Baha’i studies conference attracts 1,100

About 1,100 participants attended the 30th annual Association for Baha’i Studies (North America) conference, held in San Francisco 10-13 August 2006.

There were 77 presentations, many of which explored the impact of religion on the evolution of consciousness. Presenters included Dr. Peter Khan (member of the Universal House of Justice), Dr. Janet Khan (serving at the Research Department at the Baha’i World Centre), Dr. Hoda Mahmoudi (Head of Research at the Baha’i World Centre), Dr. Roshan Danesh (Canadian lawyer and legal scholar), Mr. Duane Herrmann, Mr. Omid Ghaemaghammi, Dr. John Grayzel, Professor Don Hoffman (professor of cognitive science at the University of California) and Professor Faraneh Vargha-Khadem (head of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.)

The centerpiece “Hasan M. Balyuzi Memorial Lecture” focussed on the life of Bahiyyih Khanum, the daughter of Baha’u’llah, and was given by Dr. Janet Khan. The lecture examined her role as a Baha’i leader in the early part of the 20th century and how that role reflects distinctive Baha’i concepts of rank and station.

There were also artistic presentations including music and theatre, among those who performed were Red Grammar and John Davey-Hatcher.

The full in-depth article about this event on the Baha’i World News Service web site, incuding additional photos, can be found here.

Photo: BWNS: David Diehl, Shabnam Azad, Anne Gillette, William Silva, Rachel Enslow, and Shahla Ali in a panel discussion. (Photo by Courosh Mehanian) [cropped]

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