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Martinez J. HewlettMarty
www.mcb.arizona.edu/hewlett/

Dr. Martinez Hewlett is professor emeritus of molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona and adjunct professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. His scientific career has focused on the molecular biology of viruses. He has co-authored one of the standard textbooks in this field, “Basic Virology,” currently in its third edition. In addition, Dr. Hewlett has been active in philosophy of science and in science and religion. Along with Dr. Ted Peters, he has recently published “Evolution: From Creation to New Creation,” a comprehensive discussion of biological evolution and its interface with theological discourse. Drs. Peters and Hewlett also have a newly published book, “Can You Believe in Evolution?: A Guide for the Perplexed.” Peters and Hewlett were named the co-recipients of the 2006 J. K. Russell Research Fellowship presented by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.

Dr. Hewlett has taught molecular and cellular biology, from introductory classes to graduate and medical seminars. He has also taught at the Graduate Theological Union. He is currently teaching beginning biology and microbiology at UNM-Taos. He is an elected member of the International Society for Science and Religion and currently serves on their subcommittee, chaired by Dr. Ron Numbers, charged with constructing the ISSR position statement on intelligent design.

Dr. Hewlett is also a fiction writer. His novel, “Sangre de Cristo,” was republished by Ballantine Books as “Divine Blood,” and is currently available from iUniverse.com.

Along with Krishna Madappa and Dr. Gary Schwartz, he is a co-founder of the Institute for Science, Spirituality, and Sustainability, located in Taos, New Mexico.

Dr. Hewlett lives and works in Taos, New Mexico.

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Fr. Dominic White O.P. DominicWhiteOP
www.english.op.org

Fr. Dominic White is a composer and a priest of the Roman Catholic Order of Preachers (Dominicans).

Born in 1973 in Guildford, England, Fr. Dominic was aware of his musical vocation from an early age. He was educated at Canford School, where he studied the piano and organ, and at Cambridge University, reading Classics. After graduation he worked as a freelance organist and then as director of music of St. Dominic’s Priory in London’s inner city, where he is now a pastor. www.op-london.org

At the same time he was a research assistant in historical seismology at Imperial College, London, and gained a doctorate under the supervision of Prof. Nicholas Ambraseys. In 1996 he was inspired to write a cycle of organ pieces which would draw together science, metaphysics and the Christian Mysteries. This was in fact the beginning of a 12-year journey which resulted in Dominic writing Cosmos – an inter-disciplinary and multimedia theatre production of nine dances for the healing of the environment – reconnecting performers and audience with the spiritual and metaphysical in themselves and in nature. As part of this journey Dominic joined the Dominican friars, trained for the priesthood and studied metaphysics, theology and sacred music, while engaging in pastoral work with a wide variety of people. Cosmos is due to be performed by Unstructured Light in summer 2008, in London. www.unstructuredlight.com

Fr. Dominic works closely with artists on their personal and spiritual development, and is chaplain to The Bard School, a Christian artists’ group in London. He is also a school chaplain and a vocational mentor for young adults, and is seeking to develop the healing power of music and dance, particularly on an ecumenical and inter-faith basis.

Title of Lecture
Light on the Cosmos: Art, Metaphysics and Priesthood

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Lama Tsultrim Gyamtso LamaTsultrim
www.lgpt.net

Born in 1965, Lama Tsultrim Gyamtso began studying Dharma in 1980 at the Kagyu Ling monastery in France. He has taken refuge with Ven. Kalu Rinpoche, has received transmissions of teachings of the Champa Kagyu and Karma Kaguy linages, as well as innumerable direct teachings from H.H. The Dalai Lama, H. H. Sakya Trinzin, Dilgo Khyenze, Gheshe Tamdin Gyamtso and Gheshe Lobsang Tsultrim. Ven. Kalu Rinpoche, has given him the direct transmission of the Trulkor Nangpa Nelyor system. In 1990, he finally received the Gelong monastic ordination from Ven. Bolkar Trulku Rinpoche. In 1987 he met Lama Gangchen, since then he has established a very strong connection with him. Following Lama Gangchen’s request, in 2003 he came to live and give teachings at the Albagnano Healing Meditation Centre.

Lama Tsultrim is a graduate therapist in plantar reflexology, acupuncture, Chawang Reiki, therapeutic chiromassage in the Tuina and Amma systems as well as the Tibetan massage system.

