The Oakmont Sunday Symposium is open to all Oakmont residents and their invited guests. Topics in the Symposium's fall schedule include civil rights and wilderness legislation, drought resistant gardening and Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Court.

Sunday events for Oakmont residents and their invited guests are from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Rec Center.  A $3 donation is requested. Discounted passes are available at the door. The Symposium solicits comments and suggestions about our programs from our audience. Click on Contact Us.


Paul Gullixson, "The Death of Newspapers and other Myths in the Modern Era of Journalism"" on May 17
Breck Parkman, "Natural and Cultural History of the Valley of the Moon" on May 3
Jay Bell, "Reimagining Retirement: Not Retiring from Something – Retiring TO Something" on April 26
Dr. Michael Thaler, "Current Health Issues: Care, Cure, Costs" on April 19

May 24
Memorial Day Weekend: No Symposium

May 31
Corisa Baley Aaronson: "William Shakespeare: The Elizabethan
Court Psychologist"

With scenes from film clips and live performances, Corisa Baley Aaronson will explore Shakespeare's penetrating understanding of various personalities: adolescent lovers defying fate in Romeo and Juliet, a grieving son in Hamlet, and an angry victim of racism in the Merchant of Venice. Shakespeare was indeed gifted with a capacity to understand all aspects of human emotion.

Aaronson, MA, MFT, has been a psychotherapist in private practice for 35 years and has performed major roles in Shakespeare's plays. She also is the text and voice coach with Shakespeare in the Cannery in Santa Rosa.

June 7
Sylvia Lee: "World Water Worries"

California's drought may be getting most of the attention right now, but its part of a much larger concern. The world's water supply is fast becoming one of the most important issues of the 21st century.

June 14
Karen Frindell Teuscher: "Taking A Cue From Nature"

It appears nature has the upper hand when it comes to producing useful materials that are lighter, stronger, more environmentally friendly and less energetically expensive than their manmade counterparts. Karen Findell Tauscher, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Santa Rosa Junior College, will discuss the chemistry behind several of these mysterious and wonderful natural substances, and check in with the progress humans have made in imitating them.

If the speaker requests the program be video recorded, an edited copy will be posted here one week later for those who could not attend in person. Contact Oakmont Video Productions for more information.

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