Speakers – 2017

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This year we are proud to have the “Faithless Four” as speakers for this years Freethought Alliance symposiums.  These four are spearheading the atheist movement in the US and we are very pleased to have all four speaking at our symposium. Each speaker will have approximately 40 minutes for their talk followed by a 10 minute Q&A.  Each speaker will have a different talk each day, so you can enjoy 8 different talks at both symposiums.  

dave s2David  Silverman  is the current president of the American Atheists, a non-profit organization that supports the rights of atheists and the removal of expressions of religion in public when possibly interpretable as governmental endorsement, in accordance with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. His annual anti-Christmas billboard which calls Christmas “a myth” has often sparked controversy.  His two lectures will be “Fighting God” , notes from his latest book, and “What Now”, a presentation of the Trimp era. 

mattMatt Dillahunty is an American public speaker and Internet personality, and was the president of the Atheist Community of Austin from 2006 to 2013. He has hosted the Austin-based webcast and cable-access television show The Atheist Experience since c. 2005, and formerly hosted the live internet radio show Non-Prophets Radio. He is also the founder and contributor of the counter-apologetics encyclopedia Iron Chariots and its subsidiary sites. He is regularly engaged in formal debates and travels the United States speaking to local secular organizations and university groups as part of the Secular Student Alliance‘s Speakers Bureau.

seth Seth Andrews is an author and speaker on the subject of atheism. He is the creator and host of The Thinking Atheist online community, podcast, and YouTube channel, and the author of the self-published books Deconverted and Sacred Cows. Prior to his atheist activism, he was a fundamentalist Christian and had a ten-year career as a Christian radio host.  His two lectures will be “The Satanic Panic: The Witch Hunt of the Late Twentieth Century” and “Confessions of a Former Fundie”

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 Aron Ra, president of the Atheist Alliance of America was baptized as a Mormon. He says as a child he never saw himself as a member of that faith, however, because he did not know enough about it or other religions to make a responsible choice about what to believe.  He studied paleontology in Dallas.Aron Ra is a critic of creationism, and promotes the teaching of science in Texas schools  Aron Ra has advocated for the inclusion of evolution in the Texas Science Textbook hearing .  His lectures will be about:  In the OC:   “What The Bible Does, Doesn’t, and Oughtta say”, and in LA: “Illustrating Evolution” with the Phylogeny Explorer Project. 

dunning-medium-bwJust added for Saturday, Aug 12:  Brian Dunning from the popular Skeptoid podcast will be talking about and showing his new film, “Principles of Curiosity” on directly after the symposium (aprx. 5:30pm). This is a free showing and all are invited.

All of our speakers (except Brian) will be available for additional discussion at the lunches and dinner on each day for a small additional donation.   See the options available to you on the registration page.

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