Conference Talks



Creating a Society Founded on Divine Principles

In this panel discussion titled “Creating a Society Founded on Divine Principles” Dr. Payam Akhavan, Leila Rassekh Milani, Jamey Heath and Erica Toussaint-Brock share their thoughts on how we apply spiritual principles to the building of civilization. The conversation was moderated by Mona Mahmoudi and was one of the sessions at the December 2017 Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference (USA).

Recorded on December 25, 2017

Family life: Marriage and Relationships and Childhood Education

In this talk given by Erica Toussaint-Brock called “Family life: Marriage and Relationships and Childhood Education”, Ms. Toussaint-Brock shares her thoughts about living a coherent life from the standpoint of building civilization. She looks at the roles of the individual, marriage and family in the spiritualization of mankind and in attaining unity in all human relationships, whether it’s achieving the equality of women and men or increasing the stability of marriages.

Recorded on December 25, 2017

Spirituality in a Phony World: In Search of Authenticity

In this talk titled ‘Spirituality in a Phony World: In Search of Authenticity’, International Law Professor and former United Nations prosecutor, Dr. Payam Akhavan, reflects on our quest for authenticity, what it means, and how he feels it’s emerging as one of the central challenges of civilization today.

Recorded on December 25, 2017

Payam Akhavan PhD (Harvard) is Professor of International Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a Member of the International Court of Arbitration, and a former UN prosecutor at The Hague. His prior academic appointments were at Yale, Florence, Paris, and Oxford, he has served with the UN in Bosnia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Timor Leste, and is a founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. His global career has been featured in the New York Times, BBC World's HardTalk, Maclean's magazine, Toronto Star, and Brazil's TV Globo. In 2017, he will deliver the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's annual Massey Lectures.
Tablet of Medicine

In this talk, Dr. Vahid Rafati explores the Tablet of Medicine, a mighty work revealed by Baha’u’llah. Dr. Rafati explains that he is not a medical doctor, and instead, he discusses the context of this tablet, medicine in the Islamic Revelation, and the theological issues related to physical well-being.

Recorded on December 25, 2017

America’s Destiny: Insights from the Baha’i Teachings

In this talk titled “America’s Destiny: Insights from the Baha’i Teachings” by Ken Bowers, he shares some stories relating to the events of bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, and also explores how the Revelation of Baha’u’llah is a miracle, and how we have to be actively engaged in helping to put our plans into action.

Recorded on December 24, 2017

Kenneth E. Bowers currently serves as Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, the annually elected body governing the activities of Bahá'ís in the 48 contiguous states. Prior to being elected to the National Assembly, he served as an appointed member of the National Teaching Committee, the principal arm of the National Assembly, acting as its Secretary for nearly 10 years. Until 1991, Mr. Bowers owned and operated a business in Atlanta. He is the author of God Speaks Again, an introductory book about the Bahá'í Faith. Together with their children, Mojdeh and Ford, Ken and his wife Mojgan make their home in Wilmette, Ill. in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
The Oneness of Humankind: What is it and Why Should We Care?

In this talk titled ‘The Oneness of Humankind: What Is It and Why Should We Care?’, International Law Professor and former United Nations prosecutor, Dr. Payam Akhavan, reflects on how the oneness of humankind, one of the central principles of the Baha’i Faith, is more than simply a lofty idea, but rather is a matter of existential necessity for our survival as a species.

Recorded on December 24, 2017

Payam Akhavan PhD (Harvard) is Professor of International Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a Member of the International Court of Arbitration, and a former UN prosecutor at The Hague. His prior academic appointments were at Yale, Florence, Paris, and Oxford, he has served with the UN in Bosnia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Timor Leste, and is a founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. His global career has been featured in the New York Times, BBC World's HardTalk, Maclean's magazine, Toronto Star, and Brazil's TV Globo. In 2017, he will deliver the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's annual Massey Lectures.
Throne of the Inner Temple: Achieving Optimal Health in All Aspects of Life

In this talk, Dr. Shad (Farshad Fani Marvasti MD, MPH) uses extracts from the Baha’i Writings to explore the purpose of health, the causes of disease, and to introduce laws of health and healing.

Recorded on December 24, 2017

What are We Waiting For? Serving Humanity in a World of Extremes

In this talk titled ‘What are We Waiting For? Serving Humanity in a World of Extremes’, International Law Professor and former United Nations prosecutor, Dr. Payam Akhavan, talks about his personal experience as a refugee and as a Human Rights lawyer, and he shares how the execution of a young Baha’i woman in Iran would change the course of his life forever.

Recorded on December 24, 2017

Payam Akhavan PhD (Harvard) is Professor of International Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, a Member of the International Court of Arbitration, and a former UN prosecutor at The Hague. His prior academic appointments were at Yale, Florence, Paris, and Oxford, he has served with the UN in Bosnia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Timor Leste, and is a founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. His global career has been featured in the New York Times, BBC World's HardTalk, Maclean's magazine, Toronto Star, and Brazil's TV Globo. In 2017, he will deliver the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's annual Massey Lectures.