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THE 17TH ANNUAL TEXAS BAHÁ'Í BLUEBONNET CONFERENCE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS

The Texas Bahá’í Bluebonnet Conference is an annual event sponsored by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Williamson County, Texas.

February 21-23, 2014

Theme 

“The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds, through commendable and seemly conduct.”        - 'Bahá'u'lláh 

The Texas Bahá’í Bluebonnet Conference Committee is very excited and happy to announce that Dr. Farzin Aghdasi and Dr. Duane Varan have graciously accepted to be the keynote speakers for our 17th Annual Texas Bahá’í Bluebonnet Conference.

This year, we are having the conference at Crowne Plaza Austin hotel which is situated at the crossroads of I-35 and Highway 290 and has plenty of free parking.

Our speakers have worked together to come up with a program that is both educational and engaging for the adults and youth sessions.

The session topics selected by speakers are as below.
** Please note that these session topics are subject to change up to the day of the conference and the most current information will be posted as it becomes available. **
 

Adults:
- A Conceptual Framework for Social Action (Dr. Aghdasi)
- A Methodology for Social Action (Dr. Varan)
- The Spiritual Foundations of Social Action (Dr. Aghdasi)
Maximizing Human Potential (Dr. Varan)
A Posture of Learning in Action (Dr. Aghdasi)
- A History of Tomorrow (Dr. Varan)

Youth:

- Tales from the front (Dr. Varan)
- Constructing a Conceptual Framework for Action (Dr. Aghdasi)
- Youth Can Move the World (Dr. Varan)
- Contributing to Public Discourse (Dr. Aghdasi)
- Balancing career and service (Dr. Varan)
- A Learning Posture (Dr. Aghdasi)

 

Our speakers are going to use the “Social Action”, a paper which was published on 26 November 2012 by the Office of the Social and Economic Development at the Bahá’í World Center during their sessions. There is a pdf file of the compilation of some of the quotes that our speakers going to use during their presentation. We encourage friends to have a copy of this paper in hand during the conference. You can download the file from here: Social Action5.pdf

 

Dr. Farzin Aghdasi

Farzin Aghdasi was a Bahá’í pioneer in Africa much of his adult life and intimately involved in training institute development in Southern Africa and North America. He served as a member of the Continental Board of Counselors for the Americas, and is currently the secretary of the Regional Bahá'í Council of California.

Working in industrial research in applications of Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence, he holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and has been a tenured university professor.

 

Dr. Duane Varan

Dr. Duane Varan is Professor of Audience Research at Murdoch University in Australia where he leads a research team pioneering new methods for evaluating media content.  He conducts research for many of the world's leading television networks including ABC, CBS, ESPN, NBC, Discovery, the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, MTV, A&E, the BBC and many others.  He is also the recipient of numerous awards including the Australian Prime Minister's Award for University Teacher of the Year, at the time the largest teaching prize in the world.  Dr. Varan is also CEO of MediaScience®, a media lab based in Austin.

During his youth, Dr. Varan traveled extensively working with Bahá’í youth groups in over 150 cities worldwide.  He spent summers engaged in community service projects among the Navajo, Hopi and Eskimo; traveled down the Amazon; spent a year sailing in the Pacific; ventured behind the Iron Curtain in Russia; and worked with Bahá’í communities across the United States.  He was also a part of the legendary Bahá’í Club at the University of Texas that was awarded Outstanding Student Organization by the University in the late 1980's.  Since then, he has served in numerous Baha'i administrative roles including on one National Spiritual Assembly; three National Teaching Committees; a Regional Council; a National Youth Committee and numerous Local Spiritual Assemblies.


Friday Night Meeting

 

As in the past conferences, the Jr. youth and youth will be meeting with the guest speakers on Friday February 21, 2014 at the Austin Bahá'í Center at 7:30 pm, with the time for socializing after the meeting. This meeting is only for the Jr. youth and youth and there is no registration necessary. Pizza and soft drink will be provided by the conference committee.
 
