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Black Mountain Institute


Susan Jacoby is the author of ten books, a frequent contributor to national magazines and newspapers, and the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2001 appointment as a fellow of the New York Public Library's Center for Scholars and Writers. An outspoken advocate of reason, she writes "The Spirited Atheist" column for On Faith at The Washington Post. She is also program director of the Center for Inquiry — New York City, a rationalist think tank, and a member of the advisory boards of the Secular Coalition for America and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

Karen King holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Montana and a PhD in History of Religions: Early Christianity from Brown University. Since 2009, she is the first female Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, which is the oldest endowed chair in the United States (1721). She has written numerous books including Reading Judas: The Gospels of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (with Elaine Pagels), The Secret Revelation of John, The Gospel of Mary Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle, What is Gnosticism? and Revelation of the Unknowable God. She has also edited Women and Goddess Tradition in Antiquity and Todayand Images of the Feminine in Gnosticism.

Reza Aslan’s No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam was named one of the 100 most influential books of the last decade by Blackwell Publishers; he is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Extremism in a Globalized Age). He was named by the Smithsonian Institute as one of the 35 innovators under 35 and holds degrees in Religions from Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara as well as an MFA from University of Iowa, where he was the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction. Reza currently sits on the Board of Directors of Ploughshares Fund, is a member of Abraham’s vision, and teaches Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. Reza is also a member of PEN USA and the Levantine Cultural Center.


Atheism; Religion; Theism; United States


Epistemology | Ethics and Political Philosophy | Philosophy | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion




UNLV Student Union Ballroom

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