Oakmont Sunday Symposium
Sunday March 3rd 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.
March 3 – “Sonoma County and the Ever-Changing Earth,” by Dr. Jane Nielsen
The spectacular beaches and majestic rugged mountains of Sonoma County are among the world’s most beautiful landscapes. The reason for this scenic wonder is that underneath it all are powerful earthquake fault lines. Fortunately, geoscientists can now define the forces that perpetually create and destroy continental masses and ocean basins. Dr. Jane Nielson will explain the geologic hazards we need to understand about our beloved county. Nielson holds three degrees in geology, has taught undergraduate geology courses at Northern Arizona University, and graduate and undergraduate classes at Cal State, Hayward, before working 18 years as a field and research geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park and teaching at Pomona College. She was a co-founder of the Sebastopol Water Information Group and the Sonoma County Water Coalition, and in 2010 was voted Sonoma County Environmentalist of the Year. Nielson is co-author of The American West at Risk: Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery.
March 10 – “Fire: We Better Learn How to Live With It,” by Jared Childress
Fire is the new normal for California. While there is no guaranteed way to completely avoid future fires, there are many things we can do to mitigate its impact. Come hear about science-based approaches to how we can learn to live with fire rather than suffer catastrophic losses from it. Jared Childress, a prescribed fire specialist for Audubon Canyon Ranch’s (ACR) Fire Forward program, identifies and assesses units for prescribed fire or other vegetation management treatments on ACR lands and on the lands of its partner agencies and land owners/managers. Childress holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Evergreen State College, and a Wildland Firefighter II certificate, and has participated in a Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX), and trained as a Wilderness First Responder. Childress’s commitment to the whole ecosystem has focused on community stewardship and education, most recently as the community wildfire organizer for the East Bay community of Canyon and as the director of education and watershed restoration at Spaulding Marine Center.
March 17 – “The Versailles Peace at 100,” by John Futini
March 24 – “White House Calligrapher,” by Rick Paulus
March 31 – “Can You Hear Me Now?” by Chris Runge and David Friedland