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Past Events

November 28, 2017
Janet Wong
“Raising Responsible Readers: Inspiring Children to Change the World" with JANET WONG.

How can we create communities of compassionate learners? How can we get kids excited about making an impact in their own neighborhoods and beyond? Children’s literature provides ways to engage children quickly and effectively with a picture book or a poem. Janet Wong is the author of 30 books published by Simon & Schuster, Harcourt, and others. Her diverse award winning publications include You Have to Write, Apple Pie Fourth of July, The Dumpster Diver, The Poetry of Science, and most recently two books in the Poetry Friday Power Book series: Here We Go: A Poetry Friday Power Book for Tweens & Teens and Pet Crazy. Janet’s dramatic transition from lawyer to poet has been featured on Oprah and CNN. She has spoken all over the world, including at the White House.

November 15, 2017
Dr. Thomas Horan
Business Liberal Arts for the 21st Century

Dr. Horan assumed the deanship of the School of Business at the University of Redlands in July 2017. For over two decades, he has examined how technologies (including GIS) can be used to help organizations achieve business, economic, and societal goals.

Prior to joining the University of Redlands, Dr. Horan spent 22 years at Claremont Graduate University (CGU), and published over 130 articles and technical publications. His work has been honored at the White House and has led to several technical and business innovations. From 2011-2015, he served as Dean of CGU’s School of Information Systems and Technology, and from 2015-2017 as Dean of CGU’s Drucker School of Management. He spent his Spring 2017 sabbatical as a Visiting Scholar at Hong Kong University, where he developed a Masters of Liberal Arts program.

Dr. Horan will delve into his views making the University of Redlands a leader in 21st Century Business Liberal Arts skills. These skills include integrative thinking, analytical reasoning, digital communications, and global perspectives, to name a few. He will illustrate this outlook by outlining the Redlands approach for integrating GIS into business education and application.

November 8, 2017
Dr. Paul Burgett
Black Nightingales: Lady Day, Ella, and Sassy

Dr. Paul Burgett gave a powerful presentation, featuring video that will bring to life the artistry of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan.

Burgett is a professor of music and dean at the University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music. He also serves as vice president, senior advisor to the university president. As a faculty member in the music department of the university’s College of Arts and Science, Burgett teaches courses in the history of jazz, the music of black Americans, and music appreciation. He is also an academic advisor to undergraduates and advises several student organizations.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Burgett has lived in Rochester, New York, for 53 years. He arrived at the Eastman School of Music in 1964, where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees. His doctoral dissertation treated the aesthetics of the music of black Americans, a subject that continues to occupy him as a teacher and scholar.

October 24, 2017
Alberto Cairo
Learn How to Fight Back Against Fake Data and Visualization

Alberto Cairo presented at the Redlands Forum on the University of Redlands campus (Casa Loma Room) a deep-dive into the new world of data visualization. We saw how critical it is, in this day and time—where visual trumpery runs rampant—for a citizenry that is literate, numerate, and graphicate.

Cairo educated and equiped the audience with the required knowledge to fight against what has been termed widely-termed “fake news”. It was discovered how to properly analyze data visualizations, based on four fundamental questions, in order to clearly identify what is deceitful.

Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism and a professor in the Journalism and Interactive Media Master’s program at the University of Miami. He is a true thought leader, with 20+ years of career experience in the field.

Outside of the classroom, Cairo serves as a consultant for institutions and companies including Google, Microsoft, the European Union, and many others. He is author of The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization (2012) and The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication (2016). He is also working on his third book, based on this talk.

October 12, 2017
Carrie Schindler and Dr. Raymond Wolfe
The Redlands Passenger Rail Project and the Future of Transit in San Bernardino Valley

Carrie Schindler is director of transit and rail programs for the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), where she is responsible for delivering the promises of Measure I, San Bernardino's half-cent sales tax, as it relates to those programs. Schindler joined SBCTA in 2012 as chief of fund administration and programming after spending ten years with the County of San Bernardino, where she served in many capacities, including Resident Engineer and Chief of Transportation Planning.

Schindler is a civil engineering graduate of San Diego State University and a registered professional engineer in California. She is a native of Redlands and never imagined she would end up overseeing the delivery of rail to Redlands.

Dr. Raymond Wolfe is the executive director of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. He joined SBCTA in 2012 after spending more than 20 years with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Wolfe served in many capacities at Caltrans, including director for district 8, covering both San Bernardino and Riverside counties. As the executive director of SBCTA, he manages a budget of approximately half a billion dollars and oversees the delivery of planning, design, and construction of freeway improvements, bridges, and railroad crossings; operation and expansion of commuter rail and transit services countywide; management of air quality programs and freeway service patrol; implementation of alternative fuel and energy programs; and, advocating for countywide interests, at both the state and federal levels.

Wolfe received his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Southern California, a master of science degree in civil engineering from the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, and a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a registered civil engineer and mechanical engineer in the State of California.

September 27, 2017
Jack Levis
Go Inside the GIS Technology Driving UPS's Delivery Optimization Systems

Jack Levis, senior director of industrial engineering at United Parcel Service (UPS), provided a fascinating look at the science behind the company's new operational technology solutions. We went behind the curtain to learn about the advanced GIS analytics being leveraged to streamline current processes, maximizing efficiencies and productivity.

Levis has been a business owner and the process designer for UPS's award-winning Package Flow Technology suite of systems, which includes the delivery optimization system ORION (On Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation). These geospatial tools have proved to be a breakthrough for UPS, reducing—by 185 million miles—the distance driven each year by the company's drivers.

Levis is a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) and has received the institute's prestigious Kimball Medal and the President's Award. He holds advisory council positions for multiple universities and associations, including the US Census Bureau Scientific Advisory Committee.

Levis earned his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from California State University, Northridge, and holds a master's certificate in project management from George Washington University.

September 21, 2017
Eric Liu
You’re More Powerful Than You Think

Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates, why some individuals have more than others. As a result, those few who do understand power wield it disproportionately.

How can you learn to activate your civic power to see problems through fresh eyes, and bypass broken institutions, stale ideologies, and divisive politics?

