Joanna is a national voice on faith in American life and an award-winning scholar of religion and American culture. She is the author of The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith. Joanna is chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at San Diego State University where she teaches American literature and women’s studies. Joanna writes about Mormonism and American religious history at Religion Dispatches, the Huffington Post, Killing the Buddha, Sunstone, and Dialogue. She has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR’s Interfaith Voices and Radio West programs.
John is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is the co-author (with Maggie Gallagher) of Debating Same-Sex Marriage (June 2012) and the author of What’s Wrong with Homosexuality? (January 2013). Until 2011, his column “The Gay Moralist” appeared weekly at365gay.com; he has also contributed to The Advocate, the LA Times, the Independent Gay Forum, the Huffington Post, The New Republic and the New York Times. In the last twenty years John has spoken at over 200 campuses on issues of sexuality, ethics, and marriage.
Jeffrey is an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker whose audiences have gained unique and artful insight into the LGBT experience through his films Howl, Common Threads, The Celluloid Closet, and Paragraph 175. He began his film training in the editing rooms of such notable films as The Exorcist, Raging Bull, and the Oscar-winning Marjoe. He first worked with Rob Epstein on The Times of Harvey Milk, and again on the PBS series We The People. Jeffrey teaches editing at California College of the Arts and documentary filmmaking at Stanford University.
Jonathan is an award-winning documentary producer, director and writer and President of Room 608 Films. His work has been broadcast on PBS, NBC, CNBC, the National Geographic Channel and TechTV. The New York Times called his film Secrets of Revelation, “a thing of beauty: a real aesthetic and moral achievement.” His other films include: Troubled Waters, the fourth episode of the PBS documentary series Strange Days on Planet Earth. Jonathan is founder of Room 608, a broadcast and new media production company. Previously, he was the Executive Producer of National Geographic Explorer.
Nancy is a filmmaker and writer based in Berkeley, California. She is in production on Regarding Susan Sontag, a feature documentary about the late essayist, novelist, director and activist. Nancy co-produced and directed Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin. She also speaks frequently at schools, colleges and universities. A graduate of Stanford’s documentary film and television program; her M.A. thesis project, Their Own Vietnam, received the 1995 Student Academy Award in Documentary. She worked as a journalist in New York and Boston before turning to film.
Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon. His research examines the historical development of racist, anti-racist structures and social movements. He has written extensively on youth organizing, social justice issues, and the California initiative system. His book, Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California, looks beyond the headlines to uncover the controversial history of California’s ballot measures over the past fifty years. Dan previously worked as a community organizer and trainer in the San Francisco Bay Area.