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Asilomar 2020 34nd Annual Asilomar Conference 
the weekend of February 14 - 17, 2020

Where is Asilomar? The beautiful Asilomar Conference Grounds was designed in the Arts & Crafts style by architect Julia Morgan and is located near Monterey, California. We have held our conference there for the past 33 years. For more see the Wiki


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If western culture is shown to be rich it is because… It has tried to dissolve harmful simplifications through inquiry and the critical mind.”    – Umberto Eco

Asilomar once again beckons! This year’s conference reminded us of the pleasures of dialogue in the liberal arts – a conversation that flows from history to literature, from biology to design, from neuroscience to music to foreign affairs.

We will have a slate of extraordinary speakers representing a broad range of disciplines and pursuits, which will be posted here. As always, we look forward not only to sharing a mental workout but also to the privilege of renewing old friendships and beginning new ones – all in a location of exceptional peace and beauty.  Thank you for joining us in what promises to be a lively and exhilarating exchange. It is not too early to sign up now!

Date:              The weekend of February 14 - 17, 2020
Cost:               $125.00 registration, Lodging and meals are charged separately

We have confirmed 8 speakers:

Diane Dreher, Ph.D. English Literature, Santa Clara University
William Clancey, Ph.D. Cognitive Science, Stanford, also a PBK
Hank Reichman, Ph.D. History, Cal State East Bay, Academic Freedom Committee, Chair
Joe Lurie, M.A., U.C. Berkeley
Robert Siegel, M.D., Ph.D. Microbiology, Stanford
Ryane Logsdon, Ph.D. Candidate, Animal Behavior, U.C. Davis, also a PBK scholarship awardee
James Richardson, M.Div. (Theology), Dean, Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento
Grant Ballard, Chief Science Officer for Point Blue Conservation, Petaluma

There is a $125 registration fee per person which goes mainly to our Scholarship fund.See the top of the page to register. Lodging and meals are charged separately by Asilomar.Please wait for instructions, which will be sent to you after you register. The per person total below is based on a 3-night stay beginning on Friday, February 14th and includes 3 meals per day and ALL applicable fees & taxes. Meals inclusive begins with dinner on arrival day and ends with lunch on departure day.

Single Occupancy: TBD, In 2019 it was $941.57
Double Occupancy: TBD. In 2019 it was $623.02 per person
Editor's note: This is a bargain. We have checked numerous other venues, and could find nothing comparable.

If you have questions on the program, please contact  For registration matters, please contact Barry Haskell at

Deirdre Frontczak, Asilomar Chair