Summer Lecture Series 2018

All Lectures | 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Guzman Lecture Hall, Dominican Campus

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Week One

July 10 ­­| The Trial of Jesus:  This lecture provides an account of the 'Trial of Jesus' and presents challenges. However it merits analysis for the simple reason that no other trial in human history has so significantly affected the course of human events. Oak Dowling, JD.

July 11 | The Origin and the Nature of Life on Earth: Can we know how, and even why, life began on Earth roughly 4 billion years ago? In this lecture, we’ll explore this fascinating question. Carl Pilcher, PhD.

July 12 | The Golden Era of California Rock: This lecture will explore how 1960’s LA became ground zero for the explosion of pop music: the advent of surf-rock, folk-rock, psychedelic- rock and country-rock. Pete Elman.

July 13 | The Trump Presidency So Far: This lecture provides a professional analysis of the Trump presidency to-date, including what it means for Americans. John Rothmann, MA.

Week Two

July 17 | Where Does Robert Mueller Come From?: This lecture provides an historical description of the office of Special Prosecutor in American history, a look into Robert Mueller's life before Trump, and how his current case operates now with thoughts on its outcome. Bill O’Connor, JD.

July 18 | Neuroplasticity, Meditation, and the Brain: This lecture provides a guided tour of the latest in the discoveries about the neuroscience of meditation, illuminating how scientists are uncovering the power of neuroplasticity to hardwire happiness and improve cognition with aging. Julie Mangada, Ph.D.

July 19 | Things Hidden in Plain Sight: This lecture explores mysteries, puzzles, and illusions in paintings across the centuries. Nikolaus Hohmann, Ph.D.

July 20 | Positive Psychology: The Study of What Goes Right: This lecture explores how an emerging science teaches ways to build activities and habits into your life to improve well-being and happiness. Veronica Fruiht, PhD.

Week Three

July 24 | The Atomic Bomb: Cruelty or Necessity?: This lecture will analyze the military and political reasoning that led to the deployment of the bomb on Japan and explore the question whether the decision was wise. Jean Bowler, MA.

July 25 | The Pacific Islands: Another Hot Spot?: While many people think of the Pacific Islands as vacation destinations and paradise islands, there are many other things of deep and enduring interest that should encourage us to look at the Pacific Islands on its own terms, far beyond tourism. Darren Zook, PhD.

July 26 | The Psychobiology of Language: The human capacity for language may be the distinguishing characteristic of our species. We will look at cases of brain-damaged adults, children raised in isolation, and animals trained to use language to consider evolutionary, psychological and neurological theories of language. Afshin Gharib, PhD.

July 27 | Bob Marley and the Wailers: Their evolution from early-60s Jamaican ska act to international superstars was not just improbable, but unprecedented for an act from a third-world nation. This lecture tells the story of the lives and times of Marley and his collaborators, the musicians the most responsible for popularizing reggae music around the world. It features film clips, pictures, recordings, and commentary about his career from Richie Unterberger, author of a recent book on Marley. Richie Unterberger. 

Week Four

July 31 | Creativity and the Brain: While human creativity is typically defined by art, music and language, we seem to ignore the role of taste and smell as part of the creative process. The program will focus on the brain chemistry of taste, smell and food. The program will start with a review of the anatomy and chemistry of taste and smell. It will include the effect of color and shape as additional factors in defining how we perceive what we eat. The second part will be presented by a professional chef for a more practical review of how to make a meal a memorable event. Creativity in the kitchen is clearly an under-appreciated art form. Allan Bernstein, MD.

August 1 | Heavenly Messengers: Angels on Stage and Screen: From guardian angel Clarence in the holiday favorite “It’s a Wonderful Life” to the more ominous title characters of Tony Kushner’s epic “Angels in America,” these celestial messengers have figured prominently in some of our best known plays and films.  This lecture will consider the variety of forms and functions that angels have taken on our stage and screen. Larry Eilenberg, PhD.

August 2 | Early Analysis: Freud and Jung: While Freud and Jung were originally good friends, their careers diverged over significant theoretical constructs and clinical interventions.  In this brief lecture you will learn about their personal histories, theoretical differences and how they continue to influence current thinking and practice. LeeAnn Bartolini, PhD.

August 3 | Dixie Divided: Southern Unionists in the Civil War: Surprisingly, many Americans living below the Mason-Dixon remained loyal to the Union during the Civil War. This lecture will examine the travails of these brave souls. Mick Chantler, MA.