Speakers & Panels

NaNoCon will feature 14 speakers and 3 panel discussions on important issues of the moment, packed with perspectives from experts you won't want to miss. Flip each speaker's card for their bio, and click their Read More button for more details on their speaker page.


Sex Positivity Panel

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Dr Steven Davidson

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Dr Steven Davidson

Certified Sex Therapist

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Emi Canahuati

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Emi Canahuati

Talk and Thrive Education, Sexuality Educator

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Kate Turner

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Kate Turner

Mental Health Service Provider

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Monica Burns

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Monica Burns

Black Nonbelievers of Louisville

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Ian Dodd & Margot Page

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Ian Dodd & Margot Page

Humanist Celebrants

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Dr Darrel Ray (Moderator)

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Dr Darrel Ray

Clinical Psychologist, Author, Activist

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Marissa "Rissy" Alexa McCool

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Marissa "Rissy" Alexa McCool

Podcaster, Author, Performer, Activist

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Engagement Tactics

Perspectives vary on how best to engage on topics relating to the supernatural, gods, or spiritualism. This panel will highlight two important perspectives from some of their most visible proponents. Debate or conversation?


Matt Dillahunty

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Matt Dillahunty

The Atheist Experience, Iron Chariots, Speaker, Debater

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Anthony Magnabosco

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Anthony Magnabosco

Street Epistemology, YouTuber, Conversationalist

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Immigration Stories

Hear firsthand accounts of the experience of moving to a totally new country.


Grace Quiroz

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Grace Quiroz

Mexico

Dr Kalai Mugilan

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Dr Kalai Mugilan

Tamil from Malaysia

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Fernando Alcántar

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Fernando Alcántar

Mexico

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Emam ElHak Abdel Fatah

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Emam ElHak Abdel Fatah

Egypt

Corneel Booysen (Moderator)

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Corneel Booysen

South Africa

 

Behold the full line-up of your NaNoCon 2018 featured speakers! Flip each speaker's card for their bio, and click their Read More button for more details on their speaker page.


Matt Dillahunty:

"Magic & Skepticism" magic show!

Keynote speaker!

Co-host of The Atheist Experience show

Matt Dillahunty

Keynote speaker. Co-host of The Atheist Experience show. Past president of the Atheist Community of Austin. Founder of Iron Chariots counter-apologetics encyclopedia. Debater, humanist, feminist.

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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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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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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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Glenda Jordan:

"Werking it: Empowerment vs Objectification"

Model & dancer

Glenda Jordan

Glenda lives in Las Vegas and works full time as a model, performer, and dancer. Being raised fundamentalist southern baptist and transitioning to atheism developed a deep understanding and appreciation of feminism and social justice.

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Dr Darrel Ray:

"Male Shame: The Roots of Female Shame"

Of the Recovering from Religion foundation

Dr Darrel Ray

Dr Ray is a clinical psychologist, author, and activist. In 2009, he helped found Recovering from Religion, a self-help group for those leaving their religious indoctrination. He authored "The God Virus: How Religion Affects Our Lives and Culture" and "Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality."

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Phil Ferguson:

"Bitcoin: A Skeptical View."

The president of Polaris Financial: Planning explains bitcoin mining, trading, blockchain, etc.

Phil Ferguson, president, Polaris Financial Planning, activist

Bitcoin: A Skeptical View.
Explaining bitcoin: Mining, Trading, Blockchain etc. Is bitcoin a currency? Is bitcoin a good investment?

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Kelly Helton:

"Dismantling the Patriarchy"

Equal Rights Advocate for the Tri-State Freethinkers

Kelly Helton

Kelly Helton, 13, is a middle school feminist and activist from Kentucky. Kelly has stood up against religious promotion in her public school, volunteered at Planned Parenthood, and spoken at numerous protest rallies including International Women’s Day, Tri-State Freethinkers and NaNoCon. She is FFRF’s 2017 Thomas W. Jendrock Student Activist.

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Fernando Alcántar:

“Missionaries of Reason”

Gaytheist & immigrant advocate

Fernando Alcántar

Author of "To the Cross and Back: An Immigrant’s Journey from Faith to Reason." (2015) Born and raised in Mexicali, Mexico, he came to oversee hundreds of churches in Mexico and helped mobilize over 9,000 missionaries a year from all over the US and Canada. Once a high profile, globetrotting missionary leader, Fernando has since come out as both Gay and Atheist—“gaytheist.”

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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. She is currently running 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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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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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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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
Director.

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