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 is intended for Oakmont residents and their invited guests. Symposiums take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Rec Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr.
May 18 - “The Traveling Gardener: Exploring the World One Garden at a Time”
Yvonne Michie Horn returns to Symposium for another presentation from her fascinating “Traveling Gardener” series. She will have tales of eight new gardens to share. Among them, a garden inspired by Jane Austen, a garden so steep that gardeners rappel in full harness from one level to the next, and another that flourishes deep in San Francisco's Tenderloin.
Horn lives in Oakmont where she serves as the current chair of the Landscape Improvement Committee and head gardener for the Stonebridge Community Garden. Find out more at www.TheTravelingGardener.com.
Tuesday, May 27, Special evening presentation, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Berger Center - “The McDougall Plan: Eating Your Way to a Healthier Life”
Dr. John McDougall, who has written extensively on diet and health, will discuss how a change in diet can improve the quality and longevity of your life. He emphasizes a plant-based diet, eliminating animal products such as eggs, meat, and poultry. He will describe how he has helped patients get off their medications as they naturally become healthier, alleviating high blood pressure, diabetes, and even reducing cancer and heart disease through a change in diet.
McDougall is a certified internist with the Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has written 12 national bestselling books including The McDougall Plan.
June 1 - “Jerry Brown: Our Enigma”
The Sunday Symposium welcomes Chuck McFadden, author of Trailblazer: A Biography of Jerry Brown. Published in 2013, it's the first biography of California's governor in more than 30 years. In this presentation, McFadden will explore the unique persona of one of the most idiosyncratic politicians in California history. Brown is the son of California political royalty who forged his own political style against the tumultuous backdrop of a huge, balkanized state. He was once the youngest governor in California, and when he took office for his third term in 2011 at age 72, he was the oldest person to be sworn in as governor. In many ways, Jerry Brown reflects California - a glamorous and contradictory place, at one time home to Richard Nixon - and Groucho Marx.