December Events presented by California Lutheran University

California Lutheran University
60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks


Biomythography: Currency Exchange

Through Thursday, Feb. 1

Artists’ reception: Dec. 2

William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

This exhibition investigates multiple forms of currency and the ways in which they are encoded in today’s culture. Contemporary artists from Costa Rica, Southern California and elsewhere use multimedia to draw attention to and understand the idea of cultural currency.

Featured artists include Guillermo Bert, Audrey Chan, Christian Salablanca Diaz, Chuck Feesago, Mimian Hsu, Elisa Bergel Melo, Kim Morris, Albert Lopez Jr., Marton Robinson, Javier Estaban Calvo Sandi and Glen Wilson. Curated by Chris Christion and Jessica Wimbley.

Admission is free. The gallery, located in William Rolland Stadium, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at (805) 493-3697 or [email protected] or visit



Through Thursday, Feb. 1

Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture

Curated by prolific representational artist Hernán Miranda, this exhibition features work by contemporary Paraguayans. Although several of the artists live abroad in Germany, Argentina, France and the United States, all the works are influenced by their mother country. Media include oil, acrylic, charcoal and graphite, and sculptures in bronze and glass, for “a convergence of different languages” in art coming from Paraguay, Miranda explains.

Artists include Gustavo Beckelmann, Osvaldo Camperchioli, Maite Casablanca, Esperanza Gill, Jorge Codas, Michael Oliver, Sila Estigarribia, Hernán Miranda, Roberto Morelli, Corina Paredes, Liliana Segovia, Felix Toranzos, Ing. Jorge Von Horoch and Gabriel Brizuela.

Admission is free. The Kwan Fong Gallery, located in Soiland Humanities Center, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, contact curator Rachel T. Schmid at (805) 493-3697 or visit


World AIDS Day

Friday, Dec. 1, 2:15–5:45 p.m.

Swenson Center for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Room 101

Part of Ventura County’s annual observance of World AIDS Day, this three-part program invites everyone to consider HIV/AIDS not just a medical issue, but as a social justice issue.

Join us first for HIV/AIDS 101, a sexual health education session from 2:15–3:15 p.m. Then stay for the Positively Speaking panel of local residents living with HIV/AIDS from 3:20–5 p.m. The event concludes with a nondenominational vigil beginning at 5 p.m. The vigil is an act of commitment: to stand with others in loss, against injustice, and connected in hope.

Admission is free. Sponsored by the Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice (CEJ), Sociology Department, Religion Department, HIV/AIDS Coalition of Ventura County, Ventura County Public Health and Planned Parenthood California Central Coast. For information, contact the CEJ at (805) 493-3694 or [email protected].


Christmas Festival Concerts

“His Light in Us”

Friday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3, 4 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

The CLU Choral Ensembles and University String Symphony combine forces to present the annual Christmas Festival Concerts. Welcome the holiday season with this special musical gift, featuring a narrated performance of Christmas music guaranteed to put you in the holiday mood. As always, the program for this longest-running annual event will include delightful lesser known carols as well as familiar favorites. Wyant Morton and Yoshika Masuda conduct.

This is always a popular concert, so arrive early for convenient parking. Doors open one hour before the concert.

Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. For tickets or information, call the Music Department at (805) 493-3305 or visit


Las Posadas

Sunday, Dec. 3, 7-9:30 p.m.

Student Union

In this Christmas season tradition dating to 16th-century Mexico, students playing Mary and Joseph travel by donkey through campus looking for shelter. Their journey begins in the Student Union and ends at Lundring Events Center, where the evening concludes with hot chocolate, ‘pan dulce’ and a piñata.

Admission is free. Sponsored by Multicultural Programs. For information, contact Carolina Zuniga-Mejia at [email protected] or Carina Perez at [email protected].


Hanukkah Party 

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 5-7 p.m.

Lundring Events Center. 

The Hillel Club holds its traditional Hanukkah party with fun activities and a social justice theme. The service will be followed by a meal.

Admission to the service is free. Cost of dinner is $15. Sponsored by the offices of Campus Ministry and Multicultural Programs. For information, contact Rabbi Belle Michael at [email protected].


History Lecture Series


Wednesdays, Dec. 6 and Jan. 10, 7-8:30 p.m.

Grant Brimhall Library Community Room

Given that no civilization lasts forever, how can we identify moments in history when a society, as it had been known for generations, ended?

Over six lectures – three in fall and three in spring – Cal Lutheran history professors will explore the collapse of Ancient Egypt, the Persian Empire, the Han Dynasty and the Roman Empire, as well as the Black Death and the end of the European order.

Dec. 6, “Collapse of the Persian Empire” – Paul Hanson discusses the lead-up to the events of 323 BCE.

Jan. 10, “The Han Dynasty Collapses” – David Nelson concludes the fall series with a talk on the civilizational collapse of 226 CE.

Admission is free. Sponsored by Cal Lutheran and the Thousand Oaks Library. The Grant R. Brimhall Library is located at 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. For information, contact Cindy Keitel at [email protected].


Sankta Lucia Service

Thursday, Dec. 7, 11:25 a.m. 

Samuelson Chapel

The ceremony of Sankta Lucia pays homage to the Christian martyr who died at the stake on Dec. 13, 304 A.D. The tradition, brought to America by Swedish immigrants, has been part of the university’s holiday celebrations since its early years. The festival honors the character traits of mercy, humility and purity of heart, as seen in the Beatitudes in the Gospel of Matthew.

Undergraduate students select five female and five male representatives whose depth of character and faith make them leaders in the Cal Lutheran community. Lucia, her attendants and their escorts enter to an ancient hymn and read an adaptation of the legend. Attendants then light the candles in Lucia’s crown.

Admission is free. Sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry. For information, call (805) 493-3228.


Recollections of a World War II Veteran

Len Zerlin

Thursday, December 7, 4 p.m.

Nygreen 2

Seventy-six years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor drew the U.S. into war, there aren’t many left to bear witness to the heroism and hope that threaded their way through the destruction and despair of World War II. History Club, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, and Veterans Resources invite you to hear the words of Thousand Oaks veteran, Len Zerlin, as he recounts his experiences serving in Europe with the U.S. Army Air Corps. Zerlin was born in Brooklyn, New York. In World War II, he served as a B-26 turret gunner, flying dozens of missions over France and Germany from 1943 to 1945. In 1996, he published a book about life in the Service, called “World War II Memories.” Cal Lutheran’s Department of History, Alpha Xi Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and Veteran’s Resources Office are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact David Nelson at [email protected].


Lunchtime Organ Recital Series

Joseph Peeples

Dec 8, at 12:30 p.m.

Samuelson Chapel

Adjunct faculty member Joseph Peeples showcases the 2,109-pipe Borg Petersen Memorial Organ in 30-minute recitals on the second Friday of each month. Varied works for all audiences. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch.

Admission is free. For information, call Campus Ministry at (805) 493-3228 or visit


Jazz Collective

Friday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.

Preus-Brandt Forum

Under the direction of Uziel Colon, student performers in the jazz ensemble play standards and modern classics.

Admission is free. For information, call the Music Department at (805) 493-3306 or visit

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