Science, Wisdom, and the Future
Evening Speaker Series
with Evening Theater

Open to All!

»Important!  If you are registered for the conference, Evening Speakers and Evening Theater are included!  «

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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 evenings.

Evening Speakers Evening Theater

Wednesday, June 24

7:00-7:30 - Conference Contextual Address
Russell Genet  
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
Duane Elgin
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 (1982).
For more information please visit his website at

Wednesday, June 24

Pauline Le Bel
presents:  "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
Barbara Marx Hubbard
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 present:
"A Vision of the Future Equal to our Spiritual, Social and Scientific Potential: 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 Through Together"

7:45-8:45  Second Evening Presentation
Nancy 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 universe.
"Our Cosmically Pivotal Moment

Abrams, a former Fulbright scholar and a  cultural philosopher and writer, and Primack, 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
Barbra 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.

Nancy 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.


Friday, June 26

7:00-7:45  First Evening Presentation
Bob Johansen
will draw 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 .

7:45-8:30   Second Evening Presentation
Tom Lombardo
is a Resident Futurist Faculty & Chair of Psychology & Philosophy at Rio Salado College.and draws on years of interdisciplinary research to present:  
"The Future 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 Thought.


Friday, June 26

Keith Mesecher
"Celebrating the Magnificence of the Universe and Our Ongoing Participation in its Evolution"

Keith Mesecher 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.

To here 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
Riane Eisler
will share the award-winning work of her latest book on the development of a caring economics:
The Real Wealth of Nations"

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
Cheryl Genet
will bring 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"

Cheryl 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.

7:15-8:30  Closing Presentation
Michael Dowd
will draw together the deliberations of the conference and point towards the future
“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 way forward.

Michael Dowd
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 part.

For more information on Thank God for Evolution, Click Here

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 Earth.

Connie Barlow, Pauline Le Bel, and Keith Mesecher join in to bring our conference to joyous close.


10:00 pm

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 Buffet

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
     Optional: You may join us for the Adios Buffet on Sunday evening if you would like:

Adios Buffet Dinner 6:00 pm Sunday (Optional)
    $38 per person (plus tax and gratuity= $49). Join your host & other participants & 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 Speakers Series,
with Evening Theater, as well as the Adios Buffet Dinner on Sunday, if you choose that option.

To Pay by Credit Card or PayPal, use the PayPal link below:

You may change the quantity for multiple tickets or dinners in the PayPal shopping cart.

       General Admission     


        Adios Buffet                

Your ticket(s) will be sent to the address that appears on you PayPal invoice unless otherwise instructed.

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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. 

You 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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