Upcoming Sunday Symposiums
The Oakmont Sunday Symposium provides a forum for speakers on diverse topics such as science, history, politics, culture and current events. Attendance at the Sunday presentations is intended for Oakmont residents and their invited guests. Symposiums take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr.
Feb. 23 - “Why Bay Nature?”
Why are stories of local nature important? Understanding the natural processes where we live can be an antidote to the fragmented and alienated character of modern culture and society. David Loeb, the publisher of Bay Nature magazine will discuss the two fundamental natural processes that have shaped and continue to shape the ecosystems of the Bay Area - plate tectonics and the California current/upwelling - and a much newer, yet equally powerful force that is beginning to have a tremendous impact on our local landscapes: Climate change. Loeb will also discuss how a magazine like Bay Nature provides an important resource for understanding and confronting these significant changes.
March 2 - “Oscar season, from Telluride, Toronto, and Venice to the Dolby Theater”
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences presents the Oscars at a glitzy and glamorous Academy Awards show in front of a world audience. The Oscar season unofficially launches with film festivals at Telluride, Toronto, and Venice, where hype and hope mingle with actors, directors, and producers in pursuit of stardom and box office gold. In this presentation, veteran cinema operator Ky Boyd will talk about films, film festivals, and the Oscars. He may even share a few clips of your favorite stars.
Boyd operated Santa Rosa's much-beloved Rialto Cinemas Lakeside theater for 10 years before its relocation to Sebastopol. He has also operated Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley since 2007 and Rialto Cinemas in El Cerrito since 2009.
For further information on the Oakmont Sunday Symposium and upcoming and past programs, please go to www.oaksunsym.org.