Speaker profile

Alice Dreger

Alice Dreger is the founder, board president, and publisher of East Lansing Info, a nonprofit, citizen-journalist local online news organization that, since being founded in 2014, has produced almost one thousand original reports by over sixty citizen reporters.

She is also a historian of medicine and science, a sex researcher and author. Dreger’s latest major book is Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice, "which argues that the pursuit of evidence is the most important ethical imperative of our time."

Dreger earned her PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from Indiana University in 1995.

In the spring of 2015, Dreger's live-tweeting of her son’s high school sex-ed class sparked an international discussion of abstinence-based education and has led to her book for parents, The Talk: Helping Your Kids Navigate Sex in the Real World.

Dreger’s TEDx lecture, “Is Anatomy Destiny,” has been viewed about a million times, and she has appeared as a guest expert on hundreds of media programs, including on Oprah, Savage Love, Good Morning America, and NPR, and in many original documentaries, including for A&E, ABC, Discovery, PBS, and HBO.