Schedule - Spring 2017

Join us for our next series starting April 26th!!

4/26 - Timmerie Millington
"Science and the Beauty of Sexuality”

Seeking to share the dignity and transcendence of the human person, Timmerie Millington is a Catholic Speaker and co-hosts Hearts and Minds radio show/podcast with Catholic Answers Apologist Trent Horn. Timmerie’s extensive background in the pro-life movement includes five years working as the Director of Education & Outreach at Life Choices pregnancy counseling center in San Diego. Timmerie Millington holds a Masters Degree in Exegetical Biblical Theology and Bachelor's Degree in Communications Media with an emphasis in the New Evangelization from John Paul the Great Catholic University.

Timmerie’s work with nonprofit organizations has lead her to focus on educating an overly sexualized and digitalized culture that is hungry for faith and human connection. She helps others discover life-giving self-giving love as central to the human vocation. Through her speaking she focusses primarily on human dignity in the modern world as she addresses feminism, abortion, chastity, contraception, pornography, gender ideology, marriage and family, and the female pursuit of happiness.


5/10 – Dr. George Barth
“Modern Music’s Dilemma: Escaping Beauty or the Ugliness of Truth”

George Barth is Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Programs at Stanford University, where he coaches pianists and chamber musicians, and gives seminars on music theory and the history of performance. Before being invited to the Stanford faculty in 1987, he taught at the University of Washington in Seattle, at Cornell University, and at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Since 2007, Professor Barth and his colleague Kumaran Arul have been hosting a series of international symposia, Reactions to the Record, which explore the connection between sound recordings and performance style.
In the spring of 2015 he was a featured presenter at the Smithsonian Institution’s symposium Historically Informed Performance in America’s Higher Education, and in May of 2016 spoke about “How to Perform Less Accurately Through Listening” at Indiana University’s conference on Historical Performance: Theory, Practice, andInterdisciplinarity.

5/24 – Cian O’Brien
“Artificial Intelligence & Technology: Where is it Taking Us?”

"What is Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning?"  "Is there a difference?"  "Does AI pose an existential threat?"  "Should I care?"  Please join Cian O'Brien as he attempts to provide some clarity on the subject, dispel some common myths and explain why it is an emerging technology you should defiantly want to better understand.
A California native, Cian O'Brien has had a distinguished career in Silicon Valley Information Technology working for companies such as Oracle,WebTV, Microsoft, Cisco, HP and New Relic. Cian attended school at SFSU, earning his BA in Philosophy with an early emphasis in Comparative Religion and later, Cognitive Science.  A late convert to Catholicism, Cian and his wife MaryAnn were confirmed in the Church in 2005, and continue their faith journey with their three sons in Sunnyvale. He is a regular lecturer at Our Lady of Santa Clara Retreat House, on subjects as diverse as Islam, Western Philosophy, The Philosophy of Science and AI.  

6/07 – John Wilhelmson
“God Through the Microscope: An Intro to Methodology”

John C. Wilhelmsson is a professor of philosophy at San Jose State University. As a professor John is known for his thoughtful and independent interpretations and intuitive teaching style. Born and raised in San Jose, California John became interested in having a career in philosophy after reading "Fides et Ratio" (Faith and Reason) by Pope John Paul II. He made Edith Stein the focal point of his research because John Paul II mentioned her in this work. With the support of the fine professor of philosophy Richard Tieszen John began his research on Edith Stein. John was awarded his master's degree in 2007 and his thesis "The Philosophical Contributions of Edith Stein" was named best in his college. John is currently both a successful businessman and an instructor at San Jose State University.

6/21 – Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, PhD
“Faith and Science: Contradictory or Complementary?”

Fr. Spitzer is a Catholic Priest in the Jesuit order (Society of Jesus) and is currently the President of the Magis Center and the Spitzer Center. He is currently appearing weekly on EWTN in “Father Spitzer’s Universe." As president of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009, he significantly increased the programs and curricula in faith, ethics, service, and leadership, built 22 buildings, and increased enrollment by 75%. He has appeared on many national television programs including the Larry King Show with Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow, and Deepak Chopra discussing faith and science.
6/23-6/25 – Camping Retreat at Portola Redwood State Park