker's card for their bio, and click their Read More button for more details on their speaker page.


Anthony Magnabosco:

"May I Change Your Mind? Obtaining Consent Before Conducting Street Epistemology"

Leading practitioner of Street Epistemology

Anthony Magnabosco

Anthony Magnabosco is one of the leading practitioners of Street Epistemology. He has performed over 1000 interactions, many uploaded to his Youtube channel with 20,000 subscribers.

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Dr Marisa Richmond:

"The Separation of Church & State in the Fight for LGBTQ Rights"

Founder and first president of TTPC, the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition

Dr Marisa Richmond

In 2016 Dr Richmond became the first transgender woman ever appointed to a local government commission in Tennessee, nominated by Mayor Megan Barry and confirmed by unanimous vote to the Metro Human Relations Commission. In 2003 she was the founder and first president of TTPC, the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition.

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Mandisa Thomas:

"We Still Have Work To Do"

President of Black Nonbelievers

Mandisa Thomas

President and co-founder of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. Mandisa has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN.com, JET magazine, and in the documentaries Contradiction and My Week in Atheism. She is an active speaker, and serves on the Boards for American Atheists and the Reason Rally Coalition.

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Gayle Jordan:

Exec Director of the Recovering from Religion foundation & candidate for TN State Senate

Gayle Jordan

Gayle is the Exec Director of Recovering from Religion. A former Southern Baptist, she left that faith 10 years ago. Gayle is an attorney and former personal trainer. She blogs about life on the farm, endurance event training, and secularism at Happy. Healthy. Heathen. In 2018 she ran as an openly secular candidate for TN State Senate.

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Bart Campolo:

"Learning and Teaching The Art Of Truly Connecting"

Author & humanist chaplain at the University of Cincinnati

Bart Campolo

Author, humanist chaplain at the University of Cincinnati. Former chaplain at UCLA and USC. Host of the "Humanize Me" podcast. Co-Author of "Why I Left, Why I Stayed" with his father, noted evangelist Tony Campolo

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Jim Helton:

"The Future of Atheist Activism"

National Field Organizer for American Atheists

Jim Helton

Jim G. Helton is the National Field Organizer for American Atheists. After attending the 2012 Reason Rally, he co-founded the Tri-State Freethinkers and was appointed American Atheists’ Kentucky State
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Callie Wright:

"Demolish Your Shame"

Activist, Speaker, & Host of The Gaytheist Manifesto podcast

Callie Wright

Shame is one of the most dangerous weapons formed against us in our fight for inclusion and justice. This is your guide to identifying and overcoming it.

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Monica Burns:

"Culture Clash: Enthusiastic Consent"

Founder of Black Nonbelievers of Louisville

Monica Burns

Monica is the chapter founder and co-organizer of Black Nonbelievers of Louisville and a member of Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers. Connecting with Black Nonbelievers Inc., Monica began an affiliate chapter in 2015 to provide an accepting community for black people and others who are leaving or have left religion.

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