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Asilomar 2019 33nd Annual Asilomar Conference 
the weekend of February 15 - 18, 2019

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 32 years. For more see the Wiki

Go to Past Asilomars

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If western culture is shown to be rich it is because… It has tried to dissolve harmful simplifications through inquiry and the critical mind.”    – Umberto Eco

Asilomar once again beckons! This 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.

We 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!

  For a preview of this year’s Speakers CLICK HERE

Date:              The weekend of February 15 - 18, 2019
Cost:               $125.00 registration which goes mainly to our Scholarship Fund. If you did not register at the end of last year's Asilomar, or have not done so online or by coupon, please register here. Lodging and meals are charged separately (see below).


AFTER you have registered with PBK, please use the following link to make your room reservations at Asilomar so that your room is credited to our reservation block. (As you know, PBKNCA group rates depend on committing to a certain number of rooms; we may incur additional fees if we fail to meet our obligation). The event code is: to reserve for 3 or more nights. For fewer nights, please email Barry at

Select "1. Single Occupancy" for one person in a room. - OR -

Select "2. Roommate Request - Double Occupancy" to reserve for yourself, with a request for a roommate. Set number of guests to 1. Indicate the desired roommate (if known) under "Roommate/Additional Requests". Each roommate must reserve separately. - OR -

Select "3. Participant with Guest" to reserve for both roommates. (A couple, for example, would choose this option.) Set number of guests to 2. Each occupant can pay with his/her own credit card, if desired.

N.B. Make sure you get a confirmation number and a confirming email.

Lodging and meals are charged separately by Asilomar. The per person total below is based on a 3-night stay beginning on Friday, February 15th 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: $875.45
Double Occupancy: $590 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

Deirdre Frontczak, Asilomar Chair


Sunday, March 17, 2019: A Little Bit of India and Holla Mohalla, San Jose

The Gurdwara Sahib of San Jose is the largest Sikh temple in North America, serving the Sikh and larger community in the Santa Clara Valley.

 Not only will we have a guided tour of the Temple itself, but be able to observe an important Sikh Festival on that day, "Holla Mohalla”. This will be a very crowded and colorful event, like India itself. The festival is a combination of exhibitions of martial arts, poetry and competitions.  The Sikhs have a proud history of militantly resisting, and freeing others from, oppression, and this festival celebrates that history. There will be a 1/2 hour presentation included on what Sikhism is all about by our tour leader.

Service to humanity is an important Sikh tenet and is reflected in Sikh temples being open to all as places of refuge and comfort.  All Sikh Temples have community kitchens (“Langar”), and we will share in a communal meal. For example, the Gurdwara in Old Delhi provides 60,000 meals a day all year round. This particular Gurdwara also provides no-cost medical care as one of their programs in service to the community.

We will need to remove our shoes and have head coverings (scarf, no hats) at one point in the tour.  Plain white head coverings are available for all, but it’s best for women to bring head scarves.

Date-  Sunday March 17, 2019
Deadline for registration - March 15th
Time-  10:00 AM tour starts 10:30 AM. Tour will be 1 and a half hours
Cost $15
Minimum 10- Maximum 40
Place-  Gurdwara Sahib of San Jose
3636 Murillo Ave., San Jose, CA
Meet outside of entrance to main lobby. Look for PBK sign
Parking info Arrive by 10:00 AM (or earlier) especially for parking close to Temple.  Carpooling advised, as well as studying temple site and parking on satellite image  of Google Maps.
10,000 people attend over the course of a day so it will really be crowded and colorful, like India itself.
Emergency Contact: cell is 510-207-8761 and should be available for unforeseen events (people get lost, arrive late and need direction for shuttle etc, etc,)
Click for Google Directions

Websites: Sikh Gurdwara Sahib - San Jose, CA (Official Website) 
Hola Mohalla · Maptia    
Who are Sikhs? What is Sikhism? | SikhNet



Friday, April 26, 2019: Birding as well as Climate Smart Conservation Science, Petaluma

Conservation Science*First, a guided birding tour of the nearby Petaluma Wetlands area. Binoculars and comfortable shoes recommended
*Then we will go to the nearby headquarters of Pt Blue Conservation Science where Dr. Grant Ballard, Chief Science Officer, will present some of their projects and the role a conservation organization like theirs plays in helping protect our world's biological systems.
*Finally, a light lunch will be served.

A complimentary one year's membership will be available for any member of PBKNCA.
For those unable to attend, the complimentary membership is available as well as live streaming of the scientific presentation via the internet. To get details on logging on, E-mail Questions are possible for those logged on.

Point Blue Conservation Science, with its 160 scientists, is one of the premier conservation science and climate solution organizations in America. Starting in Marin and the Farallon Islands, it has monitored biological systems in those locations on a 24/7 basis for the last 50 years, building the Keystone Data Set, one of the longest biological databases existing in science. Such “Big Data" are a powerful tool in understanding, and planning for, biological changes in our world. This organization uses science, partnership, and outreach to make a real-world impact on some of the largest environmental challenges we face.

