Lecture Series

FABulous Speaker Series: November-December 2020

Introducing the FABulous Speaker Series!  Each 2-hour lecture is $8.  See below for the captivating topics and speaker biographies.

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Haydn Out in the Open: The Way to Enlightenment with Dr. Eric Kinsley - Closed

Thursday, November 5, 10am-12pm (PST) - Registration for this lecture is now closed
Online, Zoom platform - Recorded

Course Description:
Please join us in an investigation of one of the pillars of music composition and developers of the Classical Style. This piano concert demonstration will examine the many aspects and intricacies of Haydn's compositional devices. We will examine how he became the teacher and voice of a new style. Learn why Mozart, and Beethoven were so inspired they wanted to study his music and have him as teacher. Haydn is rarely thought of as an avant-garde composer but that argument will be made that he paved the way for Beethoven and the mature classical style and beyond.

Bio:
Eric Kinsley is a performing artist, recording artist, writer, and educator. Eric pursued his Doctorate degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth Cooper. He has also studied with Igor Kipnis, and Albert Fuller and Juilliard. He has been a member of the New York Contemporary Music Band, Pacific Classical Winds, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. He has received grants in early and contemporary music from The National Endowment of the Arts, New York Harpsichord Society, and the Sylvia Marlow Foundation.

Eric has performed and recorded at the Discoteca Di Stato in Rome. In addition, he has broadcast on Public Radio and television. He has worked with and performed premieres of the music of John Cage, Milton Babbitt, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, Miguel del Aguilla, Andrea Tabacchi, Libby Larson and Steven Mosko. He has recorded works by JS Bach on Cantaur label. He has also recorded works for duo portative organ.

Eric serves as the Director of Music Organist at Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church in Thousand Oaks.

Neil Diamond: An 80th Birthday Celebration with Cary Ginell, M.A. - Closed

Tuesday, November 10, 10am-12pm (PST) - Registration for this lecture is now closed
Online, Zoom platform - Not Recorded

Course Description:
Neil Diamond retired from performing in 2018, but his 5-decade career made him one of the world’s most popular concert draws. During his career, Diamond did more than write and perform top 10 songs like “Lovelight” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” In this lecture we will take a deeper dive into some of Diamond’s more innovative and creative works.

Bio:
Cary Ginell is a Grammy-nominated writer and author of 12 books on American music. After a 30-year career in radio, he has spent the last 20 years as a public speaker, talking about music in classrooms, at conferences, and on cruise ships. Cary brings a lifelong passion for the recording industry to his work and is one of the world’s foremost authorities on his specialty, western swing. Currently, Cary is serving as President of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, an international organization of music scholars and world-renowned institutions. He holds a master’s degree in Folklore from UCLA and a bachelor’s in Radio/TV/Film from Cal State University Northridge.

 

Glimpses into the Election Results and the Political Future with Dr. Herbert Gooch -Closed

Thursday, November 19, 10am-12pm (PST) - Registration for this lecture is now closed
Online, Zoom platform - Recorded

Course Description:
Within the context of our turbulent times, Dr. Herbert Gooch will dissect the results of the November 3rd national election.   Dr. Gooch will help us make sense of the election results, explore what the political future holds in store, and what that ultimately means for U.S. citizens and our global community.

Bio: 

Dr. Herbert Gooch is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at California Lutheran University.  He formerly served as Director of the Masters in Public Policy and Administration program and Assistant Provost for Graduate Studies at Cal Lutheran.  A graduate of U.C. Berkeley in History, he holds a M.B.A in Management and both masters and doctoral degrees in Political Science from U.C.L.A.  He has written extensively and is a frequent commentator on political affairs locally and statewide.  He has been at Cal Lutheran since 1987 and lives in Newbury Park with his wife. His interests include politics, film and travel.
The Pre-Raphaelites: Rebels of the Victorian Age​ with Katherine Zoraster, M.A. - Closed

Tuesday, November 17, 10am-12pm (PST) - Registration for this lecture is now closed
Online, Zoom platform - Recorded

Course Description:
Rebelling against the conservative standards of the British Royal Academy, the art Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded in 1848 with the aim of creating a new British art that sought inspiration from art of the late Medieval and early Renaissance. This class will look at artists who formed this group, their individual styles and their lasting influence.

