The LOPC First Friday Forum speaker series provides lectures of importance and interest to help inform the community about this ever-changing world. The programs will be offered at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of January through June. For now, programs will be presented as webinar events with the goal of having combined webinar and on-campus, in-person programs in 2023.

For the April program, Dr. Larry Toy gave a sweeping review of astronomy, from the measurement of time to the size and origin of the universe.  He talked about Dark Matter and Dark Energy and the gaps in our understanding of the universe. A video recording of the talk can be found in the archive below.

For the May program, Dr. Amos Guiora described how a personal connection led to his earlier book about the by-standers who enabled the Holocaust. A challenge from his publisher led to an investigation of sexual assaults and a book “Armies of Enablers: Survivor Stories of Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual Assaults” about how individuals and our institutions enable sexual predators. His talked ended with a discussion of the slow progress in making enablers criminally accountable. Information provided by Dr. Guiora can be found in the archive below.

June Program

This program will be held on Friday, June 6. Ryan Timpte will speak on “The Impact of the Pandemic on Children and Families.” Timpte is the former Director of Children’s Ministry at LOPC and has served children in churches and other non-profits for over twenty years. He holds a Master of Divinity and an M.A. in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary. For more information about Timpte and his talk click here.


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Remaining 2022 Speakers

  • June 3, Ryan Timpte, former Director of Children’s Ministry at LOPC, on “The Impact of the Pandemic on Children and Families.”



May 2022

Armies of Enablers: Survivor Stories of Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual Assaults. This lecture is based on Dr. Guiora’s personal interviews with numerous survivors of sexual assault from USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, and the Catholic Church, as well as thousands of pages of grand jury indictments, civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions, and media accounts. In his recent book, with the same title as his talk, he focuses not on what the sexual predators did, but on how institutions and individuals have allowed it to happen.

Click here for program notes.

April 2022

Dr. Larry Toy earned his PhD in astronomy from UC Berkeley. He spent 30 years as a professor of astronomy and received one of the initial Outstanding Faculty Awards for the California Community Colleges.

March 2022

Dr. Juan Carlos Ruiz-Guajardo, UC Davis scientist in evolution and ecology, speaks on “Mexican Culture in the Context of the Complex US-Mexico Relationship.” Click here for Internet Links.

February 2022

Marilyn Chase on the iconic works of artist Ruth Asawa

January 2022

Dr. Michael Baker, retired surgeon and U.S. Navy Admiral, on “Crisis on the Korean Peninsula and a Rational Way Forward.”
Program Notes