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Speakers

Memphis Freethought Alliance asks educators and leaders to speak and educate the public on various topics related to freethought and our mission. All of the speakers who've spoken for our non-profit organization did so pro bono (for free!). All of us appreciate the volunteer work of these extraordinary educators and their willingness to take the time out of their busy schedules to help our community.

 

June 10, 2017

CHRIS JOHNSON

Documentary Screening: Meaning in a World Without God

 

May 23, 2017

SETH ANDREWS

The Thinking Atheist

Talk with Seth Andrews

 

April 9, 2017

JARED WILSEY, PH.D.

The "Chemical Imbalance" Myth for Psychiatric Disorders (Minority View)

 

 

February 12, 2017

MICHAEL COLLINS

Rhodes College

Defending Evolution: Addressing Misconceptions and Rebutting Creationism

 

 

February 7, 2016

MICHAEL COLLINS

Rhodes College

The Sixth Mass Extinction: Threats, Consequences, and Challenges

 

 

October 25, 2015

STEPHEN GUENTHER

Mid-South Paranormal Society

Exploring the Paranormal

 

 

August 30, 2015

YASIR KAZI

Rhodes College

Islam 101: Between Fact & Fiction

 

February 8, 2015

THILINA DILAN SURASINGHE

Rhodes College

Revisited: Evidence for Evolution, Some Insights

 

September 28, 2014

MONICA MILLER

Lehigh University

Religion and Hip Hop

 

May 30, 2014

PHIL FERGUSON

Raising Rational Children in an Irrational World

 

February 9, 2014

MICHAEL COLLINS

Rhodes College

Evolution: Birds and Dinosaurs

 

January 19, 2014

ATTORNEY ALLISON WANNAMAKER

Immigration Contrarians

 

May 19, 2013

TOM GRAVES

LeMoyne-Owen College

The Great Debates: The 1968 Clash Between William Buckley Jr and Gore Vidal

Mythmaking and the Legend of Bluesman Robert Johnson

 

April 28, 2013

ROY VAN ARSDALE, Ph.D.

University of Memphis

The Formation and Geologic History of the Mississippi Valley

 

 

February 17, 2013

MICHAEL COLLINS, Ph.D.

Rhodes College

Standing on the Shoulders of a Giant: Advances since Darwin and the Relevance of Evolutionary Biology

(Darwin Day Celebration)

 

November 25, 2012

LECIA BROOKS

Southern Poverty Law Center, Outreach Director

Fighting Hate and Promoting Diversity in the Mid-South

 

September 30, 2012

MICHAEL COLLINS, Ph.D.

Rhodes College

Science Education, Climate Change, Evolution and Denialism

 

 

August 26, 2012

DAN BARKER

Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation

Tilting at the Water Towers: The Battle to Keep Religion and Government Separate

 

April 29, 2012

ROSANNA CAPELLATO, Ph.D.

Rhodes College

Ecosystems in the Memphis Wooded Parks

 

February 1, 2012

ANNE GULLICK, JD

The Tennessee Equality Project

 

January 29, 2012

LINDA R. MONK, JD

How the Baptists Created Separation of Church & State

YouTube Video Link

 

 

September 15, 2011

UNIV. OF MEMPHIS LAW PROFESSOR, STEVEN MULROY, JD

School Prayer: DeSoto County and the Constitution

YouTube Video Link

 

 

 

August 21, 2011

JAMILA BEY

Critical Thinking: A Problem in the African-American Community?

YouTube Video Link

 

 

 

March 26, 2011

ROBERT COLLINS

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?

YouTube Video Link

 

 

 

June 6, 2010

ATTORNEY PAUL GROSSWALD

Ex-Scientologist Speaks on Scientology

 

 

March 7, 2010

DARREL RAY, Ed.D.

The God Virus

 

 

November 29, 2009

ROBERT COLLINS

Math Errors in the Bible

 

 

October 18, 2009

VICTOR STENGER, Ph.D.

New Atheism (also the title of his new book)

 

 

October 4, 2009

CLIFF FIEDLER

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Separation of Church and State

 

 

July 27, 2008

BARBARA FORREST, Ph.D.

"Slam Dunk for Science and the Constitution: Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District 2005"

 

 

June 29, 2008

ELOKIN CaPECE

Planned Parenthood

JENNIFER MARSHALL

Memphis Center for Reproductive Health

NIKOLE GETTING

MCRH

Panel Discussion on Abortion--Past and Present

 

 

March 31, 2008

MARK W. MUESSE, Ph.D.

Rhodes College

Imagining Hinduism

 

 

October 28, 2007

Dr. ROBERT WEBSTER

St Jude Children's Research Hospital

The Bird Flu-An Update

 

 

September 30, 2007

ROBERT (BOB) COLLINS

Contradictions in the Bible

 

 

March 25, 2007

HEMANT MEHTA

I Sold My Soul on eBay

  The Friendly Atheist

 

 

February 18, 2007

ATTORNEY D. JACK SMITH 

International Recognition for Repealing the "Monkey Trial"

 

 

September 24, 2006

GAIL STREETE, Ph.D.

Rhodes College 

The Re-Mythologizing of Mary Magdalene

 

 

August 27, 2006

ATTORNEY SCOTT KRAMER 

Separation of Church and State

 

 

 

June 25, 2006

EMIL KLOTT, PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR/COMIC 

Stranger Than Truth Comedy Show

 

 

 

February 5, 2006

ANNA BESS SORIN, Ph.D.

University of Memphis 

The Significance of Charles Darwin and Evolution

 

 

August 28, 2005

Dr. ROBERT WEBSTER 

The Evolution of the Bird Flu Virus

 

 

 

July 16, 2005

BARBARA FORREST, Ph.D. 

Inside Creationism's Trojan Horse: A Closer Look at Intelligent Design

 

 

 

March 6, 2005

JOHN HUTSON, Ph.D.

The Words We Use, What We Mean