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Thursday, October 24, 2019. Giacomini Dairy Farm and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. Deadline October 14 Reservations Closed - Full

Giacomini Cheese Find out why California cows are so happy!


The Giacomini Dairy Farm is an iconic, and picturesque, West Marin Dairy Farm on the East side overlooking Tomales Bay just North of Pt Reyes Station. It is a 1000-head dairy farm which makes some of its cheeses from milk produced on its farm, so can be called a" Farmstead “cheese company.


The tour is of the dairy farm first, followed by a cheese tasting (wine extra) in the lovely patio next to its visitor center. The farm is an exemplar of sustainable, organic dairy farming with a technologically sophisticated methane recapture system powering 65% of the farm’s energy needs and is an example of land being protected in West Marin to sustain the agricultural heritage of the area close to the Pt. Reyes National Seashore.




Event:  Giacomini  Dairy Farm and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

Date:  Thursday, October 24, 2019

Time:  Tour starts at 11 AM.  Arrive by 10:30 AM.

Deadline: October 14th, 2019

Cost: $35



Google directions from your current location


No Google, no problem - Drive to town of Point Reyes Station.

Take Hwy. 1 north from Point Reyes Station for about 3 miles to 14700 State Hwy. 1 (Shoreline Highway).

See sign for Robert Giacomini Dairy and enter on the right hand sign of the road (Tomales Bay will be on the left

hand side).

Follow private road to dairy, about 1 mile

Follow sign to visitor parking

Come into the visitor center, go right through the large room and then out to the patio area.


This event allows you the opportunity to enjoy a lunch afterward. Some great stops in the area:


Saturday November 23, 2019 The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco – Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, Deadline Nov 10 Reservations Closed - Full

Asian Art MuseumThe Asian Art Museum of San Francisco – Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture houses one of the most comprehensive Asian art collections in the world, with more than 18,000 works of art in its permanent collection, some as much as 6,000 years old.

Enjoy a private docent-led tour through the newly re-opened 3rd floor galleries to discover the Asian’s rich collection in a new display. The Asian’s collection showcases diverse and intriguing cultures as well as sacred and secular art. The “Great Works” tour is the perfect introduction to the Asian Art Museum’s collection and a superb way to experience the collection over and over again in the future. This tour is crafted to focus (in depth) on a relatively small number of artistic masterpieces, which exemplify their particular aspect of asian art.

Visit the museum’s other exhibits on your own afterward, and enjoy a lunch in the museum restaurant. Special exhibits are available for an additional $10 at the time of the visit

Where: Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA

When: Saturday November 23, 2019
One hour tour starts 10 AM
Please arrive no later than 9:45AM

Cost: $20 for non-Museum members.

If you are a Museum member, you get free admission to the Museum for you and one guest. Bring your membership card! You need only pay $7 per person contribution to our PBK Scholarship Fund. If you have additional guests, they are must pay $13 for Museum admission plus $7 contribution to our PBK Scholarship Fund. Confusing, yes. But we are Phi Betes!

Limit: 20
Parking: There are two parking garages within one block of the museum: Civic Center Garage (355 McAllister St.) and UC Hastings Parking Garage (376 Larkin St.). Limited metered street parking is also available near the museum.
Deadline: November 10, 2019
Accessibility: ADA accessible, wheelchairs available.
Parking: There are two parking garages within one block of the museum: Civic Center Garage (355 McAllister St.) and UC Hastings Parking Garage (376 Larkin St.). Limited metered street parking is also available near the museum.

PBKNCA leader: O’Neil Dillon

Jan 5, 2020, 2PM "THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND" musical, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma Deadine December 11

Cinnabar The World Goes RoundCinnabar Theater“THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND” - Razzle-dazzle, show-stopping, famous melodies, hilarious lyrics, and all that jazz that celebrates the songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb. All your favorite hits from CABARET and CHICAGO plus lots of great songs from THE RINK, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, WOMAN OF THE YEAR and other musicals are spun into a delightful cabaret-style revue that has garnered loads of awards from coast to coast. The show was conceived by Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman & David Thompson, with Stage Direction by Clark Sterling and Music Direction by Mike Greensill.


