Eclectics I   (Open to the Public)   electics 1 photo

Alternate Tuesdays • 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. • Mackey Auditorium

A wide variety of topics of interest to OLLI members and guests are presented by experts recruited and hosted by coordinators.


Topic, Date, Speaker


Shakespeare’s Women

September 11

Speaker : Kay Stanton, Professor, Renaissance Literature, Department of English, CSUF

The lecture is based on Professor Stanton’s recently published book “Shakespeare’s Whores: Erotics, Politics and Poetics,” which examines female sexuality as represented in major characters, from the goddess Venus to the queen Cleopatra to the cross-dressing Rosalind and others.

Coordinator : Janice Jeng

Twins, Virtual Twins and Switched-at-Birth Twins; What They Tell Us About Human Behavior

September 25

Speaker : Nancy Segal, Professor of Psychology, CSUF

A review of the different types of twins will be presented—how they are used in scientific research and how the findings inform us about human development. A number of misconceptions and false beliefs about twins will be reviewed, based on Dr. Segal’s 2017 book “Twin Mythconceptions.” Another focus will be two sets of
Colombian twins who were accidentally switched at birth and raised as two sets of fraternal twins until the truth about their lives was discovered. This extraordinary event and findings from Dr. Segal’s two visits to Colombia are included in her 2018 book “Accidental Brothers.”

Coordinator : Janice Jeng

The History of Disneyland and The Jungle Cruise

October 9

Speaker : David Marley, Lecturer, Department of History, CSUF

When Disneyland opened in 1955, the park’s largest and most popular attraction was the Jungle Cruise. During the search for a site for the park, Walt Disney had a team of men consider every corner of Southern California, looking for a place with the proper climate. In less than a year Walt created a real-life jungle in the heart of Orange County. How the park came to Orange County and how Walt was able to create a jungle in the midst of orange trees is a fascinating story. A big part of this story is the pioneering work of botanist and landscape architect Bill Evans, who used many plants new to the United States. Come learn about the creation of Disneyland and the first true jungle to come to Southern California.

Coordinator: Janice Jeng

Causes and Effects of Landslides and Possible Mitigation

October 23

Speaker : Binod Tiwari, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, CSUF

Earthquakes, wildfires and extreme precipitation are three of the most frequent triggers of the landslides and mudslides that cause hundreds of deaths and billions of dollars of property loss per year, globally. Global warming and climate change, as well as urbanization, increase the frequency of and damage done by landslides. The effects of landslides can be reduced by understanding their causes, mechanisms and effects, and applying precautionary measures. This lecture will cover measures our community can take to safeguard against landslide hazards.

Coordinator: Janice Jeng

Key Issues Related to HIV/AIDS in the Black Community

November 6

Speaker : Austin Nation, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, CSUF

Austin Nation, who tested positive for HIV in 1986, is a champion for HIV awareness and research andcontinues to volunteer his time with local nonprofit organizations. His area of research is HIV/AIDS in the blackcommunity. He will discuss socio-contextual, economic and political issues related to negative health outcomes
among the black community associated with HIV education, testing, medical adherence and involvement in research.

Coordinator : Janice Jeng

November 20

Fall Break—No Class

New Views on the Past Earthquake History of the Southern San Andreas Fault

November 27

Speaker : Sinan Akciz, Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, CSUF

Dr. Akciz will discuss the times and magnitudes of past earthquakes along faults that affected people, howearthquakes changed the topography and how strain is distributed across wide shear zones. This informationgives us a better understanding of what future earthquakes along these faults might look like.

Coordinator : Janice Jeng