Speakers

Behold, the amazing line-up of your NaNoCon 2018 featured speakers!

Matt Dillahunty, keynote speaker, host of The Atheist Experience

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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, founder, Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition

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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. She is a professor in the history department at MTSU, and in 2003 was the founder and first president of TTPC, the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition.

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Anthony Magnabosco, Street Epistemology, YouTube personality

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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, president, Black Nonbelievers, public speaker

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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, and previously for Foundation Beyond Belief and the Secular Coalition for America.

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Bart Campolo, author, humanist chaplain at Univ. of Cincinnati

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Bart Campolo

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 Tony Campolo

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Dr Darrel Ray, founder, Recovering from Religion, author

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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. "The Secular Therapy Project" helps people find secular, science-based therapy. 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, president, Polaris Financial Planning, activist

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Bitcoin: A Skeptical View

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

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Kelly Helton, activist, public speaker, Tri-State Freethinkers

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Kelly Helton

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

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Fernando Alcántar, author, educator, gaytheist & immigrant advocate

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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 for Azusa Pacific University, Fernando has since come out as both Gay and Atheist—“gaytheist.”

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Gayle Jordan, Exec Dir, Recovering from Religion, lawyer

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Gayle Jordan

Gayle is the Exec Director of Recovering from Religion. A former Southern Baptist, she left that faith 10 years ago, and the difficulty of her own transition out now motivates her to help others navigate through theirs. 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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Jim Helton, National Field Organizer for American Atheists

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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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Monica Burns, founder of Black Nonbelievers of Louisville

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Monica Burns

Monica is the chapter founder and co-organizer of Black Nonbelievers of Louisville and a member of Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers. A native of Georgia, she’s lived in Louisville, Kentucky for 21 years. 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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Glenda Jordan, model, performer, dancer

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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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