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Fall Arts and Technology Conference
October 20, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - October 22, 2023 @ 10:00 am$60.00 – $135.00
The Trinity Institute fall Arts and Technology Conference
The Fall Arts and Technology conference continues a long tradition at the Trinity Institute, of high quality, community-building Christian gatherings, featuring some of the leading voices in orthodox Christian theology, arts, and cultural engagement. The first-ever Arts and Technology Conference will address some of the urgent questions facing Christians in the current moment: Artificial Intelligence, the Christian idea of mind, the Christian imagination in film, music and the visual arts. Long-time attendees of Trinity weekend Arts conferences will find the same quality talks, late-night collaborations (i.e., jam sessions, etc.) and beautiful community they’ve come to love. The Fall conference adds an aspect of direct engagement with technology, which has become an urgent and dominating aspect of our shared experience in the 21st Century.
This conference seeks to address such questions such as:
- What is the Christian understanding of intelligence?
- What role does the Christian imagination have in contemporary arts: film, music, visual arts, and culture in general?
- What does Christian community and culture-building look like in our increasingly polarized society?
The featured speakers for this inaugural Arts & Technology Conference are:
A noted mathematician and philosopher, William A. Dembski was a founding Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture from 1996 until 2016. His most recent book relating to intelligent design is Being as Communion: A Metaphysics of Information (2014).
Robert J. Marks Ph.D. is Senior Fellow and Director of the Bradley Center and is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University. Marks is a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Optica (formerly the Optical Society of America). He was the former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and is the current Editor-in-Chief of BIO-Complexity. Marks is author of the books Non-Computable You: What You Do That Artificial Intelligence Never Will Never Do and The Case For Killer Robots.
Josh Jordan is an independent Texas filmmaker who writes, directs, edits, styles and retrieves breakfast tacos. Starting as an actor, Josh appeared in several feature films and the sitcom SCRUBS. Jordan began to transition behind the lens slowly, having worked on MTV featured music videos for The Polyphonic Spree, Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s, Joshua Ray Walker, and many more. After premiering his short, SAM AND GUS, and winning several film festival awards, along with audience awards, Jordan decided to write and direct his first full-length feature film; THIS WORLD WON’T BREAK, which won worldwide awards, and can now be streamed on most platforms, including Amazon Prime. He is currently working on a new film, which will be partly shot in Tehuacana.
Featured Performer: Doug Burr.
A singer and songwriter of uncommon resonance, Doug Burr was born in 1972 in Dallas, TX, growing up in a Southern Baptist family, the spiritual residue of which has been a lifelong influence on his musical endeavors. Burr took up the guitar at age 16, and by 18 he was writing songs. After a dozen or so years of home recording, open mikes, church performances, and coffeehouse gigs in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, he began fronting the roots rock band The Lonelies. In 2003 he independently released The Sickle & the Sheaves, an ambitious and atmospheric gospel concept album produced by Deadman‘s Steven Collins that worked around the themes of birth, death, and renewal and brought him a good deal of critical attention. The equally impressive On Promenade appeared in 2007 from Spune/Velvet Blue Music.
Tickets & reservations:
- Lectures, meals & shared dorm lodging: $95
- Lectures, meals & private room: $135
- Lectures & meals: $75
- Saturday Lectures & meals: $60
Note: The dorm accommodations are shared rooms that may have up to 4 guests, and have a common bathroom & showers. Men and Women each have their own floor & shared bathrooms/showers.
Dormitory accommodations do not include bedding or toiletries. The dormitory bunk beds are singles, so plan your blankets, pillows and sheets accordingly.
The town of Mexia is a short 10 minute drive from Tehuacana and has several affordable hotel options that our attendees have used frequently in the past.
Meals start with dinner Friday night at 6PM, and end with breakfast on Sunday, ending at 10AM. There will be no lectures or events on Sunday.
Dietary Restrictions: Please note in your registration email if you have any dietary restrictions and we will accommodate you as best we can.
Email the Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call our conference coordinator Dave Sims at (940) 368-7582 to reserve your spot.