Sonoma Sun Event Calendar

Oakmont Sunday Symposium Oakmont East Recreation Center

Sunday February 25th - 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 All Oakmont residents and their guests are welcome.

Feb. 18 – “Snow Leopards,” by Rodney Jackson

The Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) was founded in 2000 by Dr. Rodney Jackson, a leading expert on snow leopards and their habitat. The conservancy works to engage and incorporate local communities in protecting snow leopards in Pakistan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Russia and India. SLC is a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Sonoma and Ladakh, India. The SLC works with local people to not only find a way for them to live harmoniously with snow leopards but also to become their guardians. Jackson will explain how they do this by creating alternative-income projects such as tourist homestay lodging and eco-tourism, and working with local herding populations to protect livestock by building predator-proof corrals and providing conservation education and training for children in the Himalayan region.

In 1981, Jackson launched the first radio-tracking study of snow leopards in the remote mountains of the Nepalese Himalayas that led to a cover story in the June 1986 issue of National Geographic. Since that time, he has worked tirelessly to develop grassroots programs in the snow leopard ranges in Asia and has thrice been a finalist for the Indianapolis Prize, the largest individual monetary award for animal conservation.

Feb. 25 – “When We Get Discouraged,” by Steven Campbell

Steven Campbell, a member of the adjunct faculty at Sonoma State University, will share the latest research on how our brains conform to the messages we give it. Understanding this opens doors to creating more success in our health, personal relationships and in our businesses. He will explore with us how our feelings do NOT come from what happens to us but from our beliefs about what happens to us. We will then discover how we can change these beliefs.

Campbell worked in hospital administration for 20 years and, after earning a Master’s degree, worked as a university professor and educational dean in Northern California for another 20 years. In addition to teaching, he writes a column for The Community Voice magazine and has authored Making Your Mind Magnificent – Flourishing at any Age.