Educational and Cultural Series

The Redlands Forum, sponsored by Esri and the University of Redlands Town & Gown, offers educational and cultural programs on a variety of topics for free or at nominal cost. Presenters include government and business leaders, environmentalists, filmmakers, and performers.

Past Events

2014

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April 11, 2014
Esri and Town & Gown Host the
Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Attention film and ecology buffs! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is returning to Redlands for the sixth straight year. The festival will screen award-winning and thought provoking short films about conservation, wildlife, and the effects of climate change. They’ll transport you to the most remote places on earth, where you'll meet animals and the people working to protect them.

Founded 12 years ago in Nevada City, California, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is one of the nation's premier environmental and adventure film events and aims to inspire bold new ideas and increase global awareness. Esri has hosted the festival since 2009.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
March 27, 2014
Dennis Ziemenski
A California Artist: From Illustrator to Fine Art Painter

Painting the Southwest with Dennis Ziemenski

Fans of art won’t want to miss the March 27 Redlands Forum. Join Dennis Ziemenski as he discusses his career trajectory, from his start in the illustration field to his current work in the fine art world. Ziemenski will use projected images of his own work plus the work of artists who have inspired him such as Edward Hopper and Maynard Dixon. The evening will conclude with a Q&A segment where people can pick Ziemenski’s brain on the business of art, technique, and inspiration.

Dennis Ziemenski
February 18, 2014
Scott F. Belcher, President & CEO, Intelligent Transportation Society of America
The Future of Public Transit

Are you fascinated with public transportation and where it’s headed? Join Scott F. Belcher, President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, on February 18, 2014, for a stimulating presentation on the future of transportation. With Redlands’ plan to become a major Metrolink hub by 2017, there’s no better time to learn about this topic!

Belcher has 20 years experience in public transportation and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands.

Scott Belcher
February 4, 2014
Don McCue, Director of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine
This Mighty Scourge of War: Abraham Lincoln and the Events of 1864

Are you a history buff? We have just the event for you! Join Lincoln Memorial Shrine and A.K. Smiley Library Director Don McCue at the Redlands Forum on Tuesday, February 4 for the latest installment of the Lincoln Shrine’s ongoing commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

McCue will detail the dramatic events of 1864, which culminated in the reelection of Abraham Lincoln.

Don McCue
January 27, 2014
Bill Davenhall, Esri Senior Health Advisor
Population Health and Personal Health: What’s the Difference?
The Scoop on ACA

Are you interested in knowing more about how the Affordable Care Act will affect you? If so, join Bill Davenhall, Esri’s former Global Manager for Health and Human Services and now Senior Health Advisor, at the Redlands Forum on Monday, January 27. In his talk “Population Health and Personal Health: What’s the Difference?”, Bill will clarify the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and explain why it probably matters to you and your family's health.

Bill will also speak about a new field of health informatics called geomedicine that improves how personal health data is used by patients and their physicians. Bill will take questions at the conclusion of his presentation.

Chris Beach and Sally Norton

2013

December 19, 2013
Chris Beach and Sally Norton
Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory

Back by popular demand, our holiday Redlands Forum will once again host a special production of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. Performed by Chris Beach and Sally Norton, the play is a special holiday event for the whole family with live music, sound effects, and heartfelt storytelling. This is the third year A Christmas Memory will be performed as part of the Redlands Forum Series.

A Christmas Memory is Capote's masterful short memoir. Set in rural Alabama during the Depression, it recalls Capote's unique childhood friendship with his elder cousin Miss Sook Faulk. The unlikely pair would scrape together pennies and bake fruitcakes to create presents they could mail to acquaintances around the world. The memory of that friendship—depicted in this live reader's performance—celebrates the power of love between generations and the spirit of giving.

Chris Beach and Sally Norton
November 26, 2013
November 27, 2013
December 9, 2013
Work and Play Productions
Hosted and narrated by Larry E. Burgess

Redlands: A Celebration of 125 Years – 1888-2013

Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Our Unique Town. Redlands finally has a film that details its rich philanthropic history and culture—and just in time for its 125th birthday! Join Work and Play Productions for the premiere of its documentary Redlands: A Celebration of 125 Years – 1888-2013. Hosted and narrated by Larry E. Burgess, the film is the long-awaited “biography” of one of the most unique towns and cultures in southern California.

Redlands 125th Anniversary Film Poster
November 7, 2013
Dr. Karen Derris, Professor of Religious Studies at University of Redlands
Living Interdependence: The Ethical Vision of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa for a Global Community

Join Dr. Karen Derris, Professor of Religious Studies at University of Redlands, as she recounts two spell-binding trips to India with her students. During two month-long excursions in 2011 and 2013, Derris and her students engaged in extensive, transformative dialogues with His Holiness the 17TH Karmapa—one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most inspiring leaders. Derris will describe the Karmapa’s teachings on interdependence and how it can bring about global ethical change.

Karen Derris earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Harvard University in 2000 and teaches in the areas of world religions, Asian religious traditions, and cross-cultural experience. She co-edited The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa (Shambala 2013).

Karen Derris
October 23, 2013
Mike Graf, Author
Creative Writing 101

Ever wonder what it takes to write a book?

Author Mike Graf wants to let you in on his secrets. He’s going to walk you through his entire creative process on writing his children’s book series, Adventures with the Parkers. He’ll explain everything from his initial concept to final draft.

Graf’s series of twelve books focus on national parks and he does a lot of hands on research to make his work come alive.

You'll hear all about his adventures from hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to encountering a grizzly in Yellowstone.

You won’t want to miss this writing adventure journey!

Mike Graf
October 15, 2013
Girl Rising Comes to Redlands
A Groundbreaking Film on the Importance of Empowering Girls

Meet 9 extraordinary girls from 9 different countries in the new film, Girl Rising.

You’ll be transported to Nepal, Cambodia, Eqypt, and around the globe. You’ll witness firsthand the struggles of these girls as they aim to get the one thing that is most important to their success – an education.

With voice performances by Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek, and many others, Girl Rising will take you on an amazing journey.

Film is rated PG-13.



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September 26, 2013
Mike Caveney, Professional magician
Unraveling Magic: Hear the History of your Favorite Tricks

Did you know that magic has been practiced for over 700 years?

Yep, it’s moved from street fairs to vaudeville to Vegas. Professional magician Mike Caveney will tell you all about magic’s deep history and show you rare magic artifacts dating back centuries.

