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Ojai Chautauqua Continuing Series on Education – Public and Private Good:
Do Mandatory Vaccinations Make Sense?

This event has been postponed to 2020. The new date will be announced.

What does the vaccination data show in general? What are the main concerns with vaccinations? Do mandated vaccinations infringe on the right to privacy? Do mandated vaccinations achieve a balance between public and private good?

Before the 2015-2016 school year, if parents in California did not wish for their children to be vaccinated, they could opt out by submitting a belief exemption form. During this period, the percentage of public school kindergarten students who were immunized was below the generally accepted threshold of community immunity (95%). In 2015-2016, California passed a law requiring every child taught in school classrooms (public or private) to be fully immunized against 10 diseases, disallowing the personal belief exemption, and making it only the third state at the time to have this requirement. Medical exceptions continued to be allowed.

After this change, medical exceptions tripled (0.2% to 0.7% of students). In September 2019, California passed legislation attempting to curb the medical exemption trend by placing a cap on how many exceptions a doctor can issue, providing state oversight on medical exemptions, and setting an investigation protocol for schools that fall below the 95% vaccination threshold.

This panel, with representatives from public health, the medical community, school leadership, vaccine safety advocacies, and legislative authorities will discuss the complicated and contentious issue of mandated vaccinations. We hope you will join us as we explore these issues in the spirit of thoughtful inquiry and civil discourse.

 

 

Watch the August 25, 2019 Panel:
What is Education For?

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Download the handout in PDF format. Click here.

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Ojai Chautauqua Panel Series on Education –
What is Education For?

Sunday, August 25, 2019
3:00-5:00PM – Sane Living Center
316 East Matilija Street in Ojai

We all know that education of our young is vitally important, and we hold varying opinions about how successfully we think our schools are fulfilling this priority. But when we ask What is the goal of education?, we see deep and profound differences in beliefs. Are schools in the business of job training, character formation, civic preparation, socialization, or all of the above? Is education only for the young, or does the need extend to the adult population as well? Further, there is wide disagreement on what the best modes of education are. The options of public and private schools, home schooling, self-directed learning, outdoor education, and project-based learning curriculums are just a few of the choices parents have to make. Finally, how best can we evaluate the effectiveness of our schools when we disagree about what the aims of the schools should be?

This ongoing series on Education in the Ojai Valley will explores these questions, with experts presenting the many sides of these complicated issues in the spirit of informed, civil discourse. We invite you to join us on Sunday, August 25th as we set our course by asking:

What is Education For?

Confirmed panelists:
Tom Krause – Moderator
Jim Bailey – Co-Founder of Rock, Tree, Sky
Meredy Benson Rice – Director of Teaching and Learning, Oak Grove School
Katie Braude – Executive Director, Speak UP
Tiffany Morse – Ojai Unified Superintendent
Elizabeth Reyes – Professor (tutor), Thomas Aquinas College
Richard Yao – Vice President of Student Affairs, CSUCI

Future topics in the series will address standardized testing, charter schools, funding, class sizes, community involvement, and more. $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door

The purpose of the Ojai Chautauqua is to engage Ventura County in civil discourse about controversial and highly passionate subjects. The Chautauqua was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s.

The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers, and specialists of the day. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is “the most American thing in America.” The Ojai Chautauqua is continuing this movement, with a special focus on encouraging civil discourse on controversial and highly passionate subjects. The feedback so far has been phenomenal. Civil discourse is dangerously absent from all aspects of contemporary life. The result of this failing is not only sad… it is dangerous. If we can develop this essential ability, we can begin to affect a positive change to many aspects of life that can extend far and wide.


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The Ojai Chautauqua
Free Community Seminar Series on
The Foundations of Our Republic
Taking place the second and forth Monday evenings of each month

We are thrilled to offer our first free community seminar series, taking place at the Ojai Library from 5:30 – 6:30PM on the second and forth Mondays of each month, beginning August 12. Groups will be kept small (12-18 people) in order to facilitate conversation. Registrants are invited to attend as many sessions as they would like, and can begin at any time. Reservations are required and attendees read the scheduled material prior to attending each seminar. Click here to register.

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What are the fundamental principles of our Republic? Are these principles based on a view of objective reality/nature, or simply the “consent of the governed”? Are these principles changeable, and if so on what grounds? What authority is given to the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches? What are rights? Are they based on nature or consent? Are they inalienable? We invite community members to join us as we discuss these founding and subsequent documents in an effort to better understand the principles of our ongoing American experiment.

