To read more about these and other wonderful events that PBK Southern California has held in the past, please be sure to check out our newsletters page.


2016-2017

Fall Program

The Broad: An Inside View


Spring Program

An Inside View: Highlights of the Newly Renovated

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum


2015-2016

Fall Program

Japanese Immigrants and the Legal Struggle for Equality

Dr. Megan Asaka


Winter Program

Inspiration: A Multimedia Exploration of Composers' Sources of Inspiration and How They Are Translated into Music

Dr. Alan Chapman


Spring Program and Annual Meeting

Interplanetary Navigation: Hitting a "Hole in One"

Dr. William Owen, Jr.

2014-2015

Fall Program

Sing a Song of Ella

Dr. Thom Mason, USC Pro­fes­sor of Jazz Stud­ies and Founder of the Jazz Stud­ies Depart­ment at the Thorn­ton School of Music,  gave a mul­ti­me­dia pre­sen­ta­tion on on the life and music of Ella Fitzger­ald, with rare pho­tos, videos and inter­views pro­vided by the Ella Fitzger­ald Foun­da­tion, to a lively and appreciative audience. 

Winter Program

Behind the Scenes at the L.A. Opera

LA Opera Senior Direc­tor of Pro­duc­tion Rupert Hem­ming greeted Alpha Chap­ter mem­bers in the Dorothy Chan­dler Pavil­ion to explain the intri­ca­cies of pro­duc­ing world-class opera. Behind him on the stage, the sets for the upcom­ingGhosts of Ver­sailles were being assem­bled. Mr. Hem­ming gave us a fas­ci­nat­ing look at the dif­fi­cul­ties and rewards of mount­ing opera pro­duc­tions.

Fol­low­ing Mr. Hem­ming's pre­sen­ta­tion, the mem­ber­ship was treated to a lively expo­si­tion on the "Figaro trio" presented over the 2014-15 season by the LA Opera  (Rossini's Bar­ber of Seville, Mozart's Mar­riage of Figaro,  and Corigliano's The Ghosts of Ver­sailles).

Spring Program and Annual Meeting

How I Killed Pluto

Astronomer Michael E. Brown, Pro­fes­sor at Cal­Tech, with his team has discovered many TNOs (Trans-Neptune Objects), including the "dwarf" planet ERIS. He is the author of the 2010 book, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming.  In his illustrated talk, he discussed Pluto and its "demotion" and explored in depth several other discoveries and their implications.

2013-2014

Fall Program

Cali­for­nia Lost and Found: Recov­er­ing Faith in the Future

In cel­e­bra­tion of our 95th Anniver­sary as an Asso­ci­a­tion, Alpha spon­sored a talk by Cal­i­for­nia his­to­rian Kevin Starr.  His topic was “Cal­i­for­nia Lost and Found: Recov­er­ing Faith in the Future.”  Win­ner of the pres­ti­gious National Human­i­ties Medal for his work as a scholar and his­to­rian, Dr. Starr has writ­ten exten­sively on the his­tory of Cal­i­for­nia, and in the process has earned five hon­orary doc­tor­ates, the Gold and Sil­ver Medals of the Com­mon­wealth Club, mem­ber­ship in the Soci­ety of Amer­i­can His­to­ri­ans, a Life­time Achieve­ment Award from PEN USA, West­ern Cen­ter, the Pres­i­den­tial Medal­lion from USC, the Cen­ten­nial Medal from the Grad­u­ate School of Arts and Sci­ences at Har­vard, and the Human­i­ties Medal from the National Endow­ment for the Human­i­ties.

Joining the Asso­ci­a­tion in spon­sor­ing the pro­gram was USC’s Epsilon Chap­ter of PBK.  The event was held  at the Doheny Memo­r­ial Library on the USC cam­pus and was pre­ceded by a wine and cheese reception.

Winter Program

Explor­ing Mars with the Curios­ity Rover

In con­junc­tion with the Occi­den­tal Col­lege PBK Chap­ter, the Asso­ci­a­tion spon­sored a wine and cheese recep­tion followed by talk by Dr. Joy Crisp, Deputy Project Sci­en­tist for the Mars Sci­ence Lab­o­ra­tory Project, NASA Jet Propul­sion Laboratory. In early August, 2012, the world held its breath for the amaz­ingly suc­cess­ful land­ing of the Curios­ity Rover in Gale Crater, Mars.  Just over a year later, her talk pro­vided an overview of the objec­tives and capa­bil­i­ties of the awe­some Rover mis­sion, the chal­lenges in oper­at­ing it, and how the sci­ence team have been using the Rover to address impor­tant ques­tions about Mars.

Spring Program and Annual Meeting

L.A. Law: Life as a Supe­rior Court Judge

For this event, five Supe­rior Court judges came together to dis­cuss our court sys­tem and the issues that impact the courts today. Drawn from  areas of exper­tise across the system, they gave fascinating insights into their career paths, courtroom experiences, and issues. Moderated by Judge Anthony J. Mohr, the panel included Judge Michelle Williams Court (fam­ily law courts), Judge Gail Rud­er­man Feuer (crim­i­nal law courts), Judge Elaine Man­del (men­tal health/competency to stand trial), and Judge D. Zeke Zei­dler (juve­nile and depen­dency courts).  A lively question/answer period followed.

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