Caveney is a 40-year veteran who has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and is the owner of the oldest private magic museum in America. His latest book is called MAGIC—From the 1400s to the 1950s and includes more than 200 photographs from his own collection.

Engage with one of America’s greatest magicians right here in Redlands (he promises he won’t pull a disappearing act).

Mike Caveney
September 11, 2013
Joseph Stoddard, artist
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Through the Eyes of an Artist: Visions of Southern California in Sketches and Paintings

The Redlands Forum opens this season with a presentation by Southland artist Joseph Stoddard.

Artists learn to see the world differently, which affords them a lifetime of discovery. For instance an impressionist may paint the same scene again and again, yet each painting is a discovery of variations of light, mood, color, perspective, or technique.

Joseph Stoddard takes us on a journey to familiar sites and helps you discover them with an artist’s eye. His sketches and watercolors of the University of Redlands and iconic scenes in the city of Redlands allow us to appreciate the beauty of the area and its setting. Stoddard’s subjects are familiar to many Californians, but his interpretation evokes new meaning adding value to local landscapes.

While describing his approach to art Stoddard will share about the people and places he has visited. He will arouse your inner-artist and inspire you to rediscover Southern California through a new lens.

Westways Magazine and Pasadena Magazine have featured Stoddard’s work on their covers. He has painted for many Pasadena events including the Bungalow Heaven Annual Tour, the Colorado Street Bridge Party, The Pasadena Showcase House of Design, and others. He produces art for the Pasadena Symphony and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra. His work has been recently featured in The Art of Watercolor, Studios, and Watercolor Artist. His books include Redlands Sketchbook, Pasadena Sketchbook first and second editions, and Expressive Color.

Stoddard is a partner at SKA Designs, an environmental graphics design office located in South Pasadena.

Joseph Stoddard
June 5, 2013
David Yarnold, National Audubon Society President
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Reinventing Audubon: How an iconic American non-profit put technology and grassroots at the heart of its turnaround

National Audubon Society President David Yarnold says it happened through GIS. Come hear firsthand how he believes the Audubon Society reinvented itself through the use of cutting-edge mapping technology combined with grassroots efforts.

Yarnold is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, Forbes, CNN and NPR. He is a Pulitzer Prize winner, a marathoner, and, of course, an earnest bird watcher.

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Audubon Society from the person who knows it best. (Binoculars optional.)

David Yarnold
May 16, 2013
Eric Shamp, Architect
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What Makes a Building Green?

A new film argues it’s not what you think.

Redlands-based architect Eric Shamp will share his thoughts on the new documentary, The Greenest Building. You’ll see clips from this intriguing film and find out why it’s raising questions about what ‘Going Green’ really means.

Join us to hear new perspectives on sustainability from Shamp and his colleagues and get a chance to share your own. Shamp is the founder of Ecotype Consulting, a sustainable architecture firm he runs out of an office within biking distance to his home.

You won’t want to miss this lively discussion led by one of Redland’s most fascinating innovators. (And yes, he will ride his bike to the event.)

Redlands
May 10, 2013
A Musical Evening with Squeakin’ Wheels
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Folk, Country, Blues, Rock . . . Oh, My!

Are you ready to kick up your heels?

Get out of the house for a night on the town with the Claremont-based band Squeakin' Wheels. The band mixes folk, country, blues, and rock to create unique sounds that will get you moving.

You'll hear soulful vocals blended with guitars, fiddles, and banjos as Squeakin' Wheels takes you on a journey through the American music landscape. You'll recognize your favorite songs and be treated to some new ones by siblings David and Marguerite Millard and their dynamic band of four.

No need to wear your Sunday best. Grab your most comfortable shoes or boots and you'll be all set for some serious toe tapping.

Redlands
April 30, 2013
Visions for Redlands
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A Panel Discussion with Esri President Jack Dangermond
and Local Community Leaders

What does the future hold for the great city of Redlands?

Come join local leaders to hear their visions and share your own. From improving our land to improving our schools, we invite you to exchange ideas with our distinguished panel of speakers:

  • Esri President Jack Dangermond
  • Redlands Conservancy Exec Director Sherli Leonard
  • A.K. Smiley Public Library Director Emeritus Larry Burgess
  • Redlands Unified School District Superintendent Lori Rhodes
  • University of Redlands President Ralph Kuncl
  • Redlands City Manager Enrique Martinez
  • Non-Profit Leadership Char Burgess

Make your own vision for Redlands a reality. Let’s see how we can work together to build an even better city.

Redlands
April 26, 2013
Esri and Town & Gown host the
Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Calling all film buffs! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is coming to Redlands. This is your chance to watch award-winning short films about conservation, wildlife, and climate change—films that will make you think. You'll be transported to the most remote places on earth, where you'll meet animals and the people working to protect them.

Founded in Nevada City, California, 11 years ago, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is one of the nation's premier environmental and adventure film events and aims to inspire forward-thinking ideas and global awareness. Esri has hosted the festival since 2009.

Change the way you see the world. Join us for this unique film experience at the Esri Auditorium. Click here for film descriptions.

James Fallows
April 25, 2013
James Fallows, The Atlantic national correspondent
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Making Sense of Senseless News

What is happening in our world today?

That’s the question on all our minds in recent days.

Come navigate the latest news with one of America’s most prominent journalists.

The Atlantic national correspondent and Redlands native James Fallows will bring you up-to-the-minute developments out of Washington, DC. He will share his opinion on where he thinks this country is going and why. He will also report on his most recent trip to China – where key economists and analysts are paying close attention to California.

Fallows is a former chief White House speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and award-winning documentary filmmaker who has lived in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing.

James Fallows
April 9, 2013
Lee Schwartz
How Geointel Aids Foreign Policy

Lee Schwartz will reflect on his work as the geographer of the US Department of State, where he uses maps, imagery, and GIS to provide critical analysis for senior US government officials. At both headquarters and in field operations, his work provides a unique understanding of complex and interrelated events. It helps in complicated emergencies, natural disasters, human rights transgressions, boundary disputes, and resource conflicts. These examples will demonstrate how geointelligence improves decision making and policy in a broad range of countries from the Balkans to Afghanistan, Sudan, Haiti, and Sri Lanka.

Lee Schwartz
April 8th, 2013
Dr. Fran Grace, University of Redlands Watch video
Happiness

What Makes You Happy? Get a Glimpse into the Science behind the Heart and Soul.

