FortFest 2009, 50th Conference on Paranormal Phenomena (FortFest '09)

Venue: American Visionary Art Museum, Jim Rouse Conference Center

Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Event Date/Time: Mar 07, 2009 End Date/Time: Mar 08, 2009
Registration Date: Mar 07, 2009
Early Registration Date: Feb 14, 2009
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*FortFest ‘09: the Wedding of Art, Science and Philosophy!
American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), Baltimore, MD
50th Conference on Anomalous Phenomena, March 7th-8th

SATURDAY, March 7 at AVAM, 9:30 A.M.-6:00 P.M. MC Larry Arnold:

Budd Hopkins on “Where Are We Now”. Budd Hopkins, the author of "Missing Time", "Intruders" and "Sight Unseen: Science, UFO invisibility and Transgenic Beings" has an upcoming autobiography on life, art and UFOs. Budd is also an award-winning (Guggenheim fellowship) painter with pieces in major museums including the Whitney and the Guggenheim.

Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D., the author of books about the Pagan Renaissance, the Polar Myth, the Seven Vowels, a professor from Colgate University will present "Atlantis of the Occultists”. What stories of Atlantis, Lemuria, Hyperborea, and other prehistoric high cultures do we hear from those who claim a divine or paranormal source of knowledge? How do they compare with the claims of the new archeology?

Stephen E. Braude, Ph.D., author, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. His latest title "The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations" has been described as “top of the intellectual food chain in the study of paranormal phenomena...”

John Ventre, the PA and WV State Security Director of a large company, is a member of the FBI’s InfraGuard group. John is also the PA and WV State Director for the Mutual UFO Network. John will speak about his compelling book "12/21/2012: A Prophecy". John is also currently co-writing a book regarding the 2008 Pennsylvania UFO Wave which should be published in 2009.

Alvin Holm, AIA, award-winning architect, past president of Classical America, professor at the University of the Arts and The New School, Board Member of The International Fortean Organization (INFO) on "Sacred Sites That Inspire and Buildings That Sing". Harmonic relationships as they exist in architecture, music, the earth and the human body will be the subject of this investigation. Particular emphasis will be given to Greek myth and the mysteries of classical architecture.

Antonio Huneeus, science journalist, is co-author of the "UFO briefing Document" and editor of "A Study Guide to UFOs, Psychic and Paranormal Phenomena in the USSR" on “The 18th Century Masonic Labyrinth: The golden era of freemasonry and its multiple manifestations from rational to mystical to political including Benjamin Franklin and the Lodge of the 9 Sisters, Weishaupt and the Bavarian Illuminati scare, a critical look at Abbé Barruel, the grandfather of conspiracy theories..” and more!

Plus: Optional Italian Buffet Luncheon in house (noon), ***Phenomenal-I-Would-Sell-My-Mother-To-Pay-For-Books Sale of Books, Tapes and Periodicals!***Monster Cookie and Demon Drink Bar, informal Friday, Saturday and Sunday night socials and pub crawls. Sat. includes a FREE PASS ($13 value) to AVAM’s extraordinary new show “The Marriage of Art, Science and Philosophy”!

March 08, 2008, 10 A.M.-5 P.M. (moderator Alvin Holm)

William Fellows, NOAA quantum physicist and Metaphysician on "The Modern Alchemists".

Sue Swiatek, is a government contractor for the Department of Defense and is State Director of VA MUFON and a founding editor of the new Journal of Abduction Research (JAR). She will present “New Stories From the Cryptozoo" and a witness to a recent, local Mystery Big Cat sighting.

Zohara Hieronimus, futurist, author of "Kabbalistic Teachings of the Female Prophets", charismatic syndicated talk-show host of Future Talk and The Zoh Show, founder Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Care Center and co-founder of the A-Z Kabbalah Institute on "The In Keeper. Your 10 Dimensional Nature".

Robert Swiatek, a long term, widely respected UFO researcher, is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Fund for UFO Research (FUFORS,) is on the national Board of Directors for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and works with the U.S. Patent Office. Rob has a new illustrated talk on “The Windmill and the AWACS:  The Conisholme and Stephenville UFO Events”.

Peter Westbrook, Ph.D., author "Divine Harmony: Life and Teachings of
Pythagoras" and producer (Perennial Philosphy for Spaceship Earth) on “Wedding Art, Science and Philosophy: What It Bodes For The Planet”.

Reservations Essential !

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( ) Saturday Lecture Program, $75 before February 14, $85 after,
Includes Lectures, Book Sale, Socials!
( ) Starving Artist, Student Rate, $25

( ) Saturday Optional Italian Buffet Lunch, $17

( ) Sunday Seminar, Days Inn Inner Harbor, $45 before Feb. 14, $55 after. Note: limited seating on Sunday, first preferences given to 2-Day FortFest Combo-Mambo Pass holders. Reserve early!

( ) Sunday Optional Deli Lunch Buffet, $21

( ) FORTFEST COMBO-MAMBO, $99 before Feb. 14, $125 after!
includes Saturday Lectures and Saturday Ticket to AVAM’s new show ($13 value)
plus the Sunday Seminars and Socials.
(does not include optional meals)

Days Inn Inner Harbor Room Reservations 410-576-1000 ask for FORTFEST 09 Group Rate
( ) $119 Single, Double accommodtions (King has pull-out sofa) BOOK HOTEL BY FEB. 14!
(single or double) per night. ____Friday night? ____Friday and Sat. night? ____Sun. night? Book asap!
100 Hopkins Place, Baltimore, MD 21201. Call hotel directly and ask for Reservations Weekdays between 9a-5p. Hotel includes daily newspaper, Restaurant, Lounge, Fitness Center, 3 blocks to Inner Harbor attractions such as the Aquarium and the Science Center, near Poe’s Grave.
Valet Parking available from hotel or across the street in Public Lot. Shuttles available from BWI or take Light Rail for $1.75 from airport to Inner Harbor. $25 round trip bus available from NYC to Baltimore or discount carriers such as SouthWest and AirTran. Close to Amtrak Penn Station.

Need to share a ride/willing to use your own wheels? Need a roommate? Ask us for details.

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