Lama Tsultrim Gyamtso has been recognized as a Tai-Chi/Qi Gong Master of the White Crane Linage in Taiwan, Spain and Italy. He belongs to the sixth generation of Kung-Fu Shaolin (SiuLan) teachers of South China and has been presented with the red belt of the fourth level. He is master of Tibetan “Lama Pai” Kung-Fu and belongs to the monastic lineage of Lamo Lorwa Chang.
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The Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal | Bishop of Jerusalem – The Episcopal Church Bishop
www.brecn.org

The Rt. Rev. Riah Abu El-Assal has worked in the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East for over 40 years, witnessing first-hand political events from the annexation of East Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967, to the controversial implementation of the Road Map to peace, the death of Yasser Arafat, the wall of separation in the West Bank, and the result of sanctions against Hamas in Palestine.

Bishop Riah’s work includes acting as a spokesperson to the international community on the injustices and growing dangers of war in the Middle East, and on the need to build bridges through dialogue and understanding. He also gives humanitarian aid to the victims of war, and has promoted education by establishing educational institutions across the Diocese of Jerusalem, including kindergartens and subsidies to children without means. He is currently establishing a large educational project integrating students of the three faiths in a single school. Bishop Riah is the Founding Patron of the Holy Land Medical Project combining Israeli and Palestinian Doctors, Medical Professionals and Community Leaders in collaborative health care initiatives.

Bishop Riah declares it his mission to tell the world about the diversity of Christian faiths in the Middle East, and he gives a voice to the dwindling Christian population in Jerusalem. He has recently made several trips on a mission to build peace, healing and reconciliation among the Middle East communities, including a visit to war-torn Lebanon, a meeting with Prime Minister Tony Blair in Jerusalem, and a visit to Australia to meet with Churches and Members of Parliament. He has spoken in the House of Commons and in various meetings in London about the Middle East situation.
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Nsenga Knight | Co-Founder of the She Shootin’ Photography Collective NsengaKnight
www.sheshootin.blogpot.com

Nsenga Knight is an African American Muslim born in 1981 to an inter-religious family in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents immigrated to New York in the early 70’s from South America and the Caribbean and, though raised Catholic and Anglican, they reverted to Islam as adults. She earned a BA in Film from Howard University in 2003. She is also a founding member of the She Shootin’ Photography Collective (www.sheshootin.blogpot.com), an artist collective that she co-founded with four Brooklyn-based female photographers of African descent.

As a lens-based artist, Nsenga’s work explores the ways people of African descent define and express themselves through the lens of Islam. Her work is introspective, and deals with personal realization, giving importance to ideas and images that are not usually given representation through any artistic medium. She has received grants from the Puffin Foundation LTD, Brooklyn Arts Council, New York State Council on the Arts Re-grant, and BAC NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Re-grant in support of her current work, As the Veil Turns (www.astheveilturns.blogspot.com), a multi-disciplinary project that employs photography, video, and oral history to explore the undocumented past and present spiritual and community lives of elderly African American women who converted to Islam prior to 1975 and pioneered some of New York City’s oldest Muslim communities.

Last year Nsenga was awarded with the Brooklyn Historical Society Public Perspectives Award and Lily Auchincloss Foundation grant in support of A Drum Beats in Brooklyn, a project that she did as part of the She Shootin’ Photography Collective. She has exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival, Yale University Critical Islamic Reflections, Art Gotham in Chelsea, and the Brooklyn Public Library. She has held residencies at Film/ Video Arts and Working Playground. She is currently a BCAT/ Rotunda Gallery Multimedia Artist.

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Mark Komissarov
www.olmausa.com/Komisarov

Mark Komissarov was born on September 22, 1949 in Moscow, former USSR. In 1966 he graduated from high school and attended the Moscow Chemical Engineering Institute. From 1971 he worked in various companies as a chemical engineer. In 1989 he immigrated to the United States with his family.

From the mid 90’s Mark became interested in studying paranormal activities such as clairvoyance. He viewed this not in a mysterious way, but as a reality of the yet unknown to our world; he assumed a possibility of the human brain receiving the information directly without using the five senses. By strongly believing that each individual has this ability Mark created a technique to activate it.

In 2000, he opened an experimental private school in New York called Infovision, where using his own technique he activates this unusual ability and teaches his students how to use it in the real world. The students from Mark’s school can see everything around them whilst being blindfolded, describe the objects placed in closed compartments, “see” the past and are able to read the data from a floppy disc without installing it on a computer. The blind children who attend this school are able to acquire a new ability to see the world.

Research done by Russian and American scientists have validated that the Infovision School’s students accept visual information from the surrounding world without using their sight. This research completely changes our perception about the world around us, and the ability of the human brain. Most importantly though is that it opens a new direction of development in the human world.
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Eliana Gilad
www.voicesofeden.comEliana

Eliana holds a bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and is fully accredited through a professional studies program in Eastern Classical Music from Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel where she has also taught the Voices of Eden approach in the Music Therapy Faculty. Her musical influences include vocalist Bobby McFerrin, with whom she appeared on stage during his Israel tour, drummer Glen Velez, and sacred music and folk masters from the Eastern traditions. Her spiritual influences include Lester Levenson, Paramahansa Yogananda, Ramana Maharshi, and Amarananda Bhairavan.

