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Conferences, Seminars & Symposia

Dinner scene at Burg Wartenstein
Sherwood Washburn, Paul Fejos, Betty Howell, and Lita Binns Fejos at Burg Wartenstein in 1961.

The Foundation’s support for meetings goes back almost to the beginning, when in the fall of 1944 it hosted the first in its distinguished series of Supper Conferences (1944-79).  These after-dinner lectures provided a forum for speakers to explore old ideas in the light of new data and to preview new findings and interpretations for discussion among a small group of colleagues. 

The program took off in its second year, with talks scheduled once or twice