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The Arab Spring and Beyond: Where did it come from, where is it going, and what does it mean?

International Affairs Conference

Saturday, July 21 to Saturday, July 28

Uprisings in the Arab world have captured our attention. Internationally recognized speakers address how and why the revolutions happened, what political changes might result and what impact the U.S. has on unfolding events.

Morning theme talks are followed by lively Q&A. In the afternoons explore the island, take an art workshop with Julia Morgan-Leamon (see “An Artist Paints the Egyptian Revolution” at, enjoy a yoga class or relax on the hotel porch overlooking the harbor. Intergenerational evening activities and timely topic talks. Well-regarded youth program with thematic tie-in.


Making Sense of Our Media Matrix: Understanding Our 21st Century Media Culture

All Star I Family Conference

Saturday, June 30 to Saturday, July 7

Dr. Rob Williams will conduct an open-ended and interactive multimedia series of talks entitled “Making Sense of Our Media Matrix: Understanding Our 21st Century Media Culture.” Together, we’ll explore the relationship between our 21st century media culture and the human brain, look at the hot (and often controversial) new trends shaping our communications culture, and the pros and cons of Web 2.0 “emergent media” – micro-blogging (Twitter and Blogger) social media platforms (Facebook) and video sharing (YouTube). We’ll also equip ourselves with intellectual tools for media self-defense by exploring the language and skills we all need to deepen our understanding of media’s power. And most importantly, we’ll have fun!


Bowling Alone and Praying Together

Life on a Star Family Conference I

Saturday, August 13 to Saturday, August 20

Our Evolving Social Ties

Robert Putnam, Harvard Professor and author of Bowling Alone and American Grace, will discuss the changing role of civic and religious institutions in American life. To succeed, a democracy must build bridges among us every day– so that we can walk across them on election day. Our participation in clubs and community activities has been declining for decades. Is gridlock the result? What are we doing to rebuild America’s social capital? Do your part by joining us for a week of old-time family fun, and help us celebrate the magnificent gift of community that is LOAS I.


Water as a Resource and a Right

International Affairs Family Conference

Saturday, July 23 to Saturday, July 30

Water is a simple substance, but a complex issue. Expert speakers will explore aspects of this fundamental natural resource, crucial to all of life. Join “old shoalers” and new friends in sharing a welcoming community, vital traditions, provocative exchanges of ideas, fun activities, inspirational worship and the joy of Star Island’s natural beauty.


Rejuvenating America: What will it take?

All Star I Family Conference

Saturday, July 2 to Saturday, July 9

Bring your family to All Star I for a week of great kid’s activities and interesting adult lectures, conversations and fun. Our speakers will examine our economy, higher education, the environment and competition from emerging economies to help us understand potential solutions to ensure our country’s strong future.


Our Mission

Our mission since 1915 is to hold and maintain Star Island and such other property as the Corporation may hold or acquire, as a center for religious, education, and kindred purposes consistent with the principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create on Star Island an environment that frees all who come to renew spiritually, explore matters of consequence, and gain knowledge about the world as it might ideally be.

Contact Star Island

Phone: (603) 430-6272
Fax: (603) 430-6270
Island Phone: (603) 601-0832
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Morton-Benedict House
30 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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