Speaker Date Topic
DARK for Memorial Day May 26, 2017
Scholarship Day Jun 02, 2017
Awarding students money for school!
TBD Jun 09, 2017
Dr. Stephanie Shaner Jun 16, 2017
The Opioid Epidemic
The Opioid Epidemic

Stephanie Shaner, M.D.

The Opioid Epidemic: How it Happened and What We’re Doing About It

Stephanie Shaner, M.D. is a physician, administrator, lecturer and training supervisor with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG), at the Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC), a Kaiser Foundation Hospital   She is Chief of the Department of Addiction Medicine, evaluating and treating both outpatients and inpatients with addictions and co-occurring disorders.  She is Assistant Area Medical Director at LAMC, responsible for Quality and Risk Management, Patient Safety, Regulatory Services, Credentials and Privileges, and Infection Control.  She oversees the functioning of the Departments of Addiction Medicine, Psychiatry (inpatient and outpatient), and Social Medicine.  Dr. Shaner is a Senior Faculty Member of the Center for Medical Education at LAMC.  She lectures on such subjects as diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric, addictive and co-occurring disorders, limit-setting, handling the difficult patient, and smoking cessation, in addition to Quality and Patient Safety.  Dr. Shaner is the Regional Chief of Addiction Medicine for the Southern California Region of SCPMG (SCAL).  She also chairs the SCAL Regional Peer Review Oversight Committee for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. Shaner holds double boards in Psychiatry and Neurology and in Addiction Medicine.

DARK for Dethroning Jun 23, 2017
DARK for Independence Day Jun 30, 2017
Superintendent Ben Drati Jul 07, 2017

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Ben Drati

Dr. Ben Drati has served as superintendent for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District since January 2017. Dr. Drati oversees the 16-school, preschool -12th grade district serving 11,000 students in the beach communities of Santa Monica and Malibu.

Dr. Drati previously served as assistant superintendent of secondary education in the Santa Barbara Unified School District from 2012 until joining SMMUSD early this year.

Dr. Drati began his career in education as a chemistry teacher and football coach in Fresno in 1997, and subsequently served as assistant principal, learning director, deputy principal and principal in central California school districts.

Dr. Drati is committed to involving all stakeholders in Excellence through Equity as the guiding principal of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for SMMUSD. Developing partnerships and relationships with businesses, agencies, law enforcement and community organizations to build a strong community and improve the learning environment for all students is very important to him.

Dr. Drati is married with two sons in high school and a daughter now in the workforce, and is in the process of relocating his family to the community.

Laura Talamante, Ph.D. Jul 14, 2017
Bastille Day!
Bastille Day!

Bastille Day: Its Historic Significance in a Local, National, and Global Context

Laura Talamante is an Associate Professor of History at California State University, Dominguez Hills. At CSU Dominguez Hills, she teaches courses in European and Women’s History. Dr. Talamante also guides student research in French and global revolutionary history, focusing on issues of human rights and social justice. She serves students and the campus as a Faculty Advising Fellow, co-advisor of Phi Alpha Theta: National History Honor Society, and as the current Vice Chair of the CSU Dominguez Hills Academic Senate. Dr. Talamante has been elected to serve as the Chair of the Academic Senate in 2017-2018.

Dr. Talamante earned her Ph.D. in History at UCLA, where her, “Les Citoyennes Marseillaises: Women and Political Change during the French Revolution,” won the Mary Wollstonecraft Dissertation Award from the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. She has published on women and citizenship development in eighteenth-century France, in both English and French-language journals. Her most recent article, “Political divisions, gender and politics: the case of revolutionary Marseille” was published by French History (Oxford University Press) in March 2017. Dr. Talamante is also the co-author of  “Transgresser au féminin : Rose Michel Reynoir, une féministe avant la lettre,” with Dr. Christophe Regina (Université de Toulouse), forthcoming in Transgresser, une voie pour les femmes? Genre, récits et usages de la transgression (Presses Universitaires de Provence). She has also published on innovative teaching pedagogy, using comparative global perspectives in journals such as The History Teacher.

Dr. Talamante has received numerous honors and awards, including French residential fellowships from the Brown Foundation for the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes and from the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. Dr. Talamante has also worked collaboratively to bring educational history and cultural events to her campus. To this end, she has won two French American Cultural Exchange Tournée Festival of French Films grants and a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture grant, among others.

District Governor Visit Jul 21, 2017
Rotary District 5280
Ted Winterer Jul 28, 2017
Santa Monica Mayor
Hanna Song Aug 04, 2017
Liberty in North Korea
Craft Talks Aug 11, 2017
2 New Members tell their Life Story
Mssr. Clouvel Aug 18, 2017
Sam Lagana Aug 25, 2017
Associate Vice Chancellor Pepperdine University
DARK for Labor Day Sep 01, 2017
Prof. Gary Fouts of SMC Sep 08, 2017
Solar Eclipses
Kaiser Permanente Sep 22, 2017
Affordable Care Act
David Tavers Oct 06, 2017
Current Trends in Tech Start Up Companies
Jackson Varady Oct 13, 2017
How to be Happy
How to be Happy

How to be Happy

The Art & Science of Turning Blahs Into Aahs

Originally from New York, Dr. Jackson Varady has made Santa Monica his home for the past 20 years.  In 2005 he and his wife, Dr. Pamela Varady, founded Dynamic Learning & Listening Center to provide therapies for individuals and families seeking to improve social, emotional, and cognitive functioning.  In addition to being a licensed clinical psychologist, he is a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, business owner and a friend.  It is through a keen awareness of the complexities of each of these roles and relationships, that allows him to easily connect with others and get straight to the heart of matters.  When appropriate he utilizes approaches and techniques including Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, Positive Psychology, Psychodynamic, Mind-Body, as well as Interpersonal Neurobiology.

Senator Ben Allen Oct 20, 2017
TBD Oct 27, 2017
DARK for Wine Fest Nov 03, 2017
TBD Nov 10, 2017
USC/UCLA Day! Nov 17, 2017
Joint Mtg. with Westwood Rotary