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Oakmont Sunday Symposium

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April 25: Kai Bird — “Outlier: The Life & Presidency of Jimmy Cater”

Pulitzer Prize-winner Kai Bird offers an illuminating re-evaluation of the complex triumphs and tragedies of Jimmy Carter’s presidential legacy. Ever since Ronald Reagan’s landslide win in November 1980, pundits have labeled Jimmy Carter’s single term in the White House a failed presidency. But Carter’s time as president is a compelling and under-explored story which was marked by both accomplishment and adversity. Bird will help us see Carter’s presidential tenure with new eyes.

Bird is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at City University of New York. He is the author of biographies of Jimmy Carter, J. Robert Oppenheimer, John J. McCloy, McGeorge Bundy, and the late CIA officer Robert Ames.

May 2: Carol Porter, Docent at deYoung Fine Arts Museum — “Last Supper in Pompeii”

Pompeii in 79 A.D. Museum docent Carol Porter will take us on a fascinating journey into the culinary and social life of this ancient world. Going to the market, preparing food, having friends over for dinner — these were all integral parts of life in Pompeii. And then, on a day that started just like any other, a precise moment in Roman life was flashfrozen for centuries when Mt. Vesuvius covered Pompeii in 15 feet of volcanic ash, giving us a telescope to look through time into their everyday lives.

Porter, in addition to a successful career and PhD in nutritional sciences, has always loved art. When she retired, she entered the docent training program at the Fine Arts

Museums of San Francisco. Porter gives tours of both the permanent collections and special exhibitions at the deYoung Museum and the Legion of Honor. She has been a mentor in the docent training program, supports the development of digital art projects, and leads the art talks program, which brings the museum to the community.