Cinnabar Theater is a professional non-profit theater located in a quaint 1908 schoolhouse-turned-theater. It earns a 4.5/5 Google review rating.


Event: “THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND” musical.

Where:  Cinnabar Theatre 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

Google map click here

When:   Jan 5, 2020, 2PM Matinee

Cost:     $50

Maximum: 20

Deadline: December 11, after that, only if tickets still available.

Accessibility: ADA accessible

Parking: Limited available, car pool if possible





Asilomar 2020 34th Annual Asilomar Conference the weekend of February 14 - 17, 2020. Deadline Dec 10

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Where is Asilomar? The beautiful Asilomar Conference Grounds was designed in the Arts & Crafts style by architect Julia Morgan and is located near Monterey, California. We have held our conference there for the past 33 years. For more see the Wiki

Asilomar once again beckons! Last year’s conference reminded us of the pleasures of dialogue in the liberal arts – a conversation that flows from history to literature, from biology to design, from neuroscience to music to foreign affairs. Many members have already registered in anticipation of another great event.

We will have a slate of extraordinary speakers representing a broad range of disciplines and pursuits. As always, we look forward not only to sharing a mental workout but also to the privilege of renewing old friendships and beginning new ones – all in a location of exceptional peace and beauty. Thank you for joining us in what promises to be a lively and exhilarating exchange. It is not too early to sign up now!

See pictures from last year's Asilomar Conference


A preview of the 2020 speakers:


Diane DreherFriday Evening, 7:30 pm.

Diane Dreher, Ph.D. (Literature), Santa Clara University

The Secret Behind Shakespeare’s Greatest Tragedies


William Shakespeare wrote all of his major tragedies between 1602 and 1607: Hamlet in 1602, Othello in 1604, King Lear in 1605, Macbeth in 1606, and Antony and Cleopatra in 1607. For years scholars have wondered about the mystery behind these works: what had inspired his greatest tragedies? We now know from psychological research that writing about emotional trauma can be powerfully therapeutic. My research has revealed that Shakespeare’s personal losses plunged him into a prolonged period of grieving. While writing Hamlet, he began a therapeutic process that filled his tragedies with unprecedented emotional depth. Drawing insights from Shakespeare’s life, the latest psychological research, and dramatic scenes from Hamlet, we will explore together how this therapeutic process contributed to the play’s enduring appeal.


Diane Dreher is a Professor of English at Santa Clara University. She did graduate work at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon and received a Ph.D. in English from UCLA, an M.A. in Counseling from Santa Clara University, and a B.A. in English from UC Riverside, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Her research agenda includes works on literature and spirituality, Eastern philosophy, leadership, and positive psychology with publications ranging from the bestselling Tao of Inner Peace to scholarly books and articles. In addition to her academic work, she is a writing and positive psychology coach, credentialed by the International Coach Federation. 


William J. ClanceySaturday Morning, 9:30 am.

William J. Clancey, Ph.D. (Computer Science)

Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

The Okeanos Explorer: Robotically mediated field science beneath the sea and the art of travel

Using robotic systems operated from NOAA’s ship, the Okeanos Explorer, oceanographers are now able to explore the depths of Earth’s oceans without leaving their homes. Unlike missions on Mars, undersea robots can be tele-operated, communicating without noticeable delay, and an international remote science team can participate as the daily investigation unfolds. I present my observations from an ethnographic study conducted onboard during the American Samoa Expedition. The technology provides a multidisciplinary “collaboration system,” in which the ship’s officers and crew, robot engineers, oceanographers, and educators coordinate their activities during an expedition. The combination of video, phone, and social media provides great flexibility and a voice for everyone, including students, in how the investigation proceeds. Throughout, science, technology, and art are interwoven as the historic, poetic aspect of discovery is ever-present; and as in the first voyages of the South Pacific, exotic images inspire us with the romance of exploration.