Enjoy a lively and inspiring look into the topic of happiness with Dr. Fran Grace. Whether you are feeling high on life or down in the dumps, this presentation will offer insights about why you feel the way you do. Through a vivid presentation with humor, visuals, and music, she will share some touchstones of her research on happiness and inner liberation. You will see and hear how she has applied the research to her own life, especially in the creation of a pioneering program at the University of Redlands that educates the mind-heart of students through the art and science of inner sustainability.

Grace has studied the mapping of human consciousness, focusing on happiness, bliss, joy, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion, and love, for many years. She is a professor of religious studies and steward of the Meditation Room program at the University of Redlands. Her research into spiritual life has received national attention (C-SPAN, NPR, etc.), and she is the founding director of a nonprofit organization called Inner Pathway.

Dr. Fran Grace
February 28th, 2013
Dr. Alan Malki Watch video
Cardiac Surgery: Past, Present and Future

Get a glimpse inside one of humankind’s great medical marvels: open-heart surgery. Esteemed cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Alan Malki will examine the history of open-heart surgery, from the earliest days of its development to the present. Using basic principles of human anatomy and physiology, Dr. Malki will describe the evolution of medical science as it is currently practiced.

Dr, Malki will trace the enormous biological barriers facing early surgeons as they braved new medical territory and attempted to save the lives of patients with terminal heart disease. He will highlight radically creative solutions that paved the way for the advances in the development of the "Heart-Lung Machine" and cardiopulmonary bypass. In addition, Dr. Malki will explore exciting possibilities in the future of cardiac surgical treatment.

Dr Alan Malki
February 5th, 2013
Don McCue director of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine Watch video
Lincoln's Greatest Decision: The Path to Emancipation

2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the most important accomplishment of Abraham Lincoln's presidency: the Emancipation Proclamation. Although he was personally opposed to slavery, Lincoln was not an abolitionist and was elected president in 1860 on a platform of merely preventing slavery's extension into the new Western states. So what changed his mind?

Join us on February 5 as Don McCue, director of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine, the only museum in the West dedicated to Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War, recounts the important events that put slavery on the road to extinction.

Don McCue
January 28th, 2013
Steven Layne Author and Speaker
Igniting a Passion for Reading

Steven Layne’s love for reading is said to be contagious. Join Layne at an upcoming Redlands Forum where he will discuss practical ways to engage and inspire readers from kindergarten through high school. His new book, Igniting a Passion for Reading, is designed to help schools create a vibrant reading culture where students love to read and are motivated to enjoy great books.

Layne is a full-time professor of literacy education at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. He has worked at many grade levels and appeals to teachers, librarians, and anyone who loves reading, as well as to young readers with his award-winning books for children and young adults. He is a frequent keynote speaker at large conferences and gatherings of educators and librarians. Join us and learn how you can help to ignite a passion for reading among your children, grandchildren, and the children of Redlands.

Steve Layne

2012

December 20 and 21, 2012
Performed by Chris Beach, Sally Norton, Wendy Hunt, and Matt Coleman
Reader's Theater Holiday Performance

Join Chris Beach, Sally Norton, Wendy Hunt, and Matt Coleman as they continue the Reader’s Theater holiday performances at Esri with two new stories: O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi and Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales.
      One of the most popular pieces from Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas, A Child's Christmas in Wales is the retelling of Christmas from the view of a young child that portrays a nostalgic and simpler time. O. Henry’s short story The Gift of the Magi, is a sentimental classic about a young married couple challenged with buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money.
      You don’t want to miss this special event for the whole family with live music, live sound effects, and heartfelt storytelling. This year’s performance also features a special sing along at the end of the show.

Classic Christmas Tales
December 12, 2012
Larry Burgess, Director of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands California
Don McCue, Curator of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine
Nathan Gonzales, Associate Curator Watch video
Spielberg's Lincoln: Comments and observations from the historians at the Lincoln Memorial Shrine

Steven Spielberg's latest film, Lincoln, has not only achieved critical and financial success, it has also sparked renewed interest in one of America's most memorable figures: Abraham Lincoln. But what would he say about the film's artistic and historic integrity? While we can't ask him, we can learn from those who spend their life studying and researching the 16th president.

Larry Burgess, Director of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands California; Don McCue, Curator of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine, and Nathan Gonzales, Associate Curator, will engage in an informal dialogue about Spielberg's Lincoln. The forum will allow attendees, who are encouraged to see the film before the program, to ask questions about the former president.

These distinguished scholars have all helped create and cultivate the nationally recognized Lincoln Memorial Shrine. The Shrine recently received the 2012 Wendy Allen Award of the Lincoln Forum for achievement by Lincoln organizations. It was also selected by Harold Holzer, distinguished Lincoln scholar and historical advisor to the Spielberg film, in USA Today on November 16 as one of the 10 best places to visit as landmarks of Lincoln's life.

Larry Burgess, Don McCue, Nathan Gonzales
November 27, 2012
Dr. H. Roger Hadley, Professor of Surgery at Loma Linda University Watch video
A Key to a Healthy Community: Medical Residency Programs

Join renowned researcher Dr. H. Roger Hadley, Professor of Surgery at Loma Linda University, as he discusses the importance of physician residency to create qualified physicians and healthy communities.

Upon completion of medical school, 99 percent of practicing physicians go on to complete residency specialty training. However, the physician workforce for both primary and specialty care is limited by the residency training positions available, not the number of medical student graduates. Dr. Hadley will show how increasing the number of residency positions will affect change in the makeup and number of physicians available to the community.

Dr. Hadley received his urology residency training at University of California, Los Angeles, and completed a fellowship in neurourology, urodynamics, and female urology at UCLA. Dr. Hadley joined the LLU School of Medicine faculty in 1983 and served as the chief of urology from 1990 until 2002, when he was named the Dean of the School of Medicine. Dr. Hadley is certified by both the American Board of Urology and the American Board of Surgery.

Roger Hadley
November 13, 2012
Allen Carroll Watch video
Every Map Tells a Story: How GIS Brings Maps to Life

Although people usually think of maps as a tool for performing routine functions, maps in fact have a long and rich history of telling stories on a grand scale. From antiquity to modern day, maps have charted the separation of continents, the rise and fall of empires, the dynamics of global commerce, and the quest to protect Earth's natural wonders.

