Dear friends and colleagues —
This message is to let you know that the schedule of events for the 2013 Interpreter symposium on “Science and Mormonism: Cosmos, Earth, and Man” is now posted on the Interpreter website. Presenter abstracts, bios, and photos have also now been posted, as well as location information (parking, hotel, dining). Simply click on the links above, or from the Events menu on the website.
Due to the great interest in the event, we have had to expand our meeting space beyond what was originally expected. However, we are now sold out for the event with almost 600 registrants (live streaming online will also be available, see below). We want to express special thanks to those who have already donated to help defray the cost of the meeting. If you are able, we’d like to invite each of you to consider donating—at present, donations are only covering a small fraction of costs. You may make a donation (and now also automatic recurring donations) from our donations webpage.
Now for a few logistical items. On the day of the conference, symposium registrants will have first priority on seating until a few minutes before the beginning of the event, after which we will release empty seats to any last minute or standby arrivals. Please bring your tickets with you to gain entrance. Your tickets were attached to your registration confirmation sent to your email, and may also be accessed on the Eventbrite website, or via the Eventbrite app on iOS or Android devices.
The event will also be available for free viewing online via live streaming on YouTube, and viewers may discuss the symposium in real-time by commenting on the YouTube page, but only in-person attendees will be able to submit questions to the presenters. Recorded videos will also be made available online in the days following the conference on Interpreter’s YouTube channel and website.
In the hopes of making the proceedings of this event a resource for future reference on the topics of discussion, we expect both hard copy and electronic versions of a book with expanded and fully-footnoted versions of presenter talks, panel discussion, and possibly additional chapters to be prepared and published in the first half of 2014.
We have arranged for a cart with drinks and packaged snacks to be available at each of the breaks. Items can be purchased with cash or credit card. For lunch, you will be on your own. You are welcome to visit one of the many nearby restaurants or to bring your own lunch. However, only food purchased within the Utah Valley Convention Center can be brought in and consumed at the facility itself.
We are hosting a public dinner following the symposium on Saturday, November 9th at 6:00pm at Joe Vera’s Mexican Restaurant located just west of the Convention Center. This will allow a limited number of attendees (the capacity of the restaurant is about 40 people) to continue the conversations with the presenters over dinner. Each person will need to pick-up their own tab. If you plan to come, please RSVP by filling out the form linked here, and clicking “submit.”
Please submit any questions about the symposium via our contact page. We are looking forward to seeing you on November 9.
With appreciation for your interest and participation,
Jeff Bradshaw, on behalf of the organizing committee: