You must be a member of OLLI to attend Thursday Zoom lectures. Zoom links are sent to current members on Wednesdays, the day before each lecture.

The Virtuosa: The Life and Times of Clara Schumann

Date: Sept. 1, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Anette Isaacs, German historian 

She was not only a divine pianist, talented composer and successful teacher, but also a mother of 8 and the main breadwinner for her family. German superwoman Clara Schumann (wife of Robert!) did it all while juggling a 61 year concert career that made her internationally famous. Join German Historian Anette Isaacs for an intimate look at the life of the very exceptional Clara Virtuosa! 

The Real Blue People and the Story They Inspired

Date: Sept. 8, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Isla Morley, writer

In 1937, there were recesses in Appalachia no outsiders had ever explored. Two documentarians were dispatched to the area to record what they found for the Works Program Administration. What they found is haunting: a woman whose skin is a shocking shade of blue who had been isolated from society her whole life. The Last Blue is her story, inspired by the real Blue People of Kentucky.

Yesterday’s Specials: A Selection of Rare Restaurant Menus

Date: Sept. 15, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Liz Pollock, author and bookseller

For her talk, Liz discusses many of the historic changes in menu design, sharing the many problems & predicaments faced by restaurant owners in WWII. Menus were printed on cheap paper, often just one page. Paper mills were doing war work assignments & mill workers were drafted. Liz will show examples of menus from famous restaurants like Trader Vic’s & The Brown Derby.

Women Artists of the Sixties—Music and Pushback on the Cutting Edge

Date: Sept. 22, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Aaron Leonard, writer

The period of the 1960s was a revolution of a kind, one in which women played a key role. This lecture will focus on key women such as Joan Baez, Nina Simone, Judy Collins and Laura Nyro. By examining the music they produced, and the challenges they confronted from the status quo in producing their art, we will explore characters too often overlooked or diminished in this critical time.

Unique Eastern European Wooden Orthodox Churches

Date: Sept. 29, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Renata Bricka, MA in fine arts, art history and costume design

In this lecture, we will look at the unusual architecture of Eastern Europe, all part of UNESCO Heritage, and talk about the artistic and historical content stemming from the Byzantine Empire. Our goal will be understanding both folk style and the more formal Iconography and Icons that span many centuries. The presenter has personally researched these topics in several churches and museums in the Carpathian Mountains.   

The Renaissance of Chinese Culture

Date: Oct. 6, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Wen Chen, independent speaker on Chinese culture, history and science

Chinese wisdom and traditions have been passed down for over 5,000 years. But the Chinese Communist Party has nearly destroyed this rich, traditional culture during the past 60 years. The loss of traditional beliefs and moral foundations caused a crisis at social, political and economic levels. A renaissance of the traditional culture brings hope to the world.

Hidden Gems of America’s National Park System

Date: Oct. 13, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: David Kroese, author, lecturer

We will explore our national park system’s stunning hidden gems, places largely unfamiliar to the public and all but serious park enthusiasts and rangers. We cover sites from across the continent and into the Pacific and Caribbean, exploring lesser known but spectacular natural and historical parks that remain some of our National Park Service’s best kept secrets.

The All American Crew

Date: Oct. 20, 2022 
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Russell Low, author

The All-American Crew presents Ah Ying’s grandsons, Loren and Stan, who enlist in the Army Air Force and go off to the Pacific to fight for their country’s freedom. Their heroic struggles in New Guinea and Saipan offer a personal look at the assimilation of Chinese Americans into fighting crews that included young men from every ethnic background. These men found strength in their diversity.

Pacific Tiger football: More Than a Game

Date: Oct. 27, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Cindy Spiro, retired athletics administrator

Football was a significant part of the Pacific campus life for 100 years until its suspension in 1995. This lecture explores its beginnings as a student organization; its impact on the campus and community; how social, cultural and economic trends influenced the program; and the factors leading to its demise. Learn about prominent Tiger coaches and alumni, and how its legacy still endures today.  

The 2022 Elections and National Political Crisis: Part 1

Date: Nov. 3, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Gene Bigler, retired diplomat and former university professor

Part 1 will focus on the major candidates, issues, narratives and voter preferences both in California and nationally as the last week of the campaign unfolds

Understanding the California Governmental System

Date: Nov. 10, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Terry McAteer, retired superintendent of schools and high school AP teacher 

California's governmental structure is far different from the federal government's structure. While they both have three branches , the similarities end there. Our state constitution was actually lifted from Iowa! Join me for this eye-opening lecture about understanding the governmental structure of the Golden State. By the end, you will understand that our structure actually has many different and progressive tools which allow for more transparency and more efficiency.

The 2022 Elections and National Political Crisis: Part 2

Date: Nov. 17, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Gene Bigler, retired diplomat and former university professor

Part 2 will review major election results for California and in major national races, analyze exit poll information and review forecasts and analyses about the major consequences of the elections.

Celebrating Perfect Vocal Harmony Groups

Date: Dec. 1, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Mike Agron, music aficionado

This 90 minute multimedia seminar is based on Mike's 12 week series that celebrates how vocal groups use close vocal harmony across multiple musical genres: The Big Band Era; Jazz, Pop & Vocalese; Rock & Doo Wop; The California Sound; Folk & Folk Rock; and Gospel, Soul and Motown. Prerequisites, just a love of music & how these vocal groups blended their voices to create unforgettable harmonies.

Future Perfect

Date: Dec. 8, 2022 
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Doug Stowell, public opinion polling consultant

Remember the book “1984” by George Orwell and THAT was the future! What’s the next “future”? One thing we know, the pace of technological change has accelerated! Now, what’s likely to happen by, say, 2030, driven by technology? We’ll look ahead at autos, airplanes, railroads, space travel, highways, healthcare, education, climate & environment, energy, et al. Ready for pilot-less airliners?

Creating a Smart Home

Date: Dec. 15, 2022
Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: David Diskin, Microsoft certified master 

Years ago, David mentioned in an OLLI lecture that he added “smart” features to his mother’s home. Now you’ll learn about the process and what’s involved, what worked, and what didn’t. He'll share his journey with smart speakers, thermostats, cameras, lights, plugs, TVs, and more. You'll learn what it cost and what was easy or hard. And if you want to do the same, he'll answer your questions.