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April 17, 2007 > Nonprofit sector, Social Security to highlight lecture series

Nonprofit sector, Social Security to highlight lecture series

Nonprofit organizations and their role in enhancing life in the United States is the focus of an upcoming presentation of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's (OLLI) Spring Lecture Series at California State University, East Bay's Concord Campus on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

The second lecture of the series, on Wednesday, May 9 at 2 p.m., will concentrate on the problems and future of Social Security. The final presentation of the OLLI series - on Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m. - will discuss "Two Sons of Cordoba: Averroes, Maimonides, and the Enduring Influence of Aristotle."

Each of the three presentations will take place in the Oak Room of the Concord Campus, located at 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road. Admission for each lecture is $5 per person for the general public and free to members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal State East Bay.

The first of the OLLI programs: "What in the World Is the Nonprofit Sector and Why Should We Care?" will be addressed by Liz Callahan, executive director of the Center for Community Benefit Organizations, which is housed at the CSUEB Concord Campus. Panelists participating in the presentation with Callahan will include Sandy Warren, executive director for Senior Outreach Services; Ron Brown, executive director for Save Mount Diablo; Robin Raber-Luna, board member for the Volunteer Center of the East Bay; and Becky Rice, executive director for Ruth Bancroft Garden.

"Social Security in the U.S." will be presented by Jack Kilgour, Cal State East Bay professor emeritus of management, while Rabbi Peretz Prusan-Wolf will discuss the enduring legacies of Averroes and Maimonides, two revered 12th century writers. The rabbi, who is senior educator at Temple Emanu'El in San Francisco, will tell how the writers shook Islamic orthodoxy and how Maimonides greatly influenced Christian Europe.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal State East Bay is sponsored by the Bernard Osher Foundation and university's Concord Campus. The institute provides opportunities for intellectual stimulation and learning for students 50 and older.

Ticket reservations and additional information on the institute are available by telephone at (925) 602-6776 or online at

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