LambdaConf Signatories

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This letter was sent to LambdaConf and signed by the individuals listed on April 8th, 2016. (Archived April 9, 2016.)


The organizers of LambdaConf, now in its third year, describe it as “one of the largest, most diverse gatherings of functional programmers in the world”. This year, it selected Curtis Yarvin as a speaker—a man known as a founder and advocate of an ideological movement that promotes racist bigotry, and as an apologist for slavery.

Yarvin's selection as a speaker says to marginalized people that their humanity is considered merely another matter for debate. LambdaConf cannot live up to its goal of being a “friendly community of like-minded souls” when it does not protect current and potential members of that community who are vulnerable to those who would deny their humanity.

We believe that functional programming should warmly welcome those who have been systemically excluded from participating in programming communities. We strongly object to LambdaConf's actions, which are a step backwards as we work together to share functional programming with a wide audience.


Joseph Abrahamson

Andy Adams-Moran

Carlo Angiuli

Mario Aquino

Morgan Astra

Lennart Augustsson

Timothy Baldridge

Gershom Bazerman

Josh Bohde

James Brechtel

Andrew Bromage

Travis Brown

Kevin Burke

Harold Carr

Chris C Cerami

Manuel Chakravarty

Tim Chevalier

Kat Chuang

Athan Clark

Alex Clemmer

Declan Conlon

Philippa Cowderoy

Laurence E. Day

Reid Draper

Richard Eisenberg

Mark Farrell

Richard Feldman

Jonathan Fischoff

Adam Foltzer

Kenneth Foner

Phil Freeman

Harry Garrood

Gabriel Gonzalez

Austin Haas

Coda Hale

Elana Hashman

Pat Hickey

Jenn Hillner

Libby Horacek

John D. Hume

Juan Pedro Villa Isaza

Dan Peebles

Ranjit Jhala

Joseph Kiniry

Edward Kmett

Geoffery S. Knauth

Lindsey Kuper

Justin Leitgeb

Aaron Levin

Simon Marlow

Vincent Marquez

Chris Martens

Conor McBride

Andi McClure

Bartosz Milewski

Alex Miller

Richard Minerich

Adriaan Moors

Jared Morrow

David Nolen

Liam O’Connor

Erik Osheim

Daniel Patterson

Greg Pfeil

Isaac Potoczny-Jones

Prabhakar Ragde

Tavis Rudd

Miles Sabi

Tom Santero

Kyle Schmidt

Austin Seipp

Amar Shah

Chung-chieh Shan

Ghadi Shayban

Satnam Singh

Aditya Siram

Leon P Smith

Jon Sterling

Bodil Stokke

Asumu Takikawa

Patrick Thomson

Seth Tisue

José Manuel Calderón Trilla

Stew O’Connor

David Van Horn

Malcolm Wallace

John Wiegley

Brent Yorgey