William J. Clancey is a computer scientist whose research relates cognitive and social science in the study of work practices and the design of agent systems. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford University (1979) and Mathematical Sciences B.A. at Rice University (ΦBK, 1974). He has developed artificial intelligence applications for medicine, education, finance, robotics, and spaceflight systems. At the Institute for Research on Learning he co-developed ethnographic methods for modeling work systems. At NASA Ames Research Center as Chief Scientist of Human-Centered Computing, Intelligent Systems Division (1998-2013), his team automated file management between Mission Control and the International Space Station, receiving Johnson Space Center’s Exceptional Software Award. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, Association for Psychological Science, Association for Advancement of AI, and National Academy of Inventors. His book Working on Mars: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers received the AIAA 2014 Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award.


Henry ReichmanSaturday Afternoon, 1:30 pm.

Henry Reichman, Ph.D. (History), California State University, East Bay


The Future of Academic Freedom

The American concept of academic freedom was first fully articulated in 1915 by the founders of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in the context of the expanding economic and social inequality of corporate power associated with the Gilded Age. Conditions today are eerily similar. In 1915, only a handful of prominent full professors at elite institutions held an appointment carrying indefinite tenure, which the AAUP’s founders considered the strongest defense of academic freedom. But today, even if most colleges and universities provide tenure protections, they provide them for an ever-shrinking segment of the faculty. Add to this growing external threats from online harassers, external funders, and meddling governing boards and legislators, academic freedom may be more endangered today than at any time in the near future. Since 2012 Henry Reichman has chaired the AAUP's Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. His recent book, The Future of Academic Freedom, explores both current challenges to academic freedom and outlines why its defense is so important in a democratic society.

Henry Reichman is Chair of the AAUP's Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure and Chair of the AAUP Foundation. From 2012 to 2018 he was AAUP's First Vice-President. An historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, he is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, East Bay, where he taught for 25 years. At CSUEB he won the outstanding professor and faculty service awards and served three terms as chair of the academic senate, on the executive committee of the CSU system academic senate, and for nine years on the California Faculty Association's collective bargaining team. His book, The Future of Academic Freedom, was published in April 2019 by Johns Hopkins University Press.  

Joe LurieSaturday Evening, 7:30 pm.

Joe Lurie, M.A. (Communications)


Culture Clash in the Era of Globalization


Addressing the implications of the West African proverb, "The Stranger Sees Only What He Knows," the talk will explore the nature and sources of bias and misunderstanding in a hyper-connecting, often polarizing world. In a time of unprecedented contacts across cultures, author Joe Lurie will examine cultural disconnects with refugees and other immigrants and study the nature and implications of culture clash in the news of the day, in the worlds of diplomacy, politics, business, religion, health care and technology. In this process, we'll come to see and hear that more is meant than meets the eye or the ear.


Author of the award-winning Perception and Deception, A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures; former Peace Corps Volunteer, Joe Lurie is Executive Director Emeritus of the University of California Berkeley's International House, a dynamic multi-national residential program center serving the campus, local community, and 1,000 residents from 75-plus countries annually. Its mission is to foster intercultural respect and understanding for the promotion of a more peaceful world. He served in this role for two decades and subsequently has been an active teacher and intercultural trainer at UC Berkeley and consultant on cross-cultural communications. His work has been featured at the Commonwealth Club and on NPR, PBS and in Harper's Magazine and The Mercury News.

Robert SiegelSunday Morning, 10:00 am.

Robert Siegel, Ph.D. (Biology)

Robert Siegel received a Teaching Excellence Award from our Association in May 2019. He is constantly thinking about how he can help his students and genuinely cares about the future of each and every student. He even hosts Breakfast Meetings at his house, so students have the opportunity to speak with leading experts in the fields of Women’s Health, Infectious Disease, and Global Health. Through these discussions, students are inspired to address pressing issues in Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Siegel reminds his students that it’s never too early to think critically about issues that we feel passionate about, and more importantly, it’s never too early to change the world.



Grant BallardSunday Afternoon, 1:30 pm.

Grant Ballard, Ph.D. Biological Sciences, B.A., Chief Science Officer, Point Blue Conservation


Climate-smart conservation from Antarctica to California


As Chief Science Officer for Point Blue Conservation, Grant leads a number of projects investigating and communicating the effects of landscape-scale environmental stressors on ecosystems and human stakeholders in western North America and the Southern Ocean. Managing a team of 160 scientists, he is responsible for shaping and growing Point Blue's multi-investigator scientific research and conservation programs towards the vision that healthy ecosystems will continue to sustain thriving wildlife and human communities in California and beyond, on land and at sea, for decades to come. 