Bio: 

Katherine E. Zoraster is an Art Historian and a Professor of Art History at several local colleges specializing in Western art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. She graduated with a double major in English Literature and Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Following her undergraduate degree, she received a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Art History from the California State University at Northridge. In addition to the courses Katherine teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute through UCLA Extension and California State University at Channel Islands, she also works as an Adjunct Professor of Art History at Moorpark College and an Art History Instructor for the full-time program at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts. Katherine also serves as a commissioner for the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission and volunteers at the Burbank Animal Shelter. In her free time Katherine is an avid runner and travels extensively.
Is Artificial Intelligence Real? with Dr. Craig Reinhart - Closed

Tuesday, December 1, 10am-12pm (PST) - Registration for this lecture is now closed
Online, Zoom platform - Recorded

Course Description:
Many research groups and commercial endeavors are claiming to have Artificial Intelligence in their systems. But what is Artificial Intelligence? What does it mean for a system to be "Intelligent"?  To answer these questions, we must first answer this question: What is "Intelligence"? In this ​lecture we will discuss this question and present various theories and points of view.

Bio: 

Dr. Reinhart came to CLU from the computer science industry where he directed research in high-level visualization and image processing programs. The author of a number of articles, conference papers, and US patents, Dr. Reinhart worked at Hughes Aircraft and Rockwell International Science Center before joining a team to launch a startup company developing low cost digital cameras for cell phone applications. He is currently a technical consultant to Red Digital Cinema, Inc. His interests include image processing/computer vision, computer graphics, and robotics.
Allan Sherman: American Parodist with Cary Ginell, M.A.

Thursday, December 3, 10am-12pm (PST)
Online, Zoom platform - Not Recorded

Course Description: 
Everyone knows “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” but in this presentation, we’ll hear stories about Sherman’s tumultuous career and Jewish-flavored parodies you might not have heard, including “There Is Nothing Like a Lox” (from “South Passaic”), “Smog Gets In Your Eyes,” and “Seventy-Six Sol Cohens (at the Country Club)."

Bio: 
Cary Ginell is a Grammy-nominated writer and author of 12 books on American music. After a 30-year career in radio, he has spent the last 20 years as a public speaker, talking about music in classrooms, at conferences, and on cruise ships. Cary brings a lifelong passion for the recording industry to his work and is one of the world’s foremost authorities on his specialty, western swing. Currently, Cary is serving as President of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, an international organization of music scholars and world-renowned institutions. He holds a master’s degree in Folklore from UCLA and a bachelor’s in Radio/TV/Film from Cal State University Northridge.

American Art Collector Series: Dr. Albert Barnes and his Art Collection with Katherine Zoraster, M.A.

Tuesday, December 8, 10am-12pm (PST)
Online, Zoom platform - Recorded

Course Description: 
In the early 20th century, without much art training, Dr. Albert Barnes sought out to try to understand Modern Art. In his quest, he amassed a substantial of amount of avant-garde works and created a learning environment to display his works. In this class, we will look at the formation of his collection, some of the specific works within it and the start of his Foundation and the controversy which followed.   

Bio: 
Katherine E. Zoraster is an Art Historian and a Professor of Art History at several local colleges specializing in Western art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. She graduated with a double major in English Literature and Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Following her undergraduate degree, she received a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Art History from the California State University at Northridge. In addition to the courses Katherine teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute through UCLA Extension and California State University at Channel Islands, she also works as an Adjunct Professor of Art History at Moorpark College and an Art History Instructor for the full-time program at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts. Katherine also serves as a commissioner for the Burbank Cultural Arts Commission and volunteers at the Burbank Animal Shelter. In her free time Katherine is an avid runner and travels extensively.

