Eclectics I (Open to the Public) 

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Alternate Tuesdays • 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. • Auditorium/Stream

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

Coordinator: Janice Jeng

Tech Coordinator: Bob Newcomb

Check out the presentaton that we made for our Fall 2021 Open House below.




Topic:  TBA

January 18

Speaker: TBA

Please watch the OLLI Open to the Public newsletter for details of this presentation.

Building a Religious Brand: Exploring the Foundations of Religions Through Public Relations

February 1


Cylor Spaulding, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communications, CSUF

Public relations has played a major role in the evolution of religion, from the early origins of many established religions through faiths that evolved as part of the New Religious Movement. This presentation will discuss the role of public relations and strategic communications in some specific religious organizations and contexts.

Sharing Experiences, Understanding Diversity

February 15


Gwen Alexis, Professor and Adjunct Lecturer, African American Studies, CSUF

Professor Alexis teaches online for John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the History Department. She is extremely honored to have been teaching for eight years in the African American Studies Department at Cal State Fullerton. Teaching at Cal State Fullerton and John Jay College of Criminal Justice is truly a dream come true for Professor Alexis. This will be an interactive workshop. Come prepared to share experiences. We will try to understand our life journeys. Come to the workshop with an open mind and heart.

Reproductive Morphology of Surfperches

March 1

Speaker: Kristy Forsgren, Associate Professor of Biological Science, CSUF

Fishes exhibit remarkable diversity in their modes of reproduction (i.e., external and internal fertilization). However, it is the morphological and physiological modifications associated with internal fertilization (i.e., viviparity) that are truly fascinating. Of the more than 28,000 species of bony fishes, only 510 species are known to be viviparous (< 2% of fishes). She will share emerging research from undergraduate and graduate students in her lab on the reproductive morphology of marine viviparous surfperches (family embiotocidae). Please join us as we spend some time exploring fish reproduction, copulatory structures and other reproductively-related structures.

Bilingualism and Cognition Across the Lifespan

March 15

Speaker: Natsuki Atagi, Assistant Professor, Child & Adolescent Studies

Although the bilingual population in the United States has been increasing over the past 50 years, the majority of research on language and cognitive development has focused on monolinguals—that is, individuals who speak one language. However, exciting findings from the past two decades have revealed that bilingualism changes the ways in which our minds and brains develop over the lifespan. These new findings have also inspired researchers to better understand variation in bilingual experiences: from being exposed to and speaking two languages from infancy or early childhood, to learning a new language as an adult, to understanding more than one language but speaking only one language, to so many others. This lecture will discuss how these various bilingual experiences shape our cognitive development across the lifespan—from infancy to older adulthood—and may have educational and public health implications for our society.


(No Class)

March 29



Global Positioning System (GPS) 101

April 5

Speaker: Mohinder Grewal, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical Engineering, CSUF

This is an introduction to the Global Navigation Positioning System (GPS) developed by the USA, including work by other countries. GPS 101 shows how GPS works without any complex mathematics. It demonstrates how errors can occur in determining the position (latitude, longitude and altitude) and time, for instance, conversions into street maps, and how they can be corrected. The presentation includes companies involved in developing GPS satellites and GPS receivers which are embedded in phones, geocaches, golf carts, cars, drones, ships, aircraft, and other applications.