Speakers

Paul Kurtz

Paul KurtzPaul Kurtz is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, chairman of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), the Council for Secular Humanism, and Prometheus Books, and editor-in-chief of Free Inquiry Magazine. He is also founder and chairman of the Center for Inquiry, Transnational. He is a former Co-President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). BA, New York University; MA and PhD, Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Humanist Laureate and President of the International Academy of Humanism.

Paul Kurtz is the author of 850 articles. He is also author or editor of 45 books, including, The Fullnes of Life (1974); The Transcendental Temptation; A Critique of Religion and the Paranormal (1985), The New Skepticism: Inquiry and Reliable Knowledge (1992), In Defense of Secular Humanism (1984), Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Humanism (1988); Eupraxsophy: Living Without Religion (1989); Philosophical Essays in Pragmatic Naturalism (1990); Toward a New Enlightenment: The Philosphy of Paul Kurtz (ed by Vern Bullough and Tim Madigan, 1994); The Courage to Become (1997); Embracing the Powers of Humanism (2000); Skepticism and Humanism: The New Paradigm (2001); Skeptical Odysseys (2001); Affirmations (2004); Science and Religion (with Barry Karr, 2003).

Paul Kurtz has taught at Trinity, Union and Vassar Colleges as well as The New School for Social Research and City University of New York. He has lectured widely at Universities all over the world, including Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, University of California, University of Michigan, Heidelberg, London, Sydney, Moscow State University and University of Warsaw.

Ruth Frazier

Ruth FrazierRuth Frazier has held a number of professional positions in nonprofit management. She was the president and CEO of Futures for Children, a nonprofit focusing on Native American education opportunities, from 1974 to 1997, and in that position also helped to develop independent community organizations throughout Central America. She has consulted widely in organizational development and Native American affairs and is on the board of a family foundation that works with other cultures in several countries. Her most recent work has been in Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Africa. She is the past president of the New Mexico Women’s Forum.

Kendrick Frazier

Ken FrazierKendrick Frazier is the longtime editor of the Skeptical Inquirer: The Magazine for Science and Reason and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a former editor of Science News, and has also been an editor at the National Academy of Sciences and Sandia National Laboratories. He is the author or editor of ten books, the most recent Science Under Siege (Prometheus, May 2009), a new anthology of Skeptical Inquirer articles. He is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a member of its Executive Council, and a recipient of its In Praise of Reason Award. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Center for Inquiry.

Toni Van Pelt

Toni Van PeltToni Van Pelt is the director of the Center for Inquiry-Office of Public Policy centered in Washington DC. Prior to her reassignment to Washington, Toni was the first executive director for the Center for Inquiry-Florida. In her role as the president of Florida National Organization for Women, she lobbied the Federal and Florida Legislature, helping to write and establish new law in the state. She is a veteran of Congressional and state political campaigns working for candidates as well as on issues. She has appeared on television, and has been interviewed by national and international media both press and broadcast. Her past career as the owner of a travel agency specializing in international travel has afforded her the opportunity to travel to many areas of the globe and has informed her worldview.

Lawrence M. Krauss

Lawrence KraussDr. Krauss, a prolific and popular writer (eight books and 250+ articles), is also an indefatigable fighter for science and critical thinking. At Arizona State University, Krauss is Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Departments, Associate Director of the Beyond Center, and Co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative. He is also Director of the exciting new Origins Initiative, which explores questions ranging from the origin of the Universe to the origins of human culture and cognition. Thus, Dr. Krauss has studied and expounded on matters from the microscopic to astronomical.

Krauss has been described by such magazines as Scientific American as a public intellectual. In performing with the Cleveland Orchestra, judging at the Sundance Film Festival, and his Grammy nominated notes for Telarc Records, Krauss has bridged the chasm between science and popular culture.

In his scientific career, Krauss is an international leader in cosmology and astrophysics, winning numerous international awards for his research and writing accomplishments. He is the only physicist to receive the highest awards of the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Institute of Physics. Krauss is co-chair of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Dr. Krauss has been particularly active in issues of science and society: he’s led efforts by scientists to defend teaching science in public schools; he’s helped define the proper limits of science and religion.

Derek C. Araujo

Derek AraujoDerek C. Araujo is Vice President and General Counsel of the Center for Inquiry and the director of CFI's legal department. He graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in physics, and earned a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. During his college years, he was the founding President of the Campus Freethought Alliance (now CFI On Campus) and of the Harvard Secular Society.

Patricia Scott Shroeder

Patricia Schroeder Congresswoman Patricia Scott Schroeder is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the national trade organization of the U.S. book publishing industry, a post she assumed on June 1, 1997. Mrs. Schroeder left Congress undefeated in 1996 after representing Colorado’s First Congressional District (Denver) in the United States House of Representatives for 24 years. For a brief period of time in 1986, she considered running for President but withdrew for lack of funds despite the fact that she ranked third in a Time magazine poll.

From January to June 1997, she held the rank of Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. In addition to heading the AAP, Mrs. Schroeder also serves on the Marguerite Casey Foundation Board of Directors, the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights Executive Committee, and is the Chair of the Council for a Livable World’s PeacePAC. She also serves on various advisory committees dealing with literacy and issues affecting children and women.

Pat Beauchamp

Pat BeauchampPat is the Manager of Business and Finance for the Center for Inquiry, CSI, and the Council for Secular Humanism. She is the coordinator of the Explorer's Club and coordinates national conferences.


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