Lifelong Learning 8-1-2019

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Social and cultural historian Karen McNeill may be a new instructor at Oakmont but to her peers, she is highly respected as the foremost authority on Julia Morgan.

While working on her doctoral degree, McNeill became intrigued by the story that Julia Morgan had burned all of her documents. How do you reconstruct a life/legacy if the traditional documents like diaries and letters are gone? McNeill was hooked. She looked at blueprints, maps and the buildings themselves, sometimes riding a bicycle to get the feel of neighborhoods. Gathering data from these unconventional resources, McNeill now weaves the history and art of Morgan into a kind of language that tells an unforgettable story of the life and work of this pioneering architect and women’s leader.

A lecturer at numerous Bay Area universities, McNeill’s has been described by her students as a “passionate,” “funny,” “intelligent” speaker who uses no notes but consistently demonstrates an “incredible depth of knowledge.” Her biography of Morgan is forthcoming.

McNeill will teach a two-session class on “Julia Morgan: California Architect” on September 19 and September 26. She will also present information about her class at the Class Preview on August 28.

Class Preview

Wednesday, August 28, Berger Center.

Music and Refreshments – 2:30. Meet the Instructors – 3:00.

Holland & Coots, Jazz Duo

“Exciting, exhilarating, and exhausting!” Offering a delightful mix of jazz, blues, stride, boogie, pop, and ragtime, Holland on the piano and Coots on drums have created something for every taste.

Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 PM, Berger Center, $20 per person, Table Seating, BYOB


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