Speaker Date Topic
Kimberly Cluff Feb 03, 2023
Native American Children & The Law
Native American Children & The Law

Kimberly Cluff is the legal director for the California Tribal Families Coalition, a group of tribes in the state which oversees the Indian Child Welfare Act. The ICWA is intended to preserve and protect native American cultural heritage by making sure that native children are adopted by parents of similar culture background, as well as promoting the health, safety and welfare of families. At stake in these issues is tribal sovereignty, which has been under constant threat for decades.

You may recognize the name. Kimberly is the daughter of long-time beloved Rotarian Sheila Cluff, owner of the Oaks at Ojai spa. 

Get Acquainted Talks Feb 10, 2023
Franz Lidz Feb 17, 2023
Journalism: British v. American Style

Franz Lidz is an author, journalism and erstwhile NBA executive. He's lived in Ojai for about five years and continues to publish frequently in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, where he writes about archaeology, science and film. He spent 27 years as a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. His memoir, "Unstrung Heroes," about his eccentric uncles, was made into a film in 1995.

Ashwin Manthripragada Mar 03, 2023
Environmental Education by Example
Environmental Education by Example

Ashwin Manthripragada (Executive Director) will speak about the history and work of Quail Springs. Founded in 2004, Quail Springs is a leading environmental and educational nonprofit that resides on 450 acres in the high desert Cuyama Valley at the edge of the Los Padres National Forest. Quail Springs’ mission is to empower students of all ages and backgrounds with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration essential to cultivating ecological and social health in a rapidly changing world. Quail Springs actively works to dismantle the barriers to environmental education faced by underserved and under-resourced groups in our immediate and greater communities. In order to fulfill this mission, Quail Springs acts as an advocacy and education organization – as well as a living example – specifically for permaculture (a design science method of sustainable agriculture), regenerative water and land stewardship, natural building, community outreach and environmental awareness.

Jonathan Swift, PhD. - Thacher School Mar 17, 2023
From Ojai to the Stars
From Ojai to the Stars

Dr. Jon Swift is the director of the Thacher School observatory, where he has also taught math and science since 2014. He will talk about the observatory and how it being used to explore the furthest reaches of human knowledge, and how his students are involved in that project. He is also a veteran surfer and musician.

Chuck Graham Apr 07, 2023
Carrizo Plain — America's Serengeti
Carrizo Plain — America's Serengeti

Chuck Graham is a freelance writer and photographer based in Carpinteria. He's been a beach lifeguard there for 26 years and leads kayak tours at the Channel Islands National Park, paddling the chain for 25 years.

His book about the Carrizo Plain, chronicling his extensive exploration of the National Monument, began in 2006 and was published in 2022. 

His stories and photos have appeared in Backpacker, Trail Runner, Men's Journal, Outdoor Photographer, Shutterbug, Photo Technique, Nature Photographer, Living Bird, Earth Island Journal, The Surfer's Journal, The Surfer's Path, Standup Paddle Magazine, SUP the Mag, Canoe & Kayak, Adventure Kayak, Sea Kayaker, Islands, American Forests, BBC Wildlife, Bay Nature, Outdoor California, Ojai Quarterly, Santa Barbara Seasons, Los Angeles Times, Santa Barbara Independent, Montecito Journal, Natural History Magazine, High Country News, National Geographic for Kids, and the Ventura County Reporter.

 

Get Acquainted Talks May 12, 2023