For more than two decades, Allen Carroll told stories with maps at National Geographic. As the Society's chief cartographer, he participated in the creation of dozens of wall maps, atlases, globes, and cartographic websites. He joined Esri as head of a "story maps" team that uses state-of-the-art GIS technology, combined with digital media, to bring maps to life in new ways. His team's award-winning efforts have accurately and artfully plotted the battles of the Civil War, the development of solar power, the paths of killer hurricanes, the distribution of endangered species, and much more.

Allen will tell his own story through maps and will describe the new relevance of maps in the digital age. The presentation is part of the local Esri-sponsored activities for Geography Awareness Week, including GIS presentations held Wednesday, November 14th at A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands, California.

Allen Carroll
October 25, 2012
Dr. Art Thompson and Dr. Fred Calef Watch video - Dr. Art Thompson Watch video - Dr. Fred Calef
NASA/JPL on Mars Curiosity

The Mars rover landing was a product of innovation. Before the mission ever launched from Earth, scientists used geospatial technology to identify which areas of Mars fit the entry, descent, and landing criteria of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). The strategic use of GIS and Mars sub-meter pixel imagery played an important role in planning rover day-to-day navigation and charting a course towards the Mars summit of Mt. Sharp.

Distinguished speakers Dr. Art Thompson and Dr. Fred Calef will share their first-hand experiences on the miracle of science and invention—the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars.

NASA/JPL on Mars Curiosity
October 10, 2012
Charles H. Thomas, Regional Manager, Pacific West Region Youth Programs for the National Park Service
Inner City to the Outdoors: Connecting People to Amazing Wild Places

The outdoors offers a unique experience that resonates with people and stirs the imagination. Yet as cities continue to grow, are people still connecting with rural settings? Presenter Charles H. Thomas, Regional Manager, Pacific West Region Youth Programs for the National Park Service, will address Redlands' urban population and the possibilities for connecting youths and adults, especially inner city minority groups, to the city's unique and amazing wild places—for the benefit of the entire community.

As he describes the land's compelling draw, he will offer a better way to engage a broader audience in preserving the irreplaceable landscapes. He will focus on overcoming barriers, both real and perceived, that people encounter when connecting to open spaces.

Thomas has been involved with Outward Bound Adventures (OBA) throughout his life, working with OBA as full-time executive director for 16 years. During that time, he created several award-winning programs dedicated to enriching the lives of underserved urban populations, especially high-risk youth and their families, by introducing them to the therapeutic value of spending time in wild places and open spaces.

Charles H. Thomas
September 12, 2012
Between the Tides: The Legacy of Pioneering Marine Ecologist Ed Ricketts

Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author John Steinbeck turned his friend Ed Ricketts into the colorful "Doc" character in his classic novel Cannery Row, but it's the real Ed Ricketts (1897 – 1948) whose spirit permeates this remarkable new work by award winning Redlands filmmaker Peter Coonradt.

Ricketts was a founder of modern environmentalism and a pioneer of ecology as a scientific discipline. His book Between Pacific Tides remains the primary reference on west coast marine invertebrates, more than seventy years after its first publication.

Between The Tides follows retired marine biologist Bud Laurent on a quest to reconnect with some old friends, naturalists whose lives embody the curiosity, mental discipline and sense of wonder that made Ricketts a great scientist and "the Renaissance man of Cannery Row."

Don't miss the Southern California premier of this inspiring film, shot on the California central coast and in Baja California. Peter Coonradt will introduce the film and join audience members for questions and discussion at the reception following the screening.

Between the Tides: The Legacy of Pioneering Marine Ecologist Ed Ricketts
September 5, 2012
Tyler Nordgren
Curiosity: the Drive for Mars

Mars was once believed to be a god in the sky. Then Mars was thought to be the abode of intelligent canal-builders. Most recently, it was believed to be barren and dead like the Moon. Now it appears this might be wrong as well.

As NASA's newest rover, Curiosity, begins to survey Mars for the conditions necessary for life, several questions surface. How do we explore Mars with open eyes? What will the future hold in store for us when eventually we travel there ourselves?

Esteemed University of Redlands Professor Dr. Tyler Nordgren will explore how humankind's fascination with Mars has shaped our perception. He'll also talk about the current and future possibilities that exist as we deepen our understanding of the Red Planet.

Later this fall, representatives from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will present a program on the engineering challenges of the Mars Curiosity mission. Make sure to check back to learn more.


Tyler Nordgren
May 30, 2012
Monty Hempel, Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands
Searching for Sustainability in the City of Redlands, California

Distinguished University of Redlands Professor Lamont (Monty) C. Hempel will explore the promise and limitations of sustainability as a means for achieving a more green, profitable, and fair society. A sustainable community is one that integrates the goals of economic vitality, environmental quality, and social equity. Sustainability can be thought of as a community's collective bequest: what we leave future generations in the way of healthy ecosystems, strong economies, art, and challenges worthy of a highly educated society. Mr. Hempel will examine the challenges that Redlands faces in achieving greater sustainability.

Monty Hempel is Hedco Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at the University of Redlands. His teaching, research, and public service interests focus on environmental science and politics, sustainability concepts and practice, climate disruption, and marine environmental studies, with particular emphasis on international coral reef protection.

Monty Hempel
April 27, 2012
Wild and Scenic Film Festival: Where Activism Gets Inspired

The SYRCL's (South Yuba River Citizens League) will be bringing its Wild & Scenic® Film Festival to Redlands. The third annual event returns with another incredible selection of films. The festival combines stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography, and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and encourage solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities. The audience can expect to see Award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.

This year's selections will take you to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet. It will introduce you to the magnificent animals that inhabit these places and the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve both for future generations. The films instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us.

Click here to view film descriptions.


Wild and Scenic Film Festival
April 5–6, 2012
Lee Stetson as John Muir; Alan Sutterfield as President Roosevelt
'The Tramp and the Roughrider'

In May of 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt, planning a tour of the western forests, invited the naturalist John Muir to a four-day camping trip in the Yosemite wilderness. The Tramp and the Roughrider illuminates this extraordinary encounter, with the action unfolding at sunset on Glacier Point, overlooking the magnificent Yosemite Valley. You'll experience how these very different men slowly discover that they both have been shaped by the wilderness they love, opening up the rich possibilities of "doing some forest good."

Enjoy the wonderful performances Lee Stetson as John Muir and Alan Sutterfield as President Teddy Roosevelt. Sutterfield has been an actor and playwright for many years, both in Hawaii and on the mainland. On stage he has been General George Custer, Captain James Cook, and John Merrick, and The Elephant Man. Stetson's acting career has included more than fifty major roles in theater and television. He has performed from Shakespeare to Simon, and his television credits include a dozen episodes of Hawaii 5-0.