Point Blue Conservation Science has expanded its groundbreaking conservation science projects globally and is an important player in “Climate Smart” conservation science, helping policy-makers address ecological issues (like climate change, habitat loss, sustainable agriculture, carbon sequestration and sea-level rise) facing us today. It was appointed an official UN observer NGO in 2017.



Date- Friday, April 26, 2019
for registration- April 24
Time- 9:30AM (birding starts at 10:00 AM, scientific presentation at 11:00 AM
Cost- $20
Minimum 10- Maximum 80
Place- Point Blue Conservation Science
3820 Cypress Drive, Suite 11, Petaluma, CA 94952

Click for Google Directions



Bancroft HotelSunday, May 5, 2019: ΦBKNCA Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley, 12:00 Noon

We have decided to go to a luncheon rather than dinner for several reasons, including cost and the advantages of daytime travel. As you are aware, the annual meeting is the occasion when we celebrate ΦBKNCA’s primary mission—the awarding of Scholarships to deserving scholars and Teaching Excellence awards to professors, fulfilling ΦBKNCA’s objectives of enhancing scholars’ educational and research activities and honoring those who are teaching our next generation.

The “Meeting” portion will consist of election of officers for the 2019-2020 year.

The slate will consist of: Mary Turner Gilliland, President; Judy Hardardt, First Vice President – Programs; Joanne Sandstrom, Second Vice President – Scholarships; Patricia Kenber, Third Vice President – Membership; Duncan Missimer, Treasurer; Susan Jenkins, Corresponding/Recording Secretary.

Nomination Committee shall be Judith Hardardt, Chair; Gerald T. Richards; Maria W. Norall; Elizabeth D. Archambeault.

Bios of all nominees are at

Spinach and strawberry salad
Choice of entrée: sautéed chicken breast, halibut, or spring vegetable ragout
Gluten free accompaniments available for each entrée choice
Mango guava cheesecake or chocolate torte
Baskets of sliced vegan breads with sweet cream butter
Beer, wine, and soft drinks are included

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Deadline: April 19, 2019
Time: 12:00 Noon
Cost: $45
Location: Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley
Directions: click here

Street parking is available for free on Sundays. A limited number of handicapped parking spots are available with advance notice.

From the Bancroft Hotel's website:  "we are located across the street from UC Berkeley at 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Our phone number is (510) 549-1000.  From Interstate 80, take the University Avenue exit into Berkeley, heading east toward the U.C. campus. At the University, turn right on Oxford Street and then left onto Durant Avenue. Cross Telegraph Avenue, turn left onto College Avenue, and left again onto Bancroft Way.  The Bancroft Hotel is the second building on the left-hand side."

The website,   includes a decent map showing the hotel's location on Bancroft Way.  A parking structure is across the street from the hotel’s entrance.



Friday, June 14, 2019: UC Davis, World leading Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
(as well as the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, if you wish

As the top-ranked global leader in veterinary medicine, the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital treats more than 50,000 patients a year — from dogs and horses to mountain lions and iguanas. Their faculty, staff and students provide attentive and personalized care to each animal, understanding that it is a valued member of a family. Their world-renowned specialists have access to leading-edge equipment and technology, and are equipped to handle 34 clinical specialties. These include 24/7 emergency and critical care, cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology,and surgery, among others. 

Our tour will be led by students in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. We will see the world's Number 1 veterinary hospital in full operation. 


Date-  Friday, June 14, 2019
Time-  Arrive 10:30AM, tour starts 11AM -12:30PM  
Deadline- Thursday, May 23rd.
Limit- 22 
Cost- $10

Location- UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
#1 Garrod Dr., Davis,CA
Parking information to be sent to sign-ups later on
For directions see:

Shrem MuseumThis is also an opportunity to visit the Manetti Shrem Art Museum at UC Davis, 254 Old Davis Rd, Davis, CA 95616 on your own after our tour.   There is no admission fee.  It is open 12 noon-6 PM on the date of our tour.



See:  -especially for parking information


Sunday, July 21, 2019: Oakland Museum focus on Architecture

Experience OMCA’s remarkable mid-century modernist landmark building with the guidance of the Museum’s expert members of the Council on Architecture. This tour shares with you a few of the highlights of the incredible building, including views of Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland from atop a three-tiered roof garden, and the serene Koi Pond. It is a truly Californian indoor/outdoor landmark.

Built in 1969 with a design by Kevin Roche and landscaping by Dan Kiley, the Museum recently completed a major renovation and expansion project, overseen by San Francisco-based firm Mark Cavagnero Associates, which honors Roche and Kiley’s original vision of a vibrant urban park and public space.

Learn about the social times and urban planning concepts the architects (both structural and landscape) took into consideration when designing the museum, which whose collection is as interesting as the architecture itself. 


Meet at Museum ticket desk
Date-  Sunday July 21, 2019
Time 12:30 PM, Tour starts 1 PM.

Limit-  30
Deadline-  Saturday, July 20th
Cost $10 
Place- Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St, Oakland California

Directions and parking
Parking - The entrance to the parking garage is on Oak Street between 10th and 12th streets. Parking fees are $3 per hour.