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California Diversa

by Barbara Butler

Ron Redman was introduced to whatron
was to become his life’s passion at
the age of four. His Mexican godmother
began introducing him then to the
Spanish language and the culture of Southern California. His interest conti nued into his formal education and subsequently his professional career. Now Ron’s desire is to share this passion with students in the OLLI
classroom. The instruction promises to be varied as he approaches the topic from a historical standpoint, a language perspective, and architectural styles that we see and hear daily. He’ll use a sensory approach that will bring lively discussion to the classroom.
Ron points out that the land CSULB now occupies was once a vibrant
village of the Tongva people. He proposes that the diversity of Southern California has emerged in its own regional culture and vision of the “California Dream.” His final two class lessons will be held at Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens, located adjacent to the CSULB campus, where Ron has served as a docent for several years. This course promises to give all who attend ownership of their own California Dream.

Ron’s academic achievements include an A.A. from LBCC, Navy Shipyard Electrician; B.A., San Diego State, Spanish; PhD. USC, Latin American
Studies; NDEA Scholar, San Francisco State, Linguistics and Language Acquisition.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB
Building HS&D, Rooms 100 & 101
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-5609
Phone: 562-985-8237 Fax: 562-985-8213
Web site:


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