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2015

May 3, 2015
Wilmette Institute’s 20th Anniversary Free Web Talks Series.
Presenter: Dr. Christopher Buck.
Topic: God and Apple Pie: Religious Myths and Visions of America.
Time: 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. Pacific; 7 p.m. GMT U.K.; 8 p.m. Western Europe).
Watch for e-mail flyers to register for the talk.

May 6, 2015
Bahá’í Chair for World Peace
Speaker: Dr. Rashid Ahman, Shaykh Zayed Islamic Centre, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.
Topic: Nonviolent Islam: Social Change for a Better Society.
Time and Venue: 4 p.m. EST, Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 USA.
Registration form: http://bahaichair.umd/events/rahmad.

May 6, 2015
Ebbf, Online Video Conversation with Speaker at May 28–31 Make It Meaningful” Series (see below).
Speaker: Vafa Akhavan.
Time: 8 p.m. CEST.
Join the conversation: Click on www.ebbf.org, and look for the May 6 event.

May 13, 2015
Association for Bahá’í Studies Webinar.
Presenter: Dr. Mehrdad Ehsani.
Topic: Man’s Station in the Universe: A Scientist’s Spiritual Journey. ABS members: Receive automatic e-mail reminders and registration information. Non-ABS Members: Check the ABS website or ABS Facebook page one month before the Webinar for the registration link. See http://bahai-studies.ca/major-initiatives/webinars/.

May 21–24, 2015
Third Annual Challis, Idaho, Bahá’í Women’s Retreat, Living Waters Ranch, Four Miles West of Challis, Idaho, USA.
Theme: The Bahá’í Perspective on Social Issues Prevalent in Today’s Society.
Guest speaker: Erica Toussaint-Brock, member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States.
Registration fee: $185 US (check or cash), double occupancy, 3 nights, 6 meals, all taxes, guest facilities.
Registration deposit: $50 US, check or cash.
To register: Send deposit to Jacquie Richards, 1421 W. Piedmont Court, Meridian, Idaho, USA 83642.
For information and to inquire about travel arrangements from Boise, Idaho, to Challis: Helen Thorpe, E-mail: hithorpe9@yahoo.com; Telephone: 208-629-0831. Or Jacquie Richards, E-mail: jacquierichards@hotmail.com; Telephone: 208-895-0175.

May 22–25, 2015
`Irfán Colloquium, Bosch Bahá’í School, Santa Cruz, California, USA.
Languages: English, Persian.
For information and program details: www.irfancolloquium.org.
For accommodations: E-mail: bosch@usbnc.org; Telephone: 831-423-3387.
Sessions begin in the evening on the first day and end after lunch on the final day.

May 28–31, 2015
ebbf International Event, Part of the “Make it Meaningful” Series, Lisbon, Portugal.
Topic: Interconnected Business: How Organizations Can Improve People and How People Can Improve Organizations.
Pre-event, May 28–29: By application.
Open international ebbf learning event: May 29, evening through May 31, 2 p.m.
Format: Over 20 sessions and learnshops.
For accommodations: Hotel Dolve Camporeal, Rua do Campo, 2565-770, Turcifal, Portugal. Check www.ebbf.org for details.
Registration: Open www.ebbf.org to register.

June 7, 2015
Wilmette Institute’s 20th Anniversary Free Web Talks Series.
Presenter: Dr. Sandra Lynn Hutchison.
Topic: What Every Reader of the Bahá’í Writings Needs to Know.
Time: 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. Pacific; 7 p.m. GMT U.K.; 8 p.m. Western Europe).
Watch for e-mail flyers to register for the talk.

June 17, 2015
Association for Bahá’í Studies Webinar.
Presenter: Dr. Deborah K. van den Hoonaard.
Topic: Discourse Matters: The Potential of Qualitative Sociology to Shed Light on Bahá’í Studies.
ABS members: Receive automatic e-mail reminders and registration information.
Non-ABS Members: Check the ABS website or ABS Facebook page one month before the Webinar for the registration link.
See http://bahai-studies.ca/major-initiatives/webinars/.

June 26–July 1, 2015
`Irfán Colloquium, Center for Bahá’í Studies, Acuto, Italy.
Language: Persian.
For information and program details: www.irfancolloquium.org.
For accommodations: E-mail: lapanoramicahotel@gmail.com; Telephone: 39-0775-56061.
Sessions begin in the evening on the first day and end after dinner on the final day.
Optional group tour: June 28, 2015.

July 2–5, 2015
`Irfán Colloquium, Center for Bahá’í Studies, Acuto, Italy.
Language: English.
For information and program details: www.irfancolloquium.org.
For accommodations: E-mail: lapanoramicahotel@gmail.com; Telephone: 39-0775-56061.
Sessions begin in the evening on the first day and end after dinner on the final day.

July 3–14, 2015
Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity, University Graduate Seminar.
Theme: Discourse and Social Transformation: Achieving Coherence.
Louhelen Bahá’í Center, Davison, Michigan, USA.

July 23–26, 2015
`Irfán Colloquium, Tambach Seminar Center, Tambach, Germany.
Language: German.
For information and program details: www.irfancolloquium.org.
For accommodations: E-mail: info@grossman-institut.de; Telephone: 59-36252-4633-5.
Sessions begin in the evening on the first day and end after lunch on the final day.

