Life on a Star 2 Family Conference 2022

August 21, 2022 to August 28, 2022

2022 Star Island Update

From our screens to our health care, we live at the intersection of humanity and technology. Join us for discussions about how we might understand and improve the systems around us:

  • Getting on top of your personal systems, from your devices to daily practices
  • Spotting online systems and guarding your privacy
  • What does it mean when you are the product?
  • Navigating health care systems, and how we might make them better
  • Finding joy in playful systems and entertainment

Speaker of the Week

Emily Withrow
Vice President of Product at The New York Times
Emily Withrow leads work on many of the essential digital products at The New York Times, where she is vice president of product. She’s a creative, empathetic and dynamic writer and presenter who has spent much of her career exploring how technology intersects with life and behavior, often around media and journalism. She loves building cultures and systems, and has a habit of leading teams that turn seemingly strange ideas into compelling products.

Prior to joining the Times, she spent three years at Quartz, leading research and development for the global news site and pushing storytelling into creative and playful new spaces, such as chatbots and smart speakers. She taught digital storytelling and product for six years as a professor of journalism at Northwestern University, and she has worked at both The Onion and McKinsey and Company.

Minister of the Week

Rev. Anastassia Zinke
Rev. Anastassia Zinke serves as minister at the UU Church of Annapolis, MD. She previously served All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis. Anastassia enjoys fostering community through ritual, spiritual practices, games, sharing, and our mutual love of the earth. This is her first time at Star Island, and will be attending with her spouse Kent, and two children, Sadie and Benjamin. They are very much looking forward to joining our community.

Program Fee

$170/adult, $100/youth

Room & Board

LOAS2 Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+ $1,072 $1,458 $1,320 $1,937


LOAS2 0-5 years old 6-11 12-17
Youth Rates Free $496 $710


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Boat Schedule

Depart Portsmouth: 8/21: 2:25 pm

Depart Star: 8/28: 9:20 am