Days of Atheism 2023

SPEAKERS

Richard Dawkins is a famous British evolutionary biologist, science populariser and author; a vocal critic of religion, and the most well-known atheist in the World.
Professor at the University of Oxford until 2008, currently an Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford. He is a theorist of biological evolution. He gained worldwide fame with his book The Selfish Gene (1976), which popularised the gene as the principal unit of selection in evolution and introduced the concept of the meme. His book The Extended Phenotype (1982) made an important contribution to evolutionary biology by showing that the phenotypic effects are not limited to an organism’s body, but can extend to the environment, including the bodies of other organisms. In 2006, he founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation  for Reason and Science. Richard Dawkins is an outspoken opponent of creationism and the pseudoscientific concept of intelligent design, as well as of homeopathy, alternative medicine, dowsing, etc. For him, the logical consequence of understanding evolution is atheism. He is a well-known critic of religion. His most popular book, The God Delusion (2006), had an impact on changing the worldview of large numbers of people. In it, Dawkins argues that there is no reason to recognize the existence of a supernatural creator, and that religious beliefs are delusional and incompatible with science. In science, Dawkins sees not only a source of knowledge, but also aesthetic sensations, admiration for the beauty of nature (Unweaving the Rainbow and others). Several books by Richard Dawkins have been translated and published in Poland, including: The Selfish Gene, River Out of Eden, A Devil’s Chaplain, The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Magic of Reality, An Appetite for Wonder, A Brief Candle in the Dark, The Four Horsemen, Outgrowing God. Richard Dawkins has won numerous prestigious academic and writing awards and honorary doctorates. As a public intellectual, he regularly speaks in television and radio debates, predominantly on science and atheism.

Dan Barker is an American atheist activist, musician, composer, and author.
He served as an evangelican Christian preacher and composer for 19 years but left Christianity in 1984. Together with his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor, he is the current co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and the cofounder of The Clergy Project. He has written numerous articles for Freethought Today, an American freethought newspaper. He is the author of several books including Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist. His lectures and debates are characterized by clarity and knowledge of modern physics, cosmology and biology. Dan Barker is also a pianist, jazz musician and composer of two children’s musicals and of many songs

David Rand is a Canadian author, blogger, and atheist activist. Founder and president of the Atheist Freethinkers Canada, author of two editions (English and French) of the blog Atheology (Atheologie) and of numerous articles on atheism, secularism, human rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, etc. Author of the book “Stillbirth: The Failure of Secularism in the English-Speaking World”.  Speaker of the Days of Atheism 2016, 2017 and 2018 in Warsaw and the winner of the Special Award of the Kazimierz Lyszczyński Foundation.

Nina Sankari Poland) is a feminist and atheist activist, co-founder, and vice-president of the Kazimierz Łyszczyński Foundation. She has published articles in Racjonalista.pl, Fakty i Mity, Faktycznie, La Raison, Charlie Hebdo, 50/50, La Respublica. She is a co-founder and editor-in-chief of “Przegląd Ateistyczny” (Atheist Review). Named by Gazeta Wyborcza one of the 50 bold women 2018 who change the world for the better, the winner of the One Law for All Foundation Award (London 2018), nominated for the Equality Glasses (Warsaw 2019). One of the main organizers of the Days of Atheism in Warsaw.

Kiedy kobiety biorące udział w trwających w irańskich miastach protestach ściągają z głów chusty i je palą lub manifestacyjnie ścinają swoje włosy a demonstracje w wielu irańskich miastach nabierają mocy po brutalnym zamordowaniu 22-letniej Mahsy Amini nie sposób nie wysłuchać głosu z Iranu. Tym głosem będzie między innymi głos Maryam Namazie Maryam Namazie (Iran/Wielka Brytania) – Irańska działaczka feministyczna, świecka i ateistyczna. Kieruje organizacją i kampanią pt. One Law for All (Jedno Prawo dla Wszystkich) i jest organizatorką dorocznej London Secular Conference (Konferencji na rzecz Świeckości) i współzałożycielką Rady Byłych Muzułmanów w Wielkiej Brytanii (CEMB). Pierwsza laureatka tytułu Ateistki/Ateisty Roku w kategorii zagranicznej, jest stałą członkinią Kapituły Tytułu Ateisty Roku.

Prof. Paweł Golik (Poland) is a Polish geneticist, professor of biological sciences, popularizer of science.

Director of the Institute of Genetics and Biotechnology, University of Warsaw. He deals with the issues of RNA processing and stability in yeast and vertebrate mitochondria, evolutionary biology, and bioinformatics, as well as molecular phylogenetics. His research interests include, i.e., studies of the function and evolution of nucleus-encoded proteins involved in RNA metabolism in mitochondria, the use of yeast to model human diseases associated with impaired nuclear control of mitochondrial genome expression, paleogenomics and comparative genomics. He cooperates with artists working on the border of science and art. Paweł Golik is a Chairman of the Council for the Dissemination of Science

Annie Laurie Gaylor is an American atheist, secular and women’s rights activist and a co-founder of – and, with her husband Dan Barker, a current co-president of – the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the largest american organization (30.000 members) promoting non-teistic worldview and defending rights of atheists. She was also the editor of the organization’s newspaper, Freethought Today (published ten times per year) until 2015. Gaylor is the author of several books, including fondamental books on position of the Church towards women i.e. Woe to the Women: The Bible Tells Me So, Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children and, as editor, Women Without Superstition: No Gods – No Masters.

Ewa Bartnik is a Professor in the Institute of Genetics and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw. Research on human mitochondrial diseases. Author of over 130 papers and recipient of numerous grants. Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Cologne, Germany 1986-1988; post doc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA 1976-1977. Member of many grant review bodies in Poland as well as for the European Commission. 2006-2009 Member of the OECD PISA Science Expert Group, 2010-2017 member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee, since 2015 Member of the Bioethics Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2016 and 2021 member of the European Commission Identification committee for selection of EGE (European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies) members. 2019 – 2021 member of the WHO Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing.

