Desert Rose Baha’i Institute Call for Papers, Third Annual Artists and Scholars Symposium





1950 West William Sears Drive

Eloy, Arizona 85131


6 PM Friday, February 15 – 4 pm Sunday, February 17, 2013

(Presidents Day Weekend)


In its Ridvan Messages of 2008 and 2010, The Universal House of Justice has predicted that, as Baha’i Communities develop, they will be increasingly drawn into public discourses.  They emphasize the necessary participation of individuals, communities, and institutions as well as Baha’i-inspired organizations in these discourses, which will draw us ever closer to working with society at large in addressing its many problems and needs.

Papers and artistic or dramatic presentations related to the theme or related to individual and social improvement at all levels are welcome. Send abstract or description of 80 to 120 words to with title and 4 or 5 lines of bio.  All sessions are 60 minutes in length including discussion. Please indicate whether your session will be primarily a lecture, a discussion, or a workshop.  Multiple papers on a subject, panel discussions, or coordinated performances are also welcome. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 15, 2013.

Group/Panel Presentations or Session Organizers: Those desiring to organize a session of like papers/subjects for presentation and discussion should submit a description of the session along with individual abstracts of participating papers. Please indicate whether presentations submitted by others could be made a part of the general session.  .

Desert Rose Baha’i Institute was founded by Hand of the Cause of God, William Sears, and his wife, Marguerite who is buried on the premises.  Its mission is the spiritual and social education of people of all ages.  It is dedicated to Hands of the Cause of God William Sears and Shu’allah Alí.


Focus Topics:

*Using principles of consultation to aid social and economic development.

* Social & Economic presentations with opportunities for service (emphasis on non-profits).

* Artistic presentations designed to inspire and cause reflection, or apply Bahá’í principles to human needs.                        __________________________________________

* Please indicate any required aids needed, i.e., Projector (Power Point/Overhead) Easels, etc.  Technical assistance is available.

Presenters must register for the Conference before their presentation time will be scheduled.  Minimum registration is for one full day plus meals (see Day Student below).


Event Information:

The $125 includes Registration Fee, materials, and 5 meals. Dorm lodging is $15 a night [upgrade(s) available] if postmarked by Friday, February 2, 2013.  After that date an additional $25.00 is charged.  A minimum deposit of $50 per person is required to hold a registration with the balance due upon arrival. Cancellation received on or before Saturday, February 9, 2013 will receive a refund less $25 handling fee. No refund after this date.

For Registration and Housing: or call 520-466-7961

Day Students:  $45/person/day includes lunch. Registration forms will be available on our website:  For Program information contact

Pre-registration must be postmarked by Friday, February 2, 2013.

MAIL IN PRE-REGISTRATION FORM   Detach and mail with deposit (check for $50/person or credit card information_______________________________________).

Name:__________________________________ Total number Attending:___________

Address:_______________________________ Email_____________________________

Phone:___________________  Lodging preference:  dorm    motel style room   apartment

                                                       (Circle one.)

Amount enclosed:____________________.


Desert Rose Baha’i Institute,  1950 W. William Sears Drive, Eloy, AZ  85131  520  466  7961