August 6–9, 2015
Association for Bahá’í Studies Annual Conference.
Theme: Advancing the Life of the Mind.
Begins Thursday morning, August 6, and runs through Sunday, August 9, mid-day.
Conference registration: http://bahai-studies.ca/upcoming-conference/.
Hotel information: http://bahai-studies.ca/upcoming-conference/.
To book hotel: Book directly with Hyatt Regency Orange County, 11999 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove, CA 92840, USA, by calling Reservation Department, 888-421-1442, and referring to group name “Association for Baha’i Studies”; also book online at https://aws.passkey.com/g/40214120.
To reach hotel: Take airport shuttle to hotel from LAX, Los Angeles International Airport.

August 14–16, 2015
Fourth Annual Arab American Conference, Skokie, Illinois.
Theme: Towards a United and Prosperous Society.
Language: Arabic only.
Purpose of conference: To strengthen bonds of friendship, contribute to cultural discourse, and celebrate the Arab World’s vibrant and distinctive contributions to society. The forum is not designed for the purpose of teaching the Bahá’í Faith.
Open to: Peoples, worldwide, of all religious backgrounds and beliefs.
Program for children: Special program for children 2–9 years old.
Registration: Adults, 18+, $80 US; children and youth, 6–17, $30; children 5 years and younger, no fee; friends of Bahá’ís, no fee. Register at http://www.cvent.com/events/arab-american-conference-2015/event-summary-6c66c54e67d84369afa929a0e56e4790.aspx.
Registration covers: Lunch and dinner on Saturday (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, sugar- free options), light refreshments, and transportation to the Bahá’í House of Worship.
Hotel reservations: DoubleTree Chicago North Shore Hotel, 9599 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, Illinois, 60077, USA.
Sponsored by: National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States.
For further information: arabamericanconference@gmail.com; +1-708-320-8098.

August 30, 2015
Wilmette Institute’s 20th Anniversary Free Web Talks Series.
Presenter: Dr. Susanne Alexander.
Topic: Healthy, Unified Marriages as a Service to Humanity.
Time: 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. Pacific; 7 p.m. GMT U.K.; 8 p.m. Western Europe).
Watch for e-mail flyers to register for the talk.

September 6, 2015
Wilmette Institute’s 20th Anniversary Free Web Talks Series.
Presenter: Arthur Lyon Dahl.
Topic: Navigating the Storm: The Transition to Sustainability.
Time: 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. Pacific; 7 p.m. GMT U.K.; 8 p.m. Western Europe).
Watch for e-mail flyers to register for the talk.

September 28, 2015
Wilmette Institute’s 20th Anniversary Free Web Talks Series.
Presenter: Dr. Baharieh Rouhani Maani.
Topic: The Leaves of the Twin Divine Trees.
Time: 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. Pacific; 7 p.m. GMT U.K.; 8 p.m. Western Europe).
Watch for e-mail flyers to register for the talk.

October 1–4, 2015
ebbf 25th Annual Learning Event, Part of the “Make It Meaningful” Series, Barcelona, Spain.
Topic: Unity and Collaboration to Create Meaningful and Purposeful Organizations Ready for the 21st Century.
Format: Over 20 sessions, keynotes, learnshops, and many meaningful conversations.
For accommodations: Gran Hotel Rey Don Jaime, Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain.
Registration: Not yet open; keep checking the website www.ebbf.org.

October 7–9, 2015
Bahá’í Chair for World Peace.
International Conference: Global Transformations: Context and Analytics for a Durable Peace.
Time: Begins Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at 7 p.m.; ends Friday, October 9, 2015, at 1 p.m.

October 8–11, 2015
`Irfán Colloquium, Louhelen Bahá’í School, Davison, Michigan, USA.
Languages: English, Persian.
For information and program details: www.irfancolloquium.org.
For accommodations: E-mail: louhelen@usbnc.org; Telephone: 810-653-5033.
Sessions begin in the evening on the first day and end after lunch on the final day.

October 15–19, 2015
2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Where: Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City Utah, USA.
Registration: Register before June 30 for a discounted rate; special rates for students. Registration open through October 19.

October 18, 2015
Wilmette Institute’s 20th Anniversary Free Web Talks Series.
Presenter: Dr. Sovaida Maani Ewing.
Topic: Building a World Federation: The Key to Solving Our Global Crises
Time: 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. Pacific; 7 p.m. GMT U.K.; 8 p.m. Western Europe).
Watch for e-mail flyers to register for the talk.

November 15, 2015
Wilmette Institute’s 20th Anniversary Free Web Talks Series.
Presenter: Dr. Steven Friberg.
Topic: Science and Religion.
Time: 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. Pacific; 7 p.m. GMT U.K.; 8 p.m. Western Europe).
Watch for e-mail flyers to register for the talk.

November 16, 2015
Bahá’í Chair for World Peace.
Series: Frontiers of Globalization and Governance.
Speaker: Dr. John Braithwaite, Distinguished Professor, Founder of RegNet (Regulatory Institutions Network), Australian National University.
Topic: Forthcoming.
Time: Monday, November 16, 3 p.m. EST.
Location: McKeldin Library, Special Events Room #6137, University of Maryland College Park, MD, USA.
Registration form: http://bahaichair.umd.edu/events/Braithwaite.

November 21–24, 2015
American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Registration and Housing: Opens in March 2015.

December 6, 2015
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Wilmette Institute’s 20th Anniversary Free Web Talks Series.
Presenter: Dr. Michael Penn.
Topic: The Nature of the Human Mind: A Bahá’í Perspective.
Time: 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. Pacific; 7 p.m. GMT U.K.; 8 p.m. Western Europe).
Watch for e-mail flyers to register for the talk.

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