My Art and the World Around Me:
The influences of Environment, Culture and History
A Talk by
Eva Struble is a highly regarded painter with solo exhibitions at a number of museums. Her artwork has been informed by her exploration of the cities where she has lived, and in particular through environmental, cultural and historical research. Her work is based on such diverse themes as the architecture of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and other military sites, and on agriculture, labor and immigration in North County, San Diego. In this talk she will explore the trajectory of her art accompanied by images of her paintings.
Black Water by Eva Struble
(Image permission from Eva Struble)
In addition to painting, Struble is an Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at San Diego State University. Most recently, she led a two-week intensive art class in Morocco on art in the context of globalization and social change in Morocco.
FROM THE PRESIDENT
You’ll see a notice elsewhere in this month’s Notebook about a new activity called Just Lunch. My concept is to schedule lunches at different restaurants where members and guests can gather to dine and converse about anything and everything, with no set topic.
Our first gathering will be Friday, November 6 at Oceana Coastal Kitchen in Pacific Beach. I had lunch in August at Oceana, and was pleased with the menu and the bayside view. I hope Just Lunch will appeal to enough members and their guests to schedule on a regular basis. Restaurants will be selected on the basis of location, ease of parking, and interesting menu choices. If there is a need, it might be possible to set up a car pool from the University City area. Validated or handicap parking is available on the premises.
The board extends its thanks to members who included contributions along with their dues. Although not all dues have been received yet, to date the Operating Fund has received $340, Helen Hawkins has received $160, and Jane Ford has received $60. If you haven’t sent your dues yet, this is a gentle reminder. We’re eager to get started in putting together the SDIS Directory, and want it to be as accurate as possible.
Getting To Know:
David and Dorothy Parker
Some of us know Dave as our Membership Chair and Treasurer--the man who takes our annual checks. Others know Dave and Dorothy Parker as the genial hosts of our Thursday evening Supper With Scholars. But where did they hone the skills, interests, and personalities they bring to SDIS?
Well, to begin—Dorothy grew up in Webster, South Dakota. It was the county seat, with a population of 2,500. Dave is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, and his New England roots go back many generations.
Dorothy says, “I never saw a bookstore until I went to college.” Nevertheless, as a high school senior, she entered the state’s science fair with a study of the effect of sleep deprivation on mental, physical, and physiological functioning.
“I was hoping to refute my mother, who said I didn’t get enough sleep….But my research proved her right!” says Dorothy. She won the nation’s top prize in Girl’s Biology and the American Medical Association’s Award at the National Science Fair in New York City. Another influence was her older brother, an astrophysicist, who she says, “taught me set theory when I was in the fifth grade.”
Dorothy’s interests turned to biology, specifically microbiology. After undergraduate studies at the University of South Dakota, she arrived in California to earn a master’s in bacteriology and her doctorate in molecular biology at UC Berkeley. Meanwhile, Dave studied philosophy at Brown University, switched to psychology at Wesleyan, and arrived at UC Berkeley to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology.
You know what happened next: Dave and Dorothy met as graduate students in Berkeley.
Life in Oshkosh
Dorothy completed her degree first, and was offered a position as professor of biology and microbiology at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. When Dave joined her, positions for psychologists were not widely available in the area. He accepted a post providing clinical services to people in the correctional system – he says, “It was the best I could find in Oshkosh.” But he held the position for over eighteen years, reporting to the Dept. of Health and Social Services, while interacting cooperatively with the prison administration, before starting a private practice.
The Parkers lived in Wisconsin for twenty-six years. Dave had retired when Dorothy won a sabbatical year in India, where he studied Indian culture, explored Varanasi on a bicycle, and hiked in the Himalayas. When it came time for both to retire, Dorothy says, “We were looking for warmth. We started in Oregon and drove south along the coast.” It turned out that they liked San Diego—and “It had a good university.” But remember: Dave and Dorothy met in graduate school in UC Berkeley. “We thought it was romantic to return to California,” says Dorothy.
Back In San Diego
In San Diego, Dorothy is a research associate at UCSD, where she initially studied environmentally-important bacteria but is now collaborating in a project involving autism in children—“We are trying to bring together genetic studies with neuroscientific studies,” she says, “We’ve created an enormous data base related to autism.”
What might you not know about the Parkers? What did they enjoy when they were out of the classroom and office? Dorothy says: camping, skiing, living in India, hiking in the Himalayas. Dave says: sailing single-handedly through the Bahamas in a 22-foot sailboat, using dead reckoning and celestial navigation.
Meeting Details are in Column 2
September's subject was "happiness," a word we realized was difficult to define. Like the word "time," it has variable definitions. For example, compare the happiness quota in "content" with that in "ecstatic." Joy, bliss, delight, and comfort are all definitions of happiness, but they have a wide variety of meanings. Happiness is ephemeral, it can be interrupted or end momentarily, or become fear, rage, sorrow, or other forms of unhappiness. Also, it's very difficult for us to control. Nonetheless, we're always grateful for whatever happiness we find in our lives. The October meeting where we shall discuss "truth" will be on October 21, 2015, For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARY ELLEN STRATTHAUS
Culture One is holding its first meeting of the year: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, Signature Room, 1st floor, Vi. The meeting is open to SDIS members, long-term and new, and welcomes visitors interested in exploring research and ideas having to do with the evolution and development of human beings.
Our meeting will focus on the book: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (cf. Amazon book review). …“Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going. Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind's extraordinary history - from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age - and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world”.
At this meeting, we will share our initial opinions of the book and how we might want to use it in our study group meetings. The book is available in various formats: hardcover, paperback, kindle, e-book, Audible, Audio CD.
For information, please contact Sue R. Rosner, Michael Seidel, or Bea Rose.
SUE R. ROSNER
At the Culture Two meeting on Friday, September 25, the group discussed issues raised in the background reading for the meeting: Islam, The Religion and the People by Bernard Lewis and Buntzie Ellis Churchill.
For the group’s next meeting on Friday, October 23, the background reading is What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis.
Please contact Sam Gusman (email@example.com) for further information or inquiries about attending meetings of this study group.
TheFilm Groupwill meet Wednesday, October 7 at 10 a.m. at the home of Barbara Heckler to view The Past, a 2014 Iranian drama by Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi (for A Separation). It’s a story about a Palestinian family touched by tragedy. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The literature group will continue their reading of the stories of Thomas Mann, Tonio Kruger, Disorder and Early Sorrow, and Mario and the Magician. Marla Jensen will again be our discussion leader. We will be meeting at the home of Larry and Carol Gartner on Monday, October 12th, 10:30 a.m. Bring a brown bag lunch; dessert will be served!
Neuroscience Study Group
The Neuroscience Study Group will meet the third Tuesday of each month, at 3 p.m. in the home of Bea Rose. Discussions will focus on significant contemporary writings. The subject of the meeting October 20 is an essay by Daniel C. Dennett in This Idea Must Die, edited by John Brockman. Dennett’s essay is titled: The Hard Problem.