Eric Liu recently offered answers to this question in You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change. In this talk about power and civic purpose, Liu expounds the values, knowledge, and skills of effective citizenship, and rejuvenates the meaning of being an active American.

His TED talk on this topic, titled Why Ordinary People Need to Understand Power”, has been viewed more than one million times.

Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University, which works across the political spectrum to foster a culture of powerful citizenship.

He also serves as the executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity Program, which helps to advance the conversation about the nature of American national identity.

Liu served as speechwriter and director of legislative affairs for the National Security Council at the White House from 1993 to 1994. Additionally, he served as deputy domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton in 1999 and 2000. He was nominated by President Obama to serve on the board of directors of the Federal Corporation for National and Community Service.

He is the author of a number of books, including, The Gardens of Democracy, The True Patriot, Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, Imagination First, and A Chinaman’s Chance.

Liu studied history at Yale University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Redlands and a senior law lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law.

He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, and is a regular columnist for and a correspondent for The Atlantic.

June 15, 2017
Daniel Lewis, Ph.D.
Behind the Scenes at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

The Huntington Library is approaching the centennial of its transformation from a private library into one that is responsive to an increasingly wider and more diverse set of audiences. It has experienced growing pains, triumphant successes, and some radical new thinking about its mission.

The Huntington’s collection of rare books and manuscripts in the fields of British and American history and literature is nothing short of extraordinary. It is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States in its fields of specialization.

Daniel Lewis, the Huntington's Dibner Senior Curator for the History of Science and Technology, gave a compelling talk on the changes that have occurred during his twenty-year career at one of the world's great cultural institutions.

A University of Redlands graduate, Lewis is the author of three academic books. His latest, Belonging on an Island: A Modern History of Hawaiian Birds in Four Species, is due out from Yale University Press early next year.

Lewis also has current faculty appointments at Claremont Graduate University, and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Beginning next year, he will teach a course on the history of extinction at the prestigious Caltech in Pasadena.

May 24, 2017
Barney Scout Mann
The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail

The award-winning author Barney Scout Mann shared powerful stories and stunning imagery, as he discussed his life experiences—exploring America’s most iconic hiking trails.

His latest book, The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail, was chosen as "Best Books of 2016" by Amazon. Smithsonian Magazine named it "one of the best travel books of 2016" and Backpacker Magazine called it "the best coffee table book for 2016".

Following the success of The Appalachian Trail, and the New York Times bestseller, America's Great Hiking Trails, Mann's latest work has been widely recognized as the official book on one of America's most iconic hiking trails.

A prolific long-distance hiker and avid backpacker for 50 years, Mann hiked the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail over five months—spanning 2,650 miles—from Mexico to Canada. The New York Times calls him "the informal historian for the trail". He has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Oregonian, and Backpacker Magazine, amongst others.

May 17, 2017
Lauren Weiss Bricker, PhD
Designing a City with a “Perpetual Aesthetic Uplift”: Redlands' Arts and Crafts Period Architecture

Author and professor Lauren Weiss Bricker, PhD, provided a special discussion on the storied architectural history of Redlands, California.

Dr. Bricker took us back to the opening years of the twentieth century, as they began with the auspicious visits of Presidents William McKinley (1901), Theodore Roosevelt (1903), and William H. Taft (1909) to Redlands. Their praise for the natural beauty of the city and its promise for future development heightened the community's awareness of its special character.

Where private enterprise was the engine for development in the late nineteenth century, this was a period of municipal activity, evidenced in the improvement of its streets, parks, and pace of construction of public buildings. The city's architectural identity began to take form when the Santa Fe Depot and the University of Redlands were erected.

Dr. Bricker has been a professor of architectural history at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), California, for nearly 20 years. She also serves as the curator of the archives-special collections of the College of Environmental Design at the university.

Dr. Bricker authored Mediterranean House in America in 2008, as well as the forthcoming book Designing the Modern American House. She was appointed as an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library for the 1994–1995 term. She also served as the chair and vice chair of the California State Historic Resources Commission from 2001 to 2006 and was a member of the Kimberly-Shirk Foundation Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2000.

May 5, 2017
Ann Deegan, Don McCue, Nathan Gonzales, Maria Carillo Colato
Redlands in WWI

This forum held a very special panel of authors for an enlightening discussion about their book, Redlands in World War I, which commemorates the community’s perseverance and sacrifices during the Great War.

We relived the experiences of local citizens: Ann Deegan—Historian and past museum curator, Don McCue—Director of A.K. Smiley Public Library, Nathan Gonzales—Historian and archivist/head of special collections at A.K. Smiley Public Library, and Maria Carrillo Colato—Associate archivist at A.K. Smiley Public Library.

Upon declaration of war on April 6, 1917, the city of Redlands mobilized immediately. The local National Guard Company G departed on April 4 to Arcadia and quickly relocated to San Diego. Residents worked to establish a chapter of the American Red Cross and formed war committees through the YMCA, YWCA and Salvation Army. Thousands of residents pulled together to serve the war at home, donating their time and orchestrating bond drives. More than eight hundred locals served in the military, as Redlanders could be found fighting in every major battle involving American troops. 39 men and one woman paid the ultimate sacrifice.

April 18, 2017
Jonathan Murtaugh
Facebook: Why Wall Street Was Wrong and the Press Didn't Get It

Jonathan Murtaugh gave an enlightening discussion about his experiences at the forefront of the social media industry. As the U.S. head of industry for film and television at Facebook, Murtaugh was at the epicenter of a revolutionary industry giant.

Everyone knows today that Facebook is a titan in the technology world, used by more than 1.8 billion people worldwide, and a major player in media, advertising, and in our daily lives. Yet a few short years ago, Facebook survived a botched IPO, a very questionable purchase of a start-up called “Instagram”, and nagging questions about the inexperience of its CEO—not to mention whether it was destined to be just another social networking fad.

This was a fascinating talk by someone who was in the middle of it all during these critical years. Murtaugh took us inside the halls of “1 Hacker Way” and explain how the leadership style and corporate culture kept Facebook’s teams undeterred in the face of never-ending negative press—to become the culture-shaping phenomenon it is today.

