Sunday Workshops Part 2!


Check out The Secular Women Workshops Track for Sunday!


Sam Farooqui – “Finding Your Way Around Moose”

Ex-Muslim issues can be really complicated for never-Muslims to parse. Frequently, never-Muslims fall prey to overcorrection, saviorism, or just plain silence. This workshop has been designed to educate never-Muslims on the intersections that tend to be involved where ex-Muslims are concerned, and how to work with and for those issues, in order to create substantive change.

Don’t miss out on Sam’s workshop on Sunday at 2:00 PM.


Stephanie Zvan – “How to do a Workshop”

Do you want to put on a workshop, but aren’t sure how to design an effective one? Learn how to use the interactive nature of workshops to build confidence while conveying useful information.

Don’t miss out on Stephanie’s workshop on Sunday at 3:00 PM.


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Sunday Workshops Part 1


Check out The Skepticon Workshops Track for Sunday!


Eric Wells, Cora Hanf, and Amy Slavin – “How to Create, Build and Maintain a Local Secular Group”

“The Springfield Skeptics was formed from scratch in 2014 and since then has grown into a strong secular community providing a lively discussion forum, a place to vent, and social and community service events.” Hosted by Eric Wells, Cora Hanf, and Amy Slavin, Join their workshop called “How to Create, Build and Maintain a Local Secular Group” where they will discuss “tips and tricks to maintaining excitement, how to provide that sense of community which is often what keeps individuals returning to churches, how to select leadership, how to market and promote the group and much more.”

Don’t miss out on Springfield Skeptics’s workshop on Sunday at 2:00 PM.


Galen Broaddus – “How You Can Make Change As a Novice Activist”

Galen Broaddus talks about their role in lobbying and ultimately bringing a federal lawsuit over secular celebrants and Illinois marriage law, the lessons learned as a novice activist, and how other new activists can make their own change.

Don’t miss out on Galen’s workshop on Sunday at 3:00 PM.

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Saturday Workshops Part 2!


Check out The Secular Women Workshops Track for Saturday!


Maddy Love and Marissa McCool – “Start your own podcast”

So, you wanna start a podcast.

Don’t miss out on Maddy and Marissa’s workshop on Saturday at 10:00 AM.


Rebecca Hensler – “Deescalation”

With every direct action, there is a chance the situation will get out of control. Explore ways to deescate before things get bad.

Don’t miss out on Rebecca’s workshop on Saturday at 11:00 AM.


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Announcing Skepticon’s Unconference………… The Skepticun!

Hey Skepticondlers!

Open space technology is coming to Skepticon! Hosted by Benny Vimes, this self-organizing event will allow skepticon attendees an opportunity to bring the issues and subjects they consider most important to the skeptical and freethinking communities. Expect lively conversations and copious opportunities to learn.

If you have ever wanted to give a talk at a conference like Skepticon, this is your chance! Begin preparing your talk as soon as possible, as well prepared and practiced talks will be most successful.

If you have a great idea for a workshop, bring your great idea to The Skepticun! This is a great chance to test out a new workshop idea, or to try running one for the first time.

That discussion topic you’re aching to sit down and chat about with other skeptics and freethinkers? Perfect for The Skepticun! Bring your passions and ideas and you will have a chance to explore them here.

At 11am on Friday those attending The Skepticun will meet and self-organize our schedule for the day. It is HIGHLY recommended that you arrive by 11am to participate in this event. The Skepticun will then run until 5pm Friday afternoon.

Looking forward to enjoying this new experience with you!

Team Skepticon

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Saturday Workshops Part 1


Check out The Skepticon Workshops Track for Saturday!


Jude Lane – “Expressing Humanism Through Service”

Following in the footsteps of our own Bentern(Ben + Intern), Jude Lane took it upon himself to join the Humanist Serice Corp after hearing Ben “SweaterVest” Blanchard speak at Skepticon 7! Now that he is back, he is hosting a workshop on “Expressing humanism through service”.

Don’t miss out on Jude’s workshop on Saturday at 10:00 AM.


Randall Jensen – “Alternatives to Healing: Transformative Justice and Unpacking Collective Trauma from the Criminal Injustice System”

We invited Randall Jensen to be one of our guests this year on our main stage, but one talk is not enough to encompass Randall’s awesomeness, so he is doing a workshop as well!

