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The AHA Speakers Bureau

AHA Speakers Bureau (left to right): Anthony Pinn, Maggie Ardiente, Margaret Downey, Robert Boston, Roy Speckhardt

The American Humanist Association's Speakers Bureau features humanist and freethought personalities who are available to speak at your local meetings and events. Each speaking request is taken on a case by case basis and subject to the schedule availability of the speaker.

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Maggie Ardiente Maggie Ardiente
Maggie Ardiente is the Director of Development and Communications at the American Humanist Association.
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Jason Bathon Jason Bathon

Jason Bathon is the founder of the Northwest Arkansas Humanist Association and LogiCon.

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Rob Boston Rob Boston
Rob Boston joined the Americans United staff in 1987 and currently serves as Director of Communications.
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John Compere John Compere
John S. Compere, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who spent the first 15 years of his adulthood as a Southern Baptist minister.
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Ted Cox Ted Cox
Ted Cox is an award winning writer whose work has appeared in the Sacramento News & Review, Metro Silicon Valley, and Alternet.
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James Croft James Croft
James is vice-chair of the Humanist Graduate Community at Harvard University, and a Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist Chaplaincy.
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Thea Deley Thea Deley
Thea Deley is a Humanist writer/performer based in western Colorado. She currently tours her solo comedy show, “Jesus Loves You! (But Hates Me),” which explores her religious childhood and journey from believer to blasphemer.
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Margaret Downey Margaret Downey
Margaret Downey is the founder of the Freethought Society and the Anti-Discrimination Support Network.
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Fred Edwords Fred Edwords
Fred Edwords currently serves as National Director for the United Coalition of Reason.
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Jason Frye Jason Frye
Jason Frye is the coordinator for the LGBT Humanist Council and a longtime LGBT & Humanist activist.
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Abby Hafer Abby Hafer
Abby Hafer is a speaker, writer and humorist who particularly loves taking on Intelligent Design, Creationism, the politics surrounding them, and science denialism in general.
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Jennifer Kalmanson Jennifer Kalmanson
Jenny Kalmanson is a Humanist Celebrant and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Humanist Association.
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David Niose David Niose
David Niose is the immediate past-president of the American Humanist Association & current legal director of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, running the AHLC's Massachusetts office. A founding member of Greater Worcester Humanists, and he has also served as an officer and board member of Greater Boston Humanists.
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Andy Norman Andy Norman
Andy Norman teaches philosophy at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University and is the former Director of CMU's Ethics, History and Public Policy program.
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Anthony Pinn Anthony Pinn
Anthony Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University and is also Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies, a think tank in Washington, DC.
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Susan Sackett Susan Sackett
Susan Sackett serves on the American Humanist Association Board of Directors and is secretary on the executive committee.
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Lyle Simpson Lyle Simpson
Lyle Simpson is an attorney, lecturer, and author who is active in the humanist community.
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Roy Speckhardt Roy Speckhardt
Roy Speckhardt is executive director of the American Humanist Association where he actively promotes the humanist perspective on progressive political issues.
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Nikki Stern Nikki Stern
Nikki Stern is a writer, presenter, and the author of two books, most recently Hope in Small Doses.
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Mandisa Thomas Mandisa Thomas
Mandisa Thomas, a native of New York City, is a founder and current President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. working to encourage more Blacks to come out and stand strong with their nonbelief in the face of such strong religious overtones.
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Charlie Vail Charlie Vail
Charlie Vail is a long-time student of humanism and a sometimes writer. He has had essays published in Religious Humanism and Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, and he is the author of the book, "Thus Let Me Live: An Essay in Humanism."
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