Speakers will continuously be added throughout the oncoming months.
CHIP COFFEY (Grand Host)
Chip Coffey is an internationally acclaimed psychic, medium, paranormal investigator, lecturer and writer. He is the great-grandson of famed Native American medicine woman Minnie Sue Morrow Foster. Chip was born in Upstate New York, spent much of his childhood in South Carolina, and now resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a licensed counselor.
Chip recently taped four episodes of the upcoming A&E Network series, Paranormal State. The series revolves around members of Penn State University's Paranormal Research Society, a group of young investigators.
Chip is this year’s Grand Host for UNIV-CON. This is Chip’s first Univ-Con appearance.
For more information on Chip Coffey, visit www.chipcoffey.com
DOUG BRADLEY aka PINHEAD (Distinguished Entertainer)
Born in Liverpool in 1954, Doug Bradley was educated at Quarry Bank High School and Liverpool University. It was at school that he first met and worked with Clive Barker. Doug received no formal acting training but after leaving the University he began working in fringe theater in Liverpool.
In 1986, Barker invited Doug to play the chief of the mysterious Cenobites - now universally known as Pinhead - in the film Hellraiser. The film's success led to the sequels Hellbound, Hell on Earth, and Bloodline. In 1988 he teamed up with Barker again, appearing as Lylesberg in Nightbreed. Other film credits include Shepherd On the Rock, The Big Game and two science fiction films, Proteus and Killer Tongue, the latter seeing him team up with fellow horror star Robert Englund.
Titan Books published Doug's first book, Sacred Monsters, in 1996. It compares his own experiences as Pinhead with those of other actors in horror films from Lon Chaney Senior to the present and examines the cultural and dramatic history of the mask.
This is Bradley's first Univ-Con appearance.
One of the most famous names in the paranormal comes to UNIV-CON! Lorraine Warren is the top demonologist in the world. For over 45 years, Lorraine Warren has painstakingly investigated the realm of the supernatural throughout North America, Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. Lorraine's intensive research on over 5000 cases of reported phenomena throughout the world has convinced her beyond a shadow of a doubt of the existence of ghosts, demons, witches, satanists, vampires and werewolves. She has delved into such areas as voodoo, exorcisms and possessions, satanism, curses, reincarnation, human combustion, psychic photography, seances, telepathy and many other "occult" sciences.
National television credits include 20/20, Phil Donahue, Entertainment Tonight, The Joan Rivers Show, Today Show, Prime Time, and Good Morning America. In the spring of 1991, one of The Warrens most celebrated cases, the Smurl haunting, and the best-selling book that followed became the basis for the Fox movie of the week called "The Haunted." Nine books on their work have been written, including "Satan's Harvest" and "The Ghost Hunters." Their tenth book, “Ghost Tracks” has recently been released.
Lorraine Warren appeared in several episodes of the upcoming A&E Network series, "Paranormal State," which stars the Penn State Paranormal Research Society. Mrs. Warren is currently in talks for her own television series and also a film project with a major film director. This is her second UNIV-CON appearance. You can learn more about her by visiting www.warrens.net
FATHER JAMES LEBAR
Father Lebar is an ordained Roman Catholic Priest in the New York diocese. In the 1970s LeBar was asked to become part of the Office of Communications of the Archdiocese of New York which at the time was dealing with the rise of cults and occult activity. He performed his first exorcisms in 1988 and 1989. In 1989 he also published his book, entitled Cults, Sects, and the New Age. He has counseled many former cult members and is a frequent speaker on this subject.
When asked during an interview if he ever witnessed levitation during an exorcism he said, "I myself, have never seen a major levitation in the course of an exorcism. However, in one case in the preliminary investigation, I had a person who rose up above the pews of the church and was suspended there for a few minutes."
He told Spirit Daily at the time of the 25th anniversary release of the film The Exorcist that it, "is about the most accurate portrayal of what can happen at an exorcism that I have ever seen."
In July 2002 Father LeBar addressed a conference of Roman Catholic exorcists in Rome. He lives and works in New York State and is presently assigned as Chaplain of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center in Poughkeepsie, a post he has held for almost twenty years.
John A. Keel is a ufologist, parapsychologist and journalist currently residing in New York, USA.
