Bono, Rockstar Philanthropist By Treg Julander

May 21, 2018

Bono, the charismatic frontman for the rock band U2, is one of the world's best-known philanthropic performers and was named the most politically effective celebrity of all time by the National Journal. In addition to writing songs steeped in social and political themes as the band’s primary lyricist, Bono has been instrumental in founding and supporting several causes aimed at pursuing global humanitarian relief. Prominent among these efforts is the ONE Campaign, an international, non-profit, advocacy organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, and Product Red, a brand licensed to partner companies that raises money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Treg Julander is an attorney with the Ostergar Law Group in Mission Viejo, where his practice includes appeals, construction law, and business litigation. Since 2008, he has also served as General Counsel for Advent Companies in San Juan Capistrano, a general contractor that builds multi-family housing. Treg is the author of “Until Murder Do Us Part,” an LDS legal thriller. He also hosts a podcast about rock music called Rock Tale Hour. Treg lives in Rancho Santa Margarita with his wife, Jenny, and is an avid U2 fan!

 

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Vietnam Revisited by Fritz Mehrtens

May 15, 2018

“Fritz Mehrtens, a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel and Vietnam veteran, presents Vietnam Revisited, a review of the events leading up to the struggle and the US involvement in it.  Vietnam was a major feature of the turbulent decade of the ‘60s that so changed American culture, and this presentation identifies the people and events that caused the conflict.  It further examines the two phases of US engagement in the conflict, the ‘Vietnamization’ program that began the US withdrawal, and the eventual fall of Saigon in 1975.  ~ 45 minutes.

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“Steven Spielberg, Filmmaker” by Matt Ball

April 30, 2018

Matt Ball comes with a foundation of marketing and development in the film industry with an emphasis in special event projects, stage performance, writing, and producing. As one of those in the first wave of employees at Dream Works Studios-before there was an SKG Studios-Matt wore any hat that was necessary to help launch the feature films departmant. Yet his heart was always personally attached to the prospect of having a say-so as to what ultimately got on the screen. Consequently, writing has always been the secret sauce of having a voice that people would want to hear. 

Currently, Matt's responsibilities as Director of Public Affairs (North America West Area) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints involves developing relationships with opinion leaders from academia, business, government and religion, public or privately maintained. Matt's work ultimately involves building bridges with those people or entities that might help or hinder the LDS Church. His goal is to clarify public positions, demystify folklore or misunderstood doctrine, and to help introduce the Morman phenomenon into positive, mainstream awareness. In his spare time, if you don't find Matt with his family, he might be at the movie theater or on his road bike or mountain bike, cycling for the sheer love of it! Matt has been married for 37 years and is a father of seven children.

Matt will talk about his personal experience with Dream Works Studios and his subsequent interaction with Steven Spielberg. In conjuntion with that, he will connect his personal experience with Steven Spielberg as it compares to the comprehensive analysis that was done in the book, "The Men Who Would Be King".

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Albert Einstein and the World’s Most Famous Equation: E = MC2 by Dan Fuller

November 10, 2017

Albert Einstein and the World's Most Famous Equation: E = MC2.  We all know the equation but do we know what it means and more importantly, its significance in our lives? You don’t have to be a mathematician or a rocket scientist to appreciate this equation and the genius who brought it to us while working as a clerk in a patent office in 1905.

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Benjamin Franklin, the “First American” by JUDGE BRETT LONDON

November 10, 2017

Benjamin Franklin, the “First American,” was a most remarkable person.  He was a writer and printer and created over 1,000 famous quotes and proverbs.  He was a model citizen and founded the first public library, the first volunteer fire department, the first public hospital, the first liberal arts academy, the first think tank, and the first mutual insurance company.  He was an inventor and created the lightning rod, bi-focal glasses, flexible urinary catheter, Franklin stove, and daylight savings time.  He was a scientist, and he conducted groundbreaking experiments in electricity.  He was the person who persuaded the French to join the American Revolution, and he was involved in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris, and the Constitution.  He was the most beloved celebrity of his time—with his funeral being  attended by over 20,000 people.  Come explore the life of Benjamin Franklin.

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Founding Principles, by Becky Davies

October 15, 2017

This presentation is about our nearly lost national principles. This presentation has been inspiring to many audiences and surprising to many who thought they knew history. Becky Davies has written and taught a community Constitution/Founding Principles class for the past 5 years which will be taught by other teachers in January 2017 in 6-8 locations in San Diego. This presentation addresses how unfamiliar we, as a people, have become in the principles of Liberty. This presentation is non-partisan, non-political, and non-denominational.

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales by John Skousen

November 11, 2016

If the Grimms' Fairy Tales were not original, how old are the original stories?

One Swedish folklorist, Anna Brigitta Rooth, has observed the considerable complexity of the stories.  Notably, she reportedly coined the term, "Cinderella Cycle," wherein she identified seven hundred versions of the basic Cinderella story. The task was to discern which type of Cinderella variant was the original tale and to determine how the original tale spread.

What purposes were served by the proliferation of these magical tales?

Did the tales satisfy some unfulfilled needs of the ancient and medieval civilizations?

Are there any obscure messages in the fairy tale that may be surprising?

John Skousen practices law in Irvine, California, and is a partner at Fisher Phillips LLP, a national labor employment law firm. 

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Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” by Curt Duke

November 10, 2016

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too...Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it.” If, by Rudyard Kipling.

Among Rudyard Kipling’s writings, The Jungle Book is one of his most popular. It is one of many children's books written by Kipling—who was also a prolific poet. In 1907, Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature—making him the first author to awarded this prize for literature in the English language.

Mr. Duke is an archaeologist who specializes in southern California prehistory. He received his B.A. in Anthropology in 1994 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his M.A. in Anthropology in 2006 from California State University, Fullerton. His M.A. thesis focused on prehistoric mortuary analysis in southern California.

 

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John Muir, “A Voice for the Wilderness” by Joseph Platt

August 15, 2016
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in, and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike, John Muir The Yosemite, 1912.
John Muir came to the wilds of Wisconsin from Scotland as a young boy in 1849. He became a self-taught naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and powerful advocate for the preservation of wilderness. His letters, essays, and books have been read by millions and have shaped our thinking about our relationship with wildness. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas.
Although John endured an austere and puritanical upbringing, he kept his faith in God by finding Him in nature and becoming His cleric. He wrote: “No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty.” By exploring the life of John Muir we can accept his invitation to discover that, “Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”
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“Teddy Roosevelt, ‘Rough Rider’” by Dyke Huish

July 15, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He believed it was his destiny to lead the people of the United States into the Twentieth Century. He believed it was his duty to make government the guarantor of a “square deal” for all Americans—particularly recent immigrants, the poor, and the inhabitants of great cities. He also believed that the United States must take its place among the great powers of the world, that with the help of a greatly expanded navy it must fill the vacuum being left by the decline of the British Empire. Roosevelt was a successful author, big game hunter, and global adventurer. He was simply great. Perhaps no one in American History more personifies who Americans are and hope to become.

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