Friends of the Cal State L.A. Libary

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  October 24, 2003

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
Fax: (323) 343-6405

For immediate release:
Author Discusses The Hidden Connections
at Cal State L.A. Talk

Los Angeles, CA – The Friends of the Cal State L. A. Library will present a talk and book signing by Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., physicist and systems theorist, on Sunday, November 16, 3:00 p.m., King Hall Lecture Hall I, on the Cal State L.A. campus. The event is cosponsored by the CSULA College of Business and Economics, along with the Departments of Biological Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Political Science.

Capra, a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, is the author of several international bestsellers, including The Tao of Physics. Capra will be discussing his most recent book, The Hidden Connections, at this event. Refreshments will be served at 2:30 p.m. Capra will be available for the book signