Upcoming Events at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks

Upcoming Events at California Lutheran University
60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks

Lunchtime Organ Recital Series

Joseph Peeples

Friday Nov. 30, 12:30-1 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Adjunct faculty member Joseph Peeples showcases the 2,109-pipe Borg Petersen Memorial Organ in 30-minute recitals on the last Friday of each month. The works performed are of varied character and suited to all. Bring your lunch.

Admission is free. For information, call Campus Ministry at 805-493-3228 or visit CalLutheran.edu/music.

Entrepreneur Speaker Series

Wednesdays, Nov. 7, Dec. 5 and Jan. 9, 6-8 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

Pyrometric: Earth and Ash in the Anthropocene

Friday, Oct. 19, through Thursday, Jan. 10

Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

“Pyrometric” investigates fire and wildfires through the lenses of art and ecology, highlighting human contributions to recurring natural processes that are at once destructive and transformative. The exhibit includes ceramics such as hand-thrown fire cones placed in a controlled burn with the aid of Ventura County Firefighters. Artists Amiko Matsuo and Brad Monsma work with locally sourced clay and chaparral and used contemporary and ancient techniques, including a Japanese coil-building method, nejitate. Other materials include the orange fire retardant dropped from helicopters, native seeds, pinecones and ash.

“In Japan, the transitional landscapes between villages, agriculture and mountain forests are called satoyama, where biodiversity and environmental stewardship depend upon human practices and traditions,” says Matsuo. “We see parallels in Southern California, where mixed-use agricultural landscapes suggest ways to connect traditional and new environmental practices.”

Matsuo teaches arts and ceramics at Allan Hancock College. She received her bachelor’s degree in art from UCLA and her master’s in fine art from Kansas State University. Her work has been shown extensively throughout the United States. Monsma is a professor of English at CSU Channel Islands. He received his master’s and doctorate in English and American literature at USC. His writings and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, and his book, “The Sespe Wild: Southern California’s Last Free River,” was published by the University of Nevada Press. Matsuo and Monsma also collaborated on the translation of “Art Place Japan: The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale and the Vision to Reconnect Art and Nature.”

The artists will give a related lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Richter Hall.

Admission is free. The Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at 805-493-3697 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwanfong.

University Lecture Series

A Thousand and One Years Ago: 1000 CE

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7-8:30 p.m.

Lundring Events Center

In this series of lectures, with three more to come in the spring of 2019, Cal Lutheran professors will explore what life was like a millennium ago, that is, in about 1000 CE (or A.D.). What age was it? The Dark Ages? The Islamic Golden Age? The Heian Period? All of these and more? Come find out!

Nov. 28: “The Turkish Expansion in the Islamic World: Ghazis, Sufis, and Mamluks” – Paul Hanson, Ph.D., History

Admission is free. Sponsored by Cal Lutheran and the Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library. Funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant for “Lyceum: Humanities and Beyond!” For information, contact Cindy Keitel atckeitel@callutheran.edu.