April 6, 2017
Chris Beach, Theatre Professor-University of Redlands
Big Brother Hamlet

Join Chris Beach for a fun discussion about his latest production, Big Brother Hamlet. Taking the theme of “omniscience” found in Shakespeare’s script (God, the Supernatural, King and Kingdom), Beach connects it with today’s most “omniscient entity”—surveillance technology.

The principle scenic element of Big Brother Hamlet is computer projection mapping: a drone appears on stage and projects live audience images, onstage programmers take shifts at a laptop during the show, the projected ghost of Hamlet’s father moves and changes throughout the space, Hamlet’s journey to England is tracked as a blue dot on a map, and more!

A professor of theatre arts at the University of Redlands, Beach has directed over 60 productions in the professional, academic and community theatre arenas. He began the theatre arts department in 1993, and has taught many subjects. His primary areas of concentration are acting and directing, voice and movement, first year seminars, senior seminars, and performance projects.

March 22, 2017
Dr. Kendrick Brown
Addressing the Expression and Experience of Racism in America

Dr. Brown assumed the deanship of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Redlands in July 2016. For almost 20 years, he has used his teaching and research in social psychology to address how people can bridge their racial differences.

Previous to joining the University of Redlands, Brown, a social psychologist, served as professor of Psychology at Macalester College. While there, Brown conducted research on the effects of skin tone bias (treating others differently because of the shade of their skin color) on African American psychological well-being, how White American student-athletes’ racial attitudes are shaped by their interactions with teammates of color, and dominant group attitudes toward policies intended to address racial inequalities in the United States and European Union nations.

Dr. Brown will go in greater depth on how being teammates playing a sport together—and being seen as an ally—can improve interactions between people belonging to different ethnicity groups. He will also share tips for authentic communication in interracial social situations, amongst other discussion topics.

March 8, 2017
Billy E. Pope, Jr., Lt Col, USAF
Cyber Power: The Dichotomy of Cyberspace and National Security

TCyberspace underpins nearly every facet of modern global society. Worldwide financial markets, industrial supply chains, global transportation, and instantaneous access to information serve as just a few examples of how pervasive connectivity through the fabric of cyberspace has changed our world. The combination of critical dependency on this capability, and the inherent vulnerability and risks involved, creates serious security challenges the world cannot ignore.

As the Chief of the Cyber Strategy—Branch SAF CIO/A6 at the Headquarters, United States Air Force, Lt. Colonel Billy E. Pope, Jr. has a unique view into the cyber security of our nation.

A University of Redlands graduate, Lt. Col Pope is a cyber operations specialist by trade. He has served as the Chief of Information Protection for all U.S. Special Operations forces in the Middle East, and led Commander's Communication Team, supporting United States Central Command around the globe.

February 23, 2017
Dr. Kathy Sullivan
Observing Earth: Views from the Space Shuttle to Capitol Hill

The space age brought with it a revolution in mankind's ability to observe our planet. We rely on this capability every day—when we check the weather forecast, hop on an airplane, or pull up a map on our smartphone. Dozens of innovative companies have capitalized on the satellite data that makes all this possible—tailoring it to purposes ranging from agribusiness and aviation to commercial mapping, surveying, and personal entertainment.

According to some, commercializing satellite weather data accelerate innovation and spur growth, while others argue that it will slow innovation and increase risk, compromising public safety and social equity.

Dr. Kathy Sullivan is one of the few people to have seen a satellite’s view of Earth. At the next Redlands Forum, she will share her experiences as an astronaut and administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

February 8, 2017
Kathy Feeley
Watching Mary Pickford: Her Life and Work in Early Hollywood

In 1910, a group of actors from the East Coast came to a small village in Southern California to make movies. That village was called Hollywood.

At the next Redlands Forum, hear the inspiring story of pioneering actress and entrepreneur Mary Pickford. Joining us will be University of Redlands associate professor of history, Kathy Feeley, author of Mary Pickford: Hollywood and the New Woman. Her book explores the exceptional life of Pickford as Hollywood's first leading lady and cofounder of United Artists studio.

February 2, 2017
Minxin Pei
How China's Economy Really Works

Minxin Pei, Author of the Book China's Crony Capitalismjoined us for an intriguing look at China's economic system

Pei, director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College, is an expert on Chinese affairs. He is a former senior associate with the Asia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

For this special presentation, brought to us by the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California, Mr. Pei examined how corruption operates at every level in China and what the United States can learn from China's pitfalls.

January 4, 2017
Meet the Youngblood Creatives
Redlands' Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

You may not know a Youngblood Creative, but you've probably heard of their work. The Youngblood Creatives are the founders of some of Redlands' most well-known, innovative businesses.

Get to know a few of the Youngblood Creatives at the next Redlands Forum. Joining us will be Ryan Berk of à la minute , Robb Pearson of Augie's Coffee House, Kadir Fakir of Cheesewalla, Bryan Bruce of The Orchard, and Lisa Vest of Vasa, The Yoga Studio.

Come learn what motivated these pioneering individuals to start businesses in Redlands and the challenges and triumphs they've experienced. The program will be moderated by longtime entrepreneur and Esri president Jack Dangermond.

December 12, 2016
Holiday Program
University of Redlands' Top Brass

Get into the holiday season with fun and festive music from the University of Redlands Brass Ensemble and Faculty Brass Quintet.

Enjoy not one but two performances. First, the U of R 18-piece brass ensemble, composed of music majors, will play your holiday favorites but with an interesting twist. Then, enjoy the rich, sonorous sounds of holiday classics from the faculty quintet.

November 17, 2016
Redlands Gives
Giving Back to Those in Need

In this season of giving, we will focus on the complex state of the Inland Empire nonprofit sector as it seeks to meet the growing and ever changing needs of those in our communities who find themselves in less fortunate situations. Transparent needs, sustainability, and the County’s vision for the homeless question will all be addressed.

