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Alice Dreger

Alice Dreger

Keynote Speaker: Writer, Historian & Journalist Whose Work Centers on the Epistemology of Democracy

Alice Dreger Biography

Alice Dreger is a writer, historian, and journalist, and most of her work centers on the epistemology of democracy. She is always working to find out what's true in the hope that it will lead people to treat each other better. She is the inaugural winner of the Courage Award from the Heterodox Academy and has also won awards for research, writing, teaching, and public service.

Dreger's bylines include the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, WIRED, Slate, the Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Aeon Magazine, the Chronicle of Higher Education, New Statesman, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. Her best-known 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. Funded by a Guggenheim Fellowship and published by Penguin Press, the book has been praised in reviews in The New Yorker, Nature, Science, Forbes, New York Magazine, Human Nature, and Salon.

Dreger's work is often aimed at getting past partisan politics. She earned her Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from Indiana University, and is a recipient of an Outstanding Leadership Award in Comprehensive Sexuality Education from SIECUS, Planned Parenthood, Advocates for Youth, GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network), and the Healthy Teen Network.

Dreger frequently delivers keynotes and plenaries and has given about 200 invited lectures. Her TEDx lecture, "Is Anatomy Destiny?," has been viewed over a million times and she has appeared as a guest expert on media programs such as Oprah, Savage Love, Good Morning America, and NPR, and in many original documentaries, including for A&E, ABC, Discovery, PBS, and HBO.

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Alice Dreger Speaking Topics

Who Should Count as a Woman on the Playing Field? The Question of Intersex and Trans in Sports

This talk begins with a review of how many sports have historically been divided by gender (man/woman), although we’ve generally pretended the division is by sex (male/female). The more that we learn about gender and sex, the more we know the drawing sex and gender divisions is not so easy. So what should happen in sports? This lecture explores this question, taking into account biology, the nature of sport (including the value of fairness), and social justice concerns. The speaker, who has consulted on this question with the International Olympic Committee’s Medical Commission, will parse out the issues and offer a few possible solutions.

Should We Try to Engineer Physical "Normality" in Children?

Doctors are often quick to offer “normalizing” interventions when a child has a body that challenges social norms. Surgeons offer their services to “fix” children born with atypical genitals and to separate children born conjoined. Endocrinologists offer growth hormone to healthy children who are short. What’s wrong with that kind of approach? This lecture answers that question and will suggest that what would work better is attention to outcomes data (to know what really “works” for these children) and attempts at changing society. The speaker draws on her background as an historian of medicine and patient advocate.

Reasons to Add—and Reasons NOT to add—an “I” to LGBTQ in Health Care

Some well-meaning people have moved to add ‘I’ (for intersex) to LGBTQ in health care conversations and settings. This talk explores the reasons for and benefits of such a move, and also the potential harms to patients and points of troubling confusion that may arise from it. The speaker draws on her twenty years of work in the intersex patient rights movement and also from collaborations with pediatricians who treat children born with less typical forms of sex development.

Good Causes, Bad Acts: Scrutinizing Ends and Means in Medical Activism

This talk draws from the speaker's new book, Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, and focuses on cases where progressive activists have used problematic means to go after researchers whose findings they believed harmful to their identities or beliefs. It explores an important dimension sometimes ignored in today’s discussions of academic freedom.

Galileo’s Middle Finger: Why Social Progress Depends on the Protection of Academic Freedom

This talk draws from the speaker’s new book, Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, and explores the ways in which freedom of research is under assault from multiple fronts, including identity politics activism, the corporatization and branding of universities, and social media shaming campaigns. The speaker, who has twenty years’ experience both as an intersex patient rights activist and as an academic historian, will use case studies to talk about the dangers researchers face today. She will also speak to how researchers can work individually and collectively to try to protect themselves. She argues they must do so not for their own sake, but for the sake of social progress in our fragile democracy.

