Annual Inspiration Dinner Honoring Brian Swimme, Ph.D.


On October 20, 2012, the IAS held its Annual Inspiration Dinner to honor Brian Swimme, Ph.D. , Professor  of Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies and a mathematical cosmologist, best-selling author of The Universe is a Green Dragon, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker of The Journey of the Universe, and the Director of the Center for the Story of the Universe. The evening proved to be a true confluence of the mystical interrelatedness of all matter and the sacredness of the cosmos, intersecting science and religion.

As nearly 100 persons gathered at Jason’s Restaurant in Greenbrae, Marin County, 15 miles north of San Francisco, IAS’s co-founder and co-Drector Shah Nazar Seyed Ali Kianfar, Ph.D. welcomed Dr. Swimme and the dinner attendees. Dr. Kianfar acknowledged the importance of science in the understanding of religion and Sufism in the understanding of science.

After the dinner was served, a beautiful clip from Dr. Swimme’s The Journey of the Universe was shown. IAS’s President Safa Ali Michael Newman then introduced 5 speakers and special guests Matthew Fox, Richard TarnasDavid KennardBelvie Rooks, and Bruce Bochte, who each gave moving tributes to Dr. Swimme and his work. Following the personal tributes, IAS’s co-founder and co-Director Seyedeh Nahid Angha, Ph.D., introduced Dr. Swimme and presented him with a gift. Dr. Swimme then spoke briefly but eloquently and optimistically about his work and the experience of the human being in the cosmos.

The evening closed with music from Taneen Sufi Music Ensemble and a stirring and appreciative closing message from Dr. Arife Ellen Hammerle of IAS and a former student of Dr. Swimme’s.

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