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Osher Lifelong Learning Offers Eclectic Choice of Free Lectures

January 14, 2014


Free, public lectures on a variety of topics ranging from conservation, the changing climate for gay and lesbian Americans since World War II, Middle East archaeology, and a study of classical Greek soldiers and Greek warfare strategy are among the offerings from Cal State Fullerton's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).


Jan. 23 through April 15


Cal State Fullerton, Ruby Gerontology Center's Mackey Auditorium 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831



Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

Jan. 28 – "Forty Years of Endangered Species: Conflict and Conservation in California and Beyond" presented by Peter S. Alagona, associate professor of history and environmental studies, UC Santa Barbara

Feb. 11 – "Calories: How & Why We Get Fat" by Jerry Florman

Feb. 25 – "Life and Accomplishments of 19th-Century California Naturalist A.L. Heermann" with Joel Weintraub, Cal State Fullerton professor emeritus of zoology

March 11 – "Volunteering: A Priceless Commodity!" presented by Tom Linnert

March 25 – "OLLI-CSUF 35th Anniversary History: How We Became the Organization We Are Today," presented by members of the OLLI History Committee

April 15 – "Research Report: Women Aging Well," a study that included OLLI women, presented by Edythe M. Krampe, CSUF lecturer in sociology


Thursdays, 12:30-2 p.m.

Jan. 23 – "The Pasco Report: Political Happenings in O.C. and California" by Jean Pasco, communications manager, Orange County, and a former political staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register

Feb. 6 – "Middle East Archaeology and Ancient Inscriptions" presented by George Giacumakis, former director of the CSUF El Toro Campus and Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings, Biola University

Feb. 20 – "The Modern Middle East and Israel" by George Giacumakis, former director of the CSUF El Toro Campus and Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings, Biola University

March 6 – "Seven Decades of Tremendous Change: The Shifting Situation of Gay and Lesbian Americans Since World War II" presented by John Ibson, CSUF professor of American Studies

March 20 – "The Daily Lives of Classical Greek Soldiers & Strategy of Greek Warfare" with Stephen O'Connor, Cal State Fullerton assistant professor of history

April 10 – "Can Cultural Knowledge Alleviate the Racial Disparity Gap in Health Care Services for African Americans?" by Andrea Patterson, associate professor of liberal studies, CSUF


$8 for a daily permit Monday through Friday. Details are available online (


This year marks the 35th anniversary for OLLI, a self-supporting university affiliate group of more than 1,300 retired and semiretired individuals dedicated the pursuit of lifelong learning. For more information about the organization, these and other OLLI programs, including special anniversary events, visit the OLLI website.  


OLLI, 657-278-2446

Kathy Pomykata, 657-278-4851

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