Speaker Spotlight Series- Scott Clifton

Without delay, here comes the 5th Speaker Spotlight for Skepticon 7! Announcing the stupendous Scott Clifton!

No stranger to the spotlight, the Skepticon 7 curtains are up on Scott Clifton! According to Wikipedia, this actor and vlogger has done some pretty amazing things in just three decades. Some of it is almost difficult to believe!

Scott is only willing to admit to being nominated (and winning) a ton of Daytime Emmys for his work in General Hospital, One Life to Live, and The Bold and the Beautiful. He also fessed up to having a crazy-popular YouTube channel called Theoretical Bullshit, being a shockingly good musician, and cheating in English class.  Hopefully Wikipedia got some of those things right, at least. If you want info straight from the source, follow his Twitter feed @CliftonsNotes.

Scott has agreed to waive any honorariums and fees to speak at Skepticon for free. Even still, it will cost us about $850.00 to pay for Scott’s airfare, taxis, and hotel room so that he can speak at Skepticon. If you’re excited to see him present, please consider donating to help cover the costs of getting him to Springfield, MO this November.

Speaker Spotlight Series- Greta Christina

By now, you guys should be used to the Speaker Spotlight Series, and our next speaker really should need no introduction! You all are pretty smart cookies, but Greta would be sad if we left her out of the list… so without further ado…

Skepticon is proud to present Greta Christina!!! Greta is the unofficial official favorite speaker at Skepticon (please don’t tell JT), author, blogger, and overall BAMF! Greta Christina will once again be rocking the stage at Skepticon 7. She has been writing professionally since 1989 and even skyped in at Skepticon 5 while in recovery because she is that hardcore. She has given some of her most internet-famous talks at Skepticon, and her past talks are totally worth (re)watching. She just released a new book this spring called Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why. To get more information about all things Greta, check her out on the twittarz @GretaChristina .

Greta has yet again agreed to waive any honorariums and fees to speak at Skepticon for free. Even still, it will cost us about $850.00 to pay for Greta’s airfare, taxis, and hotel room so that she can speak at Skepticon. If you’re excited to see her present, please consider donating to help cover the costs of getting her to Springfield, MO this November.

Skepticon 7 Presents a Speaker Spotlight Series (Volume 3)

This morning brings you the third installment of our Speaker Spotlight Series. For those of you who have been attending Skepticon since the beginning,  you’ll find some fresh new faces to get you all excited. For those of you who discovered Skepticon recently because your favorite speaker will be presenting with us, check out some of our “tenured” speakers and see what all the fuss is about. You can view any past Skepticon video on our website.

Drumroll, please! Melanie Brewster is the Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, and earned her Ph.D from the University of Florida. Her research focuses on marginalized groups and examines how experiences of discrimination and stigma may shape the mental health of minority group members (e.g., LGBTQ individuals, atheists, people of color). She also examines potential resilience factors, such as bicultural self-efficacy and cognitive flexibility, that may promote the mental health of minority individuals. Her first book, Atheists in America, was published June 2014 by Columbia University Press. For more information on what Melanie is up to, check out her Twitter at @melysebrewster .

Melanie has agreed to waive any honorariums and fees to speak at Skepticon for free. Even still, it will cost us about $850.00 to pay for Melanie’s airfare, taxis, and hotel room so that she can speak at Skepticon. If you’re excited to see her present, please consider donating to help cover the costs of getting her to Springfield, MO this November.

T-Shirts, Get Yer T-Shirts

T-shirt pre-orders are here, get ’em while they’re hot! What’s the advantage to pre-ordering, you ask? In order of importance: you’ll have your clothes for the first day of Skepticon already picked out, your shirt should ship at the beginning of November, and the cost for a shirt will go up from $20.00 when the event starts November 21st.

So show your never-ending love for Skepticon by ordering an official Skepticon 7 t-shirt! This shirt is a special 3-in-one deal! You get to clothe yourself, show off your SK7 swag, and help fund Skepticon! All profits on this super teal t-shirt go right back in to funding Skepticon! It doesn’t get much better than that, my lovely skepti-friends!

BUT WAIT, IT DOES!!! We’re doing a special bundle!!!!! Pre-order the SK7 shirt and get an SK6 shirt for only $5 bucks more! When you check out, please let us know the size and style you want in the comment section. We’ll do our best to accommodate your request with the remaining inventory we have! If you missed out on getting a Skepticon 6 shirt, this may be your last chance to cherish your lovely SK6 memories in shirt form!

