CSU Channel Islands (CI) in collaboration with the public libraries in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura offers free lectures to community members for a chance to hear from some of CI's most dynamic speakers and experts.

"These lectures provide the public with a unique opportunity to be a CI student for an evening," Dr. Karen Carey, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Arts & Sciences

Engage in discussion on a variety of timely, thought-provoking topics in the convenient setting of your local library.

Upcoming Lectures:
Emerging Identities in Evolving End-of-the Century Empires
P. Scott Corbett, Ph.D., Lecturer of History
Wednesday, September 10, 7:00 PM
Thousand Oaks Library
Marvin E. Smith Community Room, Grant R. Brimhall Library
1401 E. Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

This presentation will look at the experiences of the Ottoman and Russian Empires specifically and other imperial orders in the 19th century as empires begin to undergo transitions at the beginning of the 20th century. More specifically the identities of the residents of those empires morph from being subjects to being citizens and in the process it was common for the peoples of the empires to discover their nationalities. That process in turn helped to disintegrate multi-ethnic and multi-cultural empires sometimes breaking them apart into nation states.

Culture-Bound Syndromes
KevinVolkan, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology
Thursday, September 11 , 6:00 PM
Simi Valley Public Library
2969 Tapo Canyon Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063

Culture-Bound Syndromes are behaviors and mental illnesses, which are often found at the extreme edge of the human repertoire.While some of these behaviors and syndromes seem quite strange to us many have been considered normal in certain times and places.We will examine a few examples to understand the psychology motivating the syndromes.We will also look at some 'normal' behaviors in our own culture that people from other places might see as pathological.

Natural Habitats around CSU Channel Islands - Before and After the 2013 Springs Fire
Stephen Norris, Ph.D., Lecturer of Biology
Sunday, September 28, 1:00PM
Ventura Library
651 East Main St, Ventura, CA 93001

The Santa Monica Mountain foothills that surround CI are home to a Chaparral plant community known to botanists as Coastal Sage. One hundred species of native flora were identified in native plant surveys starting in 2003. The 2013 Springs Fire was like setting the restart button.This talk will summarize the work conducted in natural habitats around CI and the effect of the Springs Fire. Observations on the early stages of the post-fire recovery will be offered.

Featured Lecture Series (Videos):

Stem Cells – Boon or Bane?
Dr. Nitika Parmar
Associate Professor of Biology

Ordinary Men – How Normal People Can Do Terrible Things
Dr. Kevin Volkan
Professor of Psychology

Past Lectures:


The Human Prehistory of the Channel Islands and Coastal California: A 10,000 Year Retrospective, Dr. Colleen Delaney & Dr. Jennifer Perry, Professors of Anthropology.


Exobiology and Space Science: The Possible Existence of Extraterrestrial Life and Man's Current Ability to Find It, Dr. Erich Fleming, Assistant Professor of Biology

Humpback Whales: Gentle Giants of the North Pacific, Dr. Rachel Cartwright, Lecturer in Biology

Stem Cells – Boon or Bane?  Dr. Nitika Parmar, Associate Professor of Biology

OMG! Here Come the GMOs: Do We Embrace or Challenge Advances in Biotechnology? Panda Kroll, Lecturer in Business

Business & Economics

Business Success in China – Understanding Business Culture, Dr. Priscilla Laing, Associate Professor of Finance, CI’s Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics

The Era of the Celebrity CEO is Over, Dr. Andrew Morris, Professor in CI’s Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics

Chicano Studies

Beyond the Latino Sports Hero: The Role of Sports in Creating Communities, Networks and Identities, Dr. Jose Alamillo, Associate Professor of Chicano Studies


Are We Crazy About Our Kids? The Cost/Benefit Equation, Dr. Kaia Tollefson, Associate Professor of Education, and Dr. Joan Karp.

Lessons from Finland, Dr. Tiina Itkonen, Associate Professor of Education

Education System in Finland: From Equity to Excellence, Dr. Tiina Itkonen, Associate Professor of Education


Stories Behind the Stories: English Faculty Reading and Discussion, Professors of English: Brad Monsma, Bob Mayberry, Mary Adler, Sean Carswell and Sofia Samatar

Environmental Science

Climate Change in the 21st Century, Dr. Simone Aloisio, Professor of Chemistry

The Interaction Between Urban Centers and Protected Areas, Dr. Don Rodriguez, Professor of Environmental Science & Resource Management


Paradoxes and Shocking Outcomes in Math: Do You Still Believe in Math? Dr. Jorge Garcia, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Performing Arts

Australian Actors and Hollywood Stars, Dr. Luda Popenhagen, Professor of Performing Arts

Political Science

Politics to the Extreme: The Consequences of Partisan Polarization in Congress, Dr. Sean Kelly, Professor of Political Science

Resisting the Pressures of the Present: Channel Islands National Park as a Case Study in Public Policymaking, Dr. Scott Frisch, Professor of Political Science, and Dr. Dan Wakelee, Assistant Provost and Associate Professor of Political Science


Ordinary Men – How Normal People Can Do Terrible Things, Dr. Kevin Volkan, Professor of Psychology

Some Psychological Benefits of a Secure Relationship with God, Dr. Harley Baker, Professor of Psychology

Eastern and Western Perspectives of Health and Well-Being, Dr. Christy Teranishi Martinez, Associate Professor of Psychology


Latin America's Most Interesting Leaders, Dr. Stephen Clark, Professor of Spanish