Writing Life Speaker Series 2006

in recognition of WomenÕs History Month

A Few Tuesdays 730pm Fireside Lounge Ventura College

Events FREE & open to the public <> Gwendolyn Alley, host & curator




730pm Tues. March 7

Matt Lawrence, Ph.D

Like a Splinter in Your Mind:

The Philosophy Behind the Matrix TrilogyŃ

a discussion &  booksigning


How do you know what is real? What is ideal? How do we decide between right and wrong? What is ethical? Moral? How are race and gender socially constructed today and in the future world depicted in the Matrix? These are just a few of the questions raised by Matt Lawrence, author of Like a Splinter in Your Mind: The Philosophy Behind the Matrix Trilogy (2003 Blackwell available in the VC Bookstore). A philosopher who started his studies at Ventura College,  Lawrence graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Santa Cruz and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from UC Irvine. As an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Long Beach City College, he has won several teaching awards and advises the Surf Club and Philosophy Club. Watch The Matrix 730pm Tuesday February 28 J-1.


730pm Tues. March 21

Living Historian Suzanne Lawrence

as Molly Donlon


Thursday March 16 was the wake for Uncle Shamus (1948-1933--may he rest in peace!) Molly stopped by ZoeyÕs Cafˇ to tell us about it. Tonight Suzanne Lawrence will unmask Molly, describe her research and writing process plus entertain us with stories about early Ventura County history.


For info, email galley@vcccd.net. 

Thanks to my brother & my mom for volunteering to speak with us.