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Free Lifelong Learning Lecture Series

From Election and International Issues to Mars Exploration and Medicine

Aug. 30, 2012


Free, public lectures on topics ranging from Mars rovers and artificial intelligence to the upcoming elections and advanced medical technology are being offered this fall through Cal State Fullerton’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.


Ruby Gerontology Center’s Mackey Auditorium (unless otherwise noted)
Cal State Fullerton, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


Best of Eclectics I

10 – 11:30 a.m. alternate Tuesdays

Sept. 18 — “Artificial Intelligence Developments and Singularity” by Shawn Wang, CSUF chair and professor of computer science

Oct. 10 — “Ballot Initiatives: Pros and Cons” with Monika Broome, Donna Miller and Jan Wagner of the League of Women Voters

Oct. 16 — “America’s Math Story: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are and Where We Could Be” by Martin V. Bonsangue, professor of mathematics and recipient of the 2010-11 CSUF Outstanding Professor Award.

Oct. 30 — “Folk Musicians Who Made a Difference” with Ted and Ruth Shapin

Nov. 13 — “The 2012 Elections, What Does It All Mean?” by Raphael Sonenshein, director, Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs, Cal State Los Angeles and former CSUF professor of political science

Best of Eclectics II

12:30-2 p.m. alternate Thursdays

Sept. 13 – “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Elusive Peace” by George Giacumakis, emeritus director of the CSUF Irvine Campus and professor of history  

Sept. 27 — “Pasco Report — The November Elections” with Jean Pasco, director of the Orange County Archives and former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register

Oct. 11 — “History of Opera” by Edward Lieb, member of Los Angeles Opera Speakers and former board member, Opera League of Los Angeles

Oct. 25 — “Learning So Much From So far Away — Rovers Reveal Mars History” with Tom Nolan, operations engineering, NASA

Nov. 8 — “The History of the Robot in the Practice of Surgery” by Ali Alavi, St. Jude Medical Center

Nov. 29 — “Future of Medical Care” with Lee Penrose, CEO, St. Jude Medical Center

Medical Series at the Elks Club

9 – 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Co-sponsored by Golden Hearts Group at St. Jude Medical Center and the Fullerton Elks Club Lodge
1400 Elks View Lane (off Brea Boulevard), Fullerton, 92836

Sept. 12 — “The Stroke Center and the Latest Technology in the Interventional Treatment of Stroke” with Hamed Farid, St. Jude Medical Center interventional neuro-radiologist

Sept. 26 — “Screening Tests, Who Should Get Them and Who Should Not” by Daniel J. Kim, chairman of the Family Practice Section, St. Jude Medical Center

Oct. 10 — “Advanced Technology in the Field of Diagnostic Radiology” by Bradley Jackson, diagnostic radiologist, St. Jude Medical Center

Oct. 24 — “Peripheral Vascular Disease” by vascular surgeon William Foley

Nov. 7 — “Bowel Problems in the Adult Population” with Martin Carr, gastroenterologist, St. Jude Medical Center

Nov. 28 — “The Emergency Department” by Lewis Moss, emergency room physician, St. Jude Medical Center

Medical Series at Morningside

7 - 9 p.m. Wednesdays
Co-sponsored by St. Jude Medical Center's Golden Hearts Group and Morningside Retirement Community
800 Morningside Dr., Fullerton 92835

Sept. 19 — “Common Hearing Problems, Causes and Treatment — The Latest Technology in Hearing Aids” with Hana Bui, otolaryngologist

Oct. 3 — “Tremor, Why Am I Shaking? Is This Parkinson's Disease? — Most Likely Not” by Kiran Bath, neurologist, St. Jude Medical Center

Oct. 17 — “Skin Cancer — Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention” with Karen Simpson, dermatologist, St. Jude Medical Center

Oct. 31 — “Common Dental Problems in the Aging Population and the Newest Technology in Dental Devices for the Prevention of Snoring and Sleep Apnea” by dentist Gordon Haag

Dec. 5 — “Medical Ethics to Include End of Life Decisions, the Importance of Advance Directive and the Controversy Surrounding ‘Rationing of Health Care’” with Ken Schemmer, St. Jude Medical Center

Tuesday Afternoon Live

2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Sept. 11, 25, Oct. 9, 23, Nov. 6, 27
Music and dance, drama performances, poetry and short story readings by members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


OLLI is a self-governing university support group of more than 1,000 retired and semiretired individuals dedicated to the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Media Contacts:

OLLI, 657-278-2446

Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4851 

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