CSU Channel Islands Fall Lecture Series Throughout Ventura County September to December

The CSU Channel Islands (CI) Fall Lecture Series will take guests around the world, back in time and into cyberspace with more than a dozen free public presentations at libraries throughout Ventura County.

This year, CI has added two new locations: the Ojai Library and the Newbury Park Library. Channel Islands Boating Center will be making an encore as the sixth location for this year’s fall series.

CI experts come from many of CI’s academic programs including Biology, History, English, Computer Science, Political Science, Performing Arts, and Sociology.

Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road

Lectures are Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 14

“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

Our stories and mythologies are a part of us and connect us to our broader culture and values. The mythologies that surround us are often revitalized through poetry. Harris-Keith will discuss how contemporary women poets are reclaiming power by using mythological structures to create poetry and re-tell ancient stories in new skins. Harris-Keith will also talk about how community members might start their own re-visioning of beloved stories.

Monday, Dec. 12

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

The path of poetry begins when you pick up a pencil, or a piece of clay, and pay attention to the seeds of memory. Join us as we journey through poetry in this interactive workshop.  If you like to engage your imagination through writing, or if you have never written before but want to, this workshop is for you.

Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Rd.

Lectures are Mondays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 14

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

During a crisis, public health leaders need four primary skills: 1) technical skills; 2) interpersonal skills; 3) conceptual skills; and 4) emotional skills. All of these skills come into play when coordinating, managing, and directing staff and resources during a tense situation. While orchestrating the public health personnel and resources, leaders in this role will also have to effectively communicate to the public and the media.

Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave

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

Dec. 3

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

Sometimes sweet, sometimes dry, most of us have tasted fortified wine, but few of us know about the multifaceted history behind the marriage of grapes, sugarcane, and strong spirit. This lecture will highlight why the beautiful island of Madeira off the coast of Portugal became such an ideal place to grow grapes during the early period of Iberian expansion. The lecture will cover the role of fortified wine as America and Britain were forming their separate identities during the Revolutionary War period, and the development of the different Port and Madeira varieties by the 20th century.

Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road
Lectures are Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m.

Nov. 13

“Greenhouse Gases and Microbes” by Patricia Tavormina, Ph.D., Biology Lecturer

We live in an age of rapid climate change, driven by fossil fuel use. Fossil fuel technologies and infrastructure regularly fail, impacting local ecosystems and adding to our global carbon footprint. Yet, nature can remedy these events, in part through the action of environmental microbes. Just as our gut microbes contribute to our personal health; environmental microbes can help balance large-scale environmental change. Come learn the similarities and differences in the way microbes respond to large scale gas leaks and oil spills, and how microbes help absorb some of the greenhouse gases we generate.

Dec. 11

“An Appreciation of the Chaparral Flora, with pre- and post-fire observations” by Steven Norris, Ph.D., Lecturer of Biology

Few can forget the 2013 Springs Fire that swept through Camarillo and threatened the CI campus. Destructive as it was, there was a scientific side effect akin to hitting the reset button on the plant communities, allowing scientists like Norris to observe and document how the area is recovering. Although an ichthyologist (studier of fishes) by trade, Norris has been exploring the chaparral flora in the foothills of Santa Monica Mountains since arriving in Camarillo in 2002.  In the habitats surrounding the CI campus, he’s identified and photographed nearly 130 native plant species. Many species are abundant, others are rarely seen, some didn’t appear until after the fire, and a couple are endangered. Each has its place in the ecology of the habitats, each has something unique to teach us, if we look closely enough.

Blanchard Community Library, 119 North 8th Street, Santa Paula

Lectures are Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

Nov. 15

“Danza Mexica: Indigenous Identity, Spirituality, and Activism ” by Jennie Luna, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History

The Danza Mexica or Aztec Dance tradition of central México has migrated throughout the United States transforming the identity and spiritual politics of entire Mexicana/o communities in the process. Luna will discuss the historical, genealogical and contemporary trajectory of Danza, and the political-cultural-spiritual movements tied to Danza in both Mexico City and the U.S. Southwest.   The Danza traditions are constantly evolving, helping to reaffirm notions of self, homeland, spirituality, and community throughout the Americas. 

Dec. 6

“Reinterpreting Local History: La Voz de la Colonia, Ventura County’s Spanish Language Newspaper, 1926-1932” by Jose Alamillo, Ph.D., Professor of Chicano/a Studies

Labor struggles, school segregation, sports and entertainment were among the issues covered in La Voz de la Colonia, a Spanish language newspaper recently unearthed in the basement of the E. P. Foster Library. The paper was published from 1926 to 1932 in the city of Santa Paula, circulating through Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. La Voz covered local, regional and national news that affected the U.S. Latino population in the area.

Alamillo will use La Voz de la Colonia to reinterpret key events in local history including the 1928 St. Francis Dam Disaster, the agricultural strikes during the Great Depression, and the segregation of Mexican students in public schools.

Channel Islands Boating Center, 3880 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard

Lectures are Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.