CSU Channel Islands (CI) hosts more than a dozen free public lectures from February through May at libraries throughout Ventura County. We are pleased to announce that we will feature some Spanish presentations this semester!

Cannabis, Music, and Standardized Testing are among the topics that will be explored by experts from numerous departments at CI, including Chemistry, History, and Environmental Science and Resource Management to name a few.


 

Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Road
Lectures are Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

February 26

"Contemporary Film, Climate Change, and Climate Refugees"

Kyndra Turner, Ph.D., Lecturer of English

Abstract: In this presentation, I will examine how Neill Blomkamp’s science fiction thriller, District 9, highlights and challenges recent current events surrounding mass displacements and the maltreatment of migrants in connection to social and environmental issues. Traditionally, Blomkamp’s District 9 has been viewed as a Blockbuster hit movie about a bumbling bureaucrat, Wikus van de Merwe, who transforms into an alien in a landscape that suggests South Africa, Johannesburg. Some have argued that the provenance of District 9 recalls the years in that country when apartheid was practice. While I agree that Blomkamp’s District 9 represents the apartheid he grew up amidst, I also contend that District 9 has many implications for the twenty-first century and should therefore be seen as the forerunner of upheavals to come rather than as a mere reminder of apartheid. For example, I examine how Blomkamp’s District 9 not only places a spotlight on the maltreatment of displaced peoples in other countries, but also reframe our understandings of “aliens” on the move because of climate change. As a result, this examination offers insights into what it might mean to be a climate refugee and belong to communities that extend across national, cultural, and ecological boundaries and borders in the Anthropocene.

March 26

Using Mathematics to understand Biological systems

Selenne Bañuelos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Abstract: Mathematical biologists provide a different perspective and insight into many fields in biology. In this presentation, I will discuss mathematical models in epidemiology, in particular the spread of ZIKAV, and a mathematical model that describes the dynamics of sleep with changes in ambient temperature. I will provide some history in each of these fields and explain why it is so important to have a mathematical perspective to complex biological problems.

April 23

“Unrecognized and Unreported: Family Responsibility Discrimination””

Lindsey O’Connor, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Sociology

Abstract: Discrimination against employees with family responsibilities—hereafter family responsibilities discrimination (FRD)—is a widespread and growing problem.  Yet, much of it goes unrecognized and unreported—even when employees know their rights as caregivers.  What affects whether people “see” FRD when it occurs?  In this talk, Dr. O’Connor will discuss the results of a recent experiment she conducted in which she examines whether the characteristics of employees—specifically their gender, race, and social class—affects individuals’ likelihood of recognizing them as victims of FRD.  In the experiment, respondents read a fictitious transcript of an interaction between a supervisor and employee that they were led to believe was real. Over the course of the transcript, the supervisor engages in FRD against the employee.  Sometimes the employee is described as a woman, other times as a man, sometime the employee is black, other times white, and sometimes the employee is portrayed as working class and other times as upper class.  Preliminary analyses show that respondents are less likely to think the interaction was an instance of FRD when the supervisor’s actions were directed towards a black man than a white woman.  O’Connor looks forward to discussing the rest of the findings and their implications for employers and policy with you!

May 7

“CSUCI Computer Science Students to Defend Medal in NASA Robotics Competition”

Kevin Scrivnor, Lecture of Computer Science

Abstract: The CSUCI NASA Swarmathon Robotics team goes back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to defend their 2016 3rd place victory. The challenge is to collect as many objects as possible and return them to a centralized location using autonomous robots. This presentation will discuss the competition details, our approach, and the results. 

Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave

Lectures are Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

February 10

“Ocean Litter and Microplastics: A new wave of research”

Clare Steele, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management

Abstract: Ocean litter is a global concern, with millions of tons of plastic debris accumulating in the world’s oceans. A new wave of research is characterizing the emerging issue of microplastic pollution. Microplastics are common on our beaches and along the California coast, and are finding their way into seafood and coastal food webs. This talk will explore recent advances in our understanding of the problem of microplastic pollution in coastal ecosystems and discuss how changes in consumer choices, policy and legislation can contribute to reducing the impact of microplastics on the Southern California coast.

