Guest Speakers

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BENJAMIN SHAPIRO

 

Benjamin Shapiro was born in 1984. He entered UCLA at the age of 16 and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in June 2004 with a BA in Political Science. He graduated Harvard Law School cum laude in June 2007.

 

Shapiro was hired by Creators Syndicate at age 17 to become the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the U.S. His columns are printed in major newspapers and websites including Townhall.com, ABCNews.com, WorldNetDaily.com, Human Events, FrontPageMag.com, FamilySecurityMatters.com, the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Conservative Chronicle. His columns have also appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Sun-Times, Orlando Sentinel, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, RealClearPolitics.com, Arizona Republic, and Claremont Review of Books, among others. He has been the subject of articles in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Associated Press, and Christian Science Monitor; he has been quoted on “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” “The Dr. Laura Show,” at CBSNews.com, in the New York Press, in the Washington Times, and in The American Conservative magazine, among many others.

 

The author of the national bestsellers, Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth (WND Books, May 2004), Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future (Regnery, June 2005), and Project President: Bad Hair and Botox on the Road to the White House (Thomas Nelson, 2008), Shapiro has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows around the nation, including “The O’Reilly Factor” (Fox News), “Fox and Friends” (Fox News), “In the Money” (CNN Financial), “DaySide with Linda Vester” (Fox News), “Scarborough Country” (MSNBC), “The Dennis Miller Show” (CNBC), “Fox News Live” (Fox News Channel), “Glenn Beck Show” (CNN), “Your World with Neil Cavuto” (Fox News) and “700 Club” (Christian Broadcasting Network), “The Laura Ingraham Show,” “The Michael Medved Show,” “The G. Gordon Liddy Show,” “The Rusty Humphries Show,” “The Lars Larson Show” (nationally syndicated), “The Larry Elder Show,” The Hugh Hewitt Show,” “The Dennis Prager Show,” among others.

 

Shapiro is married and currently runs Benjamin Shapiro Legal Consulting, based in Los Angeles. He is Shillman Fellow at the Freedom Center.

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ANN MCELHINNEY

 

Ann McElhinney is a NYT best-selling author, journalist, film producer and director and one of the most successful crowdfunders in the world.

 

She and her husband, journalist Phelim McAleer have written the NYT Best Seller Gosnell – The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer, published by Regnery and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books A Million. The book debuted at #3 Amazon Best Seller and sold out in 3 days after publication.

 

She produced the Gosnell movie, with Phelim McAleer and Magdalena Segieda. They financed the movie by running a massive crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. It was the most successful Indiegogo campaign ever. Over 26,500 people funded the film contributing $2.25m in 45 days. Up to date the project raised over $2.34m from over 29,000 people.

 

Gosnell is a ripped from the headlines story about a respected doctor who ran a medical clinic in an impoverished Philadelphia neighborhood. But behind the doors of his clinic the smiling, avuncular Kermit Gosnell was also America’s most prolific serial killer.

 

The project has attracted an enormous amount of media coverage on television, radio and with hundreds of articles written about the book, film and the historic crowdfunding.

 

McElhinney is the director and producer of FrackNationA Journalist’s Search for the Fracking Truth, a documentary on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and the natural gas boom in the US and abroad.

 

FrackNation premiered January 22, 2013 on Mark Cuban’s AXS TV and was later picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures. The New York Times called the film “meticulously researched…provocative.” Variety said it was a “briskly paced…mischievous pic.”

 

FrackNation bypassed traditional funding methods and instead turned to Kickstarter, a crowd-funding website. In 60 days, 3,305 backers donated $212,265 to tell the truth about fracking. It was one of the most successful campaigns in Kickstarter history.

 

In 2009, she produced and directed Not Evil Just Wrong, a film which examines the devastating consequences of global warming hysteria.

 

Previously, McElhinney produced and directed Mine Your Own Business – the first documentary that asks difficult questions of the environmental movement. Canada’s The National Post said “Mine Your Own Business is devastating because it combats prejudices and fantasies with pictures that refute thousands of weasel words.”

 

McElhinney has also made documentaries for the BBC, CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland). The Search for Tristan’s Mum concerned the case of Tristan Dowse, a baby who was adopted by an Irish man and his wife in Indonesia. Two years later, when the adoptive mother became pregnant, they abandoned Tristan in an Indonesian orphanage.

 

The case outraged Ireland and McElhinney tracked down Tristan’s natural mother and, going undercover, infiltrated the baby-selling ring. Tristan is now living with his natural mother in Indonesia and the baby sellers are serving lengthy jail sentences.

 

The Irish government initiated a high court protection order to protect Tristan’s interests and when delivering his judgment, Justice John McMenamin said McElhinney deserved the “highest of praise” for her investigative journalism.

 

McElhinney was featured in and was the Associate Producer of the highly controversial documentary Return to Sender (2005) for CBC.

 

McElhinney has also written for or is a regular contributor to an array of international media organizations including CNN, FOX News, ABC (US), BBC, CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia), RTE (Ireland), The Sunday Times and The Irish Times. She is a regular on a number of US talk radio shows including The Hugh Hewitt Show, The Dennis Miller Show and The Dennis Prager Show.

 

McElhinney has worked as a journalist and filmmaker in the US, Canada, Romania, Bulgaria, Chile, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Ghana and Uganda.

She is an entertaining and sought-after public speaker.

McElhinney produces and directs with her husband Phelim McAleer.