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.
March 2 - “Oscar season, from Telluride, Toronto, and Venice to the Dolby Theater”
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.
March 9 - “An introduction to Eastern religions and philosophy”
Eastern religions and their associated philosophies offer a different perspective on life than is understood in the West. Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Shinto, etc., aim for the attainment of total realization or the complete clarification of consciousness (Enlightenment). Roger Zim, adjunct professor of Philosophy at Sonoma State University, will compare Eastern and Western philosophies to increase our understanding of their respective methodologies.
Zim currently teaches Asian philosophy, comparative religions, and critical thinking. He has a BA in Religion from UCLA and an MA in Philosophy from San Francisco State University.
March 16 - “Shakespeare: A man of his time”
William Shakespeare's plays were written over the course of two decades spanning the turn of the century around the year 1600. He began in the reign of the last Tudor monarch, Elizabeth I, and ended in the reign of the first Stuart monarch, James I. His insights into the human condition are so penetrating that they ring true today. But, like any man, Shakespeare was a man of his time. And in some surprising ways, his time was very different from ours.
Charlene Lohmeier will describe the times of Shakespeare and how they shaped the man. Although her graduate degree in English took her to a career in the finance industry, Lohmeier's heart was still back in the 1600s with the poets Donne, Marvell and Shakespeare. She has taught courses for Sonoma State's Osher Life Long Learning Institute and previously lectured at Oakmont's Sunday Symposium on the evolution of the English language.