The Power of the Autistic Mind: Busting Myths About Autism with Dr. Edlyn Peña

Wednesday, December 9, 10am-12pm (PST)
Online, Zoom platform - Recorded

Course Description:
You are invited to bust myths about autism by deconstructing outdated ideas regarding people on the spectrum.  This lecture explores various aspects of the autistic mind, both in the way of unique strengths and challenges.  By sharing the perspectives of autistic authors and hearing from a few guest speakers--one young man on the spectrum and his grandparent-- attendees will reconsider ways in which autistic individuals can be empowered to live full and rich lives. You will be challenged to reconsider the potential that autistic individuals, young and adult, can achieve when they are provided with proper supports, expectations, and opportunities.

Bio: 

Dr. Edlyn Peña is the Chair, Director, and Associate Professor of the Education Leadership doctoral program at Cal Lutheran. She is an award-winning researcher who studies ways to support autistic students in the preschool through higher education pipeline. Her edited book, “Communication Alternatives in Autism” (2019) and "Leaders Around Me" (2019) feature prominent autistic individuals who advocate for communication and inclusion rights.  As a scholar and Director of the Autism and Communication Center, Dr. Peña’s service to the autism community has reached international audiences.
Across the Horn and Into the Rift: A Two-Hour Journey Through Ethiopia’s Natural & Cultural Histories with Dr. Matthew Curtis

Thursday, December 10, 10am-12pm (PST)
Online, Zoom platform - Not Recorded

Course Description: 
Ethiopia possesses one of the world’s oldest archaeological records dating back more than two and a half million years, extraordinary cultural diversity, and some of the most dramatic and varied landscapes in Africa.  It is a land of towering mountain peaks and vast highland plains, deep rift valley gorges and expansive lakes, dense tropical forests and arid lowlands, small rural villages and large and rapidly expanding urban centers.  In this presentation, Dr. Matt Curtis will provide an overview of Ethiopia’s natural and human legacy with a focus on the archaeology and environmental histories of the last ten thousand years and insights from his three decades of research and travel in this diverse nation in the heart of the Horn of Africa.

Bio: 
Matthew (Matt) Curtis is a lecturer in anthropology at CSUCI and College of the Canyons, and a broadly trained anthropological archaeologist specializing in the Holocene archaeology of Eastern Africa. He is a former National Science Foundation grant awardee, a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow, a Fulbright grantee, and is the founder and director of Eastern African Archaeology Online, a website devoted to cultural heritage advocacy, news, and information concerning archaeology in Africa. Matt has carried out archaeological research in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, and the United States and currently leads a regional archaeological survey project in northern Ethiopia for the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.

Everything Bach with Dr. Eric Kinsley

Tuesday, December 15, 10am-12pm (PST)
Online, Zoom platform - Recorded

Course Description:
We all know the beautiful musical legacy Johann Sebastian Bach enriched us with. His suites, concertos, cantatas, masses, keyboard works, and orchestral works are all part of the oeuvre of master works performed universally in halls, and in churches. This piano concert demonstration will feature and explore his compositional process and influences.  We will examine his world and his place in it. We will also explore the musical importance of his children and their contributions to the emerging classical style. At the end of the presentation a surprise quest will join Dr. Kinsley.

Bio:
Eric Kinsley is a performing artist, recording artist, writer, and educator. Eric pursued his Doctorate degree at the Manhattan School of Music under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth Cooper. He has also studied with Igor Kipnis, and Albert Fuller and Juilliard. He has been a member of the New York Contemporary Music Band, Pacific Classical Winds, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. He has received grants in early and contemporary music from The National Endowment of the Arts, New York Harpsichord Society, and the Sylvia Marlow Foundation.

Eric has performed and recorded at the Discoteca Di Stato in Rome. In addition, he has broadcast on Public Radio and television. He has worked with and performed premieres of the music of John Cage, Milton Babbitt, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, Miguel del Aguilla, Andrea Tabacchi, Libby Larson and Steven Mosko. He has recorded works by JS Bach on Cantaur label. He has also recorded works for duo portative organ.