John Keel is arguably one of the most widely read and influential ufologists since the early 1970s. Although his own thoughts about UFOs and associated anomalous phenomena have gradually evolved since the mid 1960s, Keel remains one of ufology's most original and controversial researchers. It was Keel's second book, "UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse" (1970), that alerted the general public that many aspects of contemporary UFO reports, including humanoid encounters, often paralleled certain ancient folklore and religious encounters. Keel also argues that there is a direct relationship between UFOs and psychic phenomena.
In 1976, Keel published "The Mothman Prophecies," an account of his 1966-1967 investigation of sightings of the Mothman, a strange winged creature reported in and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The book was loosely adapted into a 2002 movie, starring Richard Gere.
In October 2006, Keel suffered a heart attack and has been recovering since. His talk at UNIV-CON will be the first after years of silence and solitude. This will be Keel's first appearance at UNIV-CON.
JASON HAWES & GRANT WILSON
Most recognized for their roles in the hit TV series “Ghost Hunters”, Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson are no strangers to the paranormal field. As founders of the paranormal group, The Atlantic Paranormal Society, or TAPS, as they are commonly referred to, Hawes and Wilson has been investigating claims into the paranormal for over a decade. Now with a hit reality TV series, they have become established as mainstream paranormal investigators of the 21st century. However, through the years, Jason and Grant have not forgotten why they do this — to find answers for themselves, and to help others who have experienced paranormal activity but don't know what to do about it.
This is Jason and Grants 5th UNIV-CON appearance.
For more information on Jason and Grant, visit www.theatlanticparanormalsociety.com
Dave Schrader is the host of the very popular paranormal radio show, Darkness on the Edge of Town a.k.a. DarknessRadio.com. The focus of the show is to enlighten, educate and entertain while discussing everything from ghosts, UFOs, Bigfoot to the Bermuda Triangle and beyond.
Dave's foray into world of the supernatural and paranormal began at an early age when he was visited by the spirit of his dead grandmother, who would make a reappearance 17 years later at the birth of his first son when she assisted in the birth of the child. He has been witness to full bodied apparitions, spectral disembodied voices and just recently UFO sightings and viewing what appeared to be a creature of unknown origin flying through the skies at a famous UFO sighting area.
These experiences led to the start of the paranormal radio show based in Minnesota two years ago and now broadcast world wide via their website www.DarknessRadio.com. Aside from the show they produce each week, Dave and his co-host/producer Tim host very popular paranormal weekend retreats with anywhere between 150-250 of their listeners to well known popular haunted locations. Along with them paranormal celebrities like Ghost Hunters Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, psychic/sensitive Chris Fleming of Dead Famous, paranormal investigator Patrick Burns from Haunting Evidence on Court TV, demonologist John Zaffis and more top speakers in every walk of the paranormal field. Dave has made friends with about every influential name in the world of paranormal research and is never more than a phone call away from the next big investigation or one of the top minds in the field.
Loyd Auerbach, M.S., has been an Adjunct Professor in Integral Studies (formerly Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies) at JFK University since 1983. The university, formerly in Orinda, CA, moved to Pleasant Hill, CA in 2004. He is also a member of the faculty of Rosebridge Graduate School for Integrative Psychology 1996-1998 (that school is now closed). He holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Northwestern University (1978), and an MS in Parapsychology from JFK University (1981).
He serves on the Advisory Board for the Rhine Research Center in Durham, NC.
In February 2005, Auerbach – along with HCH Institute in Lafayette, CA – launched a new basic Certificate Program in Parapsychological Studies. The program, registered with the State of California, is the beginning of what will hopefully be a new extensive educational program in Parapsychology.
This is Loyd’s first appearance at Univ-Con.
For more information on Loyd Auerbach, visit http://www.mindreader.com
Best known as the author of the Psychic Vampire Codex (Weiser, 2004), Michelle is a dynamic speaker as well as a gifted writer. Creative and driven, she does not limit herself to magick and psychic phenomenon alone but engages in a variety of creative outlets from fiction to music to the visual arts.
A skilled energy worker, Michelle is the founder of House Kheperu, a magickal society with a unique style of energy work detailed in The Psychic Vampire Codex. Michelle teaches classes around the country on dreamwalking, energy exchange, spirit communication, and many other fascinating topics. Her latest release, Psychic Dreamwalking: Explorations at the Edge of Self delves into the fascinating territory where dreams, the subconscious, and out of body experiences intersect.
This will be Michelles 2nd Univ-Con appearance.
