I teach women's/gender/sexuality studies and literature at Macalester College. I've published books and articles on British, Italian, and Indian literary and political figures. The writings focus on issues such as globalization, post/modernity, identity-formations, and cultural practices in the context of political and economic ideological and material changes over the past 2 centuries. I'm an eternal student and look eagerly for conversations about humanism, atheism, feminism, ethics, secularism, etc. that stimulate greater awareness of one's position and responsibility in society and the world.
I love tennis, dance, and travel; I'm dreaming about creating and/or participating in community programs involving music/dance and tennis that generate proactive civic participation in marginalized communities. And write some more...
I'm a Minnesota native who grew up in the Pentecostal Assemblies of God church where my father was the pastor. As with most de-converts, my Humanism evolved through many stages: true believer, feisty skeptical theist, comfortably agnostic deist, oblivious agnostic, belligerent atheist, and now an anti-theistic Secular Humanist.
In my writing, I plan to first analyze the material nature of religion and Christianity in particular, given my background as a former member of this religion. Once I've completed this phase, I will move on to the nature of humanism and my ideas for a new system of ethics to guide the future of our society.
My interests include animal rights, ethical living, humanist philosophy, the art of communication, brain science. I served on the board of the Illini Secular Student Alliance at the University of Illinois as a blogger. I have also been published in the NewsGazette, MN Atheists Newsletter and the upcoming book Atheist Voices of Minnesota.
In addition to the Humanists of MN, I volunteer with the Guardian ad Litem Program in Hennepin County as a court appointed advocate of children who have been abused or neglected - my humanist values guide me as I seek effective ways in promoting the well being of all.
I have a long background in humanist activism, starting first with heading the University of MN Atheists and Humanists (as it was known at the time), then as a volunteer with the Campus Freethought Alliance, and eventually as co-founder and executive director of the Secular Student Alliance.
My interests are varied: humanist philosophy, education, ethics, and strategic dialogue; theories of left and right; developmental psychology and human potential; futurism; political economy and sustainability; human rights; environmentalism.
In my early adult life, I completed a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in NYC where I successfully unraveled my Christian faith and left the Church to become a closet atheist. I then went on to get a Masters of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and taught high school social studies for a few years before I became a stay-at-home-mom and "professional" volunteer.
In the late 1990's, I discovered the modern humanist movement. Ever since, I have been enamored with humanism and its potential to replace religion as an affirmative lifestance. Now as a humanist celebrant, organizer and educator, I am probably best described as an apologist and advocate for the naturalistic and ethical worldview of humanism.
Shortly after college, I grew out of the last remnants of my childhood religion and embraced atheism. When I started to evaluate my ethics I discovered humanism.
I enjoy reading numerous subjects which include secular parenting, philosophy, skepticism, and science in general. Through my actions as a humanist, I hope to continue to grow awareness to the humanist life stance and encourage many others to embrace it.
Scott is producer and host of "Humanist Views", the cable TV program of HOM. He also participates with Minnesota Atheists as a host and interviewer for the radio program "Atheists Talk". Scott is a life long science fiction reader and fan. He is married with one son and lives in Minneapolis.
As a humanist and as an exhibit developer at a regional science museum, I am passionate about finding ways to help people of every worldview incorporate reason and critical thought into their daily lives, and to help them understand why science is useful in decision-making for themselves, for our nation, and for the world.