She has written two books and has produced four musical albums. Her music is also featured on a DVD produced by the Star House, a sacred ceremonial arts center in Boulder, Colorado.

Eliana Gilad is an internationally recognized composer of healing music, a peace activist, an author, and founder of the Voices of Eden Healing Music and Peace Center in the Galilee, Israel. As an expert in the conscious use of voice and rhythm as natural healing instruments, a practice that goes back to ancient matriarchal times, her unique wordless music has been medically researched in the neonatal ward of Meir Hospital, where physicians discovered that it lowers blood pressure, heart rate and increases focus and quality of sleep.

Eliana is a frequent keynote presenter and performer at healing music, medical, and peace conferences throughout the world (the Legends of Non-Violence Conference, 2007), concerts at the United Nations in New York, the UNESCO International Conference in Nazareth, Israel, and the 2003 Thank Water Conference at the shores of the Sea of Galilee, where she presented alongside Dr. Masaru Emoto of What the BLEEP Do We Know?! fame, author of Messages from Water.

She has frequently appears on international television and radio programs such as “The Morning Show” In Israel with Rivka Michaeli, an appearance on the BBC news to discuss the medical research on her music (September 2005), and appearances for World Puja Day and UN World Peace Day in 2005 and 2006 on the World Sound Healing Network (international).

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Guy Sigalov Guywww.optimusic.com

Since graduating from the London College of Music (guitar, piano and composition) over 25 years ago, Guy has acquired a vast experience in music production for Interactive Multimedia, Films, TV and Education.

Using technology to the max, he has been a pioneer in interactive music technology, inventing the OptiMusic system. Guy has enjoyed using music and technology within the fields of the Arts, Entertainment, Leisure Industries, Special Needs and Education.

The philosophy Guy lives by is very simple. Music is art painted by frequency. It has no boundaries and no limitations. It embraces every genre into a magnificent collage of sound.

Guy’s expertise lies in his ability to compose in all musical styles from classical to the latest music fashion. Any length from one second stab to full feature. He is an expert in producing sound effects to suit the environment. Guy has worked with musicians and performers of all ages and levels and regularly guest conducts at community events. A qualified teacher, he has taught dozens of students over the years.

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Konstantin Pavlidis
www.unstructuredlight.com

Born in 1960, Konstantin Pavlidis has spent the past 25 years working in the fields of therapy, traditional medicine, healing, scientific research and the performing arts.

His background is in the study of natural medicines from the Georgian, Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan traditions which include Shiatsu, Acupuncture, Osteopathy and Sports Medicine.

In 1982 he joined the Ethnic Communities Council and the Human Rights Commission, representing the Education and Arts and Culture sub-commitees. He then became an active member of the Australian Association of Traditional Medicine, the Australian Association for Dance Education and a representative of the Australian branch of the International Theatre Institute, UNESCO.

He is also a movement artist having studied and practiced the martial arts, internal arts, various Meditation traditions, Tibetan/Indian/Japanese Yogas and Classical dance for the past 35 years. He received diplomas in Sports Injury Therapy, Shiatsu, Traditional JapaneseTherapies,Yoga Teacher Training and Trulkor Tibetan Yoga

In 1985, he received a BEd Science from the Institute of Education, Sydney University, where he majored in Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement. In 1988 he began to work with Elizabeth St. John conducting meditation, healing and movement research with Maxwell Cade’s Mind Mirror.

He has created a number of teaching programmes in the areas of self development, therapy/healing and the performing arts. He has taught these both privately and in various institutes all over the globe. Some of these are: Zen Essence Yoga, Kinesomasis, Dance Mastery and Choreosynthesis.

He is currently working with Professor Korotkov from the University of St. Petersburg – the inventor of theElectro Photonic Captor (EPC). His area of specialisation is in exploring the unconscious mind during Altered States of Consciousness.

Konstantin has conducted research for movement, healing and meditation using a combination of mechanistic and Quantum based devices for evaluations and data collection. He then used this knowledge and experience to create theatre and other artistic productions as the director of Unstructured Light.

He is also testing the effectivity of various teaching systems and many other activites as part of Quantum Movement Systems Ltd.

His objective is to explore the effects of any dynamic interactions which are aimed at raising awareness and transforming consciousness. All of these experiences have inspired him to develop the SCIARTMET Interface which he wishes to share with people of all backgrounds throughout the world.

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