Abdullah Antepli

Former Duke University Imam
Topic: Mental Health

Imam Antepli completed his basic training and education in his native Turkey. From 1996-2003 he worked on a variety of faith-based humanitarian and relief projects in Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia with the Association of Social and Economic Solidarity with Pacific Countries. He is the founder and executive board member of the Association of College Muslim Chaplains (ACMC) and a board member of the Association for College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA). From 2003 to 2005 he served as the first Muslim chaplain at Wesleyan University. He then moved to Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where he was the associate director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program & Interfaith Relations, as well as an adjunct faculty member.

He previously served as Duke University first Muslim chaplain from July 2008 to 2014. In his current work at Duke, Antepli engages students, faculty, and staff across and beyond campus through seminars, panels, and other avenues to provide a Muslim voice and perspective to the discussions of faith, spirituality, social justice, and more. Imam Antepli also serves as a faculty member in the Duke Divinity School and at DISC (Duke Islamic Studies Center), teaching a variety of courses on Islam and Muslim cultures.

Kaaren Haldeman

Gun Safety Activist
Topic: Guns

Kaaren Haldeman is the former NC chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gunsense in America, a nonpartisan group of American mothers advocating for stronger gun laws and cultural change around firearms. She received her master's degree in public health from the University of California at Berkeley and doctorate in Anthropology from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is an independent scholar living in Durham with her husband and three sons.

Reem Alfahad

Muslim-American Student
Topic: Religion

Reem Alfahad is a Muslim American who has lived a life split between her familial home in Kuwait, and her explorative home in United States. She is currently a senior at Duke University studying Public Policy, specifically, in the way that it intersects with culture, identity, and the arts. Her interests in immigration and citizenship lent her to pursue a series of projects in Latin America, where she hopes to return to in the near future.

Christopher Ball

Author of "Terrified"
Topic: Media

Christopher Bail is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UNC-CH. Bail recently published “Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream,” which traces how the anti-Muslim narrative of the political fringe has captivated large segments of the American media, government, and general public. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and has had his work published in NBC News, National Public Radio, the Huffington Post, and Salon.

Towqir Aziz

Muslim-American Student
Topic: Religion

Towqir Aziz is a Muslim-American student studying environmental science and journalism at the UNC-CH. He is the co-director of the Triangle Multicultural Health Fair, and is highly involved in the local Muslim student organizations and community. Towqir was close friends with Deah, Yusor, and Razan.

Lisa Sorg

Editor of INDY Week
Topic: Media

Lisa Sorg is the editor of INDY Week, an alternative newsweekly that covers Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the Triangle. An award-winning journalist, she writes about a wide range of issues including poverty, criminal justice and affordable housing. In her “spare” time, she is a documentary filmmaker and a storyteller, who performs at the Monti. Originally from Indiana, she and her husband have lived in Durham since 2006.

Brian Worley

Founder of local Athiest Church
Topic: Religion

Brian Worley moved to the Triangle in 2010 and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from NCSU. He teaches English at a low-income school in rural North Carolina. A nonbeliever for all of his adult life, he is passionate about creating a positive community that is centered around secular values. He is a founding member of Sunday Assembly Chapel Hill, a godless congregation that celebrates life.

Kevin Dodson

Concealed Carry Instructor
Topic: Guns

Kevin Dodson has spent most of his life in Sanford, North Carolina and is currently employed as a patrol sergeant by the Siler City Police Department. Kevin is also a law enforcement general instructor and firearms instructor. He started Carolina Firearms Training in March of 2009 and has taught more than 6000 students in concealed carry training courses. Kevin and his wife Lori Ann opened K&L Gun Sales in September of 2013.

Reema Kharis

Reporter at WUNC
Topic: Media

Reema Khreis is a Fletcher Fellow for Education Policy Reporting at WUNC. A North Carolina native, Reema began her radio career with Carolina Connection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an anchor and reporter. Her work has also appeared on CNN, The Takeaway and On The Media

Kathleen Thomas

Health Policy Researcher
Topic: Mental Health

Dr. Thomas is a health economist with expertise in financing of autism and mental health services, working with families and policymakers to address patient-centered outcomes and develop meaningful insurance policy. She is a Research Fellow at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research and Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Jeffrey Swanson

Gun Policy Researcher
Topic: Guns

Jeffrey Swanson is Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. He holds a PhD in sociology from Yale University. Dr. Swanson’s research is focused on building evidence for policies and laws to prevent firearm violence and to improve outcomes for adults with serious mental illness in the community. He received the 2011 Carl Taube Award from the American Public Health Association and the 2010 Eugene C. Hargrove, MD, Award from the North Carolina Psychiatric Foundation, both for outstanding career contributions to mental health research. He is currently principal investigator of a multi-state study on firearms laws, mental illness and prevention of gun violence, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Brain and Behavior Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Program on Public Health Law Research (PHLR). Dr. Swanson has served as a consultant to policymakers at the state and national levels, health care institutions, foundations, corporate research and legal firms.

Adam Goldstein

Family Physician
Topic: Mental Health

Dr. Adam Goldstein is a Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Departmental Advancement, at the UNC School of Medicine. As a national expert in primary care, Dr. Goldstein has a 20-year history in clinical practice, teaching, and research. He is the founder and Co-Host of YOUR HEALTH radio, a UNC Health Care weekly syndicated radio show on health and healing.