- Harriet Palk
JANUARY 6: JOHN FREEDMAN BIG HISTORY PART 3: THE AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION TO THE iPHONE X AND BEYOND
We’ll complete our “Big History” odyssey that began with the Big Bang and took us through the increasing thresholds of complexity from pure energy to complex life forms. We’ll pick up from the dawn of agriculture and early civilizations to modernity, finish with a look at some new thresholds that carry the potential to change everything: artificial intelligence, extra-terrestrial colonization, gene-editing and more.
Dr. Freedman is an independent scholar and passionate world traveler who has explored over 150 countries. He is a highly sought-after guest lecturer on cruise ships and is an experienced expedition leader.
JANUARY 13: ERIC SINROD ETHICAL, MORAL AND LEGAL DILEMMAS
How do we decide what’s right and what’s wrong? Attorney Eric Sinrod will present the facts of a cutting-edge dilemma. He will then describe four potential outcomes for this situation and ask the audience to vote on them. We can look forward to a fascinating and revealing discussion to help us all examine how each of us comes to our moral decisions.
Eric Sinrod is Of Counsel to Duane Morris LLP and is an adjunct professor at Dominican University, Sonoma State and the University of San Francisco. He has served as the lead trial attorney on some of the largest legal cases in US history and has appeared before the US Supreme Court.
All Oakmont residents and their guests are welcome.
January 20 – Susan Morgan – Why There is no Sex in Jane Austen
January 27 – Greg LaFollette – Something on Wine
February 3 – Matthew James – Darwin and San Francisco: The 1905 Galapagos Voyage you Never Heard About
Berger Center Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon $3 donation oakmontsundaysymposium.org