Library Lecture Series
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.
Simi Valley Library
2969 Tapo Canyon Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063
Thousand Oaks Library
Marvin E. Smith Community Room, Grant R. Brimhall Library
1401 E. Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
651 East Main St, Ventura, CA 93001
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
Exobiology and Space Science: The Possible Existence of Extraterrestrial Life and Man’s Current Ability to Find It
As of today, according to all the evidence, we are alone in the universe. However, we are also closer than ever to finding extraterrestrial life. Dr. Erick Fleming will discuss current advances in our understanding of the limits of life, recent discoveries of extrasolar planets and extraterrestrial environments, and how these discoveries are directing our search for life beyond Earth. Dr. Fleming will also discuss our current ability to explore space and what is still needed to successfully transport humans to other planets and establish colonies.
The Human Prehistory of the Channel Islands and Coastal California: A 10,000 Year Retrospective, Dr. Colleen Delaney & Dr. Jennifer Perry, Professors of Anthropology.
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
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
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
Australian Actors and Hollywood Stars, Dr. Luda Popenhagen, Professor of Performing Arts
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