Registration Full for Thursday, April 5th

Registration for 'The Tramp and the Roughrider' is now full for Thursday, April 5th. Auditorium seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Waitlist and Walk-Ins will be admitted to an overflow room with limited seating available five minutes prior to the beginning of the program to view a live video feed.

Stetson
March 1, 2012
Max Holmes, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center
Going With the Flow: A River-Centric View of Our Changing Planet

Max Holmes will suggest that rivers provide powerful insights into our changing planet. He will discuss how in the same way human health can be evaluated by analyzing blood chemistry, so too can watershed health be assessed by monitoring the characteristics of river water. Using photographs, video, and maps, Mr. Holmes will draw on examples from the tropics to the Arctic, including his work on the world's greatest rivers such as the Amazon, Congo, and Kolyma. Much of this work is motivated by a desire to understand the causes and consequences of global climate change. In particular, Holmes will emphasize the implications of permafrost thaw in the Arctic and deforestation in the tropics.

http://www.whrc.org/

Max Holmes
February 2, 2012
Larry Burgess, Director of A.K. Smiley Public Library
Understanding the Civil War: 1862 and the Book of Murder

The year 2012 marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, one of the seminal events in US history, forever changing the nation. Dr. Larry Burgess, Director of A.K. Smiley Public Library, which includes the renowned Lincoln Memorial Shrine, will provide a compelling Civil War narrative focused on the year 1862 and the consequences of the carnage of war. The title of the talk, "1862: The Book of Murder," is taken from a phrase in the 1866 book, "The Fighting Quakers," which is a record of two Quaker brothers who fought in the Union Army; one was killed in battle and the other died in prison. Their lives mirror that of tens of thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers—young men in their prime—who bravely fought and served their country during this tumultuous time. It also parallels what Lincoln confronted in the same timeframe: a low point in the war when the fate of the nation stood hanging in the balance.

Larry Burgess
January 17, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey H. Altschul
Finding the Right Balance: Preserving Culture While Transforming Society

The loss of cultural heritage is often viewed as a necessary consequence of economic and social development. Most countries try to balance economic development with cultural heritage preservation. Yet the pace of modernization in developing countries puts this balance in favor of economic interests.

In this lecture, Dr. Jeffrey H. Altschul will explore these issues through the lens of one country: Mongolia. The country is relying on the development of its rich mineral resources to fuel economic growth. It is also committed to preserving its cultural heritage. In 2010, the Mongolian International Heritage Team was awarded a contract by Oyu Tolgoi LLC, a large Mongolian mining venture, to design a cultural heritage plan (CHP) for the South Gobi. In addition to tangible resources, the CHP is about people and empowering local communities to identify those aspects of culture that are important to them and finding ways to preserve them. In this forum, you'll see a real-world example of how both economic and cultural interests can find a mutually beneficial balance.

Dr. Jeffrey H. Altschul
January 12, 2012
Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden and George Engelmann Professor of Botany Emeritus at Washington University
Saving Life, Saving Ourselves

Raven, a leading botanist and conservationist, will discuss the state of the environment today including biodiversity loss and what we can do about it.

In the 1960s, Raven realized that the rapid growth of the human population, increasing consumption, and the spread of polluting technologies were threatening biological diversity to an unprecedented degree. He soon became an outspoken advocate for conservation throughout the world, working to attain sustainability and social justice everywhere. TIME magazine described him as a "Hero for the Planet."

In 2001, Raven received the National Medal of Science, the highest award for scientific accomplishment in the United States. He has been president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he served for 12 years as Home Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences.

Raven has written numerous books and is coeditor of the Flora of China, a joint Chinese-American international project that is leading to a contemporary, 50-volume account on all the plants of China. It is scheduled for completion in 2012.

Peter H. Raven

2011

December 8 & 9, 2011
Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory
The Return of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory

Back by popular demand, December's Redlands Forum once again feature a special production: Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory performed by Chris Beach and Sally Norton. The evening is a special holiday event for the whole family with live music, live sound effects, and heartfelt storytelling. This is the second year A Christmas Memorywill be performed as part of the Redlands Forum Speaker Series.

Truman Capote wrote short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction. Many of his works are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a "nonfiction novel."

A Christmas Memory is Capote's masterful short memoir. Set in rural Alabama during the Depression, it recalls Capote's unique childhood friendship with his elder cousin Miss Sook Faulk. The unlikely pair would scrape together pennies and bake fruitcakes to create presents they could mail to acquaintances around the world. The memory of that friendship—depicted in this live reader's performance—celebrates the power of love between generations and the spirit of giving.

The Performers

Theatre Arts professor Chris Beach holds an MFA in Directing for the Stage from the UCLA School of Theatre, Television and Film, and a BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Chris is the recipient of both the American College Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Theatre Education and the University of Redlands Alumni Relations Award. In addition, he is founding artistic director of the Performance Loft, an alternative not-for profit arts organization based in Redlands, CA. Chris's adaptation of A Christmas Memory was first produced at the Performance Loft in 2002.

Sally Norton earned degrees from Grinnell College and Northwestern University. She directed, designed, acted, and taught theatre at Occidental College in California, Cal State Los Angeles, Los Angeles City College, and USC, where she eventually earned her PhD. Sally currently resides in Redlands, California and has worked at the Performance Loft and at Footlighters.

Chris Beach and Sally Norton
November 28, 2011
Redlands' Emerald Necklace, One Jewel at a Time

Twenty-five years ago, Redlands locals wanted to preserve the City's remaining natural and agricultural open spaces. This led to the creation of the 1987 Open Space Plan, also known as the Emerald Necklace Plan. Through the years, the City and organizations have worked to protect land specifically designated for the Emerald Necklace.

Where does the plan stand now?
How does the City benefit today from protected areas?
Can the Necklace ever be completed?

The next Redlands Forum examines the Emerald Necklace now and into the future. It premiers a new Peter Coonradt film short about one of the Emerald Necklace jewels, the San Timoteo Canyon Nature Sanctuary. In addition to the film viewing, Pete Dangermond, author of the original Redlands Open Space Plan, Peter Coonradt, and Executive Director Sherli Leonard of the Redlands Conservancy will answer questions and speak in person about these precious resources.