For more information on Michelle Belanger, visit www.michellebelanger.com
Ryan Buell is one of the youngest professional paranormal investigators in the field today. Buell is the founder of the Penn State Paranormal Research Society and its subsidiaries, including UNIV-CON. He received a Bachelor's from Penn State and is currently working on another before pursuing graduate work.
An investigator since 15, Buell has investigated hundreds of paranormal claims across the country. Buell continues to work with Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Episcopalean Churches around the area on cases of demonic activity. On occasion, he assists law enforcement with unsolved cases by bringing in a team of psychics and other consultants.
Now 24-years-old, Buell is starring in the upcoming A&E series, "Paranormal State," to which he also serves as a producer. The show will chronicle he and his group's efforts to understand and solve claims of paranormal phenomena plaguing people from around the country. He is currently writing his first book.
This is Buell's third time speaking at UNIV-CON. You can learn more about him by visiting www.pennstateprs.com.
Patrick Burns is a paranormal investigator, best known as star of the Court TV series, "Haunting Evidence." He is the founder of the popular website Ghost Hounds, which in 2001 was featured in an Emmy award-winning Turner documentary "Interact Atlanta - 'Ghost Hounds'". Burns is also the organizer and director of Ghostock, a paranormal investigators convention held twice annually in Savannah, Georgia and is a professional photographer through his venture Patrick Burns Photography.
This will be Patrick’s second appearance at Univ-Con.
For more information on Patrick, visit www.ghosthounds.com
Chad Calek was literally born into the world of the unexplained. But while UFO’s have always intrigued Calek, after moving to a country home in Persia, Iowa (pop. 273 people), at the age of 12, Calek had his first personal experience with what he believed to be a ghost. After researching the history of his new home, as well as the surrounding areas, Calek learned that the two previous families that lived in his house, had both sold the house due to what they described as “uncontrollable paranormal activity”.
After investigating every major haunted location in the Midwest, in 1994, Calek attended college at Iowa State University, where he split his time between JLMC (with an emphasis in electronic media) and religious studies. The goal was to further Calek’s knowledge base in the world of film and video production, as well as to understand the psychology behind the many different religious belief systems of the world, specifically in relation to the inherent belief, or disbelief,
of the existence of an afterlife.
In 2000, Calek moved to Los Angeles, CA after producing his first fictional feature length film, which Calek later sold to Showtime… an accomplishment that allowed Calek the recognition needed to get his foot in the door in the film industry.
By 2006, Calek had directed over 60 projects with a trademark style that has been described as “fresh, innovative and powerfully raw”. Calek has also continued his trek for answers by investigating nearly every major haunted location in the United Sates. Finally, Calek had become serious about producing his own paranormal investigative show.
After directing, writing, editing and co-hosting a popular web only all encompassing paranormal show in 2007, titled “Terror Normal, The Ghosts of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium” (which received rave reviews from the paranormal community), Calek decided to do his own thing, by focusing all of his energy into producing “a new age, hardcore, in your face, modern day paranormal investigating series that sets the bar higher than it’s ever been set in regard to capturing undeniable evidence that ghosts exist.”
While details are currently not being divulged, it safe to say that the paranormal community is very excited to hear about any new project that Calek is involved with.
But no worries Calek says, “By the time Univ-Con goes off, everyone will know what I’ve been up too, and I can promise that it’s going to be something we’ve all been waiting for. Something big. And I humbly say that as someone who is honored to even be a part of it”.
From an early age, Chris Fleming was prone to experiencing extraordinary encounters - with ghosts and unexplained phenomenon. On many occasions these experiences were collective, meaning shared with eyewitnesses. While some of the events can be classified as divine intervention, there were others that, to this day, Chris still considers terrifying.
Fleming is most recognized for his role as co-star in the television series, “Dead Famous”. The show is broadcast in over fifteen countries, including the networks: Bravo in Canada, Living TV in The UK, and on The Biography Channel in the US. With three seasons and thirty-one episodes, Chris has captured thousands of EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomena), unexplainable photos, and video footage that he believes can prove the existence of ghosts.
This is Chris Flemings 2nd appearance at Univ-Con.
