Austin Dacey, Ph.D., Director of Research and Education at the Center for Inquiry, an associate editor of Free Inquiry magazine, and Editor in Chief of Philo, the Center's academic philosophy journal. He has written and spoken widely on issues at the intersection of science, religion, and society and is the author (with Lewis Vaughn) of The Case for Humanism: An Introduction. (Read more at www.austindacey.com.)
Edd Doerr is the President of Americans for Religious Liberty and the Senior Editor of Voice of Reason newsletter. He was the President of the American Humanist Association from 1995-2003 and a board member of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice from 1973-2004. A lecturer and publisher, he was editor of Church & State magazine from 1970-1982. Active in numerous U.S. Supreme Court cases and congressional and state legislative hearings on religious liberty issues, he has authored twenty-three books and written over 3,000 articles, translations, letter, reviews, short stories, and poems in numerous publications )
R. Joseph Hoffmann, Ph.D., is Chair of the international research organization, the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion (CSER) based at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, New York, where he is a Fellow. He is currently the Campbell Professor of Religion and Human Values at Wells College in Aurora, New York. Hoffmann holds graduate degrees in theology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Christian Origins from Oxford University, where he was Senior Scholar of St. Cross College (1980-1983). Hoffmann was the founder of the Oxford Centre for the Critical Study of Religion. His translations and reconstructions of the writings of the Church’s earliest critics have become fundamental texts for the study of the pagan context of early Christianity.
Susan Jacoby is an award-winning independent scholar and writer and the author of seven books, including Freethinkers and Wild Justice: The Evolution of Revenge, a Pulitzer Prize nominee. She began her career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has contributed articles to numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Nation, AARP Bulletin, Vogue, Newsday, and TomPaine.com. She has lived in New York City for 30 years. (Read more at www.susanjacoby.com.)
Sheila Suess Kennedy is an Associate Professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, teaching Law and Public Policy. She is a member of IUPUI’s Philanthropic Studies faculty, a Faculty Fellow with the Center for Religion and American Culture and the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, and an adjunct professor of political science. Ms. Kennedy is the author of four books including, What’s a Nice Republican Girl Like Me Doing at the ACLU? and Free Expression in America: A Documentary History. (Read more at www.sheilakennedy.net.)
David Koepsell, Ph.D., is an attorney and Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism and First Amendment Task Force. He is admitted to practice in all New York State courts, the Western and Southern District Federal Courts of N.Y., the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Koepsell has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including FOX's Dayside with Linda Vester, The Abrams Report on MSNBC, and PAX TV’s Faith Under Fire.
Ronald A. Lindsay is by training both a philosopher and a lawyer, with a Ph.D. from Georgetown University and a J. D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Dr. Lindsay has published articles on various public policy issues in several publications, including the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and Free Inquiry. He also has authored amicus briefs in prominent church-state cases, including an amicus brief that was submitted on behalf of the Council for Secular Humanism and the International Academy of Humanism in McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky (one of the Ten Commandments cases decided by the Supreme Court.)
Paul Kurtz, Ph.D., is the chairman and founder of the Council for Secular Humanism and the Center for Inquiry-Transnational and a professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. For 40 years, Kurtz has remained the leading organizational and intellectual figure in the humanist and skeptical movement. He is an author or editor of 45 books, including Affirmations: Joyful and Creative Exuberance; Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?; and The Transcendental Temptation. He has appeared on many national television and radio programs, including CNN's Larry King Live, MSNBC Investigates, Nightline, NBC News, BBC Radio, PAX TV’s Faith Under Fire, and NPR's All Things Considered.
Eddie Tabash, a civil-rights attorney, the chair of the First Amendment Task Force of the Council for Secular Humanism, and the chair of the national legal committee for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Tabash has published numerous articles on civil rights and religion in the Beverly Hills Bar Journal, Daily Breeze, the Los Angeles Times, and The Los Angeles Daily Journal.