Invited speakers include – Greg Bradbard, CEO of the Inland Empire United Way and a representative of the Funder’s Alliance; Kent Paxton, Homeless Policy Advisor and representative from the Interagency Council on Homelessness, and a facilitated panel featuring Kyra Stewart of Redland’s Family Services and Stacy Iverson with Children’s Fund as well as other local nonprofits joining in on this important discussion.

October 27, 2016
Gustavo Arellano, OC Weekly Publisher and Editor
Let’s Taco ‘Bout It - Mexican Food’s Extraordinary Powers

In Southern California, Mexican food isn’t just cuisine—it’s a way of life. OC Weekly publisher and editor Gustavo Arellano will join us to talk about his book Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. Gustavo will explain our 150-year love affair with Mexican food and how the Inland Empire helped make tacos famous in the United States.

October 19, 2016
Everything You Want to Know about the Museum of Redlands

The rumors are true—the Museum of Redlands is coming! Get a sneak peek of the first museum dedicated to the history and culture of Redlands, California. The project coordinators Dr. Larry Burgess, Don McCue, and Steve Stockton talked about the vision for the museum, where it will be located, funding, and perhaps the most important question: “How can you volunteer?”

September 29, 2016
Hillary Jenkins, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Redlands
Drought, water, climate; Oh My! - The future in Southern California

Drought is plaguing the American Southwest. 2014 was the driest in 120 years, prompting radical redistribution of water, new economic water choices, and shifts in the hydrologic dynamics of forest ecosystems. But what drives these changes and are they likely to continue in the future? Are we on the brink of a regime shift where extreme climate is the norm? Dr. Jenkins will discuss her research into the long-term records of precipitation in California. She will highlight recent changes in the hydrology of California’s forests and provide a glimpse into how these once mighty ecosystems may be irreversibly altered in an ever-warming world.

September 12, 2016
Kathryn Aalto, Landscape Designer, Historian, Lecturer and Nonfiction Writer
Journey into the Hundred Acre Wood

A. A. Milne's classic tale Winnie-the-Pooh has delighted audiences for nearly a century. The story's characters—Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and the rest of the gang—are famous, but how much do we know about the setting, the Hundred Acre Wood? Kathryn Aalto, the author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, shows us what we can learn from studying the intersection of nature and culture in Winnie-the-Pooh.

September 1, 2016
Steve Shackelton, Former Chief Ranger of the National Park Service
National Parks 2.0

Steve Shackelton knows a thing or two about national parks. As the chief ranger of the National Park Service from 2010 to 2012, he helped manage 84 million acres of parkland, which saw 280 million visitors per year. As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial, Shackelton believes geographic information system (GIS) technology is instrumental in protecting these natural wonders for another 100 years. By using high-tech mapping tools built by Esri, the National Park Service is improving its visitor services, offsetting the effects of climate change, and dealing with large-scale events like wildfire and insect infestation.

June 8, 2016
Jeffrey Rosenfeld, PhD, MD, FAAN, FANA
Prescribing Hope

In the setting of a life changing illness, the distinction separating those that triumph and those that despair can be very narrow and often determined by our health care environment. Dr. Jeffrey Rosenfeld Professor of Neurology and Director of the Neuromuscular / ALS programs at Loma Linda University School of Medicine will share his insights from 20 years of proving care for patients with neurological disease. Several unique aspects of neurological disease have led to a novel, exciting and innovative program in The Center of Restorative Neurology being developed at Loma Linda. Dr. Rosenfeld will share details of this program with stories of triumph and despair as he explores the art of prescribing hope.

May 18, 2016
Annie O'Neil, Author and Filmmaker
Phil's Camino

Phil Volker is a husband, father, and veteran with stage IV cancer and a dream: to walk the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain.

At the next Redlands Forum, hear Volker's inspiring story from author and filmmaker Annie O'Neil. Her latest documentary, Phil's Camino, chronicles Volker's journey from Vashon Island, Washington, to Spain. During his journey, Volker doesn't let circumstances define him and finds himself grateful, transcending the tension and suffering caused by his illness.

For more information, visit

May 11, 2016
Nathan Gonzales, Archivist & Curator, A.K. Smiley Library and Lincoln Shrine "Historical Preservation"
Redlands in the Mid-Century:
Postwar Optimism, Community, and Architecture

In the few decades following World War II, Redlands experienced growth, prosperity, and change, which can be seen in the architecture and development from that era.

At the next Redlands Forum, we welcome Nathan Gonzales, head archivist of the A. K. Smiley Public Library, who will show how the intersection of industry, events, and trends shaped Redlands as we know it today.

What you learn may surprise you!

April 27, 2016
Sandy Koonce, University of Redlands Professor
Exploring San Bernardino County's Birds with Sandy Koonce

Birds and math aren't things we typically think go together. But avid birder and University of Redlands mathematics professor, Dr. Sandy Koonce, has found a fascinating intersection between the two.

At the next Redlands Forum, Dr. Koonce will show you how he's using computer-generated mathematical models to understand birds in our area. He'll also talk about his work with the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society and discuss the county's surprisingly large and diverse array of avifauna.

He may even let you in on where the best birding spots are too!

April 4, 2016
Andrea Wulf, author
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

If author Andrea Wulf could invite one person from the past to a dinner party, it would be explorer Alexander von Humboldt.

From climbing the world's tallest volcanoes to racing through an anthrax-infested Siberia, Humboldt lived a life of adventure and discovery. In her new book, The Invention of Nature, Wulf looks at the life of this extraordinary individual and how he shaped the way we see nature today.

At the next Redlands Forum, hear Wulf's own adventures from researching Humboldt and learn why he was the inspiration for Charles Darwin, William Wordsworth, Thomas Jefferson, and others.

Andrea Wulf will be hosting a book signing from 5:00pm - 5:30pm.
Books will be available for purchase onsite from 5:00pm - 5:30pm.

March 30, 2016
Dr. Piers Britton, Director of Visual & Media Studies, University of Redlands
Spy Style: Alfred Hitchcock, James Bond, and the well-dressed secret agent

From James Bond to Napoleon Solo to Harry Hart, moviegoers are transfixed by debonair secret agents. But what is so appealing about these suave, sophisticated spies?

