Carl "Sargon of Akkad" Benjamin is a popular independent Vlogger with over 700,000 subscribers on YouTube. A skeptic of ideologies both theological and political, his channel is dedicated to rational arguments backed by evidence. Sometimes a polemicist, at other times soft spoken, Sargon of Akkad has created a considerable amount of content regarding skeptical thought.
Dr. Peter Boghossian is a full time faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at Portland State University. He’s an international speaker for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason and the Center for Inquiry, and has an extensive publication record across multiple domains of thought. He’s the author of A Manual for Creating Atheists and the creator of the Atheos app.
Angel Bonilla is an LA-based singer and outspoken advocate for transgender rights, originally from the Philippines. Bonilla represented the Philippines at the 25th annual Discovery International Pop Song Festival in Bulgaria in 2016 and placed 2nd runner up out of 57 countries. She was the first Filipina to ever compete in the festival. In 2018, she became the first openly transgender singer to appear on NBC’s “The Voice."
Richard Carrier is the author of Sense and Goodness without God, On the Historicity of Jesus, The Scientist in the Early Roman Empire, and many other books, chapters, and articles. With a Ph.D. in ancient history from Columbia University, he now specializes in the modern philosophy of naturalism, the origins of Christianity, and the intellectual history of Greece and Rome. For more about him and his work visit his website.
Melissa Chen studied Computational Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Computational Biology at Boston University. She worked at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
She describes herself as a genome scientist by day and secular activist by night, though sometimes that order is switched. She is the Editor/Curator at Global Secular Humanist Movement, which has 370K subscribers and Co-Founder & COO at Securing Change. Melissa is also launching a new non-profit called Ideas Without Borders. She was born in Singapore and immigrated to the US where she read genetics and computational biology in college and grad school.
Karen L. Garst holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She retired as executive director of the Oregon State Bar in 2008. She has edited two anthologies about women and religion: Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion and Women v. Religion: The Case Against Faith… and for Freedom.
Allie Jackson is the co-host of Atheist Republic News podcast and CEO of Atheist Republic, a nonprofit organization that provides news, blogs, book publication and much more. Atheist Republic have millions of followers and supporters world-wide. Jackson focuses her personal time on providing emotional support to atheists in religious countries and helping them find resources for asylum.
Marissa is a Seattle-based writer, entrepreneur, speaker, and organizer working at the intersections of politics, Blackness, womanhood, and Christianity. She has previously organized within the Black Lives Matter movement, and with high school and college students who want to organize within their academic institutions. Marissa controversially reached the national stage when she helped take over a Seattle rally for 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. She’s been featured on platforms such as MSNBC, Fox News, BBC, Vice News, and and NY Mag, and her work has been talked about by nearly every major media outlet in the country.
Dmitry Krivochenitser is a Russian atheist Jew ... pretty much in that order. The longer he lives in Wisconsin, the more he worships Beer and Cheese. This is Dmitry's second time hosting Mythcon. He dabbles in health care by day and co-hosts the Mythinformed podcast by night.
Claire Lehmann is the founder and editor of Quillette, one of the world's fastest growing platforms dedicated to free thought, reason, and heretical ideas. She is also a writer with a degree in psychology, and her work has appeared in Commentary, Scientific American, The Sydney Morning Herald and Psychology Today.
James A. Lindsay is a thinker, not a philosopher, with a doctorate in math and background in physics. He is the author of four books, most recently Life in Light of Death. His essays have appeared in TIME, Scientific American, and The Philosophers’ Magazine. He is lead author of "The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct" and thinks everybody is wrong about God.
Vadim Newquist is a comedian, political/pop culture commentator and humble servant to YouTube's Creationist Cat. He's an Upright
Citizen's Brigade veteran and former member of the award-winning sketch comedy group Mr. A$$ featuring Jon Daly (Kroll Show, I'm Dying Up Here) and Brett Gelman (Eagleheart, The Other Guys). He considers himself an atheist although the existence of a talking, evangelical cat that claims to have been 'Zapped by God through
the internet' has provoked him to challenge his beliefs.
Mario Quadracci is a freelance journalist and writer reporting on a wide array of subjects, but with a particular focus on issues of crime. His work has won numerous national and regional journalism awards. Quadracci is also a composer, musician and multi-media artist. His debut record, under the moniker Ceiling Spirits, was released earlier this year. He lives with his wife and son in Milwaukee.
Dr. Clay Routledge is an author, behavioral scientist, consultant, public speaker, and professor. He is a leading expert in existential psychology who has published over 90 scholarly papers, co-
edited two books, and authored two books, including the forthcoming Supernatural: Death, Meaning and the Power of the Invisible World. Dr. Routledge is a frequent guest expert for popular radio programs and podcasts and regularly writes for major media outlets such as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, and National Review. You can find out more about Dr. Clay Routledge at clayroutledge.com.
David Smalley is a podcast host, speaker, activist, author, and comedian, combining his love for entertainment and media with his passion for skepticism, truth, and equality, by starting Dogma Debate, a podcast focused on educating the public with humor and unique, respectful discussions. David has appeared on The Adam Carolla Show, Mohr Stories w/ Jay Mohr, CNN, FOX, NewsMaxTV, and many radio shows and podcasts, encouraging humanism and extending peaceful and respectful challenges to dogmatic claims.
Dr. Leanne Stanley currently teaches statistics in the Psychology Department at Ohio State University, where she earned her PhD with a Quantitative emphasis (Social minor), after earning a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She specializes in psychometrics, focusing on the assessment of social, emotional, and cognitive skills, and has performed statistical analyses for a variety of research projects in psychology, government, education, and market research. She is passionate about using high-quality data and ethics to help build a world that is the best place possible for as many people as possible.