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Exploring CC with CC.

by Suzanne Walsh

carlHave you ever wondered … why so many scientists are convinced that climate change is taking place? What is their evidence? What controversies surround this topic?
What is the position of the naysayers?
When Carl Curtis, past president of OLLI and self-avowed armchair astronomer,
recently discovered that someone had put a set of lectures on climate change in his mailbox,
he found his interest in the subject piqued. Then, as he was beginning to delve into the recorded lectures by Richard Wolfson (M.S. Environmental Studies; PhD. Physics), he realized that there were openings in the summer class schedule. It seemed a perfect time to
offer a class, inviting OLLI students with similar interests to join him in an exploration of CLIMATE CHANGE.
Insisting that he has little knowledge and no expertise in the subject, Carl’s model for the class is to present a topic that he and others are interested in learning more about, and to off er a place and a time to come together to investigate and share ideas on this subject. He sees his role, not as the teacher, but more as a leader who will provide interesting materials to
help both him and the participants to get a better understanding
of the science of climate change. He wants to explore together, using Professor Wolfson’s lectures on DVD as a basis, the conclusion in 2007 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a consensus of hundreds of scientists, that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal …” and that human activity is “very likely” the cause. If time allows,
Carl also hopes to examine some of the controversies that surround the climate change issues.
Potential students can rest assured that Professor Wolfson’s lectures are described by the publisher as “a lucid presentation designed for non-scientists.” In addition, since the lectures are now about seven years old, Carl plans to find various supplementary materials to update the lecture information and make it more understandable and current.
No argument here … this class is an opportunity to explore an interesting topic with like-minded OLLI learners!


Join us for an eclectic selection of classes.
FREE for ALL attendees.

Satire in Art & Film: Goya & Almodovar
In an attempt to understand the mutual aesthetics shared by art and film, we will examine the theme of relationships between men and women. Both artists successfully
execute a farcical satire of human foibles. Join
us to learn more! Register in the Office or on Reg form.
Harold Cannon-Lopez, Ph.D. Spanish
Wed., July 9 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Safe Driving
The DMV has established the Senior Driver Ombudsman program for the purpose of helping all drivers maintain their driving
independence for as long as they can safely do so.
Tressa Thompson, DMV Sr Educator
Wed., August 6 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Aging in Place
This course will cover topics including fall prevention, bath safety, aids for daily living, and personal emergency response systems. Products will be demonstrated.
Wayne Slavitt, Owner Mobul LB
Wed., August 13 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Opera as a Metaphor
This presentation features a brief retrospective of silent films that tried to achieve this blend operatic in their piano scores and by other means. Personalities that made a brief successful-- if bumpy--transition to the Hollywood sound stage from the world of opera are also featured.
Larry Verdugo, LA Opera educator
Wed. August 20 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Port of Long Beach Review
The Port of Long Beach is one of America’s premier seaports and a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. Learn more about this local resource and future
plans for the Port.
Mario Gonzalez, Port representative
Wed., August 27 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Events are held at CSULB, HS&D, room 101
Seating as space is available
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Learn More ~ Age Less