 

Youth program

Last year, after consulting with the youth in trying to find out why we have been having low attendance from them during our conference sessions, we have came up with completely separate sessions for them. Since we had a very positive comments regarding these sessions, we are going to continue including them in our program.

These sessions will be conducted simultaneously with the adult session and our speakers will be alternating to conduct them. The age limit for the youth sessions is ages 15 thru 21 years old.

 

Children & Jr. youth program

As in the past, there will be special sessions during the conference for the children and the Junior youth. The theme of their sessions is “Courage” and they will have a special presentation for the adults at the conclusion of the conference. This year program has chosen and prepared by Mrs. Kim Stein and Mary Garcia.

 

Saturday Night Program
Sonbol   MarkAlenThreadgill
We are also delighted to have a multi talented performers, Ms. Sonbol Taefi and Mr. Mark Alan Threadgill along with others for a Saturday evening of music.
 
 
Sonbol Taefi
 
Sonboltaefi

Sonbol was born in the south of Iran. She left her home town of Bandar Abbas for London where she attended university. She then moved to the Pacific, first living in Samoa and then in New Zealand where she presently resides with her husband and two daughters.

Sonbol began performing at the age of 9 when she appeared in local children's television programs. She has since become a professional vocalist and composer. Sonbol has produced/co-produced and recorded several CD's, six of which are in the Persian language. Her album "The Other Wing" was recorded in English and is dedicated to the advancement of women.

Sonbol has performed in numerous functions and events, and has appeared on Radio and Television shows in New Zealand and overseas. She has given concerts in New Zealand, England, Australia, South Africa, China, the United States and Canada. The style of her music is modern, but remains true to classical themes. She has put to music Words of Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá, as well as poems written by early believers of the Bahá'i Faith such as Varqa, Tahirih, Jonun and Nush.

Sonbol has collaborated with many artists including concert pianist Stephen Small, Farahsheed Golbarani and Behzad Khoshmashrab.

One of her recent albums "Along the Tigris" is a selection of prayers and sacred Bahá'i writings known as "The Hidden Words" - set to orchestral music.

Sonbol began performing at the age of 9 when she appeared in local children's television programs. She has since become a professional vocalist and composer. Sonbol has produced/co-produced and recorded several CD's, six of which are in the Persian language. Her album "The Other Wing" was recorded in English and is dedicated to the advancement of women.

Sonbol has performed in numerous functions and events, and has appeared on Radio and Television shows in New Zealand and overseas. She has given concerts in New Zealand, England, Australia, South Africa, China, the United States and Canada. The style of her music is modern, but remains true to classical themes. She has put to music Words of Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá, as well as poems written by early believers of the Bahá'i Faith such as Varqa, Tahirih, Jonun and Nush.

Sonbol has collaborated with many artists including concert pianist Stephen Small, Farahsheed Golbarani and Behzad Khoshmashrab.

One of her recent albums "Along the Tigris" is a selection of prayers and sacred Bahá'i writings known as "The Hidden Words" - set to orchestral music. www.sonboltaefi.com

 

 Mark Alan Threadgill

 MarkAlenThreadgill

Mark Alan Threadgill is a singer/songwriter based in Houston whose musical roots run deep into Texas music. At age 10 he began singing and playing with his family as a member of The Threadgills. During his musical career he has performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He blends country, blues, and jazz with a lyrical emphasis on social awareness. www.markalanthreadgill.net


Sonbol was born in the south of Iran. She left her home town of Bandar Abbas for London where she attended university. She then moved to the Pacific, first living in Samoa and then in New Zealand where she presently resides with her husband and two daughters.

