Event details

  • October 25, 2017
  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Epworth Room. Registration Required.

OLLI Lecture Series:

FALL, 2017

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 3:30 p.m.

Water Fountain with Special Effects
Presenter: Said Shakerin, Professor Mechanical Engineering

In this lecture, Said Shakerin will provide a historical journey through the fascinating topic of water fountains that have been designed for a variety of reasons over thousands of years. The emphasis of this lecture will be on fountains that incorporate elements of surprise. Artistic and technology features will be presented with ample examples and video clips. Instructions for a simple do-it-yourself water fountain will be shared.

Registration is required. Contact the church office or OLLI@Pacific

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 3:00 p.m.

Experiencing the Art of Rome
Presenter: Deanna Hunt, Adjunct Professor Visual Arts

Be dazzled by the glorious artworks in Rome, viewed as if walking through the city. Rome is often called an outdoor museum. While the Vatican holds the largest collection of art in the world, one can experience some of Rome’s greatest treasures walking through its center. Gain appreciation for the beauty, uniqueness and stylistic characteristics of these masterpieces of art and architecture. Learn how the historical context, close proximity and location of the works in the city in uenced their creation. Your guide, Deanna Hunt, who lived in Italy for ten years and has been leading tours to Italy for decades, will enlighten you about her “top ten” artworks…and perhaps even some local tips. This lecture is part one in a two part series, Experiencing the Art.

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the American Revolution
Presenter: George Yagi, Instructor University College

For many, the mention of Hessian soldiers during the American Revolution immediately brings to mind the Headless Horseman from Washington Irving’s classic tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Waving his sword as he seeks to dispatch Ichabod Crane from his horse, the Hessian has been immortalized as a heartless mercenary who traveled to America for love of money and carnage. In this lecture, George Yagi will seek to separate the myth from reality, and show that their story is much different from the dark legend that has been popularized.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

America’s Foreign Policy in a World in Disarray, Part I: Trump’s New Course for the U.S
Presenter: Gene Bigler, Retired Visiting Professor

Although the Trump administration has not yet tried to enact the full agenda suggested by the campaign, the president’s opening gambits on the world stage embrace the nationalistic course of action he promised. To what extent do his initiatives, the focus on the military and other actions show the potential for strengthening America, reducing the costs of foreign policy and increasing the potential to benefit from our foreign relations and the global disarray?

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

America’s Foreign Policy in a World in Disarray, Part II: A New Struggle for Order
Presenter: Gene Bigler, Retired Visiting Professor

In NATO, in world trade, in climate cooperation, and in regional politics the absence of U.S. leadership has spurred the search for alternative courses of action and advanced other leaders. What will be the impact on the U.S. and in these arenas? How will the global hotspots and challenges in North Korea, the war on terrorism, the Middle East, increasing nationalism, new failed states and other trends and challenges affect U.S. interests?

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Tillie Lewis, the Tomato Queen
Presenter: Kyle Wood, Author and Historian

Kyle Elizabeth Wood will discuss the life and times of our central valley’s own Tillie Lewis from a child of poverty in Brooklyn, New York’s tenements (1896) to becoming the Queen of U.S. agriculture. Tillie centered upon Stockton and Modesto, but actually circled the globe in her vast accomplishments. Showgirl, spy, patriot, pirate, Duchess of Diet and Tomato Queen: Who was Tillie Lewis? Kyle Wood will share historic stories and photos to inform and enchant you. An author’s
reception will follow all three lectures.

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

The Life of Stars
Presenter: Helene Flohic, Assistant Professor Physics

Stars are born and die on very long timescales, but using observations of star clusters and stellar evolution models, astrophysicists are able to understand the different stages of a star’s life. From its birth in a stellar nursery to its “midlife crisis” and to its death in a fiery (or failed) explosion, Helene Flohic will lead a conversation about the tools used by astrophysicists to understand stellar evolution. We will also learn how past generations of stars are crucial to life itself.

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