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News: 07/01/2020

Sunday Symposium season recap

By Marilyn Pahr

As we close out our 2019-2020 Season, The Oakmont Sunday Symposium Board would like to reflect back on the challenges and opportunities we experienced as well as to give thanks for the support of our community and our volunteers and to look forward to a new season in the Fall.

We kicked off our 2019-2020 season of Oakmont lectures at our permanent home at the Berger Center with Congressman Mike Thompson, and continued with outstanding speakers from all walks of life. Our attendance grew over 50 percent with many meetings seating 150-200 Oakmont members. And then, COVID-19 happened... Due to Shelter-In-Place protocols, our in-person speakers for March, April and May had to be cancelled or rescheduled. By March 29, we were back with a new format, the Oakmont Sunday Symposium Broadcast Series streaming live with a talk by Mark Randol: “What We Can Learn From Pandemics in the Past,” followed by a Q&A session where Oakmonters took to Zoom to “see each other” and to ask questions. The rest of the season saw pre-recorded sessions available on our website prior to each Sunday’s Q&A sessions. All of these presentations are available for viewing on our website. On average, 100+ members of the community joined in each week.

We wish to thank our audience for your continued support – we are accepting donations through the Oakmont Community Foundation to cover our costs in securing these online speakers. Please visit their website for more details:

We saw a change in our Board with long-time contributor Gordon Freedman stepping down and Judie Coleman stepping up to be the new Speaker Chairperson. We also welcomed new board members Sue Dibble, Jeff Neuman and Gabriel Campbell.
Oakmont Sunday Symposium logo
Oakmont Sunday Symposium logo
Does this logo look familiar to you? In our early years, Dr. Jerry Foster’s wife, Helen, suggested the Tree of Knowledge to represent our lecture series. Later, John Kiil, long-time Oakmonter and career Graphic Artist with Landor Associates in San Francisco, created a variety of multi-media logos we use now on our masthead, website, posters, etc. with the tagline “Knowledge Knows No Boundaries” – quite apropos as we transformed ourselves into an online presence. John passed away last year but we would like to convey our heartfelt thanks to his widow, Julie.

We will welcome in a new season on Sunday, Sept 13, with Molly Murphy McGregor, a very talented and inspiring speaker on the 100th Anniversary of Suffrage.

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