This summer’s Sages and Scientists Symposium is shaping up to be the most multicultural and multidimensional gathering in the Chopra Foundation’s history. Moderated by Deepak Chopra, the three-day affair is packed with presentations by top scientists and thought leaders with intriguing performances by individuals and groups representing a wide range of backgrounds and points of view.
The 2013 Sages and Scientists Symposium takes place at La Costa Resort & Spa this August 16–18, 2013. Capacity is limited and early registration is strongly encouraged.
Sages and Scientists is an exploration of the emergence − or (e)mergence − of the stream of fantastic new discoveries flowing from the scientific community with ancient, and still relevant, spiritual beliefs in anticipation of discovering a single reality.
You will see presentations on these five areas:
Leaders from extraordinarily diverse experiences, points of view, belief systems, and motivations will present at this unique forum. They include:
Just twelve years old, Haile Thomas is the co-founder and director of the HAPPY Organization, a nonprofit with the mission to improve the health and wellness of Arizona youth through education, outreach, and advocacy about proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. She also founded the Healthy Girl Adventures Club, an online portal for girls to engage and inspire each other to embrace healthy habits.
Neil Theise, M.D.
Neil Theise, M.D. is a diagnostic liver pathologist, adult stem cell researcher, and complexity theorist in New York City, where he is Professor of Pathology and of Medicine at the Beth Israel Medical Center of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His research revised understandings of human liver microanatomy which, in turn, led directly to identification of possible liver stem cell niches and the marrow-to-liver regeneration pathway. He has extended his work to areas of theoretical biology and complexity theory.
Terrence James Roberts, Ph.D.
Terrence J. Roberts was one of the “Little Rock Nine” who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957 was a 15 year old eleventh grader when he joined eight other students and became one of the first nine black students to go to a formerly segregated public high school in Little Rock. He went on to complete a master’s degree in social work at UCLA, and a Ph.D. in psychology from Southern Illinois University. He is the author of Lessons from Little Rock and Simple Not Easy: Reflections on Community, Social Responsibility, and Tolerance.
Civil rights leader, strategist, and Freedom Rider, Diane Nash’s involvement in the nonviolent movement began in 1959 while attending Fisk University. In 1961 she coordinated the Freedom Riders from Birmingham, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi, a civil-rights campaign documented in the recent PBS American Experience film Freedom Riders.
Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D.
Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D. is a professor of neurology at Harvard University Medical School, Director of the Genetics and Aging Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and author of Decoding Darkness: The Search for the Genetic Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease. He also serves as the head of the Alzheimer’s Genome Project. Dr. Tanzi has been investigating the molecular and genetic basis of neurological disease since 1980, and during the past several decades he has collaborated on many studies identifying other disease genes, including those that contribute to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and autism.
Legendary rock-and-roll photographer Mick Rock is often called “the Man Who Shot the Seventies.” Perhaps best known for his photos of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, the British photographer is also widely recognized for his iconic shots of rock-and-roll legends such as Queen, Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Joan Jett, Talking Heads, Roxy Music, Crossfade, Thin Lizzy, Mötley Crüe, and Blondie.
Chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, Arianna Huffington is also a nationally syndicated columnist and the author of thirteen books. Launched in 2006, The Huffington Post was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2012. She has twice been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Donald Hoffman, Ph.D.
Donald Hoffman received his Ph.D. from MIT and since 1983 has been a professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of more than 100 professional publications, including the book Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See. His research received a Distinguished Scientific Award from the American Psychological Association. and the Troland Award of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
These remarkable speakers and many others will engage in lively conversations and debates to help us create a peaceful, just, sustainable, and healthy world. Change begins with an idea, a hope, a dream, an individual − and it can begin with you. Please join us!
About The Chopra Foundation
The Chopra Foundation works with individuals and organizations to build the critical mass required to achieve a peaceful, just, sustainable, and healthy world. Foundation engages in education and research projects, including hosting the annual Sages and Scientists Symposium, awarding annual prizes to sages and scientists for their contributions to the understanding of consciousness and the betterment of humanity, and collaborating with universities and institutions on research on the scientific understanding of consciousness.
The Foundation operates WellWorld, an initiative and network that inspires and connects change-makers working toward personal transformation and global changes to critical issues, including the environment, education, peace, and human trafficking.