March 10

“Beaches on the Edge”

Kiki Patsch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management

Abstract: California’s coast is under threat, with over 80% of our beaches actively eroding.  Although most beaches are naturally self-sustaining, coastal development, flood control, sand mining, and other forms of human interference have limited the natural ability of beaches and other coastal ecosystems to adapt.  Climate change and sea level rise exacerbate the situation. This talk will take an interdisciplinary look at how we value and assess the condition of our beaches and how to plan for a resilient future.

April 14

“A Spirituality of Imperfection at Work”

Andrew Morris, Ph.D., Professor of Management

Abstract: To be human is to be imperfect.  A spirituality of imperfection helps us in our quest towards “humanness”.  What is true for our spiritual lives can often be true for our work lives.  The question becomes how can organizations help employees see imperfection (failure) as one stage of growth and development, to embrace thoughtful failure.  Google and other organizations offer us some clues.  In this talk, I examine a work-based spirituality of imperfection and explore three organizational and individuals benefits of recognizing and rewarding thoughtful failure. 

May 12

“Touching Dirt: Humankind’s forgotten dependence the ceramic medium, and how a return to clay’s physicality could help shape our future” 

Marianne C. McGrath, MFA Assistant Professor of Art

Abstract: The ceramic medium has played a vital role in human development for thousands of years, aiding our species in unexpected areas such as agriculture, medicine, and even space exploration.  Recently, clay has experienced a resurgence of popularity, with hobbyists and artists alike reaching to the material for its immediacy and metaphorical capacity.

Assistant Professor of Art Marianne McGrath will walk the audience through clay’s often overlooked historical role in the development of modern civilization, examining some of the countless ways humans have employed the material, and explain why the recent rise in the medium’s popularity may be a positive sign of things to come.

Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St.

Lectures are Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

February 6 

“Look What I Discovered! Latin@x Communities in European Atlases and Maps of the New World”

Theresa Avila, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History

Abstract: Sixteenth century maritime exploration and the discovery of the Americas is a key period in the first historical narratives of Latin@x communities. As geographical diagrams, official documents, political tools, and records of the past, maps and their respective atlases offer a rich and complex understanding of history. Interestingly, most early maps and publications about the Americas are less about what is a known reality or clear understanding of geography and more about the goals and objectives, preconceived ideas, and a lack of knowledge of monarchs, explorers, and cartographers. Typically, maps and atlases are treated as if they depict reality and truths, but often they were based on second-hand knowledge, estimations, and imagination.  Yet, these maps and the atlases were circulated throughout Europe and the United States and became part of the fund of knowledge about the Americas and Americans and the basis for ideologies and systems we practice today in relation to Latin@x communities. This presentation focuses on historical international atlases and maps from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries to address the construction of the first Latin@x community groups for an Anglo American and European audience.

*** March 6  *** Spanish Presentation

“Qué hace un burro o jumento en la obra más celebrada del español, “El Quijote de la Mancha”

Acela Barrón-Camacho, MA, Lecture of Spanish

Abstract: The talk is about how Cervantes used the donkey of Sancho Panza in his master piece “El Quijote de la Mancha”, known as El Quijote 1605.

April 3

 “Classical Music in Films”

KuanFen Liu, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Performing Arts and Music

Abstract: Did you know that many of the familiar tunes in the films come from the classical musical genre?  For instance, in The King’s Speech (2010, dir Tom Hooper), Colin Firth’s King George VI recites his first wartime radio broadcast, announcing Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939, to the strains of the Second Movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony?  In addition, Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction A Space Odyssey used Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra to illustrate mankind’s development, from ape to Star Child?  If you did not, and want to know more, this lecture will solve those mysteries for you! Come explore the use of classical music in films.  Learn about the introduction of classical music in cinema in the early era, and explore the top ten classical music moments in the motion pictures. 

