Updates!

HELLO!

We almost forgot to tell you about two new things at Skepticon this year!

The first is that we will be changing our seating around in the Main hall so that the center sections will all have tables so that you may be able to utilize the space better. Now for those of you that prefer the theater seating, we are keeping the wings the same. This should give you more room, and a better verity of seating options. We know that we have a lot of bloggers out there that attend skepticon, and we wanted to give you the ability to take notes if you wanted. With this setup, there will not be charging stations except in the back of the house like it was before.

The second announcement is that we now have a mobile app!

All you have to do is:
1.) Go to http://eventsxd.com/download and Select your Platform!
2.) Search for Skepticon 10

With this you can search by Speakers, Rooms, or Tracks.

Hope you enjoy!

SK10 Speaker: Nikki Jane!

Hello again Skepticon Lovers!

Due to Libby Cowgill needing to step down, we have a lineup update to share and ya’ll…this year is gonna rock our socks.

Please welcome Nikki Jane as to the Skepticon 10 crew! 

Nikki Jane born Jessica Nicole is a activist, artist, and writer currently residing in Kansas City, MO.
Jane is a BLM activist, and spoke on the movement at Skepticon in 2016. Newer to activism she was inspired to speak out against racism after the death of Mike Brown in 2014. Her activism focuses on feminism, racism, mass incarceration, sex worker rights/safety, de-stigmatizing mental illness, and eating disorder awareness.
While living in Joplin, MO she co-founded a local intersectional feminist group, Joplin Intersectional Feminism. During her time there she helped organize and plan film viewing fundraiser of the critically acclaimed 13th for a local black history group. In March she appeared on an episode of Danielle Mustaco’s podcast Resist where she spoke on BLM, sex worker rights, and vegetarianism.
She plans to further her studies at a university in Kansas City next year while studying graphic design and film making.
You can find her on Twitter & Instagram: @blvckberri

We’re so excited to have Nikki join us for our tenth year and we hope you are, too!

Love,

Skepticon

P.S. — Please consider donating to Skepticon today and help us make this year amazing!

SK10 Speaker: Kayley Whalen!

Hello Skepticon Lovers!

Please welcome back Kayley Whalen as our next speaker on the Skepticon 10 lineup!

Kayley  is a queer activist and writer whose work has appeared in the Huffington Post, the Lambda-Award winning anthology Gender Outlaws the Next GenerationThe Humanist magazine and numerous blogs. She is a vocal atheist, drug policy reformer, and proud geek! As if she weren’t busy enough with all that, Kayley is the Digital Strategies and Social Media Manager at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and she volunteers with Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center, and is on the Board of Directors of Ingersoll Gender Center.

As a multiracial white and Latina transgender woman, Kayley Whalen is excited about building an intersectional atheist and queer social justice movement. A childhood fascination with Isaac Asimov, rocketry and Air & Space magazine led her to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. There, she built and entered robots in Botball competitions, which she funded by baking pies. While she initially studied engineering at Rice University, she graduated Swarthmore College with a degree in English Literature and Women’s Studies in 2007. Kayley skated with the DC Rollergirls All-Stars under the name “Lenore Gore.”  Although she no longer builds robots or plays roller derby, she still loves science, baking, and can totally kick your ass at yoga.

We’re so excited to have them back with us for our tenth year and we hope you are, too!

Love,

Skepticon

P.S. — Please consider donating to Skepticon today and help us make this year amazing!

SK10 Speaker: Leighann Lord!

Hello Skepticon Lovers!

Please welcome Leighann Lord as our next speaker to the Skepticon 10 lineup!

Leighann Lord was the New York City face of the African Americans for Humanism outreach campaign sponsored by the Center for Inquiry and it’s Millions Living Happily Without Religion Campaign. Author Chris Johnson featured her in The Atheist Book: A Better Life. Leighann has been a co-host on the Emmy-nominated StarTalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson. Leighann is also a CFI certified Secular Celebrant; officiating at milestone life events commemorated with a nonreligious worldview. Most recently Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. named her one of the Northeast Region’s Significant Seven for her contribution in the field of entertainment. As a veteran stand-up comedian, Leighann has been seen on: Lifetime, VH-1, Comedy Central, HBO, and The View. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post and the author of Leighann Lord’s Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget and Real Women Do It Standing Up: Stories From the Career of a Very Funny Lady. Follow her at VeryFunnyLady.com.

We’re so excited to have them join us for our tenth year and we hope you are, too!

Love,

Skepticon

P.S. — Please consider donating to Skepticon today and help us make this year amazing!

SK10 Speaker: Laura Thomas!

Hello Skepticon Lovers!

Please welcome Laura Thomas (that’s right – SHE’S BACK!) as our very first speaker to the Skepticon 10 lineup!

Laura Thomas is the deputy state director of the Drug Policy Institute, California, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She oversees the Institute’s municipal drug strategy work in San Francisco and leads DPA’s California harm reduction and public health legislation. She has over 25 years of experience in HIV and public health policy, along with a strong commitment to community advocacy, thoughtful policy analysis and coalition building. She first became involved in AIDS activism with ACT UP in San Francisco. Before joining DPA, she was a consultant specializing in HIV policy and planning, with clients ranging from the California State Office of AIDS to the National Association of People with AIDS. She has also worked for Tenderloin Health, a nonprofit health and social service provider serving a predominantly homeless population in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Thomas has been a syringe access volunteer for more than 18 years, and helped organize a successful 2007 symposium on safe injection facilities. She is proud to have received the AIDS Hero Award from the 2000 AIDS Candlelight Memorial. She serves on the HIV Prevention Planning Council and the San Francisco Cannabis State Legalization Task Force and is on the Steering Committee for the national HIV Prevention Justice Alliance.

We’re so excited to have them join us for our tenth year and we hope you are, too!

Love,

Skepticon

P.S. — Please consider donating to Skepticon today and help us make this year amazing!

Speaker Spotlight on Heina Dadabhoy

One of our very mostest favoritest things in the world is to see someone that’s near and dear to Skepticon’s heart really “make it”. Heina Dadabhoy is one of those people. Heina has been with us for many moons as a workshopper. This year she’s coming back to Skepticon, only this time on the main stage, and nothing but a disaster with the space-time vortex could keep us away!

Heina is a writer/blogger/speaker/woman of many talents. She puts those talents to good use in advocating things near and dear to her heart. We suspect she’s actually a Time Lord. Why? She certainly HAS to have at least two hearts to have so many different topics be that “near and dear” to her heart(s)! Her some of her personal favorites are Islam, feminism, deconversion, and attempting to answer the question of why a good God would permits the manifestation of evil. (that’s called theodicy for those of you looking to build your Scrabble vocabulary)

She just successfully ran a campaign to fund A Skeptic’s Guide to Islam, from Pitchstone Publishing, intending to educate those without a Muslim background on Islam. She actively presents and blogs on socially significant topics such as evolution, Internet trolling, beauty scams, female scientists, gender differences, rape in Dubai, women at geeky conferences (is that about us? are we geeky, Heina???), Time Lord history, and being an ex-Muslim.

Heina 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 her airfare, taxis, and hotel room so that she can speak at Skepticon, since she doesn’t plan on bringing her TARDIS. As of September 10, 2014 we are only at 49% of our fundraising goal. If you’re excited to see her present, please consider donating to help cover the costs of getting her to Springfield, MO this November.

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.