At the next Redlands Forum, rendezvous with Dr. Piers Britton, who will brief you on everything you need to know about the spy genre.

Britton is the director of visual and media studies at the University of Redlands and coauthor of Reading between Designs. He is also the author of TARDISbound: Navigating the Universes of Doctor Who and is currently working on Immaterial Culture, a book about production design.

Don't miss this exciting foray into the world of silver screen espionage.

March 15, 2016
Kelsey Myers, West Coast Editorial Producer, CBS This Morning
Bringing Structure to Chaos; Inside the Future of News

Every day, whether it be on TV or online, we're exposed to news stories that shape our lives. But how do these stories come together? What goes on behind the scenes? How is news made?

At the next Redlands Forum, hear from West Coast editorial producer Kelsey Myers of CBS This Morning. From covering captivating moments, such as the Super Bowl, to the heartbreaking tragedies of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, Myers has seen it all.

Join us for an inside look at the fast-paced world of TV news and the trends Myers predicts for its future.

February 16, 2016
Edward L. Ayers, Civil War Historian
Mapping American History

Join us for an evening with distinguished professor, historian, and author, Dr. Edward L. Ayers as he shows us his latest project, “Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States.”

This digital online atlas creates new ways for exploring the drama and complexity of America's past. Dr. Ayers will show how geographic understanding, combined with new technology, reveals historical patterns that are invisible from conventional methods.

Dr. Ayers' talk will be a true delight for history buffs and map lovers alike.

February 11, 2016
Kevin Eubanks, 15-year Musical Director for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Kevin Eubanks: Guitarist, Composer, Lover of Nature

You may remember Kevin Eubanks as Jay Leno's affable sidekick and bandleader from The Tonight Show, but do you know about his long and accomplished musical career offscreen?

Long before his sizzling guitar solos electrified late-night TV, Eubanks attended Berklee College of Music. He went on to tour with jazz greats Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Sam Rivers, and Ron Carter. At the age of 25, he recorded his first album. Today, Eubanks continues to flourish as a jazz musician and composer. He's released numerous albums, including Duets, corecorded with Stanley Jordan, and The Messenger, which was nominated for a 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album.

When not onstage or in the studio, Eubanks dedicates his time to music education in Los Angeles public schools. Music, he says, can "educate, uplift, and inspire self-confidence."

Join us at the next Redlands Forum to hear about Eubanks's inspiring life of music, charity, and show biz.

January 28, 2016
James and Deborah Fallows, The Atlantic
American Futures 2016: The People, Organizations, and Ideas Reshaping the Country

For the past two years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across the country, telling stories about resilient communities for The Atlantic's American Futures project.

The husband-and-wife duo have highlighted the surprising ways civic leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators are solving major economic and social problems in places such as Redlands, California; Burlington, Vermont; and Holland, Michigan.

Now the Fallowses are back in Redlands to report on a new series of mayors' conferences, hosted at the University of Redlands, designed to link the citizens, businesspeople, and civic leaders who are creating the next stage of American growth.

At the next Redlands Forum, hear from the Fallowses about the conferences and what they mean to Redlands and the surrounding area.

Please note the special start time of this presentation. It will be from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Doors will open for check in at 5:30pm.

January 7, 2016
Jim Bueermann, President of the Police Foundation
Jarrod Burguan, Chief of Police of San Bernardino Police Department
Moderator: Evan Sanford, University of Redlands Junior and Campus Radio Station Manager
Policing in America: From Routine to a Local Response to Terrorism

Should we be afraid today? How do we make our communities safe places? When bad things happen, what do we do? These are many of the questions that have surfaced in our community lately. At the next Redlands Forum, President of the Police Foundation and former Redlands Chief of Police, Jim Bueermann will help provide clarity and insight into ways to stay safe in any situation. Joining him will be San Bernardino Chief of Police, Jarrod Burguan, who led the response to the recent mass-shooting at the Inland Regional Center.

Join us for a discussion between Bueermann and Burguan, moderated by University of Redlands student and campus radio station manager, Evan Sanford.

December 15, 2015
Redlands Symphony Musicians: Kathryn Nevin, Cheryl Ongaro, Art Svenson, Kira Blumberg, and Kyle Champion
Redlands Symphony: Mozart Clarinet Quintet, K. 581 and Holiday Music

We’re excited to welcome members of the Redlands Symphony to the 2015 Redlands Forum’s annual holiday program. The musicians will perform selections by Mozart followed by traditional holiday favorites such as “Deck the Halls” and “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen.” The program will conclude with a beautiful rendition of the classic carol, “Silent Night.”

We hope you will be able to join us for this festive night of holiday cheer.

Kathryn Nevin, Clarinet
Cheryl Ongaro and Art Svenson, Violin
Kira Blumberg, Viola and Kyle Champion, Cello

November 16, 2015
Dr. Lei Lani Stelle, University of Redlands Associate Professor
Should we be "watching whales?: Investigation of human impacts on marine mammals off Southern California

For the next Redlands Forum, we welcome marine biologist and associate University of Redlands professor Lei Lani Stelle, PhD.

Stelle will discuss the human impact on whales along the Southern California coast and tell you how you can help them by tracking whale sightings with your smartphone. Whale mAPP, a mobile and web mapping application developed by Stelle and others, empowers anyone with a smartphone to become a citizen scientist.

Join us to learn more about whales and what you can do to help researchers save these gentle giants.

November 12, 2015
Dr. Kim Clark, Dr. Patrick Hoag, and Dave Maupin, Redlands Residents
Mt. Kilimanjaro: From Redlands to the Roof of the World

Friendship at 19,341 Feet

What does a retired dentist, a doctor, and a financial planner have in common? There’s no punchline—just three friends who share a love for hiking.

But not leisurely hiking—real hiking. Together, Redlands residents Dr. Kim Clark, Dr. Patrick Hoag, and Dave Maupin have summited Mt. San Bernardino, Mt. Baden-Powell, and Mt. Whitney. Last year, they and a group of others, even reached the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak at a (literally) breath-taking elevation of 19,341 feet.

