Conference on Continuity and Connectivity in the World's Ancient Traditions and Cultures

Newport News, Virginia
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Conference on Continuity and Connectivity in the World's Ancient Traditions and Cultures
Saturday, November 20, 2010 8:00 AM -
Sunday, November 21, 2010 1:15 PM (Eastern Time)

Christopher Newport University (CNU)
1 University Place
Newport News, Virginia


    Taksha University School of Philosophy and Religious Studies
 International Center for Cultural Studies - US (ICCSUS), 
a non-profit
       organization registered in Pennsylvania and dedicated to academic research on
       ancient traditions and cultures. (

In Cooperation With:

    Christopher Newport University (CNU) Department of Philosophy and 
    Religious Studies

    Old Dominion University (ODU) Darden College of Education

    Dharma Academy of North America (DANAM)

    Sangeet Sargam of Hampton Roads, VA

This 1½-day conference is the latest in a series of forums dedicated to understanding the different aspects of ancient traditions and cultures. These forums have been organized under the aegis of ICCSUS (the International Center for Cultural Studies - US), and hosted at different locations over the years.  The theme of this particular conference is "Continuity and Connectivity in the World’s Ancient Traditions," with sub-themes that include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

    1. Challenges to the World’s Ancient Traditions and Cultures: educational,
        social, political, medical, linguistic and religious.
    2. Spirituality and Ancient Traditions 
    3. Future of World’s Ancient Traditions and Cultures
    4. Links of Ancient Traditions to Each Other, as Well as to the Contemporary 
        Social System and Values
    5. Historical Perspective on the World’s Endangered Ethnic Traditions,
        Cultures and Religions

Many ancient traditions (including ancient folklore, health and wellness care, medicine, architecture, interior design and other aspects of ancient cultures) continue to be passed down through the generations so that they not only live in today’s society, but continue to grow and flourish.  Through the topics of our conference agenda, our presenters recognize that it is of paramount importance to preserve ancient wisdom by understanding the ways it is vanishing and/or is being sustained for the benefit of future generations.  In support of this recognition, there are a variety of studies underway to understand the scientific basis of ancient traditions. 

This conference aims to bring together people from many traditional backgrounds to explore ancient traditions that predate the “Christian era”, and their application in today’s society. Those who participate in these traditional lifestyles as part of their native culture, or those who adopt them into modern lifestyles, appear to continue these traditions because they enhance their daily secular and spiritual lives. Hence, an aim of this conference is to provide a forum for these participants to share their valuable experience and information for the benefit of society. 
Call for Papers and Abstracts: If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please submit your presentation title and abstract (200 words max.), along with an explanation of how it would meaningfully relate to the conference topics. Abstracts should be emailed to: by October 1, 2010.  Instructions related to full papers will be provided upon abstract approval.

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Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Registration Fee: $55
    (Early registration fee before 10/15/10: $45)
    Fee includes vegetarian lunch, snacks, and beverages.

    Registration and Payment Options:

    Download and print out the linked brochure on the Summary page on this website, fill out the registration form and mail it with your check to Taksha University.

    OR 2) Call Diana McQuestion at 757-897-3745 to reserve your spot and receive payment instructions for payment.

    Checks (payable to Taksha University) should be mailed to:

    Taksha University
    Attn:ICCSUS Conference
    15 Research Dr.
    Hampton, VA  23666

A note from Taksha University:
  All proceeds from course registration, voluntary donations, and sale of DVDs and other products apply towards supporting the education and research programs of Taksha University, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since 1976.

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