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November 7, 2011
Jane Roberts
Women, Population, and the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals

The next Redlands Forum features Redlands' very own Jane Roberts, co-founder of 34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund. Jane will talk about the world's population and women's access to education, equality, and human rights. She will share how her experiences in Redlands helped shape and motivate her lifetime of activism.

Jane Roberts has been recognized by Ms. Magazine, Women's eNews, the American Public Health Association, and by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. She was also recently featured in the international best-seller Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his journalist wife Sheryl Wudunn.

This event is also co-sponsored by the Inland Empire chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA.

Jane Roberts
October 26, 2011
Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Understanding Preservation Issues Across the Country and Here at Home

Milford Wayne Donaldson FAIA, Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, California State Historic Preservation Officer, and long-time preservation architect, will draw on his multiple perspectives to highlight what he believes are both challenges and opportunities, with particular attention to sustainability and the Redlands regional area. He will also look ahead at the role of the Advisory Council in coordinating its responsibilities, including minimizing federal construction effects on historic properties, with State Historic Preservation Offices, consulting parties, and the Council. Topics will include:

  • Livable Communities and Youth
  • Sustainability and Resiliency
  • Renewable Energy and Stewardship
  • Aging Infrastructure and Rightsizing
Milford Wayne Donaldson
September 29, 2011
Ralph Nader
Building Community: For Democracy, Well-Being and Happiness

Former presidential candidate and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has spent much of his life crusading against the wrong-doings he witnessed in American society. He has fostered positive change through decades of writing, public speaking, and activism. Now he has focused his passion on building the strength of local communities.

In this interactive program, Mr. Nader, along with his sister and social scientist Claire Nader, will look what defines “community” and why it is important. Starting at the global level, both will discuss the pace of change and the issue of apathy in the world, in the United States, and in our local communities. They will offer concrete examples of how to build better community, including those they have implemented in their hometown of Winsted, Connecticut. They will also discuss the most important concept to developing community: civic motivation.

We invite you to learn, share, and be inspired to get involved in the cornerstone of democracy: community.



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September 16, 2011
Mr. Rajendra S. Pawar, Chairman and Co-founder of the NIIT Group
Technology and Training Visionary Shares Success Story

Mr. Rajendra S. Pawar, Chairman and Co-founder of the NIIT Group

The Redlands Forum returns with a new lineup of terrific events. This year promises to be the best yet, with the series covering a wide spectrum of interests and activities.

Our next Forum features Mr. Rajendra S. Pawar, Chairman and Co-founder of the NIIT Group.

Mr. Pawar is a pioneer in the IT revolution that has transformed the country of India. He built a massive computer training and educational network that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of people acquiring new job skills. This has impacted almost every village town in the country. Mr. Pawar's vision to create a way for people to invest in their own future has changed aspirations and capabilities of an entire nation. His success offers a true lesson in how technology learning can transform an entire economy and society.

Mr. Rajendra  S. Pawar
May 23, 2011
C. Duane Dauner, President of the California Hospital Association
Healthcare Reform: How It Will Affect You

The healthcare reform bill of 2010 was landmark legislation that will impact us as individuals and organizations.

Join us as C. Duane Dauner discusses healthcare reform and what it means to you. Mr. Dauner was appointed President and CEO of the California Hospital Association (CHA) in 1985. CHA is one of the nation's largest state health care associations, representing more than 400 hospitals and health systems.

Mr. Dauner has been active in national hospital and health care issues, serving on numerous American Hospital Association (AHA) and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) boards and committees. He has authored numerous articles and a book; is a nationally known leader on health issues; and has lectured at several California university graduate programs.

In 2002, Mr. Dauner received ACHE's highest honor, the Gold Medal Award, and he has been honored by the Partners in Care Foundation, National Health Foundation, UCLA and Health Care Executives of Southern California.

Don't miss this engaging, informative presentation about the major health policy changes that will affect all of us.

C. Duane Dauner
April 23, 2011
KIDS' DAY | Wild & Scenic Film Festival
More Information

The Saturday morning show, suitable for all audiences, features 11 short films illustrated by various film animation techniques.

All children must have a parent or guardian with them at all times.

Download the Film Festival Program [PDF].

For more information visit www.esri.com/wild.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival
April 22, 2011
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
More Information

Wild & Scenic Film Festival is on the road and coming to Redlands! This tour includes a selection of short films to change your world. The actual festival meets in Nevada City, California, drawing 4,500 people. Fortunately the tour enables our community to also enjoy this stellar line-up of films at the Esri auditorium.

From hard-hitting documentaries to comical shorts, these visually inspiring films will educate and activate viewers of all ages for creating a better world. The Friday evening session, best suited for a mature audience, features 9 engaging and inspiring short documentaries.

Download the Film Festival Program [PDF].

For more information visit www.esri.com/wild.

Note: Due to the popularity of this event, we will offer an overflow room with a live feed of the program. Please plan on arriving early for a guaranteed seat in the auditorium.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival
April 12, 2011
Dayton Duncan, Author and Filmmaker
National Park Mini–Series

Dayton Duncan, an award-winning author and filmmaker, has been collaborating with Ken Burns on documentaries for PBS for more than 20 years.  Their most recent film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, was seen by more than 34 million viewers and brought Duncan two Emmy awards for writing and producing.  

Join us as Duncan traces the history of the United States National Park system. He will describe the development of national parks, such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, their champions and their challengers, and the way the park system has influenced the American consciousness.

Duncan will explain the national parks, "an idea," he says, "as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that a nation’s most magnificent and sacred places should be set aside, not for royalty or the rich but for everyone, and for all time."  He will also share a few scenes from the documentary film and discuss how it was made over the course of ten years, during which he visited all 58 of America’s national parks.

Dayton Duncan
April 7, 2011
Dan Murphy, Professor, University of Redlands School of Music and student jazz ensemble players
Jazz—Its History and the Beat!

Dan Murphy explores the genre through discussion and performance.

University of Redlands School of Music Professor Dan Murphy will present a music-filled guided tour of the key elements of the jazz style. With the assistance of an outstanding six-piece jazz band comprised of advanced jazz students, Murphy will illustrate how and why jazz musicians interpret music in the manner they do.

Murphy and his ensemble will address common questions about jazz:

  • How and why was jazz born?
  • What key elements are in the DNA of all jazz styles?
  • What skills do the most successful performers and listeners bring to jazz?
  • Why do I like traditional jazz but find modern styles so hard to listen to?
  • Why are some styles of music considered "Pop Music" and others "Art Music"?
  • With so much music in the world why is jazz important?

