Presentations & Talks

On this page you can find recordings of selected ABS conference plenary presentations exploring some of the pressing issues of our times and offering in-depth analysis of Bahá'í teachings and history.

Race and Racism

An Inquiry into What It Might Mean for a Human Life to Matter

Michael Penn

New Black Power: Constructive Resilience and the Efforts of African American Bahá’ís

Derik Smith

Jesse Washington

The Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism and Transforming Words into Deeds

Ruha Benjamin

The Residue of Memory & the Clarion Call of Truth: Healing through Reclamation and Art

Reflections on Race: Exploring the Relationship between Justice and Oneness

Mariam Ashtiani, Nanabah Bulman, Zhaleh Boyd, Robin Chandler

Social Justice

The Nature and Dynamics of Oppression, Empowerment, and the Battle against Oppression

Nader Saiedi

Nader Saiedi gripping the podium while giving a presentation

Theater and Education for Student Social Change

Chitra Golestani, Penny Carroll, Nora Dicker, Tyrone Lamont Baker, Kyla Brown, Harvey McMurray

Re-Telling Reconciliation

Roshan Danesh

Honouring the children: Social action for truth, reconciliation and justice

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond/Akikwe, Roshan Danesh, Jordan Bighorn

Knowledge into Action: The Bahá’í Imperative to Serve Humanity

Layli Miller-Muro

Striving for Human Rights in an Age of Religious Extremism

Nazila Ghanea

Humanities, Social Sciences, Economics

Discourse Matters:: The Potential of Qualitative Sociology to Illumine Bahá’í Studies (Exploring the Social Sciences panel)

June Manning Thomas, Deborah K. van den Hoonaard, Geoffrey Cameron

Reading Utopias: From Dichotomy to Complementarity (Exploring the Humanities panel)

Elham Afnan, Susan Maneck, Gerald Filson

The Role of Religion in Society

Julia Berger, Emily Goshey, Benjamin Schewel, Matthew Weinberg

Education and the Generation of Knowledge

The Intellectual Life of the Bahá’í Community

Farzam Arbab

Bahá’í Participation in the Public Sphere: Considerations Related to History, Concepts, and Approaches

Shahriar Razavi

Reading, Analyzing and Transforming Reality through Participatory Research

Shabnam Koirala-Azad

Science & Religion

Neuroscience, Ethics, and Religion: Moving Beyond Coexistence

Paul Root Wolpe, Karen Rommelfanger, Gillian Hue, Tara Raam

Technologies and Values

Mitra Naeimi Solomon, Mark Towfiq, Matthew Weinberg

Natural Sciences and Society (Exploring the Natural and Life Sciences panel)

Elizabeth Bowen, Kamran Sedig, Arthur Dahl

Study of Bahá’í History and Sacred Texts

The Body of God: Major themes in Bahá’u’lláh's Surih of the Temple

John S. Hatcher

The Ocean of Revelation: Dynamic Source of All Learning

Hooper Dunbar

Epiphany of the Prophets

John S. Hatcher

”The Word that Shineth and Flasheth Amidst the Books of Men”: Text, Translation, and the Nature of Reality

Steven Phelps