Sonoma Sun Event Calendar

Oakmont Sunday Symposium

Sunday December 3rd - 10:30am

The Oakmont Sunday Symposium provides a forum for speakers on diverse topics such as science, history, politics, culture and current events. Attendance is intended for Oakmont residents and their invited guests. Symposiums take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Recreation Center. There is a $3 suggested donation. Find out more at

Dec. 3 – “Soren Kierkegaard vs. Silicon Valley,” by Mark Stapp

Soren Kierkegaard critiqued what he saw as intellectual hubris among his Enlightenment contemporaries and argued that human beings tend to forget that they are existing creatures rather than abstract intellects. Our own age shares some of the confidence and ambition at which Kierkegaard raised an eyebrow. This talk explores how Kierkegaard’s response to his own epoch remains relevant to ours. Mark Stapp earned his Ph.D. in Theology while working for a software development firm. His career has been predominantly outside academia in the fields of technology and healthcare, but he has taken advantage of opportunities to pursue his passion for philosophy. He is currently director of development at Sonoma State University.

Dec. 10 – “Black holes, antimatter, the God particle and fondue: Introduction to particle physics,” by Bernadette Smith

Bernadette Heyburn Smith holds a Ph.D. in particle physics, from the University of Colorado. She currently works as an R&D software engineer at Keysight Technologies and teaches physics at Santa Rosa Junior College. She will give an outline on the basics of particle physics including the four fundamental forces and how they interact with everyday matter, and will discuss the experiments she participated in on the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator, when she worked for CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research).

Dec. 17 – Winter Solstice Party

Join us as we celebrate the winter solstice with a gathering of our Oakmont friends who have supported Sunday Symposium during the past year. There is no charge for this event, catered by Oakmont Market. Champagne, mimosas and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, and there will be musical entertainment.