Scholars Notebook

Last Saturday Gerry Horwitz again opened her charming garden and home for the pleasure of informal conversation with other SDIS members. Those of you who were unable to attend missed a lovely experience – delicious munchies, cooling drinks, shady garden seats, and the pleasure of meeting and chatting with members whose paths seldom seem to cross.  Very pleasant atmosphere and delightful to meet new friends.

SDIS Gatherings

Breakfast Roundtable

We meet at Coco’s, Monday, August 18, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for breakfast and roundtable discussion.  Coco’s is located in University City at the intersection of Genesee and Nobel Drive, across the street from University Town Center.  Contact Barbara Heckler at by Saturday, August 16 to make a reservation. But don’t hesitate to call last minute – we’ll make space.   

Supper with Scholars

Meets first Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at Humphreys La Jolla Restaurant, 3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla, CA.  Meals from the menu (see are Dutch Treat.  Group discussion is based on topics suggested by participants.  RSVP Dave Parker at


Study Groups

Colloquy Café

At the 7/16/14 Colloquy Café meeting, where we discussed "class," we agreed that it's a stratification tool and we chose mainly to discuss how we classify people.  They either have class or lack it, or they're low, middle or upper class, although one member believes that no one wants to be described as either lower or upper class because both can be objects of scorn. Despite the multiple differences people use in assigning class to a person or thing, most people classify others based on their own definitions and values, e.g., even gangster organizations have definitions of class.  Ultimately, each of us defines for ourselves what class is and our definitions can change over time.  At our next meeting on August 20, we'll discuss "obligation."

Culture One

At its July 23rd meeting, Culture One concluded its review of the "Evolution of Culture" (Chapters 4 and 18, Handbook of Cultural Psychology). Discussion turned to recent research on human evolution reported in books by Stringer, 2012, and Paabo, 2014. Interest was expressed in pursuing the topic of human origins and its development in future meetings of Culture One following our summer break. Contact Sue R. Rosner,, for further information. 

Culture Two

The Culture Two study group continues its study of Ashutos Varshnay’s Battles Half Won: India’s Improbable Democracy.  At its next meeting on Friday, August 22, the focus will be on Chapters 6 and 7 dealing with Indian federalism, social order, and entrepreneurship.  For further information or questions about this study group, please write to Sam Gusman at

Film Group

The Film Group will meet Wednesday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Barbara Heckler to view the 2013 Indian film, The Lunchbox.  Director Ritesh Batra originally intended to make a documentary about Mumbai’s famous Lunchbox delivery system, but changed his concept to an epistolary film in which the main characters communicate through notes left in a lunchbox which is being delivered to the wrong recipient.  Contact Barbara at for information about attending.

Literature Group

We had a great time analyzing Thomas Hardy's Life's Little Ironies this Monday.  Of the three books Carol Gartner suggested, we chose D. H. Lawrence's The Rainbow (1915).  We will meet at Nancy Cohen's home.  For further information, contact Cathy Blecki at

Neuroscience Group

The Science Group meeting is today, July 28, at which they will choose their next meeting date, probably in August.  For more information or questions about the group, contact Bea Rose at