Program for the Shroud of Turin Conference

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The conference on the Shroud of Turin will be held in the TRAC center at 6600 Burden Blvd in Pasco in the state of Washington (not Washington D.C.), USA, starting on Wednesday evening (6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, July 19 of 2017) and all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (8:00 am to 9:30 pm, July 20 to 22 of 2017). Wednesday evening will be free. This conference will consist of PowerPoint presentations on recent and previous research on the Shroud of Turin. As currently planned, it will include papers from 29 researchers and 49 presentations, as well as three panel discussions, for a total of about 34 hours of information and discussion. A replica of the Shroud will be on display. The conference is international in scope as presenters will be coming from the US, Italy, Spain, Australia, Mexico, etc. A major purpose of the conference is to promote research on the Shroud, so this issue will be raised frequently during the conference. An overview of the conference as it is currently planned is the following:

The following is the current status of the program for this conference.
It is expected that there may be changes by the time the conference begins.

​Wednesday, July 19, 2017, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Introduction and Summary

  • Registration (4:00 pm to 6:30 pm, and 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm)
  • Overview of the Shroud, 60 min. by Robert Siefker
  • CSI Jerusalem, Case of the Missing Body, 90 min. by Russ Breault

Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 7:45 am to 9:30 pm

Preliminary Issues & History

  • Opening remarks, 15 min. by Russ Breault
  • The Crown of Thorns: The Paradoxical Lordship of the King of Kings, 25 min. by Andrew Dalton
  • Exposition of John 20, 30 min. by Fred Baltz, read by TBD
  • Identifying the Tomb of Jesus for Turin Shroud Research, 20 min. by Dean Schulz
  • The Epistemologies of Faith and Science: Methods of Approaching Truth in the Shroud of Turin, 45 min. by Cheryl White
  • Physical Cause of Jesus' Death, 40 min. by Pietro Pescetelli
  • Uncovering the Frailties of Ecclesiastical Authorities in the Holy Shroud Guild Archives, 30 min. by Giorgio Bracaglia
  • The Mandylion in Constantinople: Literary and Iconographic Sources, 30 min. by Alfonso Caccese, Emanuela Marinelli, Laura Provera, and Domenico Repice
  • Who Saw the Mandylion and What was its Size? 30 min. by Mario Latendresse
  • There is no Evidence that Othon de la Roche Acquired the Shroud of Turin, 35 min. by Mario Latendresse
  • The Holy Shroud and Othon de La Roche: notes for a working hypothesis on the “Missing Years” (1204-1356), 35 min. by Alessandro Piana to be read by Michela Marinelli
  • Geoffrey de Charny's Acquisition of the Shroud of Turin: Texts, Fictions, and Forgeries, 60 min. by Jack Markwardt
  • The Shroud of Turin and the Sainte-Chapelle of Paris, 45 min. by Mario Latendresse
  • The image of Edessa included the whole body but only its empty reliquary arrived at Paris, 30 min. by Cesar Barta
  • The Simony Theory: The Passage of the Shroud of Turin from Constantinople to Lirey, 30 min. by Jack Markwardt
  • Avignon and the Shroud of Turin: Authenticity Confirmed, 30 min. by Jack Markwardt
  • Panel discussion regarding the day’s presentations, 45 min.

Friday, July 21, 2017, from 7:45 am to 9:30 pm

Science & Dating of the Shroud

  • Opening remarks, 15 min. by Russ Breault
  • Sources of DNA on the Shroud, 35 min. by Gianni Barcaccia
  • Use of an Electron Microscope on a Sample from the Face of the Turin Shroud, 40 min. by Gerard Lucotte, read by TBD
  • The “Other Images” on the Shroud of Turin, 30 min. by Paolo Di Lazzaro and Daniele Murra
  • Use of the VP-8 Imaging System from a photograph of the Shroud of Turin exhibiting 3D results, 20 min. by Janis Winchester
  • Numismatic dating of the Turin Shroud through the analysis of Byzantine coins, 45 min. by Giulio Fanti
  • Politics of the Shroud C-14 Dating, 60 min. by Joe Marino
  • Invisible Reweave on the Shroud: Evidence For, 30 min. by Joe Marino
  • Was the Shroud of Turin Invisibly Rewoven With Foreign Material at the Radiocarbon Site to Match the Rest of the Cloth?, 20 min. by Mark Antonacci
  • Statistical Analysis of the 1988 Carbon dating, 40 min. by Robert Rucker
  • Regression Analysis with Partially Labelled Regressors: Carbon Dating of the Shroud of Turin, 30 min., video of Marco Riani, A. C. Atkinson, and Giulio Fanti
  • The Neutron Absorption Hypothesis, 35 min. by Robert Rucker
  • Dating Techniques other than Carbon Dating, 40 min. by Giulio Fanti
  • Hypothesis of face-cloth wrapping of the Turin Shroud Man: experimental and numerical results, 5 min. by Gianmaria Concheri, Giulio Fanti and Sergio Rodella
  • Panel discussion regarding the day’s presentations, 45 min.

Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 7:45 am to 9:30 pm

Sudarium Studies & Image Formation on the Shroud

  • Opening remarks, 15 min. by Russ Breault
  • Pollens on the Shroud and the Sudarium of Oviedo, 35 min. by Marzia Boi, read by TBD
  • Explaining the Color of the Blood on the Shroud, 15 min. by Paolo Di Lazzaro, A. Di Lascio, P. Iacomussi, M. Missori, and D. Murra
  • Characteristics of the Image and Its Formation, 30 min. by Giuseppe Baldacchini, read by TBD
  • Image Characteristics, 25 min. by Giulio Fanti
  • Chemistry of the Image Imprinting Process, 30 min. by Jose Carlos Godinez
  • Naturalistic Processes for Image Formation, 15 min. by Mark Antonacci
  • A Geometric Mechanism for the Image Formation on the Shroud of Turin, 30 min. by Mario Latendresse
  • Role of Radiation in Image Formation, 45 min. by Robert Rucker
  • Linen Coloration by Pulsed Radiation, A Review, 30 min. by Paolo Di Lazzaro and Daniele Murra
  • Image Formation by Corona Discharge, 40 min. by Giulio Fanti
  • Critical Analysis about the Radiation Direction in the Formation of the Shroud of Turin Image, 25 min. by R. Campion and Giulio Fanti
  • Experimental Effects of Coronal Discharge on Linen, 20 min. by Michael Schaffer
  • Free Electron Model of Image Formation on Shroud of Turin, 30 min. by Chuck Rogers
  • Chromosome acting as loop antenna matches wavelength for colorization of Shroud of Turin, 20 min. by Tony Fleming
  • Image Formation by Charged Nuclear Particles, 30 min. by Arthur Lind
  • Evidence for Image Formation by a Cloth Collapse Model, 30 min. by Mark Antonacci
  • Problems with the Cloth Collapse Hypothesis for Image Formation, 15 min. by Robert Rucker
  • Do we really need new evidence and arguments about the Turin Shroud?, 20 min. by Tristan Casabianca
  • Panel discussion regarding the day’s presentations, 45 min.
  • Where are We Now, and Where do we go from Here? 20 min. by Mark Antonacci