Sonbol began performing at the age of 9 when she appeared in local children's television programs. She has since become a professional vocalist and composer. Sonbol has produced/co-produced and recorded several CD's, six of which are in the Persian language. Her album "The Other Wing" was recorded in English and is dedicated to the advancement of women.
Sonbol has performed in numerous functions and events, and has appeared on Radio and Television shows in New Zealand and overseas. She has given concerts in New Zealand, England, Australia, South Africa, China, the United States and Canada. The style of her music is modern, but remains true to classical themes. She has put to music Words of Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá, as well as poems written by early believers of the Bahá'i Faith such as Varqa, Tahirih, Jonun and Nush.
Sonbol has collaborated with many artists including concert pianist Stephen Small, Farahsheed Golbarani and Behzad Khoshmashrab.
One of her recent albums "Along the Tigris" is a selection of prayers and sacred Bahá'i writings known as "The Hidden Words" - set to orchestral music.

Sonbol began performing at the age of 9 when she appeared in local children's television programs. She has since become a professional vocalist and composer. Sonbol has produced/co-produced and recorded several CD's, six of which are in the Persian language. Her album "The Other Wing" was recorded in English and is dedicated to the advancement of women.

Sonbol has performed in numerous functions and events, and has appeared on Radio and Television shows in New Zealand and overseas. She has given concerts in New Zealand, England, Australia, South Africa, China, the United States and Canada. The style of her music is modern, but remains true to classical themes. She has put to music Words of Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá, as well as poems written by early believers of the Bahá'i Faith such as Varqa, Tahirih, Jonun and Nush.

Sonbol has collaborated with many artists including concert pianist Stephen Small, Farahsheed Golbarani and Behzad Khoshmashrab.

One of her recent albums "Along the Tigris" is a selection of prayers and sacred Bahá'i writings known as "The Hidden Words" - set to orchestral music.

- See more at: http://sonboltaefi.com/bio/#sthash.VJW3UyKm.dpuf

Sonbol was born in the south of Iran. She left her home town of Bandar Abbas for London where she attended university. She then moved to the Pacific, first living in Samoa and then in New Zealand where she presently resides with her husband and two daughters.

Sonbol began performing at the age of 9 when she appeared in local children's television programs. She has since become a professional vocalist and composer. Sonbol has produced/co-produced and recorded several CD's, six of which are in the Persian language. Her album "The Other Wing" was recorded in English and is dedicated to the advancement of women.
Sonbol has performed in numerous functions and events, and has appeared on Radio and Television shows in New Zealand and overseas. She has given concerts in New Zealand, England, Australia, South Africa, China, the United States and Canada. The style of her music is modern, but remains true to classical themes. She has put to music Words of Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá, as well as poems written by early believers of the Bahá'i Faith such as Varqa, Tahirih, Jonun and Nush.
Sonbol has collaborated with many artists including concert pianist Stephen Small, Farahsheed Golbarani and Behzad Khoshmashrab.
One of her recent albums "Along the Tigris" is a selection of prayers and sacred Bahá'i writings known as "The Hidden Words" - set to orchestral music.

Sonbol began performing at the age of 9 when she appeared in local children's television programs. She has since become a professional vocalist and composer. Sonbol has produced/co-produced and recorded several CD's, six of which are in the Persian language. Her album "The Other Wing" was recorded in English and is dedicated to the advancement of women.

Sonbol has performed in numerous functions and events, and has appeared on Radio and Television shows in New Zealand and overseas. She has given concerts in New Zealand, England, Australia, South Africa, China, the United States and Canada. The style of her music is modern, but remains true to classical themes. She has put to music Words of Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá, as well as poems written by early believers of the Bahá'i Faith such as Varqa, Tahirih, Jonun and Nush.

Sonbol has collaborated with many artists including concert pianist Stephen Small, Farahsheed Golbarani and Behzad Khoshmashrab.

One of her recent albums "Along the Tigris" is a selection of prayers and sacred Bahá'i writings known as "The Hidden Words" - set to orchestral music.

- See more at: http://sonboltaefi.com/bio/#sthash.VJW3UyKm.dpuf

Please bookmark our website and continue visiting it as we will be updating it regularly on the development of the 17th Annual Texas Bahá’í Bluebonnet Conference.

The committee would also like to thank each and everyone one of you for your continuous support to this conference.

 

 
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