At the next Redlands Forum hear how these three local men are beating boredom and staying fit in their golden years.

October 29, 2015
Kristine O’Connell George, Poet and Children’s Author
Old Elm Speaks, A Child Listens

The Redlands Forum is excited to welcome award-winning children’s poet, Kristine O'Connell George. Kristine’s titles include The Great Frog Race, Little Dog Poems, and Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems, to name a few. She is the winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award (plus many others), and studied with renowned children’s poet Myra Cohn Livingston at UCLA.

In her presentation, “Old Elm Speaks, A Child Listens,” Kristine will talk about her creative process and how life in the Santa Monica Mountains influences her work. She will also discuss the value of poetry in the classroom, and read excerpts from Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from an accomplished children’s author for a presentation that will delight both young and old.

October 13, 2015
Maestro Jon Robertson
My Thirty-three Years on the Podium

The Redlands Forum is proud to welcome Maestro Jon Robertson to the stage. The Jamaican-born musician has had a long and distinguished career as pianist, conductor, academic, and humanitarian.

After receiving his Masters Degree from Juilliard, Maestro Robertson went on to conduct in such far-off destinations as Sweden, Norway, Germany, China, Egypt, and Redlands.

Maestro Robertson has received many special honors during his career, including an honorary degree from Loma Linda University, the lifetime achievement award from the National Society of Arts and Letters, and an honorary degree from the University of Redlands for his leadership of the Redlands Symphony, and his important humanitarian work with Foundation Hope for Haiti.

Please join us for Maestro Robertson’s inspiring story at the next Redlands Forum.

September 30, 2015
Celeste Cantú, General Manager of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
The Water Question

In California, we are all thinking about the drought. Water is no longer just a utility, it’s a commodity.

But, how much do you know about our water? Where does it come from? Where does it go? Is there enough for everyone?

Get answers to these and other questions at the next Redlands Forum. And, discover why the Inland Empire is better prepared for the drought than you may think. Celeste Cantú, General Manager of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, will join us to talk about the sustainability plan known as One Water One Watershed.

September 16, 2015
Marilyn Magness, Executive Director of Creative Entertainment for Disney Parks
and Resorts

It all started with a mouse, 60 years ago!

Join the fun as Disney Creative Director Marilyn Magness leads a celebration of Disneyland's dazzling 60 year history, and meet her surprise guest - someone who worked side by side with Walt Disney as he helped to define the term "Family Entertainment."

May 27, 2015
Dr. Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist, Esri
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Creatures of the Deep and “Treasure Maps” of the Ocean Floor

Are you ready to explore the earth's final frontier? Join Esri chief scientist Dawn Wright as she takes you on a journey through the vast and largely unexplored realm of our planet's oceans.

Besides working at Esri, Wright maintains an affiliated faculty appointment at the Oregon State University College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and has recently served on advisory boards for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Bank.

May 5, 2015
Governor Martin O'Malley in Conversation with James Fallows
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Priorities, Policies and Politics

Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley and The Atlantic correspondent James Fallows discuss the great challenge of our time: balancing budgets while making modern investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure, including information systems like GIS.

Named "the best manager in government" by Washington Monthly magazine, Governor O'Malley has made it his mission to become a master of the political balancing act: tackling spending cuts and regulatory reform while making modern investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure, including cutting-edge use of GIS.

Since he was first elected in 2007, Governor O'Malley has made education and career readiness a key priority for Maryland. Under the governor's leadership, Maryland has earned the title of having the "Best Public Schools in America" for an unprecedented five years in a row by Education Week magazine.

Don't miss your chance to hear directly about the GIS applications that have made Martin O’Malley one of the most technologically-savvy governors in the United States.

April 22, 2015
Don McCue, Director of the A.K. Smiley Library
1865: Triumph and Tragedy

As 1865 dawned both the North and the South were exhausted from four years of sanguinary combat that had cost at least 600,000 lives. Finally, in April, Robert E. Lee was compelled to surrender the main Confederate Army to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. Having successfully shepherded his nation through the maelstrom of war, President Abraham Lincoln was felled by an assassin's bullet at the moment of victory. Was it part of a larger conspiracy? Lincoln Memorial Shrine Director Don McCue will conclude his sesquicentennial examination of the American Civil War with a presentation focusing on dramatic events of 1865.

April 2, 2015
James and Deborah Fallows, correspondents for The Atlantic
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The Hidden Story of the Next America (And What It Means for Redlands)

Award-winning journalist, James Fallows, returns to his hometown of Redlands to recap his journey through some of America’s most bustling towns.

Since 2013, Fallows and his wife, Deborah, have been traveling across the U.S. in small plane for The Atlantic’s “American Futures” project to understand what makes small towns like Redlands thrive.

Join us with Mr. Fallows as he shares the highlights from his travels and why he believes Redlands will continue to grow stronger in the coming years.

March 18, 2015
Bruce Babbitt, former Secretary of the Interior
The Amazon Rainforest: Can it be Saved?

Bruce Babbitt is the former Secretary of the Interior and two-term Governor of Arizona. During his tenure as Secretary, Babbitt dedicated his efforts to protecting and restoring some of America’s most breathtaking landscapes, including the Florida Everglades, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and reintroducing wolves into Yellowstone National Park.

Now, Babbitt is working on a new cause—fighting to save the Amazon Rainforest. Join us to hear about his experience and the unconventional idea that just might allow industry and conservation to exist side by side.

March 11, 2015
Mark Landis, historian and author of Arrowhead Springs, California’s Ideal Resort
The Story of Arrowhead Springs

There was a time when one of Hollywood’s hottest celebrity hangouts was right in our backyard. The Arrowhead Springs Hotel, just north of San Bernardino, was a favorite haunt of Elizabeth Taylor, Humphrey Bogart, Lucille Ball, and many others.

But there’s more to Arrowhead Springs than celebrities and famous bottled water. Join historian Mark Landis, author of Arrowhead Springs, California’s Ideal Resort to learn more about the luxury hotel’s humble origins and the mythical arrowhead formation and springs that defined the region.

