Oakmont Sunday Symposium
Sunday April 29th 2018 -
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 Recreation Center. There is a $3 suggested donation. Find out more at oakmontsundaysymposium.org. All Oakmont residents and their guests are welcome.
April 22 – “Pythagoras and the Harmony of the Spheres,” by Kayleen Asbo
While most of us are familiar with Pythagoras only through the theorem we imbibed as high school students, his place in history is far deeper and greater: first philosopher, hidden root of Platonic ideals, father of western music harmony, architect of medieval education, and demigod of myth and legend. In this multimedia presentation, learn how the Pythagorean search for underlying patterns in the cosmos shaped much of western civilization and has renewed relevance for us today as we search to find a harmonious way of living in the world.
Dr. Kayleen Asbo is a musician, mythologist and cultural historian who is a faculty member of Mythological Studies, Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes of U.C. Berkeley, Dominican University and Sonoma State, a preconcert lecturer for the San Francisco Opera and Mendocino Music Festivals, and music historian for the Santa Rosa Symphony. At the invitation of conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner, she lectured on Pythagoras for the 2017 Harmony Conference in Wales, sponsored by Prince Charles, and has recently presented on this topic for the Commonwealth Club.
April 29 – “Eccentric Gardens: Off-Beat Ideas from Gardeners with a Unique Sense of Humor,” by Robert Kourik
Some gardeners go beyond normal plantings to eccentric levels with their garden style. These whimsical gardens cultivate the imagination, tickle the funny bone and incite curiosity. This presentation, with over 15 gardens, will unveil some of the characteristics of an eccentric garden.
In 1974 Robert Kourik started one of the first organic garden maintenance businesses in the country. For more than 40 years, he has been planting and tending ornamental and fruit trees with organic methods. He has published more than 100 articles in magazines and newspapers and has written 16 books on sustainable gardening. Kourik has a reputation for in-depth, entertaining and easy-to-read articles and books.