Distinguished Speakers Series

Each year, we invite special guest speakers to join our community in a special assembly in the Zalk Theater. Distinguished Speaker Series might feature alumni from the 50’s or from the 90’s or a member of our local or global community. Events might include a performance, demonstration, or presentation and always includes an interview followed by a question and answer period for students, faculty, and guests.

We are so grateful to our 2017 – 18 school year distinguished speakers! We invite our broader community of alumni, family, and friends to join us for these educational and thought-provoking events! Simply contact us to RSVP for an upcoming event.

Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Dr. P. Krishna 04/26/19 at 11:00am

Professor Krishna was born in Chennai (south India) but grew up in Indore (central India) where his parents were educationists. After completing his B.Sc. from Holkar College, Indore he joined  the Delhi University for his M.Sc. in Physics. There he first met and heard Krishnamurti in 1957-58. In 1959 he joined the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) for his Ph.D. and continued to listen to Krishnamurti during his visits to the Foundation centre at Rajghat, Varanasi. After completing his Ph.D. he was appointed as faculty in Physics department of BHU.

He has published two books and over 70 research papers based on his research work in science. He has held visiting scientist positions at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the Cambridge Research Labs in Boston, the University of Bristol, England and the Max Planch Institute in Stuttgart, Germany at different times.

He was a Professor of Physics at the university when in 1985 Krishnamurti asked him to take charge of the Rajghat Education Centre as its Rector and Principal of the Rajghat Besant School. He worked in this capacity till 2003 and has since been in-charge of the Krishnamurti Study Centre at Rajghat. He has lectured all over the world on Krishnamurti’s teachings, education, science and society.

He is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy and a Trustee of the Krishnamurti Foundation of India. In 2015 he wrote a memoir entitled, “ A Jewel on a Silver Platter: Remembering J.Krishnamurti” published on www.lulu.com.

More details can be found on his website www.pkrishna.org.

Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Jim McHugh 10/26/18 at 11:00am

In 2010, the United Nations honoured him with the IPC Professional Photography Leadership Award. Jim also won The International Photography Awards’ First Prize for Fine Art Photography 2007, and George Eastman House awarded him Best of Show in 2008 for architectural imagery of Los Angeles.

Jim attended the master’s program at the UCLA Film School. He went on to become one of the original contributing photographers to People magazine, an official photographer for the Grammy Awards, and a contributing photographer to Architectural Digest.

He is renowned for his large format Polaroid images of Los Angeles, urban landscapes monumentalizing that which is now invisible and derelict. These pictures were first exhibited at Timothy Yarger Fine Art in 2010 in a show of Jim’s work titled “Let’s Get Lost: Polaroids From The Coast.”

Jim is critically acclaimed for his series of artist portraits that include Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, and David Hockney, and he has published several books on artists. His artist portraits were first exhibited at The James Corcoran Gallery in Los Angeles in 1984. In 2011, the Yarger gallery presented “Los Angeles: 40 Artists – Photographs by Jim McHugh” in partnership with the Getty Museum’s “Pacific Standard Time” program, celebrating art in Los Angeles from 1945 to 1985.

Presently, Jim is working, based in Los Angeles, and is preparing an exhibition for Photokina – World of Imaging 2012 in Cologne, Germany.

Photograph by Tim Mantoani

Distinguished Speaker Series welcomes Sean Henschel 9/26/18 at 12:30pm

Sean Henschel
Owner of Henschel Governmental Affairs

Sean Henschel brings almost twenty years of service in California state and county and city government. Sean held management roles in the California State Senate and Assembly, including serving as chief of staff to multiple members and as a senior consultant to Select Legislative Policy Committees. He has also worked in chief director roles for numerous political campaign offices, overseeing targeted voter outreach, registration data analysis, and large-scale mail advertising.