February 18, 2015
Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO, National Trust for Historic Preservation
The Future of the Past: Historic Preservation in the 21st Century

Redlanders know a thing or two about preservation, and so does Stephanie K. Meeks, President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Under her leadership at the National Trust, Ms. Meeks has helped preserve places like Teddy Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch and Joe Frazier’s Gym.

Join us for a special presentation by Ms. Meeks about how the National Trust is confronting new challenges faced by the preservationist movement and how communities like Redlands can engage citizens to help protect its heritage.

Ms. Meeks will be joined on stage by David Gadsden, Nonprofit Sector manager at Esri, who will discuss how GIS mapping is being used to protect the historic James River landscape in Virginia.

February 4, 2015
Dr. Estella Geraghty, Esri's Chief Medical Officer | Dr. Richard Hart, Loma Linda University President | Dr. Ingrid Blomquist of Loma Linda University Medical Center
The Ebola Mapping Story

What have we learned and where do we go from here?

On Wednesday, February 4, the doctor is in! Join the Inland Empire's leading health experts Dr. Estella Geraghty, Esri's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Richard Hart, Loma Linda University President, and Dr. Ingrid Blomquist of Loma Linda University Medical Center, for a candid conversation on Ebola. Together, they will describe the factors behind the perfect storm of the Ebola epidemic, the biological spread of the virus and how this knowledge works to prevent panic and discrimination. Then, get an inside look at how health officials are mapping the disease and why we should promote greater collaboration among human health, animal health, and environmental health experts to stop the spread of Ebola.

January 26, 2015
James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic
Is America a Chickenhawk Nation?

Special presentation at the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel.

In a controversial and widely-read article in The Atlantic this month, the University of Redlands's own "Distinguished Fellow" James Fallows argues that America has become a "chickenhawk nation," in which the public is happy to sends its troops off for perpetual -- and losing -- wars, as long as it doesn't have to pay serious attention to them. The article points out that America has twice as many family farmers as it does people in the military, and that there were only two sentences of discussion about the trillion-dollar national security budget in the most recent presidential debates.

Is this description of the world's strongest military fair? What does it mean for the next generation of Americans -- including those who might be subject to a draft?

Visit the University of Redlands webpage for more information, including supporting articles.

January 13, 2015
University of Redlands historian Dr. James Sandos and independent scholar Tish Sandos
Spanish Music in California’s Missions: Little Known, Unexpected and Unforgettable

Do you have a passion for music? Don’t miss University of Redlands historian Dr. James Sandos and independent scholar Tish Sandos, for a look into the lives of mission Indian instrumentalists. Explore how their participation in musical performances had powerful social impacts upon Indian community development, beyond the conventional consideration of historians and musicologists. Spanish mission music was on par with the best European performances, confirming travelers accounts of the beauty of the Indian musical performances they witnessed. For Mission Indians, the emotional power of singing together, whether in choir or congregation – provided a sense of belonging, if not pride, to an institution (the church) and a ritual (the mass) that endured beyond hunger, disease, and death.

Join us as we take an unforgettable journey through the sounds of liturgical music and a rare instance of tribal song!

December 15, 2014
Katherine Baber, University of Redlands, Musicologist and Assistant Professor of Music History
Longing to Be Up North: Christmas Carols and the American Imagination

On Monday, December 15 we welcome musicologist and assistant professor of music history, Katherine Baber from the University of Redlands for a harmonious exploration of music for the Christmas season. Together we'll discover the meaning behind our favorite holiday tunes, such as why we're always dreaming of a "White Christmas." And what Christmas celebration would be complete without carols? This festive forum will also feature a special sing-along led by a string quartet of Redlands students, under the direction of Artist Professor and RSO Concertmaster Jeanne Skrocki.

So gather your friends and family, and grab your jingle bells, because this festive forum is sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

December 3, 2014
Dr. Kathy Feeley, University of Redlands, Professor and Author
Can We Talk? Gossip in American History and Life

Gossip. It’s a powerful form of communication that can empower one person while disempowering another. But what is it that intrigues us about spreading the details of the social and personal lives of others, and, how did it all get started?

On Wednesday, December 3 get the inside scoop on the history of gossip in America when the author and contributors of When Private Talk Goes Public: Gossip in American History, Dr. Kathy Feeley, Dr. Erica Ball, and Dr. Tim Seiber delve into the uses and abuses of gossip over the last four centuries, from colonial New England’s witchcraft crisis to modern celebrity culture.

Spread the word and join us for a riveting discussion on how American news and history really gets made.

November 18, 2014
Eugene Yelchin, Artist and Author
The Author Behind the Story: In the Forest of Raised Hands

On November 18, the Redlands Forum is proud to present acclaimed author and artist, Eugene Yelchin.

Yelchin, a self-made entrepreneur who built his success in writing and painting from the ground up, immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1983. He has since been honored in both fields including the Tomie DePaola illustration award, a Newbery Honor award, the National Jewish Book Award and his character designs for Rango helped earn the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2011.

Relive Yelchin’s personal story of his rise to the top, from an immigrant house painter to accomplished writer and illustrator, told first hand by the author himself.

November 4, 2014
Gary E. Knell, President and CEO National Geographic
Inside the Yellow Border: National Geographic's Enduring Brand of Storytelling

National Geographic – one of the most iconic publications of all time is celebrating its 126th year!

Join us at the Redlands Forum on Tuesday, November 4 to celebrate with President and CEO of National Geographic, Gary E. Knell. Take a step back in time as Knell recounts the journey of National Geographic from its first issue in 1888 to becoming one of the largest scientific and educational nonprofits in the world.

Learn how National Geographic grew to gain a readership of 600 million from its beginnings in photography, map making and exploration, chronicling the story of Planet Earth, its people and cultures.

Photo courtesy of Mark Thiessen and National Geographic.

October 30, 2014
Gary Small, M.D., University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
The Impact of Technology on Learning and the Brain

Laptops, smart phones and tablets –oh my! Technology has become an essential part of our daily lives, changing the way that we work and communicate by keeping us in constant connection with one another. But could the technology we’ve come to rely on so much be rewiring our brains?

