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Cosmology, Wonder, and Response

February 6-8, 2017

Daytona Beach, FL

The specific timing of the schedule is still being finalized but here are some helpful info for arrival and departure decisions, as well as information about the conference speakers.

Monday, February 6

Registration afternoon

New member reception 

Opening dinner and program, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, February 7

Keynote speakers, small discussions, business meeting

Afternoon excursions 

Dinner on the town

Wednesday, February 8

More speakers, discussions, business

Closing banquet, 6:00 pm (followed by an Astronomy Open House, featuring the 1-meter Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, weather permitting)

Monday Speaker

Peter Saulson is the Martin A. Pomerantz ’37 Professor of Physics at Syracuse University. After earning his degrees at Harvard and Princeton and working at MIT, he went to Syracuse, where he has served on the faculty for 26 years. For 35 years, he has been engaged in the search for gravitational waves, a cosmic messenger that has now allowed us to find black holes and to study their properties in unprecedented ways. He served two terms as Spokesperson of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the main group searching for gravitational waves. In recent years, he has been inspired by the writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel to explore the relationship between religion and science. 


Tuesday Speaker

Ḥakīm Ilyās (Mīrzā Ilyās al-Kāshānī) was born in Tehran, Iran. He moved to the United States in 1979. His training in Traditional Islamic Healing & Medicine(TIHM) began at six years of age through his father, Mīrzā Muḥammad Ṣādiq al-Shīrāzī al-Kāshānī.  Ḥakīm Ilyās is a lifelong student of sacred knowledge. He is dedicated to the study, practice, and development of TIHM, the treatment of people in need, and teaching the next generation of physician-healers.  Full bio here

Wednesday Speaker

Harpist, singer and composer Therese Schroeder-Sheker made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1980. Her concurrent careers in classical music, palliative medicine and higher education have allowed her to concertize across three continents for decades; chair university, college, seminary and institute departments and programs, and publish frequently. With forty-three years of

clinical experience serving the physical and spiritual needs of the dying, she founded the palliative medical field of music-thanatology and The Chalice of Repose Project, the voice of music-thanatology worldwide.  Full bio here 

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