Eric serves as the Director of Music Organist at Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church in Thousand Oaks.

 

January 2021 Lectures

Registration will open Monday, December 7th. See below for the captivating topics, speaker biographies, and individual costs.

 

Perseverance Time: Mars Landing Challenge with Ing. Luis Velasco, B.S.

Thursday, January 7, 10am-12pm (PST)
Online, Zoom platform - This lecture is free!

Course Description:
February 18, 2021 will mark the historic landing of Mars Rover Perseverance. The name “Perseverance” was assigned to the rover months prior to the Covid-19 pandemic but couldn’t have selected a better name for it. The last months of the mission required perseverance from all associated with it to ensure a successful launch. But the most challenging phase of the mission is yet to come… the Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) of Perseverance rover on Mars. The process is known by NASA as the “7 Minutes of Terror”. In this lecture, Ing. Velasco will briefly describe the mission, challenges, status, 7 minutes of terror and his participation on the mission.

Bio: 

Luis Velasco was born in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico where he was raised until he was 17 and finished high school. He then moved to the US and finished his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from BYU (1996). He worked for several companies like Siemens, TRW Aeronautical Systems and others before landing at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in January 2004, right after the two Mars Explorer Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, had successfully arrived on Mars. He has worked there ever since (15 of his 23 years of professional career). He is the Mars 2020 mission Cruise, Entry, Descent and Landing (CEDL) Systems Mechanical Design Lead and performs advance mobility simulations for the Mars 2020 Rover. Participated on the development of new technologies for Mars 2020 Entry, Descent and Landing among others Terrain-Relative Navigation, Mars EDL Instruments (MEDLI2) and EDL Cameras and Microphone. He is currently transitioning to a new mission: Europa Clipper.

Velasco was recently honored with JPL’s prestigious “Bruce Murray Award” late 2018 for his efforts on “International Collaboration” and just received (September 2019) the “Voyager Award” for demonstrating “Excellence in Leadership” in the Mars2020 CEDL project. He serves as a volunteer in several organizations: He is the Co-Founder and President of the Cluster Espacial Red Global MX (Professional International Organization of Mexicans Abroad in Space); He is the Board of Directors Chair of Mundo Maya Foundation and is the Coordinator of the Education, Science and Technology Committee of Mexico Innova. He also founded and presided the Red de Talentos Mexicanos en el Exterior - Los Angeles Chapter and the BYU Management Society – Hispanic Chapter. He was former president of Amigos Unidos of JPL and is member of the JPL’s Speakers Bureau.

He loves water sports, folklore, Latin dancing, travel and conferences. Enjoys projects on Innovation, Technology, International Collaboration, and entrepreneurship. Wants to write a book and is considering to travel and colonize Mars. He is an incurable dreamer!! His most valued treasure is his family, friends and project collaborators.

The Western Works of Frank Lloyd Wright with Eleanor Schrader, MBA

Monday, January 11, 10am-12pm (PST)
Online, Zoom platform - This lecture is $8

Course Description:
Frank Lloyd Wright’s love affair with the Western part of the United States embodied a symbolic interaction between art, humans, and nature in his buildings. Moved by an environment so different from the context of his earlier works, he conceived works in the states of Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. From his choice of concrete block construction to his utilization of natural desert forms, his Western work constitutes a continuation of his forms of the grammar of the built environment. Through lecture and slide illustration, this course explores the architecture and interiors of the 50-year period that Wright worked in the West, set against the backdrop of his personal life and the stories behind these structures.

Bio: 

Eleanor Schrader is an award-winning educator, lecturer, and author. She lectures worldwide on art and architectural history and leads art and architecture tours throughout the world.  She has been named a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA Extension, where she teaches history of architecture, interior design, furniture, and decorative arts. She is also Professor Emeritus of Art and Architectural History at Santa Monica College. She has done graduate work in fine and decorative arts at Sotheby's Institute in London and New York. She has served as a Design Review Commissioner for the City of Beverly Hills and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the John Lautner Foundation.

 

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