CSU Channel Islands (CI) hosts public lectures from September through December at libraries throughout Ventura County. 

Nature, Social Justice, and Virtual Reality are just a few of the topics that will be explored by experts from numerous departments at CI, including Art, Communication, Economics, and Mathematics to name a few.


 

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

February 4

"Maps and The New World"

Teresa 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 4

“The Other Camarillo Rancho--The History of Rancho Guadalasca”

Colleen Delaney, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology

Abstract: California State University Channel Islands is known as the location of the former Camarillo State Mental Hospital. The campus also serves as a case study for examining changes in communities and land use in California throughout time. Archaeological surveys on campus, artifact analyses, and historic records together document shifts in human activities at this location. This presentation outlines the long term use of this area by a noteworthy variety of people: the Chumash and their ancestors, Mexican rancheros and vaqueros, Euro-American and Japanese farmers, PWA workers, mental health professionals, mental hospital patients, laborers at the hospital dairy/farm, and homeless members of the public.

April 1 

“A Gentle Introduction to Machine Learning Concepts

Cynthia Flores, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics 

Abstract: As Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence gains traction in just about every industry, the supply of machine learning designers has yet to catch up to this demand. Big companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Netflix use applications of machine learning computer algorithms in areas such as facial recognition, e-commerce predicting customer purchases, or detecting fraud, and social networks discovery. In this gentle introduction to Machine Learning, we will begin with some historical comments on the development of machine learning, and then discuss basic elements including the components of machine learning algorithms, the different kinds of machine learning with a focus on categorization problems, and examples of machine learning applied to real problems. Online resources for the independent learner and machine learning competition information will be shared with the audience. If able to, bring a laptop or tablet to explore a Neural Network application from your internet browser. 

Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave

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

 

February 9 

“Expanding the Social Justice Chorus”

Julia Balén, Ph.D., Professor of English

Abstract:  Singing to the choir is arguably the first important step in the long road to real social change. Balén will read selections from her book, A Queerly Joyful Noise: Choral Musicking for Social Justice and discuss the necessity of cultural work in addressing the challenges of creating and maintaining social change.

March 9

“From Condors to Coolers — An Exploration of Southern California’s Flora, Fauna, and Flotsam

Luke Matjas, M.F.A., Professor of Art

Abstract: Artist, professor, and ultra trail-runner Luke Matjas will discuss the twisted and strange evolution of his ecologically-themed work, which combines longtime interests in scientific illustration, skateboard graphics, natural history museums, and the local mountains.

April 13

Fresh Eyes on the Femme Fatale

Sean Carswell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English

Abstract: Crime novels are full of deadly women. They seduce, manipulate, kill, and drive men to madness. It’s a literary element as old as the Old Testament, dating back to at least as far as the day when Delilah cut Samson’s hair. But are we getting these femmes fatale wrong? Is there more to the story when we consider their point of view? This talk will examine the femmes fatale of classic crime writers like Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, Chester Himes, and others as a way of seeing what these characters can teach us about gender, power, and the ever-prevalent male gaze.

Santa Paula Library, 119 N. 8th Street

Lectures are Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

April 4 

"Channel Islands Orchestral Suite"

KuanFen Liu, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Performing Arts (Music Group)

Abstract: The Channel Islands Orchestral Suite was commissioned by Dr. KuanFen Liu and the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra in 2017.  It is set to premier in fall 2019.  This lecture intend to introduce to the public the new commissioned work through the eyes of the composer, performers and advocates. 

The southern California Channel Islands are a remarkable ocean treasure embodying a wealth of natural and cultural resources.  The biodiversity of the Channel Islands is unsurpassed, but its ecosystem is fragile.  The performance of the Channel Islands Suite Project will serve to further enlighten the community as to this unique archipelago, which is virtually on our doorstep, encouraging conservation efforts and furthering support of restoration programs, by means of the performing arts.  

May 2

“The State of Latino Males in Ventura County: Examining the Data and Testimonies”

Luis A. Sánchez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology and José Alamillo, Ph.D., Professor of Chicano Studies

Abstract: This lecture will present research and discuss the current conditions faced by the Ventura County's Latino male population. Over 30% of the county’s adult population has at least a bachelor’s degree while just over 5% of Latino adult males are college graduates. Dr. Sánchez will present findings from his ongoing research analyzing the changing social and economic circumstances of Latino males and Dr. Alamillo will share testimonies form Latino students enrolled in Chicana/ Studies courses and student organizations about their main challenges they faced at CSU Channel Islands. Through this mixed methods approach, this lecture will inform attendees about the current state of Latino males and its implications for the county’s future population.

Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road

Lectures are Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

February 16

"Bats of the Channel Islands: Using Mathematics to Protect our Elusive Nocturnal Neighbor” 

Abstract: As the Earth's only flying mammal, bats hold a special place in our ecosystem.  Their nocturnal life and their vocalizations that happen above the range of human hearing make them difficult to study.  This talk describes modern methods for learning about bats and what we've learned about the bats that call Santa Rosa Island home.

April 20

"Channel Islands Orchestral Suite"

KuanFen Liu, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Performing Arts (Music Group)

Abstract: The Channel Islands Orchestral Suite was commissioned by Dr. KuanFen Liu and the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra in 2017.  It is set to premier in fall 2019.  This lecture intend to introduce to the public the new commissioned work through the eyes of the composer, performers and advocates. 

The southern California Channel Islands are a remarkable ocean treasure embodying a wealth of natural and cultural resources.  The biodiversity of the Channel Islands is unsurpassed, but its ecosystem is fragile.  The performance of the Channel Islands Suite Project will serve to further enlighten the community as to this unique archipelago, which is virtually on our doorstep, encouraging conservation efforts and furthering support of restoration programs, by means of the performing arts.  

Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road

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

March 14

 "Channel Islands Orchestral Suite"

KuanFen Liu, D.M.A., Assistant Professor of Performing Arts (Music Group)

Abstract: The Channel Islands Orchestral Suite was commissioned by Dr. KuanFen Liu and the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra in 2017.  It is set to premier in fall 2019.  This lecture intend to introduce to the public the new commissioned work through the eyes of the composer, performers and advocates. 

The southern California Channel Islands are a remarkable ocean treasure embodying a wealth of natural and cultural resources.  The biodiversity of the Channel Islands is unsurpassed, but its ecosystem is fragile.  The performance of the Channel Islands Suite Project will serve to further enlighten the community as to this unique archipelago, which is virtually on our doorstep, encouraging conservation efforts and furthering support of restoration programs, by means of the performing arts.  

April 11 

"US-China Trade War” 

Priscilla Liang, Ph.D., Professor of Finance

Abstract: The current trade war between the world’s two largest economies has dominated the headlines, but how much do you really know the reasons and implications of this trade war? This talk will explain China’s socialist market economy, provide statistics and updates of the trade war, and discuss the lasting impact the trade war may have on both the US and China.

May 9 

"Immersive virtual reality for real learning?"

 Jaime Hannans, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Nursing, Jill Leafstedt, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Innovation and Faculty Development, Ben Hytrek, Instructional Technologist

Abstract: Extended reality (XR), including virtual reality, mixed reality, and augmented reality is a fast growing area of interest in higher education. This may seem like futuristic, gaming, but this talk will address how XR is being integrated into nursing education at CSUCI to help support the development of confidence and empathetic care for patients, and how virtual reality may be a ‘real’ success in learning. Join us for a chance to discuss, and even try virtual reality!

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:

Spring 2018

Art

“Look What I Discovered! Latin@x Communities in European Atlases and Maps of the New World” by Theresa Avila, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History

Business

“A Spirituality of Imperfection at Work” by Andrew Morris, Ph.D., Professor of Management

"Cannabis and Commerce in Ventura "by Panda Kroll, ESQ., Lecture of Business

Chemistry

"Standardized Testing and Student Learning: Outcomes for English Learners in Santa Paula" by Brittnee Veldman, Ph.D., Lecturer of Chemistry, Jennifer Figueroa, Bilingual Educator, Anacapa Middle School and Monica Pereira, MLS, Associate Librarian

Computer Science

“Artificial Intelligence - a Threat? How Computers Learn. ”by Ron Rieger, Lecturer of Computer Science and Mathematics

English

"Contemporary Film, Climate Change, and Climate Refugees" by Kyndra Turner, Ph.D., Lecturer of English

ESRM

“Ocean Litter and Microplastics: A new wave of research”by Clare Steele, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management

“Beaches on the Edge” by Kiki Patsch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management

Global Languages

“Qué hace un burro o jumento en la obra más celebrada del español, “El Quijote de la Mancha” by Acela Barrón-Camacho, MA, Lecture of Spanish

History

“Public Pedestals: Confederate Monuments and their Legacies” by Jacqueline Reynoso, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

 

Mathematics

“Using Mathematics to understand Biological systems” by Selenne Bañuelos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Sociology

“Unrecognized and Unreported: Family Responsibility Discrimination” by Lindsey O’Connor, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Sociology

"¿Para Arriba? The Rise of Latino Middle-Class Neighborhoods in Southern California" by Luis A. Sánchez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology

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

 

 

 

 

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