Could it be true that jazz is the "Indigenous Art Form" of the United States?

Dan Murphy
March 15, 2011
Darrel Rhea, CEO of Cheskin Added Value
Insights for Innovation: How Design Can Lead Transformation

Darrel Rhea, CEO of Cheskin Added Value, has worked for more than 30 years at the front lines of innovation with the world's top corporations. He has helped drive growth strategies through the development of critical insights on customers, markets, and businesses.

Come hear Rhea share his success in driving innovation for contemporary design consulting practices. He has built a successful organization renowned for delivering proprietary insights and go-to-market strategies for category leaders. By integrating the disciplines of social science, business analytics and design methods at Cheskin, Rhea contributes significantly to the reinvention of business consulting.

A recognized thought leader, Rhea co-authored the book Making Meaning: How Successful Businesses Deliver Meaningful Customer Experiences. He is frequently interviewed and quoted on radio, television, newspapers, magazines, books and blogs (featured on CNN, and in Inc. Magazine, Fortune, Business Week, and Malcolm Gladwell's Blink). He has also authored articles in numerous business and professional publications. Rhea was awarded the Design Management Institute's "Jay Doblin Award" for design theory.

Darrel Rhea
February 21, 2011
Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace
Gombe and Beyond—The Next 50 Years

Dr. Jane Goodall, world-renowned primatologist, conservationist, and UN Messenger of Peace, will discuss her work with chimpanzees in what is now Tanzania's Gombe National Park; and the future of the people, animals, and environment in that region and beyond.

Jane Goodall
February 16, 2011
Lee Stetson, Actor and Yosemite Performer
Experience "The Spirit of John Muir"

John Muir was a renowned naturalist, author, and early advocate of wilderness preservation. He was instrumental in setting aside Yosemite and other national parks, and founded the Sierra Club in 1892.

Capture the spirit of John Muir as actor Lee Stetson performs his one-person show based on Muir's true-life adventures. Stetson's acting career has included more than fifty major roles in theater and television.

Experience Stetson's artful performance as he showcases one of our nation's great explorers and defender of nature.

Stetson
January 11, 2011
Jack Brown, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Stater Bros. Supermarkets
The Future of your Grocery

Brown spoke on the future of your grocery-buying experience and the history of Stater Bros., which is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2011. Stater Bros. is Southern California's largest privately-owned supermarket chain as well as its only locally-owned supermarket chain.

Brown has served the supermarket industry for almost 60 years. He has been chief executive officer at Stater Bros. for more than 28 years and chairman of the board for more than 23 years. A native of San Bernardino, California, he began his supermarket career as a box boy at Berk's Market Spot in San Bernardino, California, at the age of 13.



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2010

Thursday and Friday, December 16 and 17, 2010
A Christmas Memory
Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory

December's Redlands Forum featured a special production: Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory performed by Chris Beach and Sally Norton. The evening was a special holiday event for the whole family with live music, live sound effects, and heartfelt storytelling.

Truman Capote wrote short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction. Many of his works are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a "nonfiction novel."

A Christmas Memory is Capote's masterful short memoir. Set in rural Alabama during the Depression, it recalls Capote's unique childhood friendship with his elder cousin Miss Sook Faulk. The unlikely pair would scrape together pennies and bake fruitcakes to create presents they could mail to acquaintances around the world. The memory of that friendship—depicted in this live reader's performance—celebrates the power of love between generations and the spirit of giving.

The Performers

Theatre Arts professor Chris Beach holds an MFA in Directing for the Stage from the UCLA School of Theatre, Television and Film, and a BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Chris is the recipient of both the American College Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Theatre Education and the University of Redlands Alumni Relations Award. In addition, he is founding artistic director of the Performance Loft, an alternative not-for profit arts organization based in Redlands, CA. Chris's adaptation of A Christmas Memory was first produced at the Performance Loft in 2002.

Sally Norton earned degrees from Grinnell College and Northwestern University. She directed, designed, acted, and taught theatre at Occidental College in California, Cal State Los Angeles, Los Angeles City College, and USC, where she eventually earned her PhD. Sally currently resides in Redlands, California. She worked last year at the Performance Loft and at Footlighters, where she is currently in rehearsal for Alone Together Again to play in January.

Chris Beach and Sally Norton
November 17, 2010
Building a Vision for Redlands
A Panel Discussion with Esri President Jack Dangermond and Local Community Leaders

Esri President Jack Dangermond and several leaders from the City of Redlands, California, formed a panel discussion seeking to forge a vision for making the city an even better place to live.

University and K–12 school leaders, city government staff, police, and conservationists participated in the forum moderated by Mr. Dangermond. Topics included current issues, the many different facets that make Redlands special, what needs to be preserved, and
the vision for the city. Panelists brought both strategic and practical ideas from their respective fields.

The ultimate goal was to take the ideas generated from the forum and apply them to the GeoDesign process for improving the city. Based on concepts found in Ian McHarg's seminal Design With Nature, GeoDesign integrates geographic science with design, resulting in a systematic methodology for geographic planning and decision making.

Panel participants:

  • Jim Appleton, President, University of Redlands
  • Jim Bueermann, Chief of Police, City of Redlands
  • Larry Burgess, Director, A.K. Smiley Public Library
  • Jim Holmes, President, Redlands Community Hospital
  • Sherli Leonard, Executive Director, Redlands Conservancy
  • Enrique Martinez, City Manager, City of Redlands
  • Lori Rhodes, Superintendent, Redlands Unified School District
Redlands, CA
October 15, 2010
Rich Jaroslovsky, technology and digital media columnist, Bloomberg News
Digital Revolution

How Online and Mobile Technologies Are Upending the Media—Again

If you get your news from the Internet or a mobile phone and read books using a Kindle, you're part of the growing digital media revolution. But while digital delivery gives you greater access to more information faster than ever before, does it bring you better information?

For an insider's look into how the digital revolution is changing and, in some cases, upending the journalism and book publishing worlds, Bloomberg News columnist Rich Jaroslovsky presented a lively discussion of the shifting tides and fates in media.

Jaroslovsky covers technology and digital media for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek. Before that, he served as executive editor in charge of Bloomberg's worldwide coverage of government, political, and economic news. He also had a lengthy career at Dow Jones & Co. where he helped launch the first The Wall Street Journal Online edition, becoming the publication's first managing editor.