Prof. Jan Hartman is a Polish philosopher of Jewish origin, bioethicist, professor of humanities, publisher, columnist, academic teacher, and politician. An avowed atheist. Author of books in the field of philosophy, ethics, and bioethics. Columnist of the weekly “Polityka”. Author of the blog “Loose Blues”and of articles published in Gazeta Wyborcza, Tygodnik Powszechny, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Rzeczpospolita, Newsweek. Prof. Hartman is the winner the title of Atheist of the Year 2014 awarded by the Kazimierz Łyszczyński Foundation, and since 2015 a permanent member of the jury of this contest. Pictured: Jan Hartman as Lyszczyński (2014)

Armin Navabi is an Iranian-Canadian ex-Muslim atheist, author and podcaster, currently living in Canada. In 2012, he founded the online freethought community Atheist Republic, an organisation which now has hundreds of branches called “consulates” in several countries around the world, enabling non-believers to interact in societies where irreligion, apostasy, and blasphemy are criminalised and repressed. As an author, he debuted with the book Why There Is No God (2014), and in 2017 he became a co-host of the Secular Jihadists from the Middle East podcast. In January 2018, the show was renamed Secular Jihadists for a Muslim Enlightenment, with Rizvi and Navabi as co-hosts. He is the winner of the title of „Atheist of the Year 2019” awarded by the Kazimierz Lyszczynski Foundation.

Marta Lempart is a Polish women’s rights activist and the founder of the All-Poland Women’s Strike. Active since 2016 in widespread protests against tightening abortion laws under the conservative Law and Justice party, Lempart has been targeted by the government with arrests and legal charges, and faced death threats from opponents of the protests. Her work has also included advocating for equal rights for members of Poland’s LGBT community and for people with disabilities. She is a vocal proponent of secularism and the separation of church and state. She was awarded the Title of the Atheist and Feminist of the Year 2019 by the Kazimierz Lyszczynski Foundation.

Sanal Edamaruku is an Indian activist of the freethinking-rationalist movement. He chaired one of the largest and most vibrant rationalist organizations in the world, the Indian Rationalist Association (Delhi). After unmasking the alleged miracle he was accused by the Catholic Church of blasphemy and to avoid arrest, he emigrated to Europe (Finland). He is currently president of Rationalist International. Organizer of many international rationalist conferences. He is an excellent speaker, he has lectured in many Western countries. He has written several books and dozens of articles translated into many languages. His activity promoting the culture of reason in a radically unfavorable environment, aimed primarily at Indian villages, caused a “silent mental revolution” of Indian population. Winner of the Atheist of the Year 2014 Award granted by the Kazimierz Łyszczyński Foundation.

Hugo Estrella is an international peace and human rights activist from Argentina, former Director of International Affairs at the CFI Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, founder of the Argentine Secular Humanist Association. Former Director of Latin America at the Institute for Secular Politics.he is a speaker at the Days of Atheism, organized by the Kazimierz Łyszczyński Foundation. He is a speaker at the Days of Atheism in Warsaw for the third time.

Dr. Tomasz Witkowski is a psychologist, writer, publicist, skeptic. Author of several books published in Poland and the USA, including Fades, Fakes, and Frauds. Exploding Myths in Culture, Science and Psycho-logy. He has published several dozen scientific articles and several hundred popular science articles in Poland, e.g. in Polityka, Plus Minus, Newsweek and abroad in Skeptical Inquirer, BPS Research Digest, Areo Magazine, Quillette and others. Founder of the Polish Skeptics Club and a member of the Polish Rationalist Association. He worked as a researcher at two universities in Poland and two in Germany. In 2010, he was awarded the Rationalist of the Year award for his activities, and in 2020 he was the winner of the “Soczewki Focusa”, scientific plebiscite in the “scientific activist” category.

Anna Zawadzka (pseudonym: Anka Zet) is a Polish educator, journalist, publisher, film producer, LGBT activist. She published in “Życie Warszawy”, was a journalist of the Warsaw Television Centre, cooperated with the weekly NIE . He publishes on Homiki.pl and Femioteka.pl portals. Author of books for youth, i.e. “Souvenir of the First Holy Communion”.

Rafał Betlejewski is an independent artist and social activist, theater performer, radio and TV journalist, columnist and writer. In his work he focuses on issues of identity, social roles, violence, discrimination and exclusion. His most notorious programs are: “I miss you, Jew” – a study of Polish antisemitism, “Burning Barn” – reconstruction of Polish folklore Holocaust, “Milk in TR Warsaw” – theatre in your living room, “I Do Not Want It” – stories of harassment, “And Would I Go?” – thinking about the Warsaw Uprising, “Hunger/Głód” – experimenting with the new morality and many more. He reached a broader audience through his TV programs. Rafal Betlejewski is the author of the recently published “365 Lessons of Religion for the Whole Family Planning to Break Free” and a social media campaign discussing the history of the Catholic Church and the role of catholic mythology in Polish mentality.

Sami Abdalla is a diligent Lebanese civil society activist residing in Germany, Sami Abdallah is a theoretical physicist by profession. He has worked extensively to fight against discrimination and the negative social stereotypes that vilify atheists in Lebanon and the Arab World, and has been closely involved in offering protection to those who have been threatened because of their atheism. Sami is the co-founder and president of Freethought Lebanon, created in 2007 as an initiative that aims to empower freethinkers in Lebanon in order to promote science and humanism, encourage critical thinking, disseminate secular values and protect freethinkers at risk.