John has nearly 30 years’ speaking experience at over 250 campuses across the globe. A veteran of the marriage-equality debate, he combines logical precision, empathy, and humor to get audiences thinking about hard questions: on sexuality, religion, free speech, political polarization…and the possibility of constructive dialogue across deep divides.
John is available both for solo programs—including his popular keynote, “Conversation Stoppers in the Culture Wars” and his new talk “ Punching the Nazi: The Uses and Abuses of Civility”—and for debates and dialogues such as “Reclaiming Disagreement” with Matthew Lee Anderson. If you’re looking for a campus speaker who combines serious academic credentials with accessibility, sensitivity, and impact, look no further. As one student put it, “He’s funny and he makes you think.”
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