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Centenary Series: "'Abdu'l-Bahá and the Modernists"

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To commemorate the centenary of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Cambridge University Bahá’í Society has arranged online talks by eight international speakers. Each speaker will focus on one theme based on the teachings and life of this unique individual and its relevance to our world today. This is the final talk in the series.

’Abdu’l-Bahá and the Modernists

During the early years of the twentieth century, ‘modernist’ writers and artists rejected time-honoured conventions in their quest to convey the sensibilities of a new age. This presentation brings to light the little-known personal meetings that a number of these influential figures had with ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the head of the Bahá’í Faith from 1892-1921, and their responses to His personality and message.

Robert Weinberg is a broadcast journalist and producer for radio programs for both the BBC and independent radio in the United Kingdom. From 1994-2008, Robert was Senior Producer—and from 2013-2017 On-Air Editor—for Classic FM, during which time he made programs with Sir Edward Heath, Paul McCartney, the Three Tenors and countless other leading figures from the arts world. He also wrote a monthly column on film music for Classic FM magazine and authored An Opera Miscellany (2007, Marshall Cavendish) and Classic FM “Handy Guides” to Opera and Film Music (2015, Elliott and Thompson). Robert is a regular writer on art, and reviewer of exhibitions, for the Telegraph newspaper, Apollo magazine, The Art Story website and The British Art Journal. Since 2020, Robert has been producing and presenting podcasts and documentary films for historian Dan Snow’s History Hit network.

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