Life on a Star 1 Family Conference – Technology, Culture, and the Family

August 10, 2019 to August 17, 2019

Join us for kinetic experience, engaging discussion, and artistic interpretation as we examine the interactions of technology and culture
over the ages. Humans make and use tools, and always have — from the spear point to the plow, to the internet and to artificial intelligence. How do our inventions change us? And, what will happen to sex and love and the family when our tools become more powerful than we are? We will host keynote speaker Debora L. Spar, Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School, former president of Barnard College, former president and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and author of the forthcoming book, The Virgin and the Plow: How Technology Shapes How We Live and Love. Debora will explore how social structures have evolved as new technologies have emerged, from prehistory to the present. In this context of discovery and reflection about who we are, how we
live, and how we love, she will examine the agricultural revolution, the pill and feminism, online dating, robots, artificial intelligence, and more. Reverend John Marsh and family return to the island to offer chapel services and reflection. Workshop leaders including longtime favorites will provide collaborative experience, thought-provoking discussion, environmental engagement, exercise, and fun. Musicians will return to the porch, lime rickeys will be drunk, and old and new shoalers will be invited to wonder, question, play, and connect.

Program Fee

$130/adult, $80/youth

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

LOAS1 Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+    $1,006 $1,368 $1,239 $1,817




Youth rates are determined by age on the first day of the program, regardless of room type.

LOAS1 Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
Youths Free $466 $666

Ferry Schedule

Saturday, August 10

2:25 pm Thomas Laighton Depart Portsmouth

Saturday, August 17

8:20 am Thomas Laighton Depart Star


Questions? Contact Patti Emmons or visit the LOAS website