Register below for the Evening Speaker Series
Description of Evening Speakers
and Evening Theater Entertainment
The Science, Wisdom, and the Future
Evening Speakers, and Evening Theater, are open to the pubic to attend, even for
those not attending the conference. The conference organizers are local, Central
Coast residents, and delight in making this outstanding group of speakers and
entertainers available to our friends and neighbors. There is a small charge to
help us cover expenses but one ticket allows you to attend any, or all of the
Wednesday, June 24
7:00-7:30 - Conference Contextual
will set the
stage for the conference within the largest possible view of its cosmic
scope, as well as it historical context as the third in the Humanity
Participant's Conference series.
“The Cosmic Context for Science,
Wisdom, & the Future”
Russell Genet is a Research Scholar in Residence at
California Polytechnic State University, a
professor of astronomy Cuesta College, Director, Orion Observatory, and
author of 21 books, including the inspiration for the conference series:
Humanity; The Chimpanzees Who Would Be Ants
7:30-8:45 - The Opening Keynote Presentation
will challenge and inspire conference participants by
addressing the questions of the conference through the lens of his
latest book due out in April 2009
"The Living Universe:
Where Are We? Who Are We? Where
Are We Going?"
Duane Elgin has spoken to hundreds of
audiences ranging from business executives to spiritual communities.
He brings an engaging approach to his presentations that draws all
present into the conversation.
Say reviewers: Duane is "absolutely captivating" and "inspired our
deepest thinking." Duane
is the author of three major books: Promise Ahead:
A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity's Future (2000), Voluntary
Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly
Simple, Inwardly Rich (1993 and 1981), and Awakening
Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and
Consciousness (1993). With Joseph Campbell and others he
co-authored the book Changing Images of Man
For more information please visit his website at
Wednesday, June 24
Pauline Le Bel
"Sing Two Songs and Call Me in the Morning"
Part concert, part exploration: a joyful experience of the wisdom
tradition of music and its recent scientific validation as medicine for
the future. Pauline’s warm primordial embrace of a voice electrifies and
zestifies with her cosmological, earthy and often interactive songs.
Pauline has had
a long and successful career as a cabaret singer, songwriter,
screenwriter, novelist, playwright, actor, festival organizer, and vocal
coach. Her passionate voice has been heard in theatres and concert halls
across Canada, in the U.S. and the U.K. She has released three CDs of
her original songs and is currently recording the fourth – a collection
of her gospel songs dedicated to Earth. Reviewers called her "a musical
instrument linked to a soul" for her dramatic portrayal of French
chanteuse, Edith Piaf in a play she wrote. She has received
international writing awards, including a coveted Cable Ace Award and an
Emmy nomination for The Song Spinner, a subversive yarn about the
transformative power of music. Her cosmo-logical musical, Voices in
the Sound, garnered praise from audiences and scientists alike. She
is honored to be part of a growing community working (and playing) to
integrate art, nature, science, soul and spirit.
|Thursday, June 25
7:00-7:45 First Evening Presentation
will bring her decades of experience as a
leader in and definer of, the field of Conscious Evolution
together with her
most recent work to
"A Vision of the Future Equal to our Spiritual, Social and Scientific
Key Steps Toward It Now"
Barbara Marx Hubbard
is the President of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution and author of
numerous books including
Conscious Evolution, The Evolutionary Journey, and Revelation:
Our Crisis is a Birth and producer of the documentary series "Humanity Ascending: A New Way
7:45-8:45 Second Evening
Abrams and Joel Primack
will use recent advances in astronomy,
physics, and cosmology to frame an exciting new way to understand the
universe as a whole and our role in it. This encore
presentation follows their highly acclaimed contribution to the last
Humanity Participants' Conference in Hawaii, "The Evolutionary Epic"
were they dazzeled participants with their view from the center of the
"Our Cosmically Pivotal Moment"
former Fulbright scholar and a cultural philosopher and writer,
a professor of
physics at the University of California Santa Cruz and
one of the
world's leading cosmologists are authors of
The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering our Extraordinary
Place in the Cosmos.
|Thursday, June 25
Nancy Abrams in Concert
Streisand meets Carl Sagan. Highly intelligent, playing with myth,
cosmology, and spirit. Provocative lyrics, a haunting folkrock fusion of
acoustic and electronic with ethnic flavors .Cosmic, upbeat and deep.
was classically trained but branched out into multiple music styles in
her teens. Between getting her degree from the University of Chicago in
the history and philosophy of science and her law degree from the
University of Michigan, Nancy spent two years in Italy, singing and
writing shows with an Italian cabaret troupe.She has worked for
international law firms, the Ford Foundation, and the U.S.
Congress, while maintaining a parallel career of performing songs,
sometimes satirical, arising out of her work. Her prose articles have
appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and books, and she has
performed for over 20 years at conferences, public concerts, and
spiritual events in sixteen countries. She has released two earlier
albums and been featured on radio and television.
on the Institute for the Future's Ten Year Forecast and his latest book
Leaders Make the Future to present
"Faith in the Future"
Bob Johansen is
a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future (IFTF) and
co-author of Upsizing the Individual in the Downsized Organization,
GlobalWork, and his newly released Leaders Make the Future.