Santa Paula Library, 119 North 8th Street

Lectures are Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

March 13 

TBD

April 10 

"Standardized Testing and Student Learning: Outcomes for English Learners in Santa Paula"

Brittnee Veldman, Ph.D., Lecturer of Chemistry

Jennifer Figueroa, Bilingual Educator, Anacapa Middle School

Monica Pereira, MLS, Associate Librarian

Abstract: Standardized testing has changed the way teaching occurs in P-12 school systems. It is generally understood that increased learning for all students benefits civic life. This presentation will focus on learning success for English Learners, a significant subset of Santa Paula's student population. An examination of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) scores for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics indicate an urgent need for greater support for English Learners. An overview of CAASPP data will be shared, with a discussion of why educational equity is a societal imperative for all stakeholders.

May 1

"¿Para Arriba? The Rise of Latino Middle-Class Neighborhoods in Southern California"

Luis A. Sánchez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology

 The Latino population has increased substantially since the 1980’s and will continue to contribute to the country’s racial and ethnic diversity. However, a considerable amount of research on Latinos in the United States focuses on immigrants and/or individuals from lower, working-class backgrounds. Few studies examine middle-class Latinos who have experienced socioeconomic mobility in terms of education, economic, and residential attainment.  This lecture will provide an overview of current research on Latino middle-class neighborhoods and address the following questions: 1) What constitutes a Latino-middle class neighborhood? 2) Where are they located? 3) How do their characteristics differ from other types of middle-class neighborhoods?

Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road

Lectures are Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

February 21

"Cannabis and Commerce in Ventura "

Panda Kroll, ESQ., Lecture of Business

Abstract: In February 2016, Governor Brown appointed Lori Ajax -- a 22-year veteran of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control as the first Chief of the newly formed Bureau of Cannabis Control, in response to the passage of Prop 64.  This presentation will explore how Ventura County and its municipalities are implementing the new regulatory structure enacted by the California legislature. We will also review lessons learned from LA, Santa Barbara, and other local governments that have embraced cannabis entrepreneurship, projected to bring in $1 billion in California tax revenues per year.

March 21 

“Artificial Intelligence - a Threat? How Computers Learn. ”

Ron Rieger, Lecturer of Computer Science and Mathematics

Abstract:  This lecture introduces some of the current methods computers use to learn, some successful applications of these systems, and some future concerns.

May 16

“Public Pedestals: Confederate Monuments and their Legacies”

Jacqueline Reynoso, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

Abstract: In recent years, Confederate monuments have fallen under greater scrutiny throughout the U.S. With Americans debating both their purpose and legacies, the question of removing these monuments from public spaces has sparked numerous questions of its own, most of which concern the use of public space as well as the difference between history and memory. This talk will seek to address these questions by placing these monuments in historical context. It will examine the circumstances surrounding the creation of these public markers, some of which are less than a decade old.

 

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:

Fall 2017

Academic Advising

“Cómo Preparar Sus Hijos Para Estudiar en la Universidad” by Ernesto Guerrero Jr., Ed.D. Director of Academic Advising at CSU Channel Islands

Chicana/o Studies

“Zoot Suiters” by Nicholas Centino, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chicano Studies

Communication

“Environmental War and Peace: Environmental Conflict Management & Policy Development” by Traceylee Clarke, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Communication

Computer Science

“Fake News! Read All About it!” by Brian Thoms, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Computer Sciences

English

“Ramona, Popular Culture, and Southern California Literature” by Georgina Guzmán, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of English

“James Joyce: Rebellion and Salvation” by Joan Peters, Ph.D. Professor of English

"Literature and Climate Change: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Richard Powers' The Echo Maker, and Consumption and Development in the Anthropocene" by Kyndra Turner, Ph.D., Lecturer of English

ESRM

"Marine microplastics: is plastic pollution hiding at your local beach?" by Clare Steele, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of ESRM

