Number of 2017 Web Talks Continues to Grow, Including One for the Bicentennial of Baha’u’llah’s Birth

The number of 2017 Web Talks that the Wilmette Institute has scheduled continues to grow. Now is the time to put the dates on your calendar. The Institute is scheduling an extra talk in mid-October in honor of the Twin Birthdays of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb and marking the bicentennial of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. The diversity of topics and of new speakers also continues to grow. Below is the list of 2017 Web Talks now scheduled; new additions to the list are in bold:

    • January 22, 2017: Annette Reynolds—“Trudy and Bahá’ís’ Spiritual Path in South Carolina”
    • February 12, 2017: Greg Dahl—“Globalization and Current Events—A Bahá’í Perspective”
    • March 12, 2017: Houshmand Badee—“Is There a Bahá’í Economic System?”
    • April 2, 2017: Todd Lawson—“The Bahá’í Faith and the Qur’án”
    • May 14, 201: Jena Khodadad—“The Hand of the Cause of God Zikrullah Khadem and the Ministry of the Custodians”
    • June 11, 2017: Michael Penn—“A Philosophy of Mind Grounded in Relationships: A Bahá’í-Inspired Perspective”
    • July 23, 2017 – new date: Augusto Lopez-Claros—“The Emergence of Global Institutions”
    • August 20, 2017: Susan Maneck—“Time and the Containment of Evil: The Zoroastrian Cosmology”
    • September 17, 2017: Louise Profeit-LeBlanc—Topic to be announced
    • October 15, 2017: Speaker to be announced—The Twin Birthdays and the Bicentennial of Baha’u’lláh’s Birth
    • October 29, 2017: Paul Hanley—“Eleven.”

New speakers include Annette Reynolds, a long-time Bahá’í from South Carolina, an author, and a former Auxiliary Board member; author Greg Dahl, an economist with the International Monetary Fund for many years; Houshmand Badee, another economist and author; Jena Khododad, the daughter of a Hand of the Cause of God; Augusto Lopez-Claros, the director of Global Indicators Group at the World Bank Group; Susan Maneck, Wilmette Institute Faculty and an Assistant Professor in the History and Philosophy Department of Jackson State University in Mississippi ; Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, raised in the Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation (First Nation of the Big River People) in the Yukon, a keeper of stories of her people, and co-founder of the Yukon International Storytelling Festival; and Paul Hanley, Wilmette Institute faculty and an author of many articles and several books, including Eleven.

All Wilmette Institute’s Web Talks are free and open to the public, but they require you to sign up in advance. Check “Web Talks/Webinars” in this issue; or watch for flyers and announcements; or keep checking http://wilmetteinstitute.org, and then clicking on “Web Talks.”

The Web Talks use a system that transmits audio and video of the speakers and the PowerPoint slides that speakers generally use. Audience members listening to the live broadcast can comment on the talks and ask questions by typing them into a “chat” box. Anyone viewing the talk at a later date will hear the questions and answers from the live broadcast.

The talks are held on Sundays at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (11 a.m. PT; 7 p.m. in the UK.; 8 p.m. in Western Europe).

After a live Web Talk is given, it is generally posted on the Wilmette Institute’s YouTube channel, usually within 24 hours, where you can access the Web Talks from 2015 and 2016. The Institute will upload 2017 Web Talks as they are given.

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