Dome Talks 2019 Tickets & Full Series Pass
Dome Talks are evening discussions that feature leading authors and thought leaders discussing topics relevant to the past, present, and future of our Inland Southern California region. The 2019 lineup features timely, serious, quirky, and critical issues that affect the lives of Californians. Doors open at 6:30pm; Speakers start at 7pm Thursday, January 17 Kirk W. Johnson Author, The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century (2018) Kirk Johnson is also the author of To Be a Friend is Fatal: the Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind, which covers his work coordinating the reconstruction of Fallujah and his subsequent efforts on behalf of Iraqi refugees as the founder of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies. Johnson served in Iraq with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Baghdad, and then Fallujah as the agency’s first coordinator for reconstruction in the war-torn city. He is a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy. Johnson’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. “Johnson’s investigation into the theft of 299 rare bird skins from a British natural history museum… clever, informative, and sometimes endearingly bumbling, this mix of natural history and crime opens up new worlds. You’ll never look at a stuffed bird the same way again.”—Amazon Book Review __________________ Thursday, February 28 Richard Rothstein Author, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of how Our Government Segregated America (2017) Richard Rothstein, a former New York Times columnist, is a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley. The Color of Law expands upon and provides a national perspective on his recent work that documents the history of state-sponsored residential segregation, as in his report, “The Making of Ferguson." “Essential…Rothstein persuasively debunks many contemporary myths about racial discrimination….Only when Americans learn a common—and accurate—history of our nation’s racial divisions, he contends, will we then be able to consider steps to fulfill our legal and moral obligations. For the rest of us, still trying to work past 40 years of misinformation, there might not be a better place to start than Rothstein’s book.” —Slate __________________ Thursday, March 28 Heather David Author, Motel California (2017) Heather M. David is a California-based cultural historian and freelance writer. She is the author of Mid-Century by the Bay, Motel California, and numerous articles on American popular culture and historic preservation. She is an advocate for the preservation of mid-century modern architecture, art, and signage – with a focus on California Modernism. Motel California, the story of the rapid rise and subsequent decline of the individually owned mom-and-pop motel in The Golden State, is a celebration of sparkling blue pools, flashing neon signs, automatic ice machines and bleached white towels. It is an exploration of theme-based marketing and a documentation of American culture at perhaps what was the most prosperous time in United States history. __________________ Thursday, April 25 Francis French Author, Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut’s Journey to the Moon (2011) Francis French is the Director of Education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and the former Director of Events for Sally Ride Science, working for America’s first woman in space. French has co-authored four bestselling space history books, including In The Shadow of the Moon and Falling To Earth, with Apollo Astronaut Al Worden. French’s space history writing is noted for the amount of personal interviews with astronauts and cosmonauts, including Wally
2024 Orange Tree Ln.
Redlands, CA 92374