Oakmont Sunday Symposium
Sunday January 20th 2019 -
Oakmont’s Sunday Symposium meets every Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Berger Center. A $3 donation is suggested. All Oakmont residents and their guests are welcome. For more information, go to oakmontsundaysymposium.org.
Jan. 20 – “Why There is No Sex in Jane Austen Novels,” Dr. Susan Morgan
Jane Austen wrote her novels after the French Revolution but during the Napoleonic Wars, England’s exploding Industrial Revolution, and expanding imperial aggressions. Many critics have dismissed her work as love stories about well-to-do young women finding husbands. Austen offered innovative heroines, heroes, plots and narrative techniques that transformed what a novel could be. Dr. Susan Morgan will look at all six of Austen’s novels with particular attention to Emma and Persuasion to explore some of the ways Austen’s innovative visions of gender and the larger world speak to the forward-looking themes of her work.
Morgan has taught at universities all over the country and written many books, including three editions of Victorian travel memoirs. She has received many awards including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Guggenheim and Fulbright, and was named a Distinguished Professor at Miami University of Ohio.
Jan. 27 – “Vineyards and Wine in Sonoma County: Is There a Tipping Point?” Greg La Follette
With a plurality of voices on the importance, sustainability and impact of the wine industry on Sonoma County, there is increasing concern over the industry’s negative as well as positive influence on our mostly agrarian landscape. Quality of life issues and environmental concerns such as water use, soil conservation and natural habitat preservation have been cited as reasons for the growing backlash against further wineries and vineyard development.
Is there a “tipping point” for the wine industry’s positive effects on Sonoma County? Is there a line to cross where we may have too much of what has been generally considered a good thing? We will explore the history of Sonoma’s wine industry and look at examples from other areas where such issues have been debated, as well as examine important economic and social factors related to wine.
Greg La Follette studied ancient Burgundian wine-making techniques at U.C. Davis and then continued on-the-job studies at Beaulieu Vineyard as a research viticulturist/enologist. At Kendall-Jackson, La Follette was responsible for gathering and disseminating the best and latest thoughts on vine/wine quality as in-house troubleshooter/consultant. From Flowers Vineyard & Winery, where he was winemaker and general manager, he went on to create La Follette Wines (with which he is no longer involved) and is a partner is Alquimista Cellars. He has received numerous accolades for his wines, many of which have been served at the White House, and now tends his wines and vines and welcomes visitors to taste at his wine barrels in Sebastopol.