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Featured speaker at the Archives of the Impossible 2023 Conference


I am overjoyed to let everyone know that I will be featured at the Archives of the Impossible 2023 Conference this May at Rice University in Texas. While my participation is actually before the event in a May 3 Pre-Conference Webinar, I will also be attending in person. Details about the event, including registration, can be found here.


I can quite literally say that I have never been more honored to participate in a conference. A little about this year's conference from host Dr. Jeffrey Kripal:


Archives of the Impossible II: Transnationalism, Transdisciplinarity, Transcendence


We are going to host a second international conference around our Archives of the Impossible at Rice University, this time explicitly on how to mainstream these questions and materials in the larger academy and our public cultures. The event is entitled "Archives of the Impossible II: Transnationalism, Transdisciplinarity, Transcendence.”


The event is scheduled for May 11-13 at Rice University in Houston, in the same beautiful venue in which we held the first one, Hudspeth Auditorium in the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. This is a two-and-a-half day event, from Thursday afternoon, May 11, to Saturday evening, May 13. It will feature three opening webinars, like last year, in April and May, and, at the conference itself, six plenary speakers from a broad array of areas, two thematic panels (both under conversation and to be determined), and 16 “flash talks” of 25 minutes each. So there are, roughly, 29 major thinkers and activists speaking here.


Please explore this website for the latest, and to register for our webinars and the conference itself. There are two ways to register for the event in May: as a physical attendee and as a digital registrant.


I should add that the response to the last event was simply overwhelming. We had over 1,700 people register, about 200 individuals show up in person (during COVID, no less), and, at the moment, over 200,000 views have been noted on YouTube on our Archives of the Impossible playlist. You might have also seen the latest on one of our donors, Jacques Vallée, in this piece in New York Times.


Things are a’changing. We are making headway here. We want to make more headway. We want this thing to “tip” or, as I say, “flip.” It’s okay if some us flop, too, by the way. That’s part of the flip, and it’s funny.


Warmly,


Jeff


Tickets for my May 3 webinar, which will be held at 4 p.m. CT, can be found at the link above or here.

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