He is a
social scientist with an interdisciplinary background who has
extensively studied the impact of communications and computing
technologies on human and organizational behavior .
is a Resident Futurist Faculty & Chair of Psychology & Philosophy at
Rio Salado College.and draws on years of interdisciplinary research to
Evolution of the Human Mind"
Tom and his wife Jeanne have established the Center for Future
Consciousness in Scottsdale Arizona. The Center's mission is to
guide and facilitate the continual growth of future consciousness
through education, dialogue, and collaboration. His latest books
are The Evolution of Future Thought and Contemporary Futurist
|Friday, June 26
"Celebrating the Magnificence of the Universe and Our Ongoing
Participation in its Evolution"
has been studying, teaching, and preaching the story of the universe, as
we know it from science, and reflecting on our role in its majestic and
magnificent unfolding for several years. He combines visuals from the
Hubbell Space Telescope with guided meditations, participatory, joyous
singing, and story telling, based on Brian Swimme’s Powers of
the Universe. As a singer/songwriter Keith writes
high-energy songs celebrating the universe and our role in it, getting
his audience on their feet and dancing.
samples of Keith Music go to:
|Saturday, June 27
No Evening Presentations
|Saturday, June 27
No Evening Presentations
|Sunday, June 28
4:30-5:30 - First "Evening" Presentation
will share the award-winning work of her
latest book on the development of a caring economics:
"The Real Wealth
Dr. Eisler is sought after
speaker at conferences worldwide, and is a consultant to business and
government on applications of the partnership model introduced in her
work. She is an eminent social scientist, attorney, and author best
known for her bestseller The Chalice and The
Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 23 foreign editions.
7:00-7:15 Looking to the Future
our gathering to a close with a look to the future of both the Humanity
Participants' Conference and Books and the evolutionary future of our
species in "Humanity in the Cosmos"
Genet is the Director of the Orion Institute and its Science and the
Human Spirit project. She is a professor of philosophy at Cuesta
College in San Luis Obispo and the Managing Editor of the Collins
Foundation Press (CFP), the publishing division of the Collins Family
Foundation. The CFP produces the books in the Humanity Book Series
of which Cheryl is the managing and production editor. She is also the
Science, Wisdom, and the Future Conference Convenor.
will draw together the deliberations of the conference and point towards the
“Evolution and the Global Integrity Crisis”
From crumbling economies to collapsing ecosystems, humanity is experiencing an
unprecedented global integrity crisis.
In a richly illustrated presentation, Michael Dowd proposes that the lack of an
evolutionary worldview made the current crisis inevitable and that a deep-time
view of human nature, values, and social systems provides a clear and inspiring
and his wife, Connie
Barlow, an acclaimed science writer, have spoken to more than a thousand
groups over the past 7 years, as America's evolutionary evangelists. At
home in both liberal and conservative settings, and uniquely gifted at
building bridges between religious and nonreligious people, his passion
is showing how an understanding of 'our brain's creation story' as given
by evolutionary psychology and neuroscience can inspire each of us to
live with greater integrity, and all of us to work together toward
a thriving future for planet Earth and the body of life of which we are
For more information on Thank God for Evolution,
For more information on Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow please visit their website at
|Sunday June 28
8:45-9:30 Evening Theater presents:
"An Evolutionary Revival"
(with a tribute to Thomas Berry - 1914-2009)
Sing joyously and move to the
up-beat, high-energy sounds of the Cosmic All Stars CD. Gaze at
beautiful pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope and of our
magnificent earth. Learn about this awesome universe. This
"Evolutionary Revival" offers a participatory celebration and
storytelling as ways of bringing home the majestic story of the
evolution of the universe and our role in its magnificent unfolding.
Participants are led in the singing of cosmic love songs, with words
projected on beautiful space photographs and pictures of our stunning
Connie Barlow, Pauline Le Bel, and Keith
Mesecher join in to bring our conference to joyous close.
Wind down from the conference and the
excitement in the Embassy Suites Atrium. Join colleagues, friends,
and presenters for a nightcap and let the conference
experience sink in
and fill you with hope!
|5:30-7:00 - Adios
You are cordially
invited to join conference participants and presenters for
social time and our closing dinner. See
registration below for more information.
Evening Speaker Series
With Evening Theater
To register, simply follow the steps below:
1. Send an email to
with your name, email address, & phone #
This reserves your seat.
2. Pay for your
ticket by PayPal or by check or MO: $30 general admission /
$15 students -any or all speakers
Adios Buffet Dinner 6:00 pm Sunday (Optional)
Optional: You may join us for the Adios Buffet
on Sunday evening if you would like:
$38 per person (plus tax and gratuity= $49). Join your host & other
& their guests for a
buffet dinner at the close our conference.
Buffet will include:
Salad of Edna Valley Greens w/
Ranch & Italian Dressings,
Sliced Honeydew, Jicama Salad, and Fiesta Bean Salad
Diced Tomatoes, Jalapeño Peppers and California Olives,
Broiled Sliced Tri Tip and Linquica Sausage,
Cut Whole BBQ Chicken,
Salsa Verde and Salsa Fresca,
Wild Herb Rice and Poquito Beans
Fresh Market Vegetables,
Flat Mission Bread and Corn Tortillas,
Spanish Flan and Ranch Style Chocolate Cake
Iced tea and Coffee
You will be sent a ticket that
will be good for any, or all, of the evenings of the Evening
with Evening Theater, as well as the Adios Buffet Dinner on
Sunday, if you
choose that option.
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use the PayPal link below:
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appears on you PayPal invoice unless
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|Note to those
registering for the conference:
Evening Speaker Series is
a part of, and included in, the conference. You
do not need to register or pay separately.
may add Evening Speakers Series and Adios Buffet to
your Cart for a guest as you complete your registration.
All items will show up on PayPal check-out.
3. Treat yourself to an
evening out - or several of them! Dine in the beautiful Embassy
Suites Atrium before the
evenings events begin. Then enjoy our wonderful speakers and
stay for our Evening Theater Entertainment!
Browse our displays and bookstores, and return to the Atrium
for a nightcap, camaraderie, and stimulating
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