2014 Speakers

Steve-Wells-byMax-S-GerberSteve Wells

Steve Wells is the author of the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible and Drunk with Blood: God’s killings in the Bible. He also created and maintains the website  www.skepticsannotatedbible.com and the blog “Dwindling in Unbelief.” When he’s not critiquing the “holy books”, he can usually be found with a field guide identifying insects/plants/birds, sailing, or auditing classes at the local university.



FE_hiResFred Edwords

Fred Edwords has spent nearly forty years as a humanist activist, first in California, then as executive director of the American Humanist Association, editor of the Humanist magazine, and currently as national director of the United Coalition of Reason. He was also the first president of Camp Quest, Inc., and served on the founding board of the National Center for Science Education. He currently serves on the Broader Social Impacts Committee for the Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins in Washington DC and is on the Humanist Institute’s adjunct faculty.


1975177_683211048395772_1400790993_nFaisal Saeed Al Mutar

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar is an Iraqi born writer, public speaker, community manager, web designer and a social activist living currently in the United States. He is an advocate for freedom of thought, science, reason and the free market of ideas and economy.

Al-Mutar is the founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement and Secular Post. He is a Community Manager at Movements.org by Advancing Human Rights and he is also a columnist for Free Inquiry Magazine published by the Council for Secular Humanism of CFI.


Taking a break from latrine-building in HaitiConor Robinson

Conor Robinson is a humanist speaker and activist from Los Angeles, California. He was the founder of Yale’s Humanist Society and Pathfinders Project, a yearlong global humanist service trip. Conor is currently working with Foundation Beyond Belief to launch the Humanist Service Corps.




For graphicDavid McAfee

David G. McAfee is a journalist and author of Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-believer and Disproving Christianity and other Secular Writings. He is also a frequent contributor to American Atheist Magazine. McAfee attended University of California, Santa Barbara, and graduated with dual-degrees in English and Religious Studies, with an emphasis on Christianity and Mediterranean religions.



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CJ Werleman

CJ is one of the most notable atheist authors in the U.S. ‘God Hates You. Hate Him Back’ was released in November 2009, and has consistently enjoyed the #1 spot on Amazon for religious criticism, and religious humor. In 2010, CJ released a sequel titled ‘Jesus Lied’. A book that completely and comprehensively debunks the Christian faith. In 2011, CJ tackled the Islamic faith with ‘Koran Curious’. And 2013 was the launch of what is arguably his best work to date, ‘Crucifying America’ (The Unholy Alliance Between the Christian Right and Wall Street).


nateNate Phelps

Nate Phelps is the son of Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church. He is the sixth of thirteen children, and was taught his father’s extreme version of Calvinism from an early age. This was accompanied by extreme physical punishments and abuse, extreme dietary and health requirements, and other extreme expectations. Nate left home at midnight on his eighteenth birthday, and moved to California where he built a new life away from his family. Today Nate lives in Calgary, Alberta and works for the Center For Inquiry. He is a vocal LGBT advocate, and speaks out against the dangers of religion and child abuse.


Kelly DamerowKelly Damerow

Kelly Damerow is the full-time lobbyist for nonbelievers. Born and raised in Florida, Kelly received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education and her law degree from the University of Florida. As the Director of Federal and State Affairs for the Secular Coalition for America in Washington DC, she drives our nation’s leaders to recognize and respect nonbelievers and the nonreligious, and defends a strong separation of religion and government.



Sarah MoreheadSarah Morehead

Sarah Morehead is the Executive Director for Recovering From Religion. Raised evangelical Southern Baptist, Sarah spent many years striving to be a “Proverbs 31” wife before breaking free from her religious beliefs. Sarah received American Atheists’ “Atheists of the Year” award in April 2014.



jbeyJamila Bey

Jamila Bey is ​the Director of Communications for the Secular Student Alliance. Prior to making rights for non-religious students her vocation, Jamila was a journalist for nearly twenty years, most recently writing for the Washington Post blog, She the People and contributing to MSNBC. Jamila served a decade-long stint as a producer and editor at National Public Radio working for shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Tell Me More with Michel Martin, and Talk of the Nation. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Humanist of London, Jazz Times Magazine and WebMD as well as on The Today Show and radio stations around the country.

A sought-after speaker and writer, Jamila’s areas of expertise include science, health and family policy, and all issues concerning the First Amendment particularly issues concerning religion and the separation of church and state.


Goodrich Photo FreeOKDavid Goodrich

David Goodrich spent 36 years with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with the last position as Director of Climate Observations and Monitoring. He also served as Director of the Global Climate Observing System Office in Geneva, Switzerland. A couple of months after retiring in 2011, he rode his bicycle from Delaware to Oregon, talking with groups about climate along the way. Since then, he’s ridden down the Appalachians, on the Way of St. James in Spain, and, most recently, across South Dakota. He currently serves on the board of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.  He holds a B.A from Dartmouth College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in oceanography from Stony Brook University.


Chasing_Ice_poster‘Chasing Ice’ Screening

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

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