Special Events are unique opportunities for Osher members. They often include "behind the scenes" looks at fascinating places of cultural interest in San Diego.
Did you know that the SDSU campus was the result of a failed real-estate scheme of a Los Angeles oil magnate? That its Hispano/Moresque buildings are the result of a mid-1920s architectural fad? That a Spanish government official observed at the dedication of the 1931 San Diego State Teachers College that the campus had “some of the finest and purest examples of Spanish-style architecture in any one grouping outside of Spain”? Learn all this and more in a lecture/tour on the fascinating history of SDSU, from its beginnings as a California State Normal School in a rented floor of a downtown building, to teacher-training college in a majestic Beaux-Arts campus in University City and, finally, to a four-year liberal arts college on Montezuma Mesa. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Recommended reading: “From Grecian Columns to Spanish Towers,” The Journal of San Diego History, at sandiegohistory.org/journal/1995/january/sdsc/.
Format: 30% Lecture, 20% Interactive discussion, 50% Tour of the Historic Campus Core
Enjoy a lively immersion into unusual science experiments, presented through a curated series of six thought-provoking (and often very funny) TED Talks. TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Talks are 8–20 minute videotaped lectures from the world’s leading researchers, scientists, artists, designers, and teachers, on an infinite variety of subjects, available for viewing on YouTube. We’ll watch as scientists undertake the world’s most improbable research, then have in a facilitated discussion on the importance of curiosity and an open mind, and whether humor and silliness are critical to boosting public interest in the sciences.
Format: 50% Interactive discussion, 50% Watch TED Talks
Discover the amazing amount of stars, planets, satellites, meteors, and even galaxies you can see on a clear dark night. In SDSU’s Planetarium, we’ll discuss how to map the night sky and what we can learn about the universe without a telescope. Then we’ll switch rooms and remote-control operate SDSU’s 1-meter telescope at Mt. Laguna Observatory (50 miles away at an altitude of 6,100 feet). Weather permitting, we’ll open the dome and use a CCD camera to observe some “deep sky” wonders: star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies millions of light years away. Note: In the event of inclement weather, we’ll discuss the cosmic significance of some of the most beautiful images obtained by Hubble and other telescopes. Space is limited.
Format: 5% Lecture, 45% Interactive discussion, 50% Demonstration
This lecture-recital celebrates the magic and poetry of piano music that transcends the instrument. In a 30-minute lecture followed by a one-hour concert, explore the evolving art of piano music as composers sought to express more moods, scenes, and characters in their work. Behind each timeless piece is a story that will enrich your experience and expand your knowledge of the composer and the culture in which it was created. Hear new things in something familiar, and familiar things in something new.
Format: 35% Lecture, 15% Interactive discussion, 50% Demonstration
Join KPBS for an election 2018 debrief and discussion. General Manager Tom Karlo will moderate a panel featuring the KPBS News team to discuss election results and how they will impact our region. What happens next for the local propositions? What will the new governor’s funding priorities be? How will the new county supervisors change the dynamics of the board? These questions and more will be answered. The panel will also explore the media’s role in covering the election. The panel discussion will be followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of KPBS.
Format: 60% Panel discussion, 40% Walking tour of facility
Commissioned in 1971 for the opening of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mass is the third mega-concert collaboration between the School of Theatre, Television, and Film; and the School of Music and Dance. The TTF will present Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers as part of the Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration. Composed by Leonard Bernstein, with additional text and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and Paul Simon, this innovative setting of a traditional Tridentine Mass will feature over 200 participants, filling the Don Powell stage for an unforgettable evening of music, song, and theatricality that explores what happens when a community experiences a collective crisis of faith. Osher members will meet at the College of Extended Studies, then walk together to the Don Powell Theater.
Format: 100% Demonstration
Facilitators: Osher Staff and Volunteers
Great ideas of the future — curing devastating diseases or addressing climate challenges — will emerge from the intellectual collisions of researchers from different disciplines in SDSU’s new Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex. Join us for a tour of this 85,000-square-foot innovation complex designed to support ground-breaking teaching and research in science and engineering. It includes 17 state-of-the-art research labs, instructional facilities, and collaboration spaces. A key piece in SDSU’s drive to become a top 50 research public university, the EIS complex also connects with our institutional heritage through architecture and planning that reflect the historic core of campus. The tour will be followed by a short presentation of the vision and architecture of the building.
Presenter: Laura Shinn, AIA, AICP