Health Science

“New Option at the End of Life” by Carol Mack, Ph.D., JD, RN, Associate Professor of Health Science

Psychology

“There’s No Time Like Now: Cultivating Mindfulness to Enhance Overall Well-Being” by Christy Teranishi Martinez, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Sociology

“We are the World: Exploring Trends in Global Poverty and Health” by Luis A. Sánchez, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Sociology

“Living Together but Worlds Apart: Examining Ventura’s County Youth and Aging Population” by Luis Sánchez, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Sociology

“Work and Labor in the 21st Century” by Elizabeth Sowers, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Sociology

Spring 2017

Biology

"Chemotherapy" Background for Basic Understanding" by Zin Htway, Ph.D., Lecturer in Biology

Communication 

"It's the thought that counts: On the pragmatics of gift-giving" by Daniel Usera, Ph.D., Lecturer in Communication

Computer Science

"Algorithms - the rules of modern living/Los algoritmos - las reglas de la vida moderna" by Michael Soltys, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science

English 

"Virginia Woolf and James Joyce" by Joan Peters, Ph.D., Professor of English 

ESRM

"Thinking like a Mountain Lion: Learning to Live with Wild Neighbors" by Dan Maher, Ph.D., Lecturer in ESRM and Communication

"Growing Awareness: pathways to health happy food security and increased community cohesiveness via the creation of community gardens" by Dan Maher, Ph.D., Lecturer in ESRM and Communication; Patricia Browne, RN and President of Camarillo Community Gardens 

Health Science 

"Is Eugenics History? Mass Sterilization of People with Disabilities" by Kristen Linton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Science 

History

"Laundry in the 18th and 19th century Mexico" by Marie Francois, Ph.D., Professor of History

Library

"Fantasy Femmes Fatales: Women of Mythology and Poetics of Power" by Colleen Harris-Keith, M.L.S., M.F.A., ED.D., Assistant Librarian

Performing Arts 

"TADA! Validating the Magic of Theatre and Dance" by Heather Castillo, MFA, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts 

Sociology

"Won't You Be My Neighbor? Examining Changes in Racial/Ethnic Diversity across Ventura County Neighborhoods", by Luis A. Sanchez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology

"ISIS and Ideology" by Reha Kadakal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology

"Logistics and Labor: Recent Developments at West Coast Ports" by Elizabeth Sowers, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology

Spanish 

"Poets of Dissent/Poetas del Desacato" by Maythe Ruffino, Lecturer in Spanish

Fall 2016

Art

"In the Image of Elijah: Creating a Monastic Community in Medieval Italy" by Alison Perchuk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art

Biology

"Greenhouse Gases and Microbes" by Patricia Tavormina, Ph.D., Lecture in Biology

" Influenza A Viruses in Artificial Community Water Ponds: Potential for IAV Surveillance" by Zin Htway, Ph.D., Lecturer in Biology

"An Appreciation of the Chaparral Flora, with pre- and post- fire observations" by Steven Norris, Ph.D., Lecture in Biology

"Public Health Leadership in a Crisis" by Zin Htway, Ph.D., Lecturer in Biology

"A Day in the Life of a Breast Tumor" by Zin Htway, Ph.D., Lecturer in Biology

Business

"Social Enterprises" Merging business and purpose" by Maria Ballesteros-Sola, MBA, MRES, Fulbright Scholar, Lecture in Business

Chicana/o Studies

"Danza Mexica: Indigenous Identity, Spirituality and Activism" by Jennie Luna. Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies

"Reinterpreting Local History: La Voz de la Colonia, Ventura County's Spanish Language Newspaper, 1926-1932" by Jose Alamillo, Ph.D., Professor of Chicana/o Studies

Computer Science

"Robots of CSU Channel Islands: Some Talk the Talk, Some Walk the Walk" by David Claveau, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science

"Get SMART (Social Media Applications and Really-useful Tools)" by Brian Thoms, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science

English

"Family Storytelling Night: Traditions from around the world" by Claudia Reder, Ph.D., Lecturer in English