Alice Dreger Videos

The problem with moral outrage on the internet | Alice Dreger
Alice Dreger's keynote address on academic freedom at FIRE's ...
Fall Symposium Day 2016: Alice Dreger

How to book Alice Dreger?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Alice Dreger for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Alice Dreger, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Alice Dreger or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Alice Dreger?

Booking fees for Alice Dreger, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Alice Dreger, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Alice Dreger?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alice Dreger for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alice Dreger for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Alice Dreger or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Alice Dreger or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Alice Dreger is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Technology, Sports Writing and TED. The estimated speaking fee range to book Alice Dreger for live events is Below $10,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Alice Dreger generally travels from East Lansing, MI, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Edward Tenner, Sir Richard Branson and Amy Jo Martin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Alice Dreger for an upcoming event.

Alice Dreger Speaking Topics

  • Who Should Count as a Woman on the Playing Field? The Question of Intersex and Trans in Sports

    This talk begins with a review of how many sports have historically been divided by gender (man/woman), although we’ve generally pretended the division is by sex (male/female). The more that we learn about gender and sex, the more we know the drawing sex and gender divisions is not so easy. So what should happen in sports? This lecture explores this question, taking into account biology, the nature of sport (including the value of fairness), and social justice concerns. The speaker, who has consulted on this question with the International Olympic Committee’s Medical Commission, will parse out the issues and offer a few possible solutions.

  • Should We Try to Engineer Physical "Normality" in Children?

    Doctors are often quick to offer “normalizing” interventions when a child has a body that challenges social norms. Surgeons offer their services to “fix” children born with atypical genitals and to separate children born conjoined. Endocrinologists offer growth hormone to healthy children who are short. What’s wrong with that kind of approach? This lecture answers that question and will suggest that what would work better is attention to outcomes data (to know what really “works” for these children) and attempts at changing society. The speaker draws on her background as an historian of medicine and patient advocate.

  • Reasons to Add—and Reasons NOT to add—an “I” to LGBTQ in Health Care

    Some well-meaning people have moved to add ‘I’ (for intersex) to LGBTQ in health care conversations and settings. This talk explores the reasons for and benefits of such a move, and also the potential harms to patients and points of troubling confusion that may arise from it. The speaker draws on her twenty years of work in the intersex patient rights movement and also from collaborations with pediatricians who treat children born with less typical forms of sex development.

  • Good Causes, Bad Acts: Scrutinizing Ends and Means in Medical Activism

    This talk draws from the speaker's new book, Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, and focuses on cases where progressive activists have used problematic means to go after researchers whose findings they believed harmful to their identities or beliefs. It explores an important dimension sometimes ignored in today’s discussions of academic freedom.

  • Galileo’s Middle Finger: Why Social Progress Depends on the Protection of Academic Freedom

    This talk draws from the speaker’s new book, Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, and explores the ways in which freedom of research is under assault from multiple fronts, including identity politics activism, the corporatization and branding of universities, and social media shaming campaigns. The speaker, who has twenty years’ experience both as an intersex patient rights activist and as an academic historian, will use case studies to talk about the dangers researchers face today. She will also speak to how researchers can work individually and collectively to try to protect themselves. She argues they must do so not for their own sake, but for the sake of social progress in our fragile democracy.

Alice Dreger Videos

The problem with moral outrage on the internet | Alice Dreger
Alice Dreger's keynote address on academic freedom at FIRE's ...
Fall Symposium Day 2016: Alice Dreger
Alice Dreger - Kenyon College - 2/9/2016
Alice Dreger: Is anatomy destiny?

Alice Dreger News

How to book Alice Dreger?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Alice Dreger for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Alice Dreger, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Alice Dreger or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Alice Dreger?

Booking fees for Alice Dreger, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Alice Dreger, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Alice Dreger?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alice Dreger for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alice Dreger for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Alice Dreger or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Alice Dreger or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Alice Dreger is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Technology, Sports Writing and TED. The estimated speaking fee range to book Alice Dreger for live events is Below $10,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Alice Dreger generally travels from East Lansing, MI, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Edward Tenner, Sir Richard Branson and Amy Jo Martin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Alice Dreger for an upcoming event.

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