A California native, Jaroslovsky graduated from Stanford University where he was the editor-in-chief of the Stanford Daily. He and his wife recently moved from New York City to Emerald Hills, California. Their two children attend the University of Redlands.

Rich Jaroslovsky
October 11, 2010
Peter Seligmann, chairman of the board and CEO, Conservation International
The Path to Sustainable Conservation

Peter Seligmann has a vision and a mission. The vision is an environmentally healthy world that will provide economic opportunities and security for all people. The mission is to bring together industry, government, religious leaders, professors, scientists, and local and indigenous people to make that a reality.

Since cofounding Conservation International in 1987, Seligmann has overseen its growth from a few zealous individuals to one of the foremost forces for conservation today. He is widely recognized as one of the world's most inspiring and dynamic environmental entrepreneur. Constantly bringing new ideas and innovation to the table, his spirit has changed the scale of conservation.

Seligmann holds a master's degree from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Science and an honorary Doctorate in Science from Michigan State University. He has been on the forefront of biodiversity protection for more than 25 years and has received many accolades in recognition of his environmental leadership.

Peter Seligmann
September 30, 2010
Helene York, Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation
Let's Talk About Food: A Three-Course Conversation

York's passion for great food, resource conservation, and scientific integrity fuels nation-wide sustainability initiatives for food service company Bon Appétit. The company's foundation works to educate chefs and consumers about how their food choices affect the global environment and to catalyze supply chain changes.

In 2007, York launched the company's Low Carbon Diet program to raise awareness of the connection between the food system and climate change. The goal of the initiative is to reduce emissions associated with Bon Appétit's food service operations by 25% over five years.

York regularly contributes to The Atlantic Monthly's Food Channel and frequently lecturers at universities. She earned an undergraduate degree at Harvard and a master's degree at Yale.

Helene York
September 15, 2010
Ben Cook, business owner and master brewer
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Taps Into Startup Success

Cook started his micro brewery just two years ago in the midst of a recession and is enjoying incredible success. Hanger 24, which began with Cook working alone, now employs a staff of 31.

In November 2009, he received the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year accolade at the Cal State San Bernardino Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards. He credits his accomplishments to

  • Making great beer
  • Having a great staff
  • A strong community that supports local business
Ben Cook
June 16, 2010
Pete Dangermond, president of The Dangermond Group and the Save the Redwoods League
Land Conservation Challenges

Redlands Emerald Necklace, Save the Redwoods League, and The Save State Parks Initiative

Mr. Dangermond spoke on the Redlands Emerald Necklace Project and proposed San Timoteo Canyon State Park and how these land preservation projects connect with other Inland Empire open spaces.

He explained what individuals can do to support a statewide initiative to help California's urban rivers and state parks, wildlife areas, and conservancies, which are all struggling to survive extreme state budget cuts.

Pete Dangermond
May 19, 2010
Dr. William Brown, president and CEO of Woods Hole
Woods Hole Environmental Research Center

Dr. Brown spoke on the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Research Center and its contributions to understanding global environmental issues.

Dr. Kellndorfer described research projects that use satellite imagery technology to map global forests. His talk was intriguingly titled, Shooting with the Radar Gun: Another Radiological Tool to Diagnose and Monitor Patient Earth.

Dr. William Brown
May 12, 2010
Ed Stein, syndicated political cartoonist
An Uncivil Conversation—Editorial Cartooning in the Age of Gridlock

Ed Stein's editorial cartoons have appeared in the Denver Rocky Mountain News for more than 25 years. His presentation described how he uses cartooning and politics to take on larger human issues, ever mindful of the "better angels" keeping watch over his shoulder.

Ed Stein cartoon
April 16, 2010
Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
Short Films Explore Environmental Issues

We celebrated Earth Day with the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival. These exquisite short films explored environmental issues from Canadian rivers to Kenyan forests and Caribbean shores, and then on a tour of sustainable farms.

Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival
April 8, 2010
Hernando de Soto, president of Peru's Institute for Liberty and Democracy
Bringing Property Rights to the Poor

Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto is an expert on informal economies and a champion of bringing property rights to the poor as a means of helping them lift themselves out of poverty.

De Soto has based his work, in Peru and around the world, on the premise that free markets, individual freedom, and especially the right to property can transform the poor into the most powerful resource in the world.

His ideas were recently documented in the film, The Power of the Poor with Hernando de Soto, which was broadcast by the PBS television system in 2009.

Hernando de Soto
March 16, 2010

Doris Baizley, Lossett visiting professor/playwright in residence, Department of Theatre Arts, University of Redlands
Marco Schindelmann, artist professor of voice and director of the University Opera, University of Redlands

From Page to Stage—Theater and Opera

Two talented artists took us behind the scenes on a tour of the creative and interpretive forces at work in opera and theater.

Doris Baizley
Marco Schindelmann
February 21, 2010
James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic
Is America "Going to Hell"?

Redlands native James Fallows is a well-known analyst of American politics, technology, and culture and has authored eight books.

His cover article in the January/February issue of
The Atlantic magazine, "How America Can Rise Again," points out America's strengths as well as flaws and identifies issues that may be key to avoiding further economic decline.

James Fallows
February 8, 2010
Robert M. Persaud, minister of agriculture, Guyana
Saving the Rainforest—Guyana's Innovative Strategy

The South American country of Guyana is implementing a unique approach to conservation that seeks to combat deforestation while building new economic opportunities for its citizens. The program aligns with United Nations support for countries that put the brakes on deforestation.

Introductory remarks were made by D. James Baker, director, Global Carbon Measurement Program, William J. Clinton Foundation, and former administrator, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Guyana will use environmental monitoring technology from Esri to develop its carbon accounting methodology.

Robert M. Persaud
January 13, 2010
Tyler Nordgren, astronomer and associate professor of physics at the University of Redlands
Stars Above, Earth Below

Tyler Nordgren discussed astronomy at our national parks.

Tyler Nordgren Yosemite National Park

2009

December 13, 2009
Dr. Larry Burgess, historian and director of the
A.K. Smiley Public Library
Christmas Celebrations, California Style
Dr. Larry Burgess
December 9, 2009
Earl E. Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board
Transparency in Stimulus Bill Spending
Earl E. Devaney
November 23, 2009
Charles Moore, founder and chief research coordinator of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation
The Environmental Health of Our Oceans
Charles Moore
October 30, 2009
Bob Kerrey, president of The New School and former U.S. Senator
Bob Kerrey

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