Ryane LogsdonSunday Evening, 7:30 pm.

Ryane Logsdon, Ph.D. Candidate, (Animal Behavior), University of California, Davis


Robots, burlap, and habitat-mapping: Using technology to study animal communication


Ryane Logsdon was the recipient of a Scholarship from our Association in May 2019.  Animal communication has led to the evolution of some of the most incredible and diverse displays and behaviors in the natural world. Successful communication between animals is often critical to their continued survival; understanding the dynamic interactions between individuals - and the external factors that influence these dynamics - is important to establishing effective conservation and management strategies. However, conducting this research in the wild is often logistically challenging – the mere presence of a human can drastically alter an animal’s natural behaviors!


Logsdon’s doctoral research focuses on courtship behaviors in a declining species of bird, the greater sage-grouse. Through her dissertation, Logsdon utilizes a variety of tools – including biologically-realistic robot sage-grouse – that enable her to investigate natural courtship behaviors in the wild. This presentation will discuss how her research utilizes both high- and low-tech solutions to further understand the environmental influences on animal communication and the dynamics of inter-individual interactions in these wild birds.



[A male greater sage-grouse mid-display[A male greater sage-grouse mid-display. Photo by Ryane Logsdon.]


Ryane Logsdon is a Ph.D. candidate in the Animal Behavior Graduate Group (ABGG) at the University of California, Davis.  After receiving her B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Rochester, she held a series of research positions – studying lizard courtship, vampire bat social calls, and cognition in American crows – investigating various aspects of animal behavior. Ryane’s current doctoral research aims to investigate the interplay between habitat structure, social interactions, and courtship behavior using the greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as a model system. Ryane is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, received the ΦBKNCA graduate scholarship, has published in top-tier journals, and has presented her research at international conferences. In addition to her doctorate work, Ryane enjoys volunteering to work with birds of prey at the California Raptor Center, writing for The Ethogram (the official blog of the ABGG), and teaching dance.


James RichardsonMonday Morning:

James Richardson, M.Div. (Theology), Ph.D., Dean, Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento

The Abolitionist’s Journal: The Life and Times of an American Anti-slavery Family


Methodist pastor George Richardson (1824-1911) left behind a 334-page journal richly detailing how he and his family used their home on the Underground Railroad to assist escaped slaves; his service as the white chaplain to an African American Union regiment in the Civil War; and then after the war, his family’s struggle to found a college for the formerly enslaved in Texas. The college was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan, chased out by the city of Dallas, and then reestablished in Austin where it thrives today as Huston-Tillotson University. His journal has prompted a decade-long search through family archives -- yet raises questions about how a family’s deep commitment to emancipation faded and disappeared in succeeding generations.


James Richardson is a former senior writer with The Sacramento Bee and the author of several books on California politics, including an acclaimed biography of the politician Willie Brown, published by the University of California Press. His newest book project heads into a new direction, exploring his family roots in the anti-slavery abolitionist movement of the 19th century. Richardson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA and has a Master of Divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley. He is an Episcopal priest and is currently the interim Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento.

Date:              The weekend of February 14 - 17, 2020
Cost:               $125.00 registration, Lodging and meals are charged separately

There is a $125 registration fee per person which goes mainly to our Scholarship fund. Lodging and meals are charged separately by Asilomar. Please wait for instructions, which will be sent to you after you register. The per person total below is based on a 3-night stay beginning on Friday, February 14th and includes 3 meals per day and ALL applicable fees & taxes. Meals inclusive begins with dinner on arrival day and ends with lunch on departure day.


The total below are based on a 3-night stay beginning on Friday, February 14, 2020 and includes 3 meals per day and ALL applicable fees & taxes.

Meals inclusive begins with dinner on arrival day and ends with lunch on departure day.

Single Occupancy: $910.82
Double Occupancy: $1222.78 or $611.39 per person

Editor's note: This is a bargain. We have checked numerous other venues, and could find nothing comparable.

If you have questions on the program, please contact  For registration matters, please contact Barry Haskell at

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