On Thursday, October 30, learn how modern technology is changing the way our brains work from award-winning doctor, best-selling author and professor, Gary Small, M.D. of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Named as one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology by Scientific American magazine, Dr. Small will explain how our constant exposure to technology has created a new generation gap, a brain gap between younger and older minds and how we have adjusted to this new high-tech environment.

Find out how you can adapt to this pivotal point in brain evolution by balancing both human interaction and technological skills. It’s a presentation that’s sure to blow your mind!

September 24, 2014
Maryland State Governor Martin O'Malley
Get in a Maryland State of Mind With Governor Martin O'Malley

Named "the best manager in government" by Washington Monthly magazine, Governor O'Malley has made it his mission to become a master of the political balancing act: tackling spending cuts and regulatory reform while making modern investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure, including cutting-edge use of GIS.

Since he was first elected in 2007, Governor O'Malley has made education and career readiness a key priority for Maryland. Under the governor's leadership, Maryland has earned the title of having the "Best Public Schools in America" for an unprecedented five years in a row by Education Week magazine.

Don't miss your chance to hear directly from one of the most technologically-savvy governors in the United States.

September 24, 2014
Tom Tomlinson and Fred Colgan
Humanitarian Innovations: The Story of the Evolution of InStove

The Redlands Forum is proud to welcome Institutional Stove Solutions. InStove manufactures safe, clean, and highly efficient cookstoves and related technologies to improve the health and environment of the world’s poorest communities. Today, InStove technologies are used in 23 countries around the world, including 15 countries in Africa.

On Wednesday, September 24, learn how Tom Tomlinson and Fred Colgan combined their professional know-how with their passion for humanitarian work to develop InStove. Don’t miss this enlightening discussion about how the science of stoves can serve as engines of change! Join us at the next Redlands Forum.

September 11, 2014
Jeff Martin, Director of Sales, Pyro Spectaculars by Souza & William McCalmon, Chairman of the Redlands 4th of July Celebration
And the Rocket’s Red Glare. . . Redlands and Fireworks

Get an insider’s look from behind the scenes of Redlands’ iconic Fourth of July celebration. Take a step back in time as you relive the history of our city’s patriotic pyrotechnics as told by 41-year Chairman of the Redlands Fourth of July Committee, Bill McCalmon. The City of Redlands plays host to one of the largest Fourth of July celebrations in the State of California. Jeff Martin, Pyro Technician and Director of Sales for Pyro Spectaculars by Souza will show you what it takes to put on a stunning pyrotechnic display - from making firework shells to planning the perfect grand finale.

May 28, 2014
June Hudson, Costume Designer for BBC Programs
Weaving the Fabric of Fantasy: Costume Design for Doctor Who

Now in its 51st year, the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who remains an international phenomenon. On May 28, meet June Hudson, costume designer for the Doctor Who series, who will tell all about her experience designing the space-age wardrobe for that popular television classic. The forum will be an intimate conversation with University of Redlands professor and Doctor Who expert Piers Britton. Hudson will present some of the series’ most iconic costume designs, covering her classic design portfolio to the costumes of Howard Burden, the series’ current lead costume designer and Hudson’s former assistant.

Whether you’re a Doctor Who fanatic or just a fan of far-out fashion, plan to attend the forum and experience more than half a century of classic sci-fi costume design.

May 23, 2014
T. Alexander Aleinikoff, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees
Refugee Protection in a Chaotic World: Challenges and Prospects

The world faces an unprecedented number of simultaneous refugee emergencies—from Syria and South Sudan to the Central African Republic and Mali. These crises are fed by conflict and sociopolitical situations that defy easy solution. How can the international community best respond to this tsunami of human need? Join us at the Redlands Forum on Friday, May 23, to hear United Nations Deputy High Commissioner T. Alexander Aleinikoff explain the state of this crisis. Aleinikoff has ideas for helping refugees that merge relief with economic development.

May 13, 2014
Dr. Scott Stevens, University of Redlands John and Linda Seiter Endowed Director of Writing
The State of American Literacy

Despite the widely shared opinion that Americans don't
write as well or as often as we used to, research tells a more complicated story about the changing character of writing in our culture. Join University of Redlands Professor and Director of Writing Scott Stevens as he tells the real story about the state of writing in America.

Is it worsening, in stasis, or improving? Attend the forum to find out!

April 29-30, 2014
Lee Stetson as John Muir; Alan Sutterfield as President Roosevelt
The Tramp and the Roughrider II: An Evening in Bridalveil Meadow

Yosemite Speaks: The Story of How American Conservation Began

In 1903, two men took a three-day camping trip in Yosemite, California, and forged the legacy of National Parks in the U.S. Those two men were President Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir, first president of the Sierra Club.

On April 29, 2014, the Redlands Forum will present this drama in a fascinating one-act play written by Lee Stetson called The Tramp and the Roughrider II: An Evening in Bridalveil Meadow. This is the sequel to Stetson’s acclaimed original play The Tramp and the Roughrider: An Evening at Glacier Point, that re-enacts the crucial conversations that led to preserving some of the most valuable wilderness on the planet.

April 22, 2014
Tom Sutter
Kimberly Crest: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Attention Redlands natives! If you’ve ever strolled in Prospect Part, you’ve probably experienced the grand presence of Kimberly Crest. But have you ever wondered about its origin?

If so, join Tom Sutter, co-author of the book The Kimberlys: A Glimpse at One Family’s Years in North America, at a Redlands Forum on April 22, 2014, to hear the story of Redlands’ most important mansion. Sutter will share photographs and explain how key figures Helen Cheney Kimberly and Emma Kimberly Shirk created this iconic historic building.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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!

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.

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).

September 11, 2013
Joseph Stoddard, artist
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.

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.)

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

April 8th, 2013
Dr. Fran Grace, University of Redlands
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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.

February 28th, 2013
Dr. Alan Malki
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

October 25, 2012
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

April 23, 2011
KIDS' DAY | Wild & Scenic Film Festival
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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.

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April 22, 2011
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
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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.

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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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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