I see you’re convinced. Here’s the link! Buy it now!

The design was created by artist Valentino Zamarripa and is printed locally in Springfield, MO by Swagbot. The high quality shirt itself is produced by Bella + Canvas LA. It’s a high quality 100% combed and ring-spun cotton in a lovely teal color. This shirt comes in unisex and fitted styles. If you need a size that isn’t listed on the website, please contact us at [email protected]

 

Skepticon 7 Presents a Speaker Spotlight Series (Volume 2)

Today is the second installment of our Speaker Spotlight. For those of you who have been attending Skepticon since the beginning,  you’ll find some fresh new faces to get you all excited. For those of you who discovered Skepticon recently because your favorite speaker will be presenting with us, check out some of our “tenured” speakers and see what all the fuss is about. You can view any past Skepticon video on our website.

Skepticon is proud to present Ben Blanchard! Ben “SweaterVest” Blanchard is kind of a bad ass. Not the “Ben will meet you in the parking lot if you piss him off” kind of a bad ass. He’s more of the “world-traveling, child-educating, malaria-defeating, English-teaching, SSA-engaging as-he-looks-classy” kind of bad ass.

Ben is an activist who literally changes lives on a daily basis by working with the Student Secular Alliance stateside and the Pathfinders Project internationally. Ben has been all over the globe from Cambodia to Guatemala with Pathfinders, tutoring English and working with residents to develop low-impact environmental processes by encouraging respect for nature. Ben helps the SSA crew to empower students for a secular future. Go science!

Ben has agreed to waive any honorariums and fees to speak at Skepticon for free. Even still, it will cost us about $850.00 to pay for Ben’s airfare, taxis, and hotel room so that he can speak at Skepticon. If you’re excited to see him present, please consider donating to help cover the costs of getting him to Springfield, MO this November.

Skepticon 7 T-Shirt Pre-order Begins Friday

We have a sweet design for our official Skepticon 7 t-shirts, and we know you’re going to want one ASAP! That’s why we’re setting up a fabulous pre-order deal for you amazing Skepti-teers! The details like cost and the shipping date will be released on Friday the 29th when the pre-order goes live, but we thought you all would like a sneak peek at the shirt design. Isn’t it pretty!?! Check back in on Friday and get one of your very own! You’ll be in good company when SK7 rolls around as you’ll be one of the best dressed attendees!

While you wait these terribly long 2 days, head over to our speaker bio page or our policies page and read up. You’ll be the best dressed AND the most prepared attendee! Also, if you wanted to drop us a donation so *we* can get prepared for *you* we certainly would appreciate it!

Hugs & Kisses.

Skepticon HQ

Skepticon 7 Presents a Speaker Spotlight Series

Starting today, we’ll be highlighting our seventeen speakers in no particular order. (ok, maybe alphabetical- you caught us.) For those of you who have been attending Skepticon since the beginning,  you’ll find some fresh new faces to get you all excited. For those of you who discovered Skepticon recently because your favorite speaker will be presenting with us, check out some of our “tenured” speakers and see what all the fuss is about. You can view any past Skepticon video on our website.

First up, Daniel Bier! Daniel is the editor of The Skeptical Libertarian. The Skeptical Libertarian is a project to promote science, secularism, and skeptical inquiry in the libertarian movement. He personally writes on issues relating to science, skepticism, and economic freedom, focusing on the role of evolution in social and economic development.

“Instead of trying to silence or ignore the crazies in our midst, we ought to confront them and expose the lunatic fringe for what they really are: peddlers of fear, falsehood, and paranoia, just like the politicians they claim to oppose. We cannot sit passively next to the people in tinfoil hats screaming about chemtrails and FEMA camps and still expect to be listened to when we try to speak about our real concerns on foreign policy or personal liberty.”

When he’s not debating the crazies and exposing some downright sketchy things the government is up to, Daniel likes to perfect his underwater basket-weaving technique. Normally he’s busy doing things like working as researcher for a free market think tank in Washington, DC, appearing on Fox Business and Al Jazeera, and contributing to The FreemanThe CommentatorReason, and more. However, when given the opportunity, he likes to take long walks on the beach and drink pina coladas. He dislikes being caught in the rain. Follow Daniel on Twitter for more info @SkepticalDan.

