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Conference Organizers

J. Gordon Melton, Ph.D.

Dr. Melton is the director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR) in Santa Barbara, California, and a research specialist with the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California—Santa Barbara. He is the author of more than 200 scholarly and reference books, including the Encyclopedia of American Religion (now in its eighth edition), the Illustrated History of American Religion; and co editor of Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices. As ISAR’s director he has researched and monitored the community of unbelief in North America for the last forty years. To contact Dr. Melton, write:

Rebecca Moore, Ph.D.

Dr. Moore is Chair and Professor of Religious Studies at San Diego State University and Interim Chair of the Department of Classics and Humanities. She is the author of a number of books including Jews and Christians in the Life and Thought of Hugh of St. Victor; A Portable God: The Origin of Judaism and Christianity; and Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple. In recent years she has done extensive work on new religious movements and is a co-general editor of Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. To contact Dr. Moore, write:

Robert B. Tapp, Ph.D.

Dr. Tapp is Professor Emeritus of Humanities, Religious Studies, and South Asian Studies from the University of Minnesota. He is currently Faculty Chair and Dean Emeritus at The Humanist Institute in New York. In 2005 he was named Horace Mann Humanist Educator Award from the American Humanist Association. He is the author of a number of books including several in the Humanism Today series: Multiculturalism: Humanist Perspectives; Ecohumanism; and The Fate of Democracy. To contact Dr. Tapp, write:

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