Upcoming Sunday Symposiums
The Oakmont Sunday Symposium provides a forum for speakers on diverse topics such as science, history, politics, culture and current events. Symposiums take place at the East Recreation Center, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A $3 donation is recommended. Attendance at the Sunday presentations is intended for Oakmont residents and their invited guests.
May 5 – “Got Chocolate? A Short History of the Origins and Journey of Chocolate throughout the World,” presented by Professor Kirsten Tripplett, Ph.D.
This presentation will provide a survey of chocolate culture and history over 3,000 years, through the early societies of Mexico and Central America, of Maya drinking vessels and ritual significance attributed to chocolate, the splash that chocolate made on European royal courts, and the trickle-down effect on the masses. In the 21st century, chocolate is a globalized commodity of enormous value and importance; the United States is eating more chocolate on a per capita basis as well. More people are becoming conscientious about the quality and sources of the chocolates they eat, and discussing possible political and socio-economic issues associated with their consumption. We’ll explore some of these contemporary topics as well as some of the research regarding the medicinal properties of dark chocolates, and how they can contribute to your well-being. Bon chocolate!
May 19 – “The Promise of Historical Linguistics and the Conundrum of Indo-European Origins,” presented by Martin W. Lewis, Ph.D.