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Masters Series, an adult education program of the Pasadena Senior Center, is designed to increase understanding of national and international issues, the arts, other cultures, the community, and the individual. With a focus on “understanding,” courses are presented by local university faculty and experts. Each term provides a wonderful opportunity for learning and discussion.

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Masters Series Winter Term 2018

2018 Winter Term
Tuesdays, January 9 - March 6
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
$120 Full Series
$15 per Lecture

Climate Change: An Urgent Threat?

Everyone has an opinion about climate change. Is it real or isn’t it? In January and February of 2018 we’re dedicating the Winter Term of the Pasadena Senior Center Masters Series to digging out the facts. Former Harvard professor John Odell will discuss what he feels is the impending threat posed by climate change and the steps we should be taking right now to defend ourselves. Joel Haber, a former post-doctoral fellow at Cal-Tech will examine the 50-year battle for hearts and minds between the scientific community, the public and many government leaders over whether climatic change truly exists. Want to know what was in the United Nations’ 2015 Paris agreement? What will be the effects of President’ Trump’s decision to take the U.S. out of it? What are China and other national and local governments doing? How could global governance be improved? We’ve got the people who know the answers. If your questions are about things closer to home, Peter Kalmus of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will show us how to reduce our personal carbon footprint and strike a personal climate revolution, which is a good thing to do whether climate change is a civilization-ending threat or not. Craig Hover, heeding a keen interest in renewable energy, will have a hydrogen-fueled car on display for his January 16 lecture. Professor Memper-Drumm will explore how all the products we use will be designed with sustainability in mind and what that will mean for businesses. Dr. Jeremy Pal of Loyola Marymount will share his research on the impact of heatwaves, flood and drought in for habitability in California and places abroad. Professore Adkins of Caltech will present his studies on the problem of rising CO2 in the atmosphere. Because even if we get rid of all car and industry emissions tomorrow, temperatures will continue to rise. We need the help of new processes, based on old and new technologies, to completely solve the problem. These sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Pam Kaye at (626) 685-6766 or



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Heidrun Mumper-Drumm

Heidrun Mumper-Drumm
ArtCenter At Night / Graphic Design / Product Design

Heidrun Memper Drumm

Heidrun Mumper-Drumm teaches courses that explore the potential for art and design to address pressing environmental, social and economic challenges. Using ''form, function and sustainability'' as a benchmark for creative practice, the student artist/designer learns how to evaluate environmental impacts, apply sustainability best practices and optimize product life cycles. Professor Mumper-Drumm is ArtCenter''s Director of Sustainability Initiatives and advises the student-led EcoCouncil. She is a Fellow of the Partnership of Academic Leadership for Sustainability and Vice President of ico-D, the International Council of Design. She leads research, conducts seminars and workshops, speaks about life cycle thinking, and occasionally is able to work on a letterpress project.

Jeremy Pal

Jeremy Pal
Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jeremy Pal

Dr. Jeremy Pal received his AA from Santa Monica College in 1991, BS in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in 1994, and MS and PhD Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997 and 2001, respectively. He is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at LMU where he teaches a variety of courses related to hydrology and water resources as well as climate change and sustainability. Prior to joining the LMU faculty in 2006, Dr. Pal worked as a research scientist in the Earth System Physics Group for the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Italy, an agency that operates under the UNSESCO umbrella with the mission to foster the growth of research in developing nations. He was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He also has experience with various consultancies including the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office in Ethiopia and the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology in Singapore.

Dr. Pal has over 20 years of experience in the field of climate change and its impacts on water resources and the hydrologic cycle; extreme climatic events including flood, drought, and heat waves; agriculture; and human health. Other areas of expertise include the impacts of land cover and landuse change on surface climate and the role of land surface conditions in the prediction of flood and drought. To assess and project these impacts, he employs a variety of complex numerical models, including earth system, hydrologic, wetlands, and water resources management models, as well as analyzes a number of surface and satellite observational datasets. He was the co-lead developer of the ICTP Regional Climate Model, one of the most internationally recognized and used models. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, including in top journals such as Nature Climate Change and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; as well as several book chapters and consultancy reports. Furthermore, he has delivered numerous invited presentations on the topics of his research.

Jess F. Adkins

Jess F. Adkins
Smits Family Professor of Geochemistry and Global Environmental Science

Jess Adkins

Professor Adkins focuses on geochemical investigations of past climates using corals, sediments and their interstitial waters; Rate of deep ocean circulation and its relation to mechanisms of rapid climate changes; Metals as tracers of environmental processes; Radiocarbon and U-series chronology. Chemical oceanography.

Masters Series Spring Term 2018

2018 Spring Term
Tuesdays beginning April 3
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Final full schedule to be determined
$15 per Lecture

Join us for entertaining journeys across cultures and continents revealed through the theater.

The Tuesday Spring sessions will explore performing arts' role in amplifying and revealing cultural values and identities through interactive presentations with professional actors. Featured scenes include The Arabian Nights, folktales and fables from different peoples, British and Russian comedy and the world of contemporary art. These sessions will reveal both the diversity and shared elements of human nature. Plus a bonus session exploring the mind and writings of Stephen Hawking including a scene that illustrates his work.

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