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Fall Events:

Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas, "Understanding the Great Apes: Fifty Years with Orangutans"

Key Connections: Puzzle Hunt with David Kwong

Spring Program:

"The Search for Life in the Universe." Co-sponsored by Harvard Alumni Club and Phi Beta Kappa in Southern California

“From the Possibility to the Certainty of a Supermassive Black Hole" Dr. Andrea Ghez, 2020 Nobel Prize Winner


Fall Event:

Vanda Krefft, Author of The Man Who Made the Movies The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox

In Conversation with Marc Wanamaker, Film Historian

Spring Program:

U.S.S. Iowa Tour


Fall Events:

Key Connections: San Antonio Winery Tour

(En)Lightning Talks Los Angeles

Spring Program:

Luncheon with Emily Lakdawalla (senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist) of the Planetary Society and Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary and CEO, Phi Beta Kappa Society


Fall Program:

The Broad: An Inside View

Spring Program:

An Inside View: Highlights of the Newly Renovated

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum


Fall Program:

Japanese Immigrants and the Legal Struggle for Equality

Dr. Megan Asaka

Winter Program:

Inspiration: A Multimedia Exploration of Composers' Sources of Inspiration and How They Are Translated into Music

Dr. Alan Chapman

Spring Program and Annual Meeting:

Interplanetary Navigation: Hitting a "Hole in One"

Dr. William Owen, Jr.


Fall Program:

Sing a Song of Ella

Dr. Thom Mason, USC Pro­fes­sor of Jazz Stud­ies and Founder of the Jazz Stud­ies Depart­ment at the Thorn­ton School of Music,  gave a mul­ti­me­dia pre­sen­ta­tion on on the life and music of Ella Fitzger­ald, with rare pho­tos, videos and inter­views pro­vided by the Ella Fitzger­ald Foun­da­tion, to a lively and appreciative audience. 

Winter Program:

Behind the Scenes at the L.A. Opera

LA Opera Senior Direc­tor of Pro­duc­tion Rupert Hem­ming greeted Alpha Chap­ter mem­bers in the Dorothy Chan­dler Pavil­ion to explain the intri­ca­cies of pro­duc­ing world-class opera. Behind him on the stage, the sets for the upcom­ingGhosts of Ver­sailles were being assem­bled. Mr. Hem­ming gave us a fas­ci­nat­ing look at the dif­fi­cul­ties and rewards of mount­ing opera pro­duc­tions.

Fol­low­ing Mr. Hem­ming's pre­sen­ta­tion, the mem­ber­ship was treated to a lively expo­si­tion on the "Figaro trio" presented over the 2014-15 season by the LA Opera  (Rossini's Bar­ber of Seville, Mozart's Mar­riage of Figaro,  and Corigliano's The Ghosts of Ver­sailles).

Spring Program and Annual Meeting:

How I Killed Pluto

Astronomer Michael E. Brown, Pro­fes­sor at Cal­Tech, with his team has discovered many TNOs (Trans-Neptune Objects), including the "dwarf" planet ERIS. He is the author of the 2010 book, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming.  In his illustrated talk, he discussed Pluto and its "demotion" and explored in depth several other discoveries and their implications.


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