Sean has represented a wide range of clients, including Alta Motors, Amazon.com, American Medical Response, Graphic Packaging International, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. Sean has over 50 bills signed into law to his credit and has delivered successful outcomes at all levels of government while maintaining positive working relationships across partisan lines.

Distinguished Speaker: Raymond Neutra HVS ’57


Friday, October 28

Dr. Raymond Richard Neutra was born in Los Angeles in 1939. For 25 years Dr. Neutra was on the board of the Besant Hill School.

Dr. Neutra and his late wife Penelope had five sons and six grandchildren. In 2008 he married a high school friend Peggy Bauhaus who had two sons with her late husband and also has six grandchildren, between them they have seven sons and thirteen grandchildren! He is an amateur guitar player and singer, enjoys digital photography, hiking, traveling, scuba diving and reading in ethics, religion, philosophy of science, psychology ,economic development history and detective stories.  See Raymond Neutra’s photos here.

Raymond Neutra

Dr. Neutra serves on the the Ethics and on the Policy Committees of ISEE. He is helping to fund raise for the Richard and Dion Neutra VDL Studio/Residences. This was designed by his late father, architect Richard Neutra and his brother Dion. In 1990 it was left to Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design. (see www.neutra-vdl.org) He and his wife have volunteered with the Royal Institute of Health Sciences in Bhutan. He is developing a course on decision making for undergraduates and has been writing and publishing essays on a number of topics including the experiences of the unsung Public Health heroes who keep us healthy.

Chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control (DEODC) after 27 years at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). DEODC included the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch, the California Occupational Health Branch, the Environmental Health Laboratory Branch, the California Birth Defects Registry and the Environmental Health Investigations Branch. This Division of 200 people is responsible for conducting investigations and providing technical assistance and advice to State and County officials with regard to occupational and environmental problems. Dr. Neutra was also the Chief of the Electric and Magnetic Fields Program (EMF), a multiyear study of policy related research. This program included projects that evaluated precautionary actions at schools and along power lines from both an ethical and cost/effectiveness point of view ( see www.ehib.org/emf) Prior to accepting his position as Division Chief, Dr. Neutra worked for fifteen years developing an environmental health investigations capacity in CDHS, serving as Section Chief and then as Branch Chief.

Before joining CDHS in 1980, he was a tenured Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the UCLA Medical School and the School of Public Health (February, 1977 to May, 1980), and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School and the School of Public Health (June, 1973 to February, 1977). He carried out epidemiological research in Cali, Colombia, SouthAmerica for three years and was medical officer for the Indian Health Service on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico (1966-1968).

Dr. Neutra received his Bachelors degree from Pomona College in 1961, his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and his Masters (1969) and Doctorate (1974) degrees in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He speaks Spanish, French and German.

Dr. Neutra is board certified in preventive medicine. He is co-author of a textbook on clinical quantitative decision analysis and of a medical anthropological book on seizures among the Navajo. He has published more than a hundred scientific articles or book chapters.. These reveal a particular interest in reproductive epidemiology, disease clusters, electric and magnetic fields, the application of epidemiology to quantitative decisionmaking, and the relevance of ethical frameworks and public participation to the formation of environmental health policy. He has been President of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, from which he received the John Goldsmith award for career achievement. He has served on the scientific advisory boards of the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registries and the World Health Organization where he chaired a workshop on the precautionary principle.. He has been on the editorial boards of Epidemiology, Annals of Environmental Health, Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, and Environmental Health, an on-line journal.

He will discuss why his father put such importance on having natural elements central to the environments he designed and the technologies Neutra used to fuse indoors and outdoors.

Raymond Neutra was influenced by his father Richard Neutra’s concern with physiology and design, pursing a research career in environmental medicine and epidemiology and sees environmental design and public health as closely related. Friday the 28th at 11:15am/Zalk Theater and at at 5:30pm at the Ojai Museum

$5, members free

image: The Moore house designed by Richard Neutra, photographed by Julius Shulman.

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