About the Irfán Colloquium session #102 (English)
Bosch Baha'i School: Santa Cruz, California USAMay 18–22, 2011.
`IrfÃ¡n Colloquium will be held in the beautiful surroundings of Bosch BahÃ¡'Ã School that provides a restful and refreshing environment for the participants. IrfÃ¡n program includes presentations on systematic BahÃ¡'Ã studies in fundamental principles of the BahÃ¡'Ã beliefs, the Writings of the Central Figures of the BahÃ¡'Ã Faith, and the interface between the BahÃ¡'Ã Faith and current intellectual and religious trends. On the occasion of centenary celebration of `Abdu'l-BahÃ¡'s visit to Europe and North America, 1911-1913, some of the presentation will be related to that historic event. Program also includes intervals of musical performances. `IrfÃ¡n Colloquium takes place in an informal and collegial atmosphere, which provides a unique opportunity for meeting and associating with those interested in systematic BahÃ¡'Ã studies. Participants receive a free set of the recent `IrfÃ¡n publications. Program starts at dinner time on Wednesday May 18 and ends after Lunch on Subday May 22, 2011.
Update: Santa Cruz: Bosch BahÃ¡'Ã¡ School announces a special Panel Presentation and open dialogue on "A New Atheism and the BahÃ¡'i Writings" at the IrfÃ¡n Colloquium sessions, 18-22 May 2011. The more recent scientific discoveries and advances have promoted a new atheistic movement that is fast spreading in the academic circles. It is particularly attracting the attention and challenging the younger generations of BahÃ¡'is who are engaged in various fields of academic and scientific endeavors. This panel presentation and open discussion conducted by Dr. Ian Kluge and Dr. Mahyad Rahnamaie is a unique opportunity for the participants at the IrfÃ¡n Colloquium to investigate the guidance given in the BahÃ¡'i Writings in order to respond to the questions and challenges raised by this new atheistic movement.