Daniel has agreed to waive any honorariums and fees to speak at Skepticon for free. Even still, it will cost us about $850.00 to pay for Daniel’s airfare, taxis, and hotel room so that he can speak at Skepticon. If you’re excited to see him present, please consider donating to help cover the costs of getting him to Springfield, MO this November.

A Wild Incentive to Register for Skepticon 7 Appears

It’s super effective! We are beyond excited for the registration incentives and donation gifts Skepticon is able to do this year!!! Thanks to an awesome sponsorship by “Supersaurus” donor Polaris Financial Planning we are finally able to give LANYARDS AND BADGES to our attendees for the FIRST YEAR EVER! It’s like a dream come true! All YOU have to do is register to attend Skepticon 7 before Friday, October 17th, 2014!!!!!!!! Don’t be a Slowpoke. As always, our event is free, so every one of you that registers before October 17 will receive their lanyard and SK7 badge when you check in at the event. How amazeballs is that? Pretty amazeballs, if we may say so ourselves.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!!!! Maybe not everyone is as good at financial planning as Polaris is, but you can still be an official Skepticon Sponsor and get a bunch of kickass sponsorship stuff! When you register for the event, you’ll notice a $100 DONATION SECRET SURPRISE option (for anyone that gives $100.00 before we run out of the super secret surprises). If you want to go above and beyond that, we have sponsorship levels starting at $300 that will get you epic high fives, a vendor table, AND a listing in the Skepticon 7 program. We call that the “Dilophosaurus Level” (a.k.a. “that spitty one from Jurassic Park”) and they go all the way up to the “Tyrannosaurus-Rex Level”. Please contact us at [email protected] if you want to catch em’ all.  (Yes, for just an extra $50.00 over the normal vendor table you can get advertising. Legit.)

As of this morning, we’re sitting at 37% of our goal to fund Skepticon 7. That’s pretty fantastic for this point in the year!!!! Like, for realsies, you guys are so awesome! That’s enough to pay for the speaker airfare and all your lanyards. So… at this point we may have to have it in the poke-gym, but together we’ll make this thing happen, even if we have to bust our balls to do it!

Speaker Crisis Arises and is Immediately Averted Thanks to Cherno Biko

When Cherno Biko sent an email saying they wouldn’t be able to speak at Skepticon 7, we here at HQ kind of freaked out a little. OK, a lot. We were really excited to hear that speech and hang out.

However, once we recovered from the initial shock and got up off the floor to read the rest of the email, we realized that Cherno Biko had already lined up the perfect replacement: Kayley Whalen!

While we are pretty darned sad to miss out on Cherno Biko, Kayley Whalen sounds like everything we would hope and dream of in a speaker–Thanks, Cherno! Crisis averted! Check out her bio on our speaker page for more specifics and awesomeness.

Now that we’ve gotten this all figured out, we can get back to worrying about how we are going to feed the dinos this year.

SKEPTICON IS OFFICIALLY TOO LEGIT TO QUIT

Guys. Guys. Hey Guys. I read the MOST AMAZING letter ever last night and I want to share this with you so that you can freak out with me!!!!

Dear SKEPTICON, INC.

We are pleased to inform you that on review of your application for tax exempt status we have determined that you are exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to you are deductible under section 170 of the code. We determined that you are a public charity and the effective date of exemption is July 3, 2012.

Sincerely,

Director of Exempt Organizations

I’ll translate that for those of you who aren’t tax nerds like me: We’re official!!!! We did it!!!! We’re a federally recognized charity!!!! This is HUGE for us because it means that new donors are more willing and able to give funds to us because they may get to write it off on their taxes. I know that personally, my big girl job will make a grant in my name to federally recognized charities if I do volunteer work. I’m gonna go fill out the forms as soon as I’m done with this as I’m pretty sure I’ve accumulated some time!

So pretty please, if you have a rich uncle looking to donate to a good cause or if you ARE a rich uncle and want to drop some money on us, visit our donation page. If you work for a corporation that will make grants to 501(c)(3) Public Educational Charities, shoot us an email at [email protected] and we will GLADLY give you any information your company requires to get them to give us dollars. If you’ve always wanted to help out Skepticon but don’t have the money personally, applying for grants is a great way to put in some effort at your leisure without costing you a thing.

There’s nothing stopping you now! Help us feed the dinosaurs and make the seventh Skepticon the best one ever! All the money goes right back into making your time with us as wonderful as it can be! We love you!!!! See you in 106 days!!!

-Rebekah and the Skepticon Team

P.S. TOO LEGIT TO  QUIT