Speakers

Maryam Namazie

 

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Maryam Namazie is a political activist, campaigner and blogger.
She is the Spokesperson for Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation, Equal Rights Now, One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. She works closely with Iran Solidarity, which she founded, and the International Committee against Stoning. She initiated an International Day to Defend Amina and the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar 2012-2013 and helped launch the Manifesto for a Free and Secular Middle East and North Africa. Maryam is a Central Committee member of the Worker-communist Party of Iran.
She was NSS’ 2005 Secularist of the Year; selected ‘Iranian of the Year’ by Iranian.com readers in 1997 and 1998; International Rescue Committee medal recipient (1988); and received the Julia B. Friedman Humanitarian Award in 1987. In June 2012, The Islamic regime of Iran’s media outlets did an‘exposé’ on Maryam entitled ‘Meet this anti-religion woman‘.
She has spoken and written numerous articles on women’s rights issues, free expression, political Islam, and secularism and been interviewed by all the major international news outlets. She has co-authored Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights (One Law for All, June 2010) and Enemies Not Allies: The Far-Right (One Law for All, August 2011), and has an essay entitled ‘When the Hezbollah came to my School’ in 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists (Wiley-Blackwell, October 2009) amongst others. Previously, Namazie produced a weekly TV International program broadcast in the Middle East; was the elected Executive Director of the International Federation of Iranian Refugees, a refugee run organization with 60 branches in 15 countries worldwide for 8 years; founded the Committee for Humanitarian Assistance to Iranian Refugees; was the Human Rights Advocates Training Program Coordinator at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Human Rights in New York and the NYC Refugee Coordinator/ US National Steering Committee Member of Amnesty International. She was Co-founder of Human Rights Without Frontiers based in the Sudan, Co-founder and President of the US-based Refugee Women’s Network and ran a refugee women’s leadership training program in NYC.

 

 

Faisal Saeed Al Mutar

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Faisal Saeed Al Mutar is an Iraqi born writer and activist currently living in the United States. He is an advocate for freedom of thought, science, reason and the free market economy. He is the founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement and Secular Post. He is currently working on a book called “Dogma,” which presents the dangers of unsubstantiated beliefs and how we as humans can live a better life without them. Faisal has written for many different publications including National Post, Big Think, Richard Dawkins Foundation, Secular World and many others.

 

Dave Muscato

 

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Dave Muscato is a writer, activist, and public speaker. He is Public Relations Director for American Atheists and his projects have appeared in Rolling Stone, People, Time, The New York Times, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard Magazine, and on MTV News, NPR, MSNBC, Kevin & Bean/KROQ in LA, and Howard Stern. Originally from Columbia, Missouri and an avid traveler, he has been to more than 130 cities in 6 countries. He also enjoys playing bass guitar. You can follow him on Twitter @davemuscato.

 

 

Mary Muscato

 

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Mary Muscato, M.D. is a hematologist and oncologist at Missouri Cancer Associates and the mother of Dave Muscato. She has also worked as a physician at the Boone Hospital Center and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Missouri.

 

 

Libby Cowgill

 

 

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Libby Cowgill is a professor of biological anthropology at the University of Missouri and her research focuses on several different areas within the field. Specifically, she studies Pleistocene human evolution, human growth and development, human skeletal variation, and functional morphology. She teaches courses in human osteology, human biology and life history, methods of skeletal analysis, and the human fossil record.

 

 

 

Mark Flinn

 

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Mark Flinn is a professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Missouri and the faculty advisor for MU Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists and Agnostics. His research interests are in evolutionary human biology, behavior and culture and center on four interrelated areas – Psychosocial stress, family relationships, the human brain and culture.

 

 

Napoleon Chagnon

 

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Napoleon Chagnon is a professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Missouri and has been labeled the “most controversial anthropologist” in the United States in a New York Times Magazine profile. He is best known for his long-term ethnographic field work among the Yanomamö, a society of indigenous tribal Amazonians that live in the border area between Venezuela and Brazil, as well as his contributions to evolutionary theory in cultural anthropology and to the study of warfare.

While Dr. Chagnon will unfortunately be unable to attend the event in person due to an unexpected personal conflict, arrangements are being made to present the film he intended to show. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Scratch that, he’s back on the schedule!

 

 

Greta Christina

 

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Greta Christina is one of the most widely-read and well-respected bloggers in the atheist blogosphere. She is author of the new book “Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why,” and of “Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless,” an Amazon best-seller in the Atheism category. She writes regularly for Salon, AlterNet, The Humanist, and Free Inquiry, and her writing has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including Ms., Skeptical Inquirer, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the anthology Everything You Know About God Is Wrong. She has been writing professionally since 1989, on
topics including sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. You can find her on Facebook, on Twitter at @GretaChristina, and at Greta Christina’s Blog on the Freethought Blogs network.

 

 

Hemant Mehta

 

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Hemant Mehta is the editor of FriendlyAtheist.com and the author of “I Sold My Soul on eBay” and “The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide.” He has appeared multiple times on Fox News and CNN and has served in leadership positions for several American atheist organizations. When he’s not writing, Hemant is a National Board Certified high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago.

 

 

 

Matt Dillahunty

 

 

 

 

Matt Dillahunty is the host of The Atheist Experience. He was raised in a loving, Southern Baptist home and was a fundamentalist Christian for over 20 years. Reason forced him to acknowledge that his faith had not only been weakened by his studies – it had been utterly destroyed. The thoughts, writings and wisdom of people like; Robert Ingersoll, Voltaire, Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins, Farrell Till and many others, helped free his mind from the shackles of religion without a single moment of despair. Having spent the majority of his life compartmentalizing his religious beliefs to keep them safe from skepticism, he now leaves the critical, investigative, hungry portion of his brain turned “on.” While his own pursuit of knowledge is a powerful driving force in his life, he’d also like to prevent others from wasting another day on irrational beliefs.

 

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