Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What Can We Do About Global Warming?

How to Head Off the Most Serious Consequences

Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

Informed individuals are well aware of climate change from the countless reports continually appearing in the media. What is less well known is the state of progress in dealing with its mitigation. On Tuesday evening, May 22 at Crowell Public Library, USC Professor Emeritus Thomas Flood will present a program that summarizes the changes necessary to head off the most serious consequences that will likely occur if society continues on the path of “business as usual.”  These changes include:  a shift to renewable technologies as the exclusive sources of energy; abandonment of the internal combustion engine with all transportation and machinery driven by renewable electricity; reversal of deforestation; and revision of agricultural practices.  The scientific and technological knowledge exists to accomplish most of these goals.  Climate change mitigation is not all-or-nothing. If we cannot get to 100% renewables right away, it is still extremely important to get to 50 or 60% as soon as possible.  The change to renewable energy can be accomplished as a net positive for society. 

After receiving his doctorate in Chemistry at MIT, Professor Thomas Flood spent most of his forty years at USC conducting research on how metal-containing molecules react with hydrocarbons.  The work had direct relevance to fossil fuels and led to his interest in energy sources and the effects of their use on the environment and on climate.   Professor Flood has presented courses at USC on atmospheric chemistry and pollution, conventional and renewable energy sources, and global warming and climate change.  He has participated in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project Leadership Training program, the Citizens Climate Lobby, the Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.  Since retiring in 2012, he has given lectures on climate change, renewable energy and sustainable transportation for UCLA Extension, the Emeriti College at USC, and for various community organizations in the greater LA area. 

It is very clear that if we ignore the global warming, it will likely lead to wide-ranging destructive and expensive consequences.  Learn more when Crowell Library presents Professor Thomas Flood on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Barth Community Room.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Digital Portrait Photography in the Bright Southern California Sunshine

with George Simian

Saturday, May 19th 2-4:00 p.m.

Learn how to modify the harsh sunlight of Southern California when making outdoor portraits.  On Saturday, May 19th, photographer George Simian returns to Crowell Public Library to demonstrate how to change the quality of that light for beautiful images. Attendees will learn how to use hand-held diffusers and reflectors while making a portrait, in both sunlight and shade, right behind the Library. The images will be shown in real time on a laptop and then after the shoot, students will follow George into the Barth Community room to see the images on the large screen and discuss the best strategies for improving outdoor portraiture.  Attendees are urged to bring their favorite subjects, whether it’s Mom or a best friend, and snap away.

George Simian, a leading commercial photographer and educator (UCLA Extension, Samy’s Camera) will show you how to master basic lighting concepts and skills, managing both the quality (hard vs. soft) and the direction (frontal vs. indirect) of light.  A longtime member of the American Photographic Artists, George started out as a photography teacher in 1973 at Cornell University, excited to "expose" newcomers to the wonders of the latent silver image, and its magical manifestation in the darkroom. When his career moved on to commercial photography, he became a mentor to his assistants, as well as presenting one-day seminars for photographers' organizations, and for various manufacturers.  Relocating to Los Angeles, George re-engaged with teaching and continues to offer individual coaching, meeting with emerging photographers with varying interests, and at different experience levels.  He finds it amazing how much one can accomplish when working side-by-side, focused exclusively on the issue at hand. 
Don’t miss this free class from an expert on Saturday, May 19th from 2 to 4 p.m. at Crowell Library.