Join Randall as he presents “Alternatives to Healing: Transformative Justice and Unpacking Collective Trauma from the Criminal Injustice System” where in it he will discuss how we “work from a transformative justice framework and recognize the realities of the criminal injustice system’s impact on individual people’s lives, specifically those who live in this country with marginalized identities and experiences. Further, what happens when most resources for support are inaccessible and inappropriate for certain people and communities?  In large and small group activities, participants will discuss how individual people may need to navigate alternatives to healing to help keep one another safe from violence and trauma, particularly when working outside of traditional, mainstream systems of support (i.e. children’s division, mental health service providers, hospitals, law enforcement, etc.)”

Don’t miss out on Randall’s workshop on Saturday at 11:00 AM.

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Friday Workshops Part 2!


Check out The Secular Women Workshops Track for Friday!


Mandisa Thomas – “Creating a Welcoming Group”

You can plan the events, but to get people in the seats, they have to feel they belong.This workshop will walk you through making your group a welcoming one.

Don’t miss out on Mandisa’s workshop on Friday at 9:00 AM.


Monett Richards – “Organizing a Lobby Day”

We’ve clicked on action alerts, sent faxes, emails and texts. We have even called our elected officials, mostly to end up in voice mail. What’s the next step? Why not go visit them in person? Why not take your friends, too!

Don’t miss out on Monett’s workshop on Friday at 10:00 AM.


Debbie Goddard – “TBA”

Debbie has been a long time supporter of Skepticon and one of the original individuals that helped us get on our feet as an organizaion, she has been on our main stage multiple times and never misses a conference.

Don’t miss out on Debbie’s workshop on Friday at 11:00 AM.


Greta Christina – “Making Ourselves Relevant In the Resistance”

With all that is going on in the world, how can the secular movement remain relevant?

Don’t miss out on Greta’s workshop on Friday at 12:00 PM.


Ingrid Nelson & Laura Thomas – “Lessons from AIDS Activism”

Learn Direct Action from activists who have been there and done it. These members of ActUP will go over the lessons they learned during AIDS Activism.

Don’t miss out on Ingrid and Laura’s workshop on Friday at 1:00 PM.


Hiba Bint Zeinab – “Creating a Self-Care Plan”

We often talk about the importance of self-care. But do we know how to actually put it into practice?

Don’t miss out on Hiba’s workshop on Friday at 2:00 PM.


Stephanie, Monette and Jessica – “Imposter Syndrome”

Impostor syndrome is that feeling that you’re just faking what you do and are going to be found out any minute. It keeps us from fully appreciating our own work and from tackling new, ambitious projects that need to be done. Come gather tips and exercises to combat this problem and be a more effective, secure activist.

Don’t miss out on Stephanie, Monette and Jessica’s workshop on Friday at 3:00 PM.


Heina Dadabhoy – “Consent”

Heina was an attendee before she ever stepped on the skepticon stage, Will you join her as she continues the discussion about Consent?

Don’t miss out on Heina’s workshop on Friday at 4:00 PM.

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Friday Workshops Part 1


Check out The Skepticon Workshops Track for Friday!


Heina Dadabhoy – “Improving & Reducing Your Screw-Ups”

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Man… I screw-up a lot.” Then have we got the work shop for you! Join Heina Dadabhoy as they host the workshop “Improving & Reducing Your Screw-Ups”!

As Heina says “Everyone messes up sometimes. Here’s how to not put your foot in your mouth and do better next time in a world where few forgive and no one forgets. We will be examining various recent screw-ups and discuss what could have been done better.”

Don’t miss out on Heina’s workshop on Friday at 11:00 AM.


Chad McLaurin – “Culture War Skirmishes: Moving Forward”

“The ongoing culture wars for the “soul” of America is in full swing, and those who would narrowly define the norms for society are organized! Those who do not fit their definition of acceptable society (e.g., non-religious, LGBTQ, feminists, progressives, etc.) will be relegated to perpetual “outgroup” status until they are either swept back into the shadows by varying degrees of force, or are adopted into society as an ingroup member. The road to inclusion is multi-faceted, spanning public policy at federal, state, and local levels; social expressions of normalcy; and individual mindset.”

Join a very passionate Chad McLaurin for his workshops including “a brief presentation to help provide structure for interactive brainstorming and the development of strategic action points that will help individuals channel their efforts into the facets with which they choose to engage, based on their individual strengths.”

