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Take To The IQ2US Stage Meet Upcoming and Past Debaters

Upcoming Debaters

Jason Stanley

Jason Stanley

Professor of Philosophy, Yale University

Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Before coming to Yale in 2013, he was Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University.… more

Shaun Harper

Shaun Harper

Exec. Dir., Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education, UPenn

Recognized in Education Week as one of the 12 most influential professors in the field of education, Shaun R. Harper produces groundbreaking research on race, equity, and students at U.S.… more

Wendy Kaminer

Wendy Kaminer

Writer & Lawyer

Wendy Kaminer, an author, lawyer, and civil libertarian, has been writing about the intersections of law and culture for the past 30 years. Her subjects range from feminism, free speech,… more

Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt

Transhumanist, Entrepreneur & Author, Virtually Human

Martine Rothblatt is the chairman and CEO of United Therapeutics, a biotechnology company, and the author of Virtually Human: The Promise – and Peril – of Digital Immortality. The highest-paid… more

James Hughes

James Hughes

Executive Director, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

James Hughes, PhD, is the executive director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. A bioethicist and sociologist, he serves as the associate provost for institutional research, assessment, and… more

Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier

Computer Scientist & Author, Who Owns the Future?

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, author, and composer, best known for his work in virtual reality research, a term he coined and popularized. A widely celebrated technology writer, Lanier… more

James Barrat

James Barrat

Author, Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

James Barrat is a documentary filmmaker who has written and produced films for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, and many other broadcasters in the U.S. and Europe. His long fascination with… more

John H. McWhorter

John McWhorter

Professor of Linguistics, Columbia University

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, philosophy, American Studies and music at Columbia University. He specializes in language change and language contact. He is the author of many books, including The Language… more

Past Debaters

Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy

CEO & President, Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Brian K. Kennedy, PhD, is the CEO and president of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. His innovative work in the biology of aging began as a doctoral student… more

Aubrey de Grey

Aubrey de Grey

Chief Science Officer & Co-Founder, SENS Research Foundation

Aubrey de Grey, PhD, a biomedical gerontologist, is the chief science officer of SENS Research Foundation, a charity dedicated to combating the aging process. He is editor-in-chief of Rejuvenation Research,… more