CSU Channel Islands Spring Library Lecture Series in Ventura County, February to May 2017

CSU Channel Islands’ Library Lecture Series is a gift to Ventura County with campus faculty lending their expertise to current events, health care, the arts, science, the environment and a variety of other topics. Included in this spring’s library lecture selection is a closer examination of ISIS; advances in chemotherapy; diversity in Ventura County; literature and fantasy femme fatales.

The lectures are scheduled at libraries across Ventura County and are free and open to the public.

Channel Islands Boating Center (3880 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard)

Thursday, April 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

With whom do we share the planet?  Examples from the fish world.

When we lose biodiversity, it’s a warning sign — the proverbial canary in a coal mine. To illustrate the importance and majesty of biodiversity, Biology Lecturer Steven Norris, Ph.D., will treat the audience to photos of colorful and even startling African and Mexican fish species, and explain why fish diversity and the health of our natural habitats is linked to our own survival.

Thursday, May 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Adapting to stress: surviving hydrothermal vents, intertidal zones, and changing oceans

Resilient sea life, even a worm living in hellish conditions in deep-sea hydrothermal vents, can teach us about the very boundaries of life. Assistant Professor of Biology Geoff Dilly, Ph.D., will take his audience deep into the ocean with photos taken on deep sea dives and submarine trips to visit these remarkable creatures and learn what they can teach us about the survival of many other species on a swiftly-changing planet.

City of Camarillo Public Library (4101 E. Las Posas Rd., Camarillo)

Monday, April 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

ISIS and Ideology
ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is covered a great deal in the media, but there is little understanding of where ISIS came from, what it’s about and why it persists. Assistant Professor of Sociology Reha Kadakal, Ph.D. will discuss the ideological roots of ISIS and its terror, its appeal to some, and the conditions of its total defeat so that peace and stability can return to the region.

Grant R. Brimhall Library (1401 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks)

Wednesday, April 26, 7 to 8 p.m.

Logistics and Labor: Recent Developments at West Coast Ports

The colorful communities and serene beaches along the California coastline are only part of the story. Also along the coastline are massive ships and dynamic ports that have an integral role in local, regional and global economics. Assistant Professor of Sociology Elizabeth Sowers, Ph.D. will discuss the logistics industry, which is the detailed organization of a complex operation like our California shipping ports. Sowers will explain recent strikes and labor uprisings among logistics workers, and how this affects the mechanics of our economy.

Ojai Library (111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai)

Saturday, May 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m.  

Growing Awareness: Pathways to Healthy Happy Food Security and Increased Community Cohesiveness Via the Creation of Community Gardens.

Learn the art of designing, developing and sustaining community gardens from Environmental Science & Resource Management, Communication Lecturer Dan Maher, Ph.D. and Patricia Browne, R.N., who is also President of Camarillo Community Gardens. Maher and Browne will share tips on crop choice, rotation, pest control and other small-scale horticultural tips based on similar demonstration projects going on at CSUCI.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) 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. CSUCI’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. CSUCI 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 by visiting CSUCI’s Social Media.