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2018 Speakers

February 28

Manu Seyfzadeh

"Before She Became
the Great Sphinx"

Manu will reveal new evidence that the monumental lioness statue stood on the Giza Plateau long before the existence of the Old Kingdom, when Egyptologists have claimed the Great Sphinx was built.  He is the author of a book on the concept behind the architectural design of Khufu’s Great Pyramid, as well as two journal articles about the true age of the Great Sphinx (with famed co-authors Robert Schoch, Ph.D. and Robert Bauval), and his discovery of a possible Pyramid Code. His next project will take him back to Egypt as part of a scientific team led by Robert Schoch to explore the voids beneath the Great Sphinx and probe them for a hidden ancient library.  Manu is of German and Persian descent, is a practicing dermatologist in Southern California and a hobby Egyptologist.


March 14

John De Strakosch

The Magic of Wine

Many of us enjoy a glass of wine over dinner or at a party, and some have honed their tastes over time. This morning we will take our appreciation a step further. We will take a deeper dive into what it takes to elevate a glass of wine into a topic of art, science, sensory development, travel, philosophy, historical perspective, geography and, ultimately, deep learning.

John has honed his passions for deep learning and for wine for over 40 years. His enthusiasm has led him to many far vineyards of the world, into the creation of an ever-evolving cellar, and to sharing his passion with others. He is currently writing a book titled The Magic of Wine.


March 28

Serge Dedina, PhD

Preserving Our Coast and Ocean and Facing the Reality of Sea Level Rise

Serge is the Mayor of Imperial Beach, California, and the Executive Director of WILDCOAST, an international conservation team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife. As mayor, Serge has taken a leading role in addressing sea level rise and holding 35 fossil fuel companies accountable for causing climate change via a pioneering lawsuit joined by five other counties and cities in California.  As a conservationist, Serge has worked to protect over 30 million acres of globally important lagoons, islands, coral reefs, beaches and sea turtle nesting beaches in the U.S., Mexico and Cuba. The author of Saving the Gray Whale, Wild Sea and Surfing the Border, Serge received the Peter Benchley “Hero of the Sea Award,” as well as the California Coastal Commission’s “Coastal Hero” Award. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCSD, and his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin. A former California Ocean Lifeguard, Serge is an avid surfer and swimmer.


April 11

Jean Ardell

Memoir: The Art and Craft of Telling the Truth of Our Lives

Jean grew up in New York City, the daughter of a mother who loved books and a father who loved baseball. She has worked in Orange County, California, as a freelance writer since 1988, covering a range of subjects including domestic violence, politics, the environment, travel, and baseball.

Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Orange Coast, where she was a contributing writer, and many others.   Her profile of author Dean Koontz earned the Orange County Press Club's 1995 Best Profile award. Her first book, Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime appeared on the Los Angeles Times best-sellers list, and continues to be used as a text in college and university sports history courses.

Jean has led memoir writing workshops at such venues as the Newport Beach Public Library, the University of California Extension at Irvine, and local churches, as well as privately. She graduated with honors in English from the University of California at Irvine and holds a master's degree from the University of Southern California Master of Professional Writing program. She lives with her husband Dan, who played first base for the Los Angeles Angels, in Corona Del Mar.


April 25

Phil Goldberg

The Legacy of Yogananda:
Lessons from a Miraculous Life

The author of such celebrated books as The Intuitive Edge, Roadsigns on the Spiritual Path, and American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation: How Indian Spirituality Changed the West, returns to the Inside Edge to speak about his latest project: The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru. Millions have read Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, but that iconic memoir leaves out a tremendous amount. Phil’s book, the first definitive biography of the superstar teacher, fills the gaps with information not even devoted Yogananda disciples know. He will share those fascinating details with us, and explain the vital lessons we can take from Yogananda’s remarkable life to deepen our own.



Directions to the Pacific Club:

From South county – Take the 5 North to the 405 North. Keep Left on the 405 N. Take exit 8 toward MacArthur & go Left on MacArthur. Left on Von Karman & make an immediate Left into the first driveway.  Take a parking ticket at the ticket booth, pass the first building on your right, continuing to the Pacific Club’s parking lot. You might want to look at directions if you use the 73 instead of the 405.
Using the 405 South – Transition to the 73 South. Take exit 15 toward Jamboree Road, onto Bristol Street South.
Left on MacArthur.  Turn on Von Karman and make an immediate Left into the first driveway, take your parking ticket, pass first building continuing on to the Pacific Club’s parking lot.
From Orange & Anaheim Hills – Take the 55 fwy. South, to the 405 fwy South. Take exit 8 toward MacArthur/OC Airport & go Left on MacArthur.  Turn Left on Von Karman & make an immediate Left into first driveway.  Take parking ticket at booth, pass first building on your right, continuing to the Pacific Club’s parking area.

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