Speakers

                                       Cory and Bridget O’Hanlon
the athiests next door
Bridget and Cory Ludwa O’Hanlon started their YouTube project, The Atheists Next Door, in an effort to break down the stereotypes that atheists are always negative, “other,” and unrelatable.  Having come to identify as atheists after reaching adulthood, the two experienced the potentially messy process many atheists go through in transitioning away from the faith of their childhood. Through The Atheists Next Door, Bridget and Cory can share parts of their life with anyone interested in seeing what a secular life could look like.  One life event they’re soon facing that both atheists and religious people alike share: becoming first time parents near Thanksgiving!

 

Heina Dadabhoy

Heina, counter-intuitively pronounced “hee-na,” is a twenty-something graduate of a fine University of California institution with a B.A. in English and another in Philosophy. She spent her childhood as a practicing Muslim who never in her right mind would have believed that she would grow up to be an atheist feminist secular humanist, or, in other words, a Skepchick. She is the author of A Skeptic’s Guide to Islam.

 

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Dr. Darrel Ray

Dr. Darrel Ray, is a psychologist and lifelong student of religion. He holds a BA in sociology/anthropology from Friends University, MA from Scarritt College for Christian Workers and Ed.D. in counseling psychology from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. In 2009 he founded Recovering from Religion, which is now an international organization led by Sarah Morehead with an international team, it helps people deal with the trauma of religious indoctrination. He is also the director of the Secular Therapy Project, connecting secular people with secular therapists throughout the world. He is author of the best selling book, The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture. In 2011, he and Amanda Brown published Sex and Secularism, What 10,000 Secularists Say About Their Sex Lives and in 2012 he published his latest book, Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality. He recently returned from book tour in Australia and has spoken many times in the UK, Ireland, and Canada.

Susan Porter:       Susan Porter

         Susan is owner and co-editor of the website Looking Through Us, a blog site devoted to exploring ethical non-monogamy and polyamory (where she writes as Polyanna). She is the Treasurer and long-time co-facilitator of Poly Columbus. Susan has served as a panel member during poly discussions at The Ohio State University and has spoken to small groups about poly and related issues.
Susan and her husband of five years began exploring non-monogamy several years ago. She is currently dating and has happily transitioned her relationship with Looking Through Us’s co-editor from a romantic one to one of friendship and close collaborator.
         Susan is a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer and social media fiend. She spends more time thinking about how to better communicate with people, than she actually spends communicating with them. She also publishes short fiction and poetry. If time permits, she can be found doing yoga or dancing in the rain.

 

David Fitz

David Fitzgerald has been called “one of the busiest atheist activists in the Bay Area.” In addition to serving on the board of San Francisco Atheists and Center For Inquiry-SF, he is also the Director/Co-Founder of both the world’s first Atheist Film Festival and Evolutionpalooza!, San Francisco’s oldest annual Darwin Day celebration. He and Greta Christina are co-founders of Godless Perverts Story Hour.  In addition, he is a writer and historical researcher, author of NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All and The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion. (Secretly, he is also a fiction writer under the name Kilt Kilpatrick). He lectures around the country at universities, churches and national secular events.

Lea GroverLea Grover

  • I live in Chicago, which I love, in a third floor walkup with entirely too many humans- most of whom I helped create. For the first time in my life I both have no pets and am almost completely okay with that.
  • I am a member of the RAINN Speaker’s Bureau. I speak about sexual assault, rape culture, and survival. To engage me for an event, please direct queries to (becomingsupermommy@gmail.com)
  • While parenting is incredibly gratifying, and I love my children, and I love staying home with them (most days), my true passion is for writing. If you have an interest in my memoir or if you would like to pay me to write elsewhere, queries can be sent to (becomingsupermommy@gmail.com)
  • I’m a lifelong vegetarian. My husband is anything but.
  • I’m paralyzingly arachnophobic.
  • I’m nearly as paralyzingly lepidopterophobic.
  • My husband is a stage IV brain cancer survivor, and I have on-again off-again melanoma.
  • I’m functionally Jewish, my husband is vaguely Lutheran, and the children are pretty much Jewtheran.
  • I’m thrilled to be included in an upcoming anthology about the end of female friendships- “My Mother Ex.”

Tommy Nugent       Tommy “Reverend Nuge” Nugent’s college experience was not like yours…unless you went to the same Bible College as Jim and Tammy Fay Bakker, prayed (in English and in “Tongues”) and read the Bible three hours a day; did not have sex, drink alcohol, or listen to “secular” music…but did once help perform an exorcism on a fellow student.
At age 21 Tommy moved into inner-city Detroit and, with two other pastors, founded an Assemblies of God church. As youth pastor, Tommy built his youth group from three to over a hundred in less than six months and realized where he was supposed to be and what he was supposed to do for the rest of his life.
[Insert tragic, melodramatic plot-twist here!]
At age 23 Tommy was an atheist professional gambler living in Las Vegas.
And that’s just the beginning of the story…

 

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