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 Spring 2015 Lectures:

Monday, January 12
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Simi Valley Public Library
2969 Tapo Canyon Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063

Laundering Labor and Images in 19th Century Mexico City
Marie Francois, Ph.D., Professor of History

Drawing on census samples from 1753 to 1842, archival records, costumbrista literature and fiction, Dr. Marie Francois, Professor of History, investigates lavanderas  working as independent contractors.  Their skilled labor-intensive work produced clean white shirts and sheets along with polished images and respectability for their clients, and the income to sustain themselves and their households.

More upcoming lectures at the Simi Valley Public Library

Tuesday, January 20
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Blanchard Community Library
119 N. 8th St, Santa Paula, CA 93060

El Plan de Santa Barbara: A Legacy of Commitment to Community

A group of CI faculty will present their work in a panel discussion led by Dr. Frank Barajas, Professor of History.

More upcoming lectures at the Blanchard Community Library

Wednesday, February 4
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Ventura Public Library
651 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001

Folding Them In: Using Science to Teach Science

Science pedagogy is in a kind of golden age. Virtual libraries and curated web-content place the highest quality information at students' fingertips, accelerating student learning. Molecular modeling software and other data analysis applications place the tools of real scientific discovery directly into students' hands. Teachers can draw on decades of research to find the best possible set of methods to support student learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Research experiences that can transform indifferent students into scientists are readily available. Even with all these tools, however, science teaching mostly follows the poor practices of the last century or more, and turns off many potential young scientists. Dr. Gillespie, Professor of Chemistry, explores the barriers to student interest and success, and discusses his approach to bringing students into the fold, preparing them for careers in science, and for improving all students' science literacy.

More upcoming lectures at the Ventura Public Library

Thursday, February 12
7:00 PM  - 8:30 PM
Thousand Oaks Library
Marvin E. Smith Community Room, Grant R. Brimhall Library
1401 E. Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

The Neglected Pacific Theater of the First World War

Dr. Rainer Buschmann, Professor of History, discusses the global dimension of the first World War and how it had an impact on the Pacific.  The German colonial presence resulted in conflicts with Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. At the same time, soldiers from the pacific region were deployed at war theaters overseas.

More upcoming lectures at the Thousand Oaks Library

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

Natural Habitats Around CSU Channel Islands Before and After the 2013 Springs Fire, Dr. Steven Norris, Lecturer in Biology

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


Emerging Identities in Evolving End-of-the Century Empires, P. Scott Corbett, Ph.D., Lecturer of History

Information Literacy

Information Literacy and the Public Sphere, Dr.'s Monica Pereira and Janet Pinkley, Assistant Librarians


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

Culture-Bound Syndromes, Dr. Kevin Volkan, Professor of Psychology


Globalization, Niche Ports and the Local Economy: A Look at Port Hueneme and the Southern California Logistics Industry, Dr. Elizabeth Sowers, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Social Barriers to Taking Paid Family Leave in California: Lessons for Proposed Federal Paid Family Leave Legislation, Dr. Lindsey Trimble O'Connor, Assistant Professor of Sociology


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