Sonoma Sun Event Calendar

Oakmont Sunday Symposium

Sunday October 8th - 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, with a requested donation of $3. Symposiums take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr.

Oct. 1 - “Treating the Disease, Not Just Symptoms,” Dr. Osman Güner

Dr. Osman F. Güner, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Santa Rosa Junior College, will discuss the latest approach to developing new drugs to do more than treat the symptoms of a disease. He''ll focus on two that target the actual cause of the symptoms, rather than the symptoms alone. This opens the possibility of developing drugs that can treat multiple medical conditions, providing an opportunity for drug companies to treat actual diseases while still making a profit. The presentation will touch on how drugs are discovered, designed, and developed, as well as how decisions are made to prioritize research interests and ensure the profitability and sustainability of drug companies.

Oct. 8 - “What''s Happening in Washington,” Congressman Mike Thompson

Rep. Mike Thompson, whose congressional district includes Oakmont, will give an update on what''s happening in Washington, D.C., and discuss topics of interest to the Oakmont community, including the current efforts to strengthen our health care system, protect Medicare and Social Security, and the push to preserve DACA. He will devote a large portion of his time to questions and answers. Thompson has represented the Fifth Congressional District since 1998. He serves on the national Committee on Ways and Means. A vineyard owner, Thompson also is co-founder and chair of the bipartisan Congressional Wine Caucus.

Oct. 15 - “How Trump Won the Election,” Michael Hale

Dr. Michael Hale, an English professor at Santa Rosa Junior College, will answer some of the questions many of us have about the 2016 election. How was Donald Trump elected the 45th president? Was it the disgruntled white working class or anti-feminist attitudes? Or did the Democrats simply choose the wrong candidate? Do these questions obscure a clearer understanding of the 2016 election?