"Recovering Imagination: Is There a Poem Unspoken Inside You?" by Claudia Reder, Ph.D., Lecturer in English

History

"Southern California's 19th Century Wine Industry" by Julia Ornelas-Higdon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

"Liquid Histories: Madeira and Port Wine" by Rainer Buschmann, Ph.D., Professor of History

Liberal Studies

"College Education Inside a Prison Industrial Complex" by Mariano Baez, Lecture in Liberal Studies

Library

"Re-visioning History: Women Poets, Mythology, and the Power of Storytelling" by Colleen Harris- Keith, M.L.S., M.F.A.,Ed.D., Assistant Librarian

Performing Arts

"New Directions in Music Technology" by Ted Lucas, D.M.A., Professor Emeritus of Performing Arts

Psychology

"There's No Time Like Now! Cultivate Mindfulness to Enhance Overall Well Being" by Christy Teranishi- Martinez, Ph. D., Professor of Psychology

Sociology

"The Syrian War and Its Political and Humanitarian Consequences" by Reha Kadakal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology

Spring 2016

Anthropology

“The Prehistory of the Channel Islands and Coastal California: A 10,000 Year Retrospective” by Colleen Delaney, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology

Biology

“Influenza A Viruses in Artificial Community Water Ponds” by Zin Htway, Ph.D., Lecturer in Biology

“Methane as a Resource: Sustainable Use of an Otherwise Powerful Greenhouse Gas” by Patricia Tavormina, Ph.D., Lecturer in Biology

"Herbs and Spices: Do they impact human health?" by Nitika Parmar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology

"Oil spills and microbes: How does nature remediate massive petroleum discharges?" by Patricia Tavormina, Ph.D., Lecturer of University Course

English 

"Stories from Ventura Writers" by Sean Carswell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English; Kristen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., Lecturer in English; Sofia Samatar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English; Kim Vose, Ph.D., Lecturer in English

"Reconnecting Art, Nature, and Community in Japan" by Brad Monsma, Ph.D., Professor of English

"Grief, Healing, and Short Fiction" by Kristen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., Lecturer in English 

ESRM

"Plastic Pollution: How microplastics are impacting beaches in Southern California" by Clare Steele, Ph.D., Lecturer in Environmental Science and Resource Management

"Dr. Anderson's Oil Spill Blog: oil.piratelab.org" by Sean Anderson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management

Information Literacy

"Intersection of Big Data and Privacy" by Janet Pinkley, MLS, Assistant Librarian and Monica Pereira, MLS, Assistant Librarian

Mathematics

“Paradoxes and Shocking outcomes in math. Do you still believe in Math?” by Jorge Garcia Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics

“Water Management: State of the Art” by Ron Rieger, Lecturer in Mathematics

Performing Arts

“New Directions in Music Technology” by Ted Lucas, D.M.A., Professor Emeritus of Performing Arts

Political Science 

"Politics to the Extreme: The Consequences of Partisan Polarization in Congress" by Sean Kelly, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science 

"The U.S. Immigration Debate: Fact v. Fiction" by Mary McThomas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science 

Sociology

"The Syrian Refugee Crisi in Regional and Global Context" by Reha Kadakal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology

Fall 2015

Biology

"Just Who Shares the Planet with Us? Exploring Biodiversity - Examples from Fishes and Other Creatures" by Steve Norris, Ph.D., Lecturer in Biology

Chemistry 

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

Communication

"Learning to Lead" by Jacob Jenkins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication

Computer Science  

"How I Made a Robot, Skinny Legs and All" by David Claveau, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science

ESRM

"Environmental Impacts on Santa Rosa Island" by Brett Hartman, Ph.D., Lecturer in Ecology

"Growing Importance of Protected Areas to Urban Communities" by Don Rodriguez, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management 

Health Science

"Issues Surrounding the Declaration of Brain Death" by Carol Mack, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Health Sciences 

