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2015 Speakers


Hemant Mehta is an author, blogger, and atheist activist who gained fame for "selling his soul" on eBay. Mehta is a regular speaker at atheist events and has sat on the boards of charitable organizations such as the Secular Student Alliance and the Foundation Beyond Belief. He also runs a popular blog on Patheos, The Friendly Atheist, in which he posts multiple times a day.
Robert M. Price is a theologian, philosopher and writer. He teaches philosophy and religion at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, is professor of biblical criticism at the Center for Inquiry Institute, and the author of a number of books on theology and the historicity of Jesus, including Deconstructing Jesus, The Reason Driven Life, Jesus is Dead, andThe Case Against the Case for Christ.
Jerry DeWitt is an author, public speaker, and a prominent member of the atheism movement. He is a former pastor of two Pentecostal churches, who publicly deconverted to atheism in 2011. DeWitt is the former executive director of Recovering From Religion, a group which helps people find their way after a loss of faith. He chronicled his story in his 2013 book, Hope After Faith. Dewitt is also the director of The Community Mission Chapel in Lake Charles, LA, which holds secular Sunday meetings for nonbelievers.
Phil Ferguson is a skeptic/atheist and avid supporter of those movements, and an investment advisor and President of Polaris Financial Planning. He committed to supporting the growing secular movement by donating at least 10% of all Polaris revenue to support secular causes. He's a former board member of Atheist Alliance International and a board member of the Secular Student Alliance.
Joseph Daniel is an academic professor and founder of Paleoaerie.org. His research includes looking at how the interaction between animals and their environment may affect our view of the evolution of life on earth as well as using evolutionary techniques to examine the spread of cancer cells. Dr. Daniel is particularly interested in public education and science literacy.
Mark Spitzer novelist, poet, essayist and literary translator, is a professor of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas, where he is the Editor of Toad Suck Review and Managing Editor of "The Exquisite Corpse Annual". Mark is a strong advocate for clean water and safe environmental practices.
Diana Castillo is the State Chapter Coordinator for the Secular Coalition for America. As part of her job, she organizes volunteers to lobby for secular issues on a state level, which includes legislative analysis and lobby trainings. She holds a B.A. from Smith College in government and Latin American studies. Prior to joining the Secular Coalition, she interned and volunteered with COLAGE, an organization that works with youth with LGBTQ parents and guardians.
Jason Heap is the National Coordinator for the United Coalition of Reason. Jason's extensive work and travel overseas in education has put him in contact with people from various religious and cultural backgrounds, which he has used to lead schools and their communities. Jason is also the applicant to become the first Humanist chaplain in the United States armed forces.