SK11 Speaker: Rose Eveleth

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Introducing Rose Eveleth to the Skepticon 11 Speaker Lineup!

Rose Eveleth is a producer, host, reporter and writer based in Berkeley. She’s dabbled in everything from research on pelagic invertebrates to animations about beer to podcasts about fake tumbleweed farms. These days, she explores how humans tangle with science and technology.

She has a degree in ecology, behavior and evolution from UC San Diego where she did some research on krill, which really was just a front for hanging around in the Pelagic Invertebrates Collection at Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

Then she moved to New York City to get her graduate degree in journalism at NYU. At school, she edited the program’s online magazinebuilt an iPad appinterned a bunch of places, and tried not to get car doored too many times on her bike.

Since then, She’s been a columnist for WIRED, BBC Future and Motherboard, the producer of the Story Collider, the special media manager at Nautilus, a new digital magazine about science, culture and philosophy and the managing editor for LadyBits, a place where women are smart about science. She also edited the Smart News blog at Smithsonian Magazine, and founded Science Studio, a home for all the best science multimedia on the web. Even before that she was an editor of all things animated at TED Education, and a contributing editor at Smart Planet. Most recently she helped ESPN’s award winning documentary series 30 for 30 launch their podcast.

These days she’s the producer and host of Flash Forward, a podcast about the future.

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SK11 Speaker: Indre Viskontas

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Introducing Indre Viskontasto the Skepticon 11 Speaker Lineup!

“I’m an opera singer who came of age during the decade of the brain. I’ve always been pulled both by art and by science and have finally found ways to integrate the two in my work. I finished a Masters of Music degree in Voice Performance and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and currently enjoy faculty positions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of San Francisco. I’m passionate about communicating ideas to the public, by giving compelling lectures about the brain, hosting two podcasts and performing and directing contemporary opera.”

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SK11 Speaker: Miri Mogilevsky

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Introducing Miri Mogilevsky to the Skepticon 11 Speaker Lineup!

Miri is a writer, speaker, activist, and social worker based in Columbus, Ohio, originally from Israel by way of the Midwest, originally-originally from Russia (but she’s never been there). Her blog, Brute Reason, covers social justice, psychology, mental health, sexuality, and other stuff she cares about. Most of her writing touches on issues like consent and autonomy, direct communication, community building, and rational thinking. Her writing has appeared in the Daily Dot, xoJane, Everyday Feminism, Friendly Atheist, Salon, and other outlets.

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SK11 Speakers: Megan Kenny and Rajani Gudlavalleti

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Introducing Megan Kenny and Rajani Gudlavalleti to the Skepticon 11 Speaker Lineup!

As a team, we have held workshops for the National GLSEN conference and the National Secular Student Alliance (SSA) conference. Our goals in these conversations are: 1) to provide participants with tools for honest conversation about implicit racial bias, structural racism, and white supremacy as both conscious and unconscious practices; 2) to encourage participants to reflect on their own identities, specifically racial and gender-related identities, in the context of advancing social justice; and 3) share lessons learned on building, challenging, and strengthening multi-racial friendships and relationships.

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SK11 Speaker: Dr. Juhem Navarro-Rivera

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Introducing Dr. Juhem Navarro-Rivera to the Skepticon 11 Speaker Lineup!

DR. JUHEM NAVARRO-RIVERA is one of the leading scholars at the intersection of race, religion, and politics in the United States. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Humanist Studies, the co-chair of the Latinx Humanist Alliance, and member of the board of directors of the American Humanist Association. Born in Puerto Rico, Navarro-Rivera holds degrees in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico (B.A.) and the University of Connecticut (M.A., Ph.D.). He lives in the Washington, DC metro area and is the managing partner and political research director of Socioanalítica Research.

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SK11 Speaker: Cora Harrington

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Introducing Cora Harrington to the Skepticon 11 Speaker Lineup!

Cora Harrington is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict as well as the author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. She has been featured as a lingerie expert on CNN, Headline News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Allure, Bloomberg, Vogue, and dozens of other publications.

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SK11 Speaker: Marissa Alexa McCool

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Introducing Marissa Alexa McCool to the Skepticon 11 Speaker Lineup!

About Marissa:

Marissa Alexa McCool is an LGBT-rights activist and speaker, multiple podcast host, author, columnist, and stage performer whose goal is to speak out, speak loudly, and bring visibility to LGBT issues. She hosts the Inciting Incident and The Cis Are Getting Out of Hand podcasts, and is the author of seven books as well as numerous articles. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 and is now an MFA student at Augsburg University.

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SK11 Speaker: Ashton P. Woods

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Introducing Ashton P. Woods to the Skepticon 11 Speaker Lineup!

About Ashton:

Unapologetically Black, same gender loving, HIV positive & atheist. All of these descriptors speak to the identity of the New Orleans native who at age fifteen took part in the founding of one of the first Gay/straight alliances ever in a New Orleans area high school. That was the genesis of his work as a civil rights activist. He knows what being marginalized looks and feels like which informs his philosophy that Black liberation and justice must be inter-sectional. Ashton’s belief in Black liberation and inter-sectional justice is highlighted by his active involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement, racial justice, feminism, LGBTQ rights and secular activism.

Ashton is currently based in Houston, TX and is The Co – Founder & lead organizer for Black Lives Matter: Houston. When he isn’t organizing, Ashton acts as Co – chair for the Black Humanist Alliance, which is a coalition of secular activists under the American Humanist Association. In the LGBT community Ashton is very involved in the fight for equality and his efforts led to a recent appointment to the City of Houston’s first LGBT advisory board. As the founder of the Strength In Numbers Project and blog he writes about issues affecting the Black community while implementing the tenets set forth in the main project (more info). In addition to his own blog, Ashton writes as a blogger for POZ magazine and has contributed to many publications like The Humanist, The Body, Houston Press, and many others on a myriad of subjects.

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Workshops for Skepticon 11

Skepticon was one of the early secular and skeptic conferences to offer workshops, and we’re not about to stop just because we’ve moved. When we bring this many talented people together, we want to share skills and expertise. (We’re also big on putting people to work. Don’t tell anyone.)

Do you have knowledge to share at Skepticon? Yes, you. You, right there.

Look, if you’ve ever thought to yourself that you wished more activists or skeptics or people leaving religion knew some thing that you know, you have the base for a workshop. Never given one before? That’s okay. Everyone has to start somewhere, and we’re happy to show you how. There are fine reasons not to want to give a workshop, but don’t sell yourself short. Share what you know.

This year, Skepticon will offer workshops from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. If you plan on being at Skepticon and would like to offer you skills, please fill out this form.

Unfortunately, Skepticon cannot provide travel or hotel costs for workshop presenters.