Don’t miss out on Chad’s workshop on Friday at 2:00 PM.


Nick Fish – “Unlikely Allies: Building a Coalition to Protect the Johnson Amendment”

Sometimes the political landscape seems overwhelming and you just are not sure what to do, well join Nick Fish for his workshop “Unlikely Allies: Building a Coalition to Protect the Johnson Amendment” where they “will discuss the national coalition fighting to protect the prohibition on churches and other 501(c)(3) nonprofits engaging in politics and how to build momentum behind this issue at the local level, including a training on how to lobby your member of Congress.”

Don’t miss out on Nick’s workshop on Friday at 3:00 PM.


Darrel Ray – “What I Learned From a Lifetime of Activism”

One thing that I love about what we do at Skepticon is that we bring together people with experience. One of our long time guests Darrel Ray has had the opportunity to know and work with so many Activists and comes to you now with his workshop “What I Learned From a Lifetime of Activism”

As he says, “Activism is a marathon, not a sprint. Effective activists act strategically and build strong bridges to allies. Today’s environment calls for all of us to become activists in some way. Learn what that means for you and how to avoid common self defeating mistakes many activists make.”

Don’t miss out on Darrel’s workshop on Friday at 4:00 PM.

If you haven’t yet, make sure you have registered for Skepticon10! its going to be Amazeballs!

SK10 Speaker Topics!

Hello Skepticoners!

I bet you’d like to know what kind of awesome things our speakers are going to be talking about AND BY GOLLY YOU WILL KNOW!

  • Dr. Samantha Montano
    • From Acts of Gods to Disasterology: This presentation will explore the evolution from considering disasters as “Acts of God” to studying them scientifically. For much of human history calamities were viewed as being outside human control. As a scientific understanding of natural hazards like hurricanes and earthquakes developed, a shift towards interpreting disasters as natural phenomena took hold. In ascribing the cause of disasters to God and/ or nature, human responsibility for preventing disasters was removed. A third shift among the scientific community has led us to view disasters as invoking the relationship between nature and society. This understanding, while relatively long held within the scientific community, has begun to permeate to the general public. After disasters like Hurricane Harvey and Irma, we see news stories with titles like “This was no natural disaster” as people begin to make the connections to how human action contributes to disasters. Soon the term “natural disaster” will likely become as obsolete as “Act of God”.
  • Jessica Xiao
    • Fostering online communities/mobilizing them for action.
  • Mandisa Thomas
    • Mandisa Thomas will be explaining why it’s important to effectively manage organizations, and the people in them.
  • Mika McKinnon
    • Pre-Apocalyptic Party Planning: No where is safe from disasters, and it’s only a matter of time before catastrophe strikes. But you don’t need to passively await certain doom! This is a planning guide for hosting parties that enhance g personal preparedness and community resilience while having a good time. (Really!)
  • Randall Jenson
    • Queering Violence
  • Ross Blocher
    • Ross Blocher takes you on a wild journey through his interactions with various religious groups, alternative medical practitioners, fringe scientists and paranormalists. Along the way, learn by example (and counter-example) where you can have effective conversation and when it’s best to cut your losses.
  • Leighann Lord
    • Stand Up Comedy!
  • Laura Thomas
    • Why are some drugs legal and others not? Is strawberry-flavored meth really a thing? Come learn about drugs, people who use drugs, prohibition, and how to be a skeptical consumer of media reports about drugs.
  • Nikki Jane
    • Mental health and the black community: Discussing what suicide/mental illness look like in the black community, and how we can make changes.

Do you guys know a good doctor? Because this LINEUP LOOKS SICK! Can’t wait to see these amazing speakers on stage!

See you all SOOOOON!


Team Skepticon

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Operation Workshops

AHHHHHHHHHHH! Skepticon is right around the corner! There is so little time and so much to do!

This year we wanted to adapt our lineup and do something a little different! Every year since we have started hosting workshops, I get the question; “What workshops are going to be on Saturday and Sunday?” Well… at the time we only had them on Fridays, but that is no more!

It might have taken us a few years, but we have changed it up and we are offering workshops each day during the conference this year. Every Day we will be announcing more and more workshops that will be at this year’s convention. So stay tuned for the Amazeballs that is Skepticon10!

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