BIOETHICS FORUM



3.8 Billion Years of Wisdom:
Exploring the Genius of Nature

May 1-2, 2014


OVERVIEW
We will explore the almost infinite varieties of how nature expresses itself in plants, animals, microbes, fungi – across the spectrum of the living world. Nature has solutions to problems that we are just beginning to understand, and to many that we do not yet fathom. The plant healers of cultures in many parts of the world explain that their knowledge comes from the plants themselves. There are so many beautiful examples of life forms accessing information that we simply cannot explain, but call “instinct." There is no clear biological basis for that term, but observing it at work is breathtaking.

CONFIRMED PRESENTERS:

Dayna Baumeister, Ph.D. (Co-Founder & Keystone, Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, Missoula, MT)

Wade Davis, Ph.D. (Anthropologist, Author, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Michael Harner, Ph.D. (Anthropologist, Author and Founder, Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Mill Valley, CA)

Willow Harth, M.S., M.A. (Partner, Omega Psychology Center, Madison, WI)

Louis G. Herman, Ph.D. (Professor, Political Science, University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu, HI)

William Linton (Chairman & CEO, Promega Corporation)

Susan Mokelke, J.D. (President and Director of FSS Faculty, Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Mill Valley, CA)

Jeremy Narby, Ph.D. (Anthropologist/Writer, Nouvelle Planéte; Lausanne, Switzerland)

Steve Paulson (Executive Producer, To The Best of Our Knowledge, Wisconsin Public Radio and Public Radio International, Madison, WI) (Moderator)

Simon G. Powell (Author; London, United Kingdom)

Louie Schwartzberg (Cinematographer, Director and Producer, BlackLight Films and Moving Art™, Los Angeles, CA)

Suzanne Simard, Ph.D. (Professor of Forest Ecology, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

Malynn Utzinger, M.D. (Director, Integrative Practices, Promega Corporation, Madison, WI) (Closing Meditation)

DETAILS

Open to 350 participants, the Forum will begin each day at 7:30am with continental breakfast and registration, followed by the start of the program at 8:30am. It will conclude with a late afternoon reception. The registration fee ($195) includes breakfast, lunch and a reception both days.

Attendees also have the unique opportunity to join a small group dinner conversation with a presenter on Thursday evening for an additional charge of $85.SOLD OUT

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ABTRACTS

SCHEDULE
NOTE: A special thank you to our musicians:Tani Diakite (continental breakfast/registration both days) and Tony Casteñada Latin Jazz Sextet (Thursday reception)!

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PAYMENT FORM: If you have already registered and simply to need complete payment,please use this direct link - thanks!

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION INFORMATION
There are a limited number of scholarships available to assist with the cost of registration.

MAP & DIRECTIONS

HOTELS
Blocks of rooms have been reserved for Forum attendees at: Clarion Suites at the Alliant Energy Center; Country Inn & Suites Madison SW (Fitchburg), Dahlmann Campus Inn and Chancellor's Club; Quality Inn & Suites; Sheraton Madison Hotel (Sheraton direct reservation link). Please be sure to refer to this event and to ask for the corresponding BTC Institute rates when you make your reservation. To insure a room held within one of these blocks, you are encouraged to make your reservations ASAP. Please refer to the HOTELS listing for the block cut-off date for each hotel.

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2014 SPONSORS

PLATINUM


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Bill Linton

BRONZE

Karen & Craig Christianson

Bill Christofferson & Karin Borgh

FOTODYNE Incorporated

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