For more information on Chris Fleming, visit www.unknownmagazine.com
DR. DALE GRAFF
Dale is a physicist and a former Director of Project STARGATE, the government program that investigated remote viewing phenomena. He has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, Paranormal Borderline, CNN, several TV documentaries on remote viewing, such as A&E’s Psychic Spies program in the series, THE UNEXPLAINED, Discovery Channel’s documentary on ESP, and several British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) productions, including their Mysteries series. He has been interviewed on over fifty radio talk shows, including Art Bell’s Coast to Coast, The X-Zone with Rob McConnell, Sightings with Jeff Rense, The Jerry Hughes Show and many others in the US and the UK. He was a guest on Fox News Network’s The Crier Report and on ABC’s Good Morning America. His books include Tracks in the Psychic Wilderness, March, 1998 and RIVER DREAMS, January, 2000. Other books in progress include and River Shadows and On the Trail of Intuition
Dale is sought as a presenter on psi topics and as a facilitator for a variety of groups and activities. Currently he is establishing a new psi applications activity, Psi International Alert, Inc. (PSIA). This activity seeks to apply precognition for identifying approaching significant incidents that have the potential for avoidance or prevention.
Personal experiences and life-long explorations into intuition, remote viewing and precognitive dreaming guided him to a scientific career for research in parapsychological, or psi, phenomena. He provides user-friendly guidance and explanation of psychic abilities for people seeking to expand their talents or understand their experiences.
DR. DAVID HUFFORD
David Hufford, Ph.D., is Professor of Medical Humanities, with joint appointments in Behavioral Science and Family medicine, at the Penn State College of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine. At University of Pennsylvania he is Adjunct Professor of religious Studies and a faculty member of the Master in Bioethics Program.
Hufford's research is centered in the ethnographic and phenomenological study of the beliefs of ordinary people--especially as those beliefs that are in competition with the positions of official institutions. His inquiry has focused on the experiential grounds for spiritual beliefs, and the role of reason in their development and persistence. In the course of his research Hufford has proposed an experiential theory of spiritual belief, suggesting that many widespread spiritual beliefs are empirically founded and rationally derived. Because science is the modern standard of valid rational knowledge, Hufford has also sought to understand the widely held notion that science and spiritual belief are contradictory. His work suggests that while this does prove true in the case of some specific religious beliefs, such as Creationism, these are exceptions. For the most part science and religion are about different things, such as the body and the soul, although those things are related and have implications for each other.
Hufford’s publications have primarily been concerned with describing the grounds for spiritual belief, showing their reasonableness and questioning the common assertions that beginning with the Enlightenment science has made religion outdated and not rationally defensible. His book "The Terror That Comes in the Night," which considers beliefs about spiritual evil that are found all over the world within the context of scientific research on sleep paralysis, was recently translated into Japanese.
Keith has had an interest in the paranormal since he was a teenager when he had phenomena occur in his own home. In the seventies, he was a member of the paranormal research group Parapsychology Investigation & Research Organization, out of RI College. He has worked with The Atlantic Paranormal Society and he has been featured on the hit SciFi series "Ghost Hunters" as a consulting demonologist.
With his strong faith, he has been able to assist many clients undergoing spiritual problems and negative phenomena and is a demonology consultant for TAPS, New England Paranormal and many other paranormal research organizations. When not investigating potential inhuman hauntings or involved in the production of Ghosts R NEAR, Keith enjoys spending time with his wife (Sandra, co-founder of NEAR) and 18-year-old son (Keith Jr.) and lecturing and conducting classes on the paranormal. Keith is also an actor and singer. He was involved with Trinity Rep Extension, in Providence, RI, and has been seen as an extra in such films as Meet Joe Black and Amistad. He is in the midst of writing a book chronicling his investigative experiences.
This is Keith’s third UNIV-CON appearance.
For more information on Keith Johnson, visit www.nearparanormal.com
Patti Starr is the President and owner of Ghost Chasers International, Inc., which is based in Lexington, Kentucky. She is an experienced and accomplished paranormal investigator with a goal to prove that life goes on even after death.
Over many years of paranormal research and ghost investigations, Starr has captured many anomalies in photos, videos and audios of haunted locations. Patti Starr is very active as a ghost researcher, author, lecturer, consultant, dowser, and teacher.
Starr has been teaching ghost hunting courses at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College, in Lexington, Kentucky, for the last six years. She is currently lecturing at numerous universities, colleges, and libraries throughout the United States.
Patti has appeared in numerous newspaper and magazine articles as well as national television and radio, including BBC. Articles about Patti have appeared in numerous major publications, like the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Patti is also the tour guide for the immensely popular Bardstown Ghost Trek.
This is Patti's first UNIV-CON appearance. You can learn more about Patti by visiting http://www.ghosthunter.com