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Eclectic Mix of Summer Lectures

Topics Range from the OCís Black Pioneers to Vincent van Gogh


Black pioneers in Orange County from the 1920s to the 1970s, President Obama and Vincent van Gogh are among those spotlighted in a series of free lectures offered this summer at Cal State Fullerton by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).


Mackey Auditorium of Cal State Fullerton’s Ruby Gerontology Center
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831


Best of Eclectics I — 10 am.-noon on alternate Tuesdays

June 22          
“Dwindling Drops in the Sand: Filming a Documentary of Syria’s Environmental Crisis” by CSUF alumna Sama Wareh (B.A. radio-TV-film ’06, M.S. environmental studies ’09)

July 6             
“Vincent van Gogh: The Man and the Myth” by Patricia Craig, CSUF lecturer in art

July 20           
“The Arts of the Beautiful” by Hank Smith, adjunct professor of writing and literature, DeVry University

Aug. 3            
“Obama and the Middle East” by William W. Haddad, chair and professor of history, CSUF

Best of Eclectics II — 1:15-3:15 p.m. on alternate Thursdays

June 24          
“A Different Shade of Orange, Voices of Orange County, California, Black Pioneers” by Bob Johnson, retired electronics engineer and author

July 8             
“The Summer Pasco Report” by Jean Pasco, director of the Orange County Archives and former political writer for the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register

July 22           
“Prospects for Peace” by Jeff Warner, LA Jews for Peace

Aug. 5            
“Why the Center Will Not Hold — The Growing Power of the Non-Ideological Middle in Politics and Religion” by Jonathan Dobrer, minister of the Unitarian Church in Fullerton, columnist for the Fullerton Observer and Los Angeles Daily News and professor, University of Judaism, Los Angeles


OLLI at Cal State Fullerton is a self-governing university support group of more than 1,000 retired and semiretired individuals dedicated to the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Media Contacts:

OLLI, 657-278-2446
Pamela McLaren, Public Affairs, 657-278-4851 or