SC 205: America’s Energy Future. Class presentations available.

SC 205                       AMERICA’S ENERGY FUTURE: Is Natural Gas the Solution?

Natural Gas ConsumptionThe potential abundant supply of natural gas from underground and marine sources appears ready to become America’s dominant energy resource.  This class covers the technical aspects and the potential benefits and harm of the increasing use of natural gas to supply America’s energy.

The new abundance of natural gas (methane) produced by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of shale is introducing a new era in U.S. energy, in particular displacing coal in the generation of electricity. A shift to natural gas from coal will reduce the emission of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, by one half. Advocates for fracking project a rosy picture for the United States — a future of vigorous economic growth, security of energy supply, and strengthened geopolitical position.  Critics assert that negative effects outweigh the projected benefits. In some instances negative public opinion has delayed or halted applications of fracking.

Drilling for AnswersMethane trapped in ice (clathrates) on the continental shelf may become an alternate or complementary source of natural gas.  The technology for recovery of the enormous volume of natural gas in these formations is at an early stage but if successfully developed could assure an enduring major role for natural gas in our energy future

Thursday, November 13:  Sources of natural gas, technology for recovering and using it, and the potential economic and geopolitical aspects of abundant natural gas.

Class Presentations:

Natural Gas Consumption

Americas Energy Future: Is Natural Gas the Solution?

Drilling for Answers

Thursday, November 20:  Negative impacts of developing natural gas — what are they and how might they be dealt with?



            Phil Friedel, Dennis Silverman, John Bush

Thursday, December 4:  Sourcing natural gas from methane clathrates

 Presenter: Professor Peter Taborek, Chair of UCI Physics and Astronomy


Thursdays, November 13, 20 and December 4

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

SC 204: Geology, Tectonics and Geoengineering Along the Panama Canal. Class presentation available for viewing.

2014 marks the centennial of the opening of the Panama Canal.  This talk will review the geology and tectonic setting of the Isthmus of Panama, including the engineering geology of the Panama Canal area.  History of the canal and on-going expansion projects will also be discussed. Mark did his graduate research in this area. Whether you know this area first-hand, plan to travel there someday, or just love geology and tectonics, join us for an informative class on the region.

Presenter:    Mark Bordelon is an adjunct geology professor at Irvine Valley College.  He has taught at IVC for  13 years, including field study courses in California and western states.  He was previously a consulting geologist for over 20 years. He has presented very  popular OLLI classes on the Geology of Orange County, and Geologic Faults.

Class Presentation: Geologic Overview of Panama Canal

Developer: Gary Oberts


Monday, November 10

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location:  Woodbridge Onken Classroom


SS 302 – Reflections on Krystallnacht The Holocaust and the Nuremberg War Tribunals

SS 302                       REFLECTIONS ON KRYSTALLNACHT,


Krystallnacht, the night of broken glass, launched the Holocaust. Producer Robert Kline has made three documentaries on the subject, culminating with his look at the Nuremberg War Tribunals, the third act to the evil events.

This course coincides with the 76th anniversary of Krystallnacht,  Mr. Kline, a historian, will show segments of these films and discuss the events, their legacy throughout Europe and the world, and their impact even today.

Presenter: Robert Kline is a veteran documentary producer of 35 years. He was a co-founder of Lifetime TV and Executive Vice President of Twentieth Century Fox, and is a popular OLLI Presenter.

More Information: Please click the following link to view more information on this subject: Kristallnacht –  The Night of Broken Glass

Friday, November 7:  Krystallnacht

Monday, November 10:  The Holocaust

Monday, November 24:  Nuremberg

Developer:  Jessie Tromberg


Friday, November 7

Mondays, November 10 and 24

1:00 – 3:00 PM


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

The Changing American Family (SS 305)

The Fall 2014 OLLI Class titled The Changing American Family in the 21st Century (SS 305) concluded its last session on September 29th. The presenter challenged the class to develop a document that identifies the components of a strong family and to put these components in list form. The class responded enthusiastically. The document is a type of manifesto and it is called The Ten Commandments for American Families:

The Ten Commandments for American Families

SS 313 – World War II Remembered: Part 5 – Class presentations available.

Week 1 Group WW II pptsThis year we are focusing on the Veterans from the Orange County Freedom Committee who fought in WW II along with Japanese-American servicemen, who will recount their experiences and explain the importance of the oil supply in Africa and eastern Europe at that time.

We will learn about the European Theatre from those who fought there and hear stories from those who flew in the South Pacific as well. Some were shot down and captured. We will hear about the service of the Japanese-American community, and close with the historic details of the fighting involved in securing oil supplies to support the war.

Tuesday, October 7: Series Introduction, “Heroes in Our Midst” and From Normandy to the Elbe

Presenters: Gary Oberts and members of the Orange County (Costa Mesa) Freedom Committee: Dick O’Brien, Howie Beach, Bob Meyer, George Ciampa

Class Presentations:


From Normandy to the Elbe

ww ii

Tuesday, October 14: “In the Air – It Doesn’t Always End Well” airplane

Presenters: Gary Oberts and members of the Orange County (Costa Mesa) Freedom Committee: Richard Billera, Ted Tanner, Harry Selling, George Emerson

Presentation: In the Air – It Doesn’t Always End Well

Tuesday, October 21: “The Japanese-American Experience”

Presenter: Florence Ochi of the Japanese American National Museum and guests

Tuesday, October 28: Strategic Oil in Africa/Ploesti, Roman

Presentations: Strategic Oil In Africa / Ploesti and Romania and WW II Week 4 

Presenters: Don Schwartz (CSULB History Professor Emeritus) and members of the Freedom Committee


Gary Oberts, Al Fuller, Jonathan Weil


Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21 and 28

9:30 – 11:30 AM


Woodbridge Onken Classroom


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