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John Corvino

John Corvino

Dr. John Corvino

In Latin America for the first time. 

Events in Costa Rica: Pura Vida John!

Who is John Corvino?


Dr. John Corvino, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He has authored or co-authored several books, including Debating Same-Sex Marriage (with Maggie Gallagher), What’s Morally Wrong with Homosexuality?, and most recently, the forthcoming Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination (with Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis) — all from Oxford University Press. In addition, he has written for The New York Times, the Detroit Free Press, the Los Angeles TimesThe New Republic, and numerous other popular and scholarly venues. An award-winning teacher, he has lectured at over 250 campuses, and his YouTube videos have over 1.3 million views.


Conversation Stoppers - 

In John’s current "keynote" program, he reflects on 25 years in the culture wars by pointing out how rhetoric from all sides of the debate — both "conservative" and "liberal" — hinders rather than helps real dialogue. Using his unique blend of logic and humor, he shines light on “hot-button” topics, including "political correctness," religious privilege, the fact/opinion distinction, the analogy between LGBT identity and racial identity, and more. In the process, he invites everyone into a more nuanced and productive conversation about the issues that divide us — as well as the values that bind us together.




 "On God’s Authority": Religious Liberty and Discrimination.

Conflicts are emerging among objectors who do not wish to facilitate same-sex weddings: clerks who do not wish to issue marriage licenses; bakers, florists, and caterers who do not wish to provide services for the receptions, and so on. Is it possible to oppose discrimination while also respecting religious liberty? In this talk, John draws on the research for his new book, Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, to provide a thoughtful response.



Same sex Marriage.

Drawing on 25 years of experience as "The Gay Moralist," John reflects on the dramatic changes in the political and social landscape for LGBT people and addresses the new challenges arising. What does the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision say, and what are its implications? How should we treat people who continue to oppose same-sex marriage for religious reasons, given our commitment to equality and diversity? What does trans* equality have to do with gay, lesbian, and bisexual equality? How is LGBT justice similar to racial justice, and how is it different? Most important, how can we have a better conversation about these issues, on our campuses and elsewhere?

"What's Morally Wrong with Homosexuality?"

John's classic speech, which he's been presenting in various incarnations since 1992. Is homosexuality unnatural? Does it threaten society? Are gay people "born that way" — and does it matter? He responds by examining and dismantling some of the most common arguments against homosexual conduct — including those based on nature, harm, and religion. This program is well suited for diverse audiences, including conservative religious audiences.

John Corvino

 "Values, Diversity, and the Workplace"

Most of us spend the majority of our adult waking hours in the workplace, where we interact with a diverse group of colleagues and clients not always of our choosing. Yet we often find it challenging to move beyond diversity buzzwords to a real appreciation of others’ identities and values. In this program, John explores various assumptions that we bring to the table, and he explains why it's important to understand and challenge those assumptions. While placing special emphasis on LGBT issues — which often get marginalized—he draws broader lessons about how to maintain core values in a diverse and ever-changing world.


 "Coming Out Skeptical"

John Corvino, who was once a candidate for the Roman Catholic priesthood, now considers himself a non-believer, agnostic, or atheist — depending on how one defines the terms. In this talk, which was an audience favorite at Skepticon III, he presents the personal story of his (de)conversion, makes the case for non-belief, and draws analogies between coming out as a gay man and coming out as a religious skeptic.