Speaker Date Topic
Oak Dowling/Roberta Robinson Jun 16, 2020
"Avoiding Scams, Fraud, and Identity Theft"
"Avoiding Scams, Fraud, and Identity Theft"

This Marin Financial Abuse Specialist Team will enlighten and educate on how to protect older adults and others against common financial scams. A 2018 study asserts that financial elder abuse costs $36.5 billion annually. In Marin County alone, financial abuse cases make up 32% of all referrals to Adult Protective Services. Nationwide it’s estimated that only 1 in 10 cases is reported.

Steven Campbell Jul 07, 2020
"Walking the Tightrope...From Burnout to Balance"
"Walking the Tightrope...From Burnout to Balance"
 
 
One of today’s most pressing problems is feeling overwhelmed. We are checking our cellphones nearly 50 times a day and finding ourselves working all day and weekends to no avail.  It is no secret that this is happening to all of us; no one is immune. And a simple awareness of burnout is not enough to bring balance to our lives; different actions must be taken.  Steven Campbell, MSIS presents the astounding scientific discoveries of how our minds can be rewired and trained to find the balance we need.  
He teaches how balance is, in fact, a state of mind. Steve both teaches and demonstrates the psychological discoveries of how it can be attained. He does this in the form of four key takeaways from the acronym FIND.
  • Free yourself from your need to control.
  • Integrate all aspects of your life.
  • No! Learning to just say "No!”.
  • Develop a balanced mindset.                                                                                                                                                                  It’s not magic…it’s science. 
John Freeman Jul 14, 2020
"How Dry I Ain’t: Prohibition – the Ignoble Experiment that Failed "
"How Dry I Ain’t: Prohibition – the Ignoble Experiment that Failed "

This year we celebrate the centennial of the beginning of the Volstead Act (1920 – 1933), the enforcement legislation of the 18 th Amendment. The Prohibition movement had its origins in the Northeast and Midwest, with very little enthusiasm in the West, and particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area. But it was the “Law of the Land,” and we had to obey its restrictions. The 13 years of Prohibition have been sensationalized, primarily because of gang violence and dramatic law enforcement methods in big cities and smaller communities in other regions of the nation. This presentation will focus on the less dramatic activities of citizens in our area, who found ways to circumvent what President Herbert Hoover called the “noble experiment” with a much more relaxed attitude.

Julia Flynn Siler Jul 21, 2020
"The White Devil's Daughters"
"The White Devil's Daughters"

She will discuss her latest book, "The White Devil's Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown."  Accompanied by historical photos from the book, she'll explore the Marin settings and people in her nonfiction book.

Jon Haveman Aug 04, 2020
"Trade Wars: What Are they Good for?"
"Trade Wars: What Are they Good for?"

In recent years, the United States has pursued a more aggressive set of trade policies than has been seen in nearly 100 years.  This includes systematic efforts to undermine the 70 years of global cooperation that has characterized most of the post WWII era. Dr. Haveman will discuss the nature of these policies, the implications of such an activist trade policy and the associated benefits and costs

Beni Shinohara Aug 18, 2020
“The Power of Live Music"
“The Power of Live Music"

She will talk about her background growing up in Japan and how she came to the USA.  She will share her beliefs in the power of live music that empowered her to connect with the community. She will perform for us as well.

Janis Couvreux Sep 29, 2020
"Sail Cowabunga: A Family's 10 Years at Sea"
"Sail Cowabunga: A Family's 10 Years at Sea"

From Bordeaux France to San Francisco, California, her talk follows a Franco-American couple and their two young sons across the Atlantic Ocean and into a ten-year journey at sea. Through their adventures and misadventures, tragedies, and glories across four continents, the Couvreux family rarely had a dull moment living on the water.  Janis chronicles in vivid and lively detail how they fended off a midnight intruder, sailed to the microscopic St. Peter and St. Paul rocks on the equator, explored the jungles of French Guiana and Devil’s Island, and sailed through Cuba in the turmoil of the late 80s.  Their adventure was not without hardship, however, as Janis recounts battling medical emergencies that required sending her husband across the globe for treatment (twice), leaving her to single handedly orchestrate a Panama Canal passage amid pre-war chaos. While living in the close quarters of their 42-foot sailboat, the Cowabunga, the Couvreux family was able to maintain sanity and a normal daily routine of cooking, schooling, and sleeping at sea, knowing all the while that something unexpected might be waiting just around the next peninsula