“Spirituality in a Phony World: In Search of Authenticity” A Talk by Dr. Payam Akhavan

In this talk titled ‘Spirituality in a Phony World: In Search of Authenticity’, International Law Professor and former United Nations prosecutor, Dr. Payam Akhavan, reflects on our quest for authenticity, what it means, and how he feels it’s emerging as one of the central challenges of civilization today.

Payam Akhavan PhD (Harvard) is a Professor of International Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is a Member of the International Court of Arbitration and a former UN prosecutor at The Hague. His prior academic appointments were at Yale, Oxford, Paris, and Florence, and he has served with the United Nations in Bosnia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and other conflict zones. He is a founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, and he has also produced and contributed to several notable documentary films on human rights. His global career has been featured in the New York Times, BBC World’s HardTalk, Maclean’s magazine, Toronto Star, and Brazil’s TV Globo. In 2005, he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. In October 2017, he delivered the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Massey Lectures. The companion book, a memoir entitled ‘In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey‘, became the #1 bestseller (non-fiction) in Canada.

This talk was given at the Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference, 25 December 2017.

You can find the audio version of this talk here on Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page: Spirituality in a Phony World: In Search of Authenticity

You may also enjoy Dr. Payam Akhavan’s keynote presentation given at the same conference: ‘What are We Waiting For? Serving Humanity in a World of Extremes’ a Talk by Dr. Payam Akhavan

For more Baha’i-inspired talks, you can visit Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page: soundcloud.com/bahai-blog/sets/bahai-talks, or Baha’i Blog’s YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/2ia1Yxp.

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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