History 

"Multicultural Rubble: Foreign Troops in Nazi Germany: by Rainer Buschmann, Ph.D., Professor of History

"Chicanas and Chicanos on the Move: Student Activism in Ventura County, 1965-1975" by Frank Barajas, Ph.D., Professor of History 

Nursing 

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

Performing Arts

"From Ireland to New York to Los Angeles: One Irish-American's Journey into Celtic-fusion Music" by Paul Murphy, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Performing Arts-Music

Psychology 

"Some Psychological Benefits of a Secure Relationship with God" by Harley Baker, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Sociology

"Logistics and Labor: recent Development at West Coast Ports" by Elizabeth Sowers, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology

Spring 2015

Biology

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

"Natural Habitats and Native Flora of California State University Channel Islands (CI)" by Steve M. Norris, Ph.D., Lecturer in Biology

Business & Economics

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

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

Chemistry

"Folding Them In: sussing Science to Teach Science" by Blake Gillespie, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry

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

Education

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

English

"What it means to be a Man in America Today" by Sean Carswell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English

ESRM

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

History

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

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

Nursing 

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

Sociology

"Monitoring Latina/o Progress: A Demographic Approach" by Luis Sanchez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology

Spanish

“Hidden Gems of Latin America”, by Stephen Clark, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish 

Fall 2014

Biology

“Natural Habitats Around CSU Channel Islands Before and After the 2013 Springs Fire”, by Steven Norris, Ph.D., Lecturer in Biology

Chicano Studies

“Beyond the Latino Sports Hero: The Role of Sports in Creating Communities, Networks and Identities,” by Jose Alamillo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chicano Studies

History

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

Information Literacy

“Information Literacy and the Public Sphere”, by Monica Pereira, MLS, Assistant Librarian and Janet Pinkley,MLS, Assistant Librarian

Psychology

“Culture-Bound Syndromes”, by Kevin Volkan, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Sociology

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

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

Spring 2014 

Biology

“Window to the Abyss” by Geoff Dilly, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology

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

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

Business & Economics

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

Education

“Are We Crazy About Our Kids? The Cost/Benefit Equation”, by Kaia Tollefson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education, and Joan Karp, Ph.D., Professor of Education

“Education System in Finland: From Equity to Excellence”, by Tiina Itkonen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education

English

“Reconnecting Art, Nature and Community in Japan” by Brad Monsma, Ph.D. Professor of English

Environmental Science

“Plastic Pollution: How Microplastics are Impacting Beaches in Southern California” by Management Clare Steele, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Science & Resource

“Manager Climate Change in the 21st Century”, by Simone Aloisio, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry

“The Interaction Between Urban Centers and Protected Areas”, by Don Rodriguez, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Science & Resource Management

Political Science

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

Psychology

“Ordinary Men – How Normal People Can Do Terrible Things”, by Kevin Volkan, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

“Eastern and Western Perspectives of Health and Well-Being”, by Christy Teranishi Martinez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology

Spanish

“Latin America's Most Interesting Leaders”, by Stephen Clark, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish 

Fall 2013

Anthropology

"The Human Prehistory of the Channel Islands and Coastal California: A 10,000 Year Retrospective" by Jennifer Perry, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology; Colleen Delaney, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology

Biology

“Humpback Whales: Gentle Giants of the North Pacific”, by Rachel Cartwright, Ph.D., Lecturer in Biology

“Stem Cells – Boon or Bane?”  by Nitika Parmar, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology

Business & Economics

“Business Success in China – Understanding Business Culture”, by Dr. Priscilla Laing, Associate Professor of Finance

“The Era of the Celebrity CEO is Over”, by Dr. Andrew Morris, Professor of Business & Economics

Chemistry

“Climate Change and the Mercury Cycle” by Simone Aloisio, Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry

Education

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

English

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

Mathematics 

"Paradoxes and Shocking Outcomes in Math: Do You Still Believe in Math?" by Jorge Garcia, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Performing Arts 

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