Readings:
Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, selected Federalist Papers, selected Anti-Federalist Papers, the U.S. Constitution, selections from Democracy in American, Dred Scott Decision and Dissenting View (edited), selected Lincoln speeches, Lincoln Douglass Debates (edited), Plessy v. Ferguson and Dissenting View (edited), Brown v. Board of Education, Letter from Birmingham Jail, Proposed Equal Rights Amendment, UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Location:
The Ojai Library
111 East Ojai Avenue
Ojai, California 93023

Upcoming Events

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Ojai Chautauqua Continuing Series on Education – Public and Private Good:
Do Mandatory Vaccinations Make Sense?

This event has been postponed to 2020. The new date will be announced.

What does the vaccination data show in general? What are the main concerns with vaccinations? Do mandated vaccinations infringe on the right to privacy? Do mandated vaccinations achieve a balance between public and private good?

Before the 2015-2016 school year, if parents in California did not wish for their children to be vaccinated, they could opt out by submitting a belief exemption form. During this period, the percentage of public school kindergarten students who were immunized was below the generally accepted threshold of community immunity (95%). In 2015-2016, California passed a law requiring every child taught in school classrooms (public or private) to be fully immunized against 10 diseases, disallowing the personal belief exemption, and making it only the third state at the time to have this requirement. Medical exceptions continued to be allowed.

After this change, medical exceptions tripled (0.2% to 0.7% of students). In September 2019, California passed legislation attempting to curb the medical exemption trend by placing a cap on how many exceptions a doctor can issue, providing state oversight on medical exemptions, and setting an investigation protocol for schools that fall below the 95% vaccination threshold.

This panel, with representatives from public health, the medical community, school leadership, vaccine safety advocacies, and legislative authorities will discuss the complicated and contentious issue of mandated vaccinations. We hope you will join us as we explore these issues in the spirit of thoughtful inquiry and civil discourse.

 

 

 

 

View our Past Events

Since 2014 The Ojai Chautauqua has provided forums for intelligent and civil discussion.
And this is only the beginning.

 Watch the August 25, 2019 panel series on education: What is Education For?

Moderator – Tom Krause – President of The Agora Foundation
Jim Bailey – Co-Founder of Rock, Tree, Sky
Meredy Benson Rice – Director of Teaching and Learning, Oak Grove School
Katie Braude – Executive Director, Speak UP
Tiffany Morse – Ojai Unified Superintendent
Elizabeth Reyes – Professor (tutor), Thomas Aquinas College
Richard Yao – Vice President of Student Affairs, CSUCI

 Watch the July 28, 2019 panel Is Legal Cannabis Good for Ojai?

Moderator – Andy Gilman – Executive Director of The Agora Foundation
David Bearman, MD – Medical Director of Zona Seca
Ryan Blatz – Ojai City Council
Christopher Danch – Hoban Law Group
James Fryhoff – Chief of Police
Daniel Hicks – Manager, Ventura County Behavioral Health
Chelsea Sutula – CEO of Sespe Creek Collective

 Watch the March 30, 2019 panel Preparing for the Next Wildland Fire

Moderator – Andy Gilman – Executive Director of The Agora Foundation
Sean Anderson – Professor at CSUCI
Bryant Baker – Los Padres Forest Watch
Theresa Bulla-Richards – Educator, Community Leader
Will Castagna – Chair of the Ojai Fire Safe Council
John McNeil – Ventura County Fire Division Chief

 Watch the September 30, 2018 panel The Future of Water in the Ojai Valley – Part III

Moderator – Tom Krause – President of the Ojai Chautauqua Committee
Anthony Emmert
– Assistant General Manager of United Water Conservation District
Richard Hajas – Board Member of the Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency
Susan Mulligan – General Manager of Calleguas Municipal Water District
Stephanie Pincetl – Director of California Center for Sustainable Communities
Jim Word – Board Director of Casitas Municipal Water District

 Watch the April 15, 2018 panel Water – Part II

Moderator – Tom Krause – President of the Ojai Chautauqua Committee
Tom Ash – Water Conservation Expert and Horticulturalist
Mary Bergen – Board Member of the Casitas Municipal Water District
Dan Breen – Board President of the Ojai Basin Groundwater Management Agency
Richard Hajas – Member of the Ojai Valley Water Advisory Group
Connor Jones – Ojai Permaculture Founder
Bruce Kuebler – Board Member of the Ventura River Water District
Alex Kim – Managing Director of the Ojai Valley Inn
Bill Weirick – Ojai City Council Member

 Watch the February 17, 2018 panel Beyond the Whistle-Blowers – What Happens Next? Power, Gender, and Writing New Rules for the American Workplace

Moderators – Cecile Ablack and  Dan Schnur
Shakari Byerly – Managing Partner of EVITARUS, INC.
Ana Cubas – Founder of the Latina Public Service Academy
Ted Johnson – Senior Editor at Variety Magazine
Cinny Kennard– Executive Director at The Annenberg Foundation
Tom Krause – President of the Ojai Chautauqua Committee

Watch the November 19, 2017 event Tourism in the Ojai Valley

Panelists Include:
Caryn Bosson, Leslie Clark, Michael Haley, Johnny Johnston, Hallie Katz, and Dennis Rice. Moderator –  Tom Krause.

The Advisory Committee Includes:
Misty Volaski, Kit Stoltz, Scott Eicher, Tim Dewer, Veronica Cole, Andrew Cantwell, Kimberly McLin, and Bill Moses.

Watch the October 20, 2017 event An Evening with Dan Schnur and Warren Olney

Watch the June 3rd, 2017 panel on Politics, Media, and Society

Moderator – Dan Schnur – Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC
Bill Burton – Managing Director at SKDknickerbocker
Ken LaCorte – 18-year Fox News veteran
Naomi Seligman – Communications Director for Mayor Eric Garcetti
John Thomas – Founder and President of Thomas Partners Strategies
Alice Walton – Leader at Ek, Sunkin, Klink & Bai

Watch the May 6th, 2017 panel on An Unconventional Presidency – Donald Trump’s First 100 Days

Moderator – Dan Schnur – Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC
Claudia Cowan – Fox News Channel San Francisco-based correspondent
Henry C. “C.J.” Jackson – writer and editor for POLITICO
Mike Madrid – Principal at GrassrootsLab
Johanna Maska – Former White House Aide and LA-based Consultant
Seema Mehta – Political writer for the Los Angeles Times

Watch the October 8, 2016, panel on the 2016 Presidential Election – Part Two – What Happens Next?

Moderator – Dan Schnur – Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC
Gail Becker – Former head of Global Communications for Edelman Worldwide
Jeff Greenfield – Award-winning television journalist and author
Adam Nagourney – LA Bureau Chief for the New York Times
Conan Nolan – KNBC political editor and host of “News Conference” program
Roberto Suro – Professor at USC and Director of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute

Watch the September 17, 2016, panel on the 2016 Presidential Election – Part One – How Did We Get Here?

Moderator – Dan Schnur – Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC
Brian Calle – Opinion editor of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Cinny Kennard – Executive Director of the Annenberg Foundation
Steve Lopez – Los Angeles Times columnist
Larry Mantle – Longtime host of “Airtalk” on KPCC
Bill Schneider – Professor of Communications at UCLA and CNN commentator

Watch the June 7, 2015, panel on Income Inequality

Moderator – Dan Schnur – Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC
Matthew Fienup – Economist, California Lutheran University
William Voegeli – Author, editor of The Claremont Review of Books
Sarah Bohn – Economist and analyst for the Public Policy Institute of California
Edward Kleinbard – Former lead staffer on a Congressional tax committee
Nelson Lichtenstein – MacArthur Foundation Chair in History at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Watch the April 12, 2015, panel on Immigration

Moderator – Herbert E. Gooch – Cal Lutheran Professor, Department of Political Science
Elton Gallegly – Former U.S. Representative
Hiroshi Motomura – UCLA scholar of immigration and citizenship law.
Abbé Kingston – Immigration Attorney
Arsenio Lopez – Executive Director of the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project
Ric Oberlink – Former Executive Director of Californians for Population Stabilization

Watch the November 9, 2014, panel on The Future of Fracking

Moderator – Kit Stolz – Writer
Brian Segee – Environmental Defense Center
Don Clarke – Petroleum Geologist
Craig Nicholson
– Geophysicist at UCSB
Dave Quast – Director of Energy In Depth
Henry Stern – Legislative Aide to State Senator Fran Pavley

Watch the June 22, 2014, panel on The Future of Water

Moderator – Timm Herdt – Ventura County Star
Steve Bennett – Ventura County Supervisor
Eric Bergh – Calleguas Municipal Water District
Lynn Maulhardt – President of the United Water Conservation District
Emily Friend Thacher – Ojai Citrus Farmer

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