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Chris Stedman

Chris Stedman

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As a committed activist, author, and commentator, Chris Stedman is a highly sought-after speaker for events at colleges, universities, conferences, and communities. He is available to give keynotes, speeches, convocations, panels, baccalaureates, invocations, and more. As we are a 501(c)(3), Chris donates his honoraria for these events to our organization. To learn more about Chris, click here for his bio.

Please scroll down for videos, endorsements, a list of places where Chris has spoken, and information on other YHC speakers available for speaking opportunities. To inquire about rates and availability, please email yalehumanists [at] gmail [dot] com and include “speaker request” in the subject line.

Past Engagements

  • chris stedman speaking 7American Humanist Association Conference
  • Amherst College
  • Association of College and University Religious Affairs Conference
  • Augsburg College
  • Australian Freethought University Alliance Student Leadership Conference
  • Australian National University, Canberra
  • Black Box Theater of Belfast, UK
  • Boston Pride
  • Boston University
  • chris stedman speaking 11British Humanist Association
  • Brandeis University
  • Bryant University
  • Butler University
  • California Lutheran University
  • Capital District Humanist Society
  • Center for Inquiry-Canada
  • Center for Inquiry-New York City
  • Center for Inquiry-Portland
  • Center for Inquiry Student Leadership Conference
  • Center for Inquiry Transnational Headquarters
  • Central Midwest Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Conference
  • chris stedman speaking 2Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chautauqua Institution
  • Chicago Christian Urban Immersion Program
  • Chicago Skeptics
  • Claremont Lincoln University
  • Colgate University
  • College of William & Mary
  • Columbia University
  • Coming Together Interfaith Conference
  • Concord Area Humanists
  • chris stedman speaking 9Concordia College
  • DePaul University
  • DePauw University
  • Duquesne University
  • Earlham College
  • Earlham School of Religion
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Elmhurst College
  • Fairfield University
  • Faith House Manhattan
  • First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
  • Francis Parker High School
  • Furman University
  • GAPW Interfaith Peace Symposium
  • Georgetown University
  • chris stedman speaking 4Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Global Atheist Convention
  • Google
  • Gordon College
  • Granite State Skeptics
  • Greater Boston Humanists
  • Hamline University
  • Hampshire College
  • Hartford Area Humanists
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Harvard Humanist Alumni
  • Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions
  • chris stedman speaking 10Haverford College
  • Healing Earth: An Interfaith Evening
  • The Hill School
  • Humanist Association of Connecticut
  • Humanist Community at Harvard
  • Humanist Society of Victoria, AU
  • Illinois Conference on Interfaith Collaboration
  • Indiana Campus Compact
  • InterAction Australia
  • Interfaith Council of Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Interfaith Understanding Conference
  • Interfaith Youth Core Interfaith Leadership Institutes
  • James Randi Educational Foundation
  • John Carroll University
  • Juniata College
  • Leadership for a Religiously Diverse World Conference
  • chris stedman speaking 14Lincoln School for Girls
  • London X
  • Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
  • Magers & Quinn Bookstore
  • The Mark Twain House and Museum
  • Massachusetts Bible Society
  • Massachusetts Library Association Annual Conference
  • Meadville Lombard Theological School
  • The Memorial Church at Harvard University
  • The Methodist Church of New Zealand
  • chris stedman speaking 6Midwest Science of Origins Conference
  • Minnesota State University-Moorhead
  • Montana State University
  • Newseum and First Amendment Center
  • New York Society for Ethical Culture
  • New York University
  • North Park University
  • Northern Shores Writer’s Retreat
  • Northwestern University
  • Now For Something Completely Different, MA
  • chris stedman speaking 15Oberlin College
  • Oregon State University
  • Park51
  • The Pluralism Project
  • Prudential
  • Portland State University
  • Rationalist Society of Australia
  • Revolution Church NYC
  • Rhodes College
  • Secular Student Alliance National Conference
  • Scottish Parliament
  • chris stedman speaking 16Secular Coalition for America Lobby Day
  • Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Shared Earth: An Interfaith Conference on the Environment
  • Simpson College
  • State of Formation Executive Committee Retreat
  • Stone Church of the Brethren
  • Subtext Bookstore
  • Sunday Assembly, NYC
  • Sustained Dialogue National Conference
  • Syracuse University
  • Taylor University
  • Three Faiths Forum
  • chris stedman speaking 12Tufts University
  • Union College
  • Union Theological Seminary
  • Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly
  • Unitarian Universalist Association Headquarters
  • Unitarians of Marlborough, New Zealand
  • University of Albany
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Florida
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Melbourne, AU
  • University of Minnesota Bookstore
  • University of Minnesota-Morris
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of North Florida
  • chris stedman speaking 20University of Oregon (x2)
  • University of Rochester
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Utah Valley University (with Bringham Young University, Utah Interfaith Roundtable, and the Center for the Living City at the University of Utah)
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wake Forest University
  • The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas – Melbourne, AU
  • White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
  • chris stedman speaking 18Whitman College
  • Wild Goose Festival
  • Wofford College
  • World Faith Gala
  • Xaverian Missionaries of the USA and United Kingdom
  • Yale Divinity School
  • Yale University

Feedback and Endorsements

chris stedman speaking 19“Thank you so much for visiting us at the Rochester Interfaith Chapel! Your wise words and stories were incredibly inspiring. We will think about the time we spent together as we continue to create opportunities for interfaith dialogue here at the University of Rochester. Thank you for all that you do in interfaith. Our chapel doors will always be open to you!” —University of Rochester Student Association for Interfaith Cooperation

“I have heard such great feedback from students and attendees since your visit. It was a pleasure to have you on campus and I hope that your talk inspires more students to get involved in interfaith and Humanist work. Thank you!” —NYU Office of Global Spiritual Life

“Thank you so much for coming to UND in Grand Forks, ND. We truly appreciate your perspective and passion to engage in expansive interfaith work that includes the freethinkers, LGBTQ, and religious perspectives. Your personal story is exceptionally fun and inspiring. Your work is a gift to our world and society at large. MLK_StedmanSignsBookThank you for your commitment and leadership.” —University of North Dakota Interfaith Week Planning Committee

“Chris Stedman paid a visit to the Bryant University Interfaith Center Wednesday evening and made a formidable impression… Stedman’s presentation was successful beyond my wildest imagination.” —Humanists of Rhode Island

“It was pure joy to have you on campus and to spend such rich time in conversation with you. Your work and who you are is doubtless a vital gift to the world.” —Furman University

chris stedman lincoln school“When I first learned of Chris Stedman and researched his work, I was blown away. He is an amazing representative of the interfaith movement, and his story and background as a gay atheist makes it all the more inspiring that he is promoting bridge-building and battling the stereotypes against gays and atheists, and against all misperceived groups. As an American Muslim who often feels victim to waves of negative energy and misconceptions, I can relate to him. I feel a similar passion in promoting critical thinking, education, and the rejection of stereotypes.

I decided to contact Chris to bring him to Lincoln because I knew he could motivate the student body to join the movement and understand the importance of interfaith dialogue and awareness… Chris’s presentation reminded us that we can have positive conversations about our differences while trying to find common ground. [His] passion and his work as an activist embodies a lot of what I believe in, and I wanted to share that with Lincoln.” —Lincoln School for Girls student


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