Working groups play active role at ABS conference and year-round

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October 19, 2018
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Working groups formed by the Association for Baha’i Studies–North America are increasingly lending year-round momentum to the association’s efforts to foster both the generation and application of knowledge.

Talibah Sun (left) and Meghan McCullough take time out during the
2018 Association for Baha’i Studies Conference in Atlanta to discuss the role of ABS working groups in advancing discourse within academic and professional fields. Photo by Leila/Navid Yavari

Made up of people who share academic and professional interests, these groups also helped shape the program of the 42nd annual ABS conference, Aug. 9–12 in Atlanta, Georgia. Participants in the working groups offered many of the gathering’s presentations.

Participants in the agriculture, economies, health, indigenous studies, law, and media groups carved out time during the conference to catch up on one another’s pursuits. Groups also made plans to meet throughout the year — in seminars or other in-person gatherings, or via regular conference calls.

As a participant in the media group noted during its meeting, the groups serve as spaces for people in shared disciplines to learn together how to contribute more effectively and coherently to the discourses in their field, discuss issues related to the fields, to identify others who work along the same or complementary lines, and advance research and writing projects.

One such project by media group participants was a breakout session at the conference, led by an Atlanta teacher and a Washington, DC, film student. Noting that film studies and filmmaking often reflect an assumption that conflict is embedded in human nature, they countered with Baha’i teachings demonstrating the value of non-conflictual narratives that otherwise might remain ignored.

Seminars explore advancing society through discourses

The Association for Baha’i Studies–North America is sponsoring seminars organized by several working groups in winter and spring 2019.

Open to anyone interested in participating in academic or professional discourses related to their various disciplines, these seminars will explore ways to contribute to the advancement of civilization.

If you know of others who are interested in attending, please share this announcement.

Health Working Group Seminars
West Coast: Feb. 1–3 at Bosch Baha’i School, Santa Cruz, California
East Coast: April 12–14 at Green Acre Baha’i School, Eliot, Maine

Law Working Group Seminar
Feb. 22–25 at the Vancouver (British Columbia) Baha’i Center

Media and Society Working Group Seminar
Feb. 15–18 at Bosch Baha’i School, Santa Cruz, California

Get more information or register for these seminars, or email the Association for Baha’i Studies.

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