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.