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, April 6, 2015
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Simi Valley Public Library
2969 Tapo Canyon Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063

Good, Bad, or Otherwise:  Reliable Healthcare Internet Resources
Colleen Nevins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Nursing

The public seeks healthcare information from healthcare personnel, friends, TV, publications, and the internet.  Accessible and generally easy, the internet has become a popular source for individuals to seek information on various healthcare topics.  If it is not known whether the website is current, reliable, and/or valid, the information can be erroneous and possibly unsafe.  Dr. Colleen Nevins, Assistant Professor of Nursing, will discuss: guidelines on how to determine if the website is current, reliable, and valid; examples of good and bad healthcare websites; and provide a list of good healthcare websites for the public.

Past lectures for Spring 2015 at the Simi Valley Public Library

Thursday, April 16, 2015
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

Hidden Gems of Latin America 
Stephen Clark, Ph.D., Chair of Spanish and Foreign Languages, Professor of Spanish

Dr. Stephen Clark, Chair of Spanish and Foreign Languages & Professor of Spanish, will provide an overview of several of Latin America's lesser known but most intriguing cities, with an emphasis on their history, culture, architecture, and other interesting aspects of life.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Blanchard Community Library
119 N. 8th St, Santa Paula, CA 93060

Bees, Food and You
Ruben Alarcón, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology

Most people are unaware of just how important bees are in their everyday lives. It is estimated that 75% of global crops benefit from insect pollination.  In fact, over 130 fruit and vegetable crops in the United States greatly benefit from the action of bees and other insects. Most crops in North America are commercially pollinated by the non-native honey bee.  However recent declines in honey bee populations have highlighted the need to study the role that native bees play in pollinating our crops.  CSUCI biologist, Dr. Ruben Alarcón, will discuss the importance of bees and his research in local agricultural systems, as well as share ways the public can help sustain pollinator populations.

Past lectures for Spring 2015 at the Blanchard Community Library

Wednesday, April 22
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Ventura Public Library
651 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001

Gender Differences in the Social Behaviors of Girls and Boys with Autism
Michelle Dean, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education

Dr. Michelle Dean, Professor of Special Education, will present research that examines the social experiences of school children with high functioning autism, focusing on how gender relates to their relationships and social behaviors.

Past lectures for Spring 2015 at the Ventura Public Library

Thursday, May 14, 2015
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

China: the Socialist Market Economy
Priscilla Liang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance

China has implemented waves of market driven reforms since Deng Xiaoping initiated the concept of “socialist market economy” in 1978. Today, China is the world’s largest trading nation and second largest economy and has achieved the fastest and longest sustained economic growth that is unprecedented in the history of mankind.  Join Dr. Priscilla Liang, Associate Professor of Finance, as she asks the question, “Will China continue to be a socialist market economy, namely, continue its economic reform without political reform in the foreseeable future?”

Past lectures for Spring 2015 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

The Great GMO Labe Debate - Science, Politics, and the Court of Public Opinions, Panda Kroll, ESQ, Lecturer in Business


Through the Looking Glass: a Chemist's Perspective on Lewis Carroll, Phil Hampton, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry

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

A New Era of Research on Santa Rosa Island, Cause Hanna, Ph.D.,Santa Rosa Island Research Station Manager

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

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

The Neglected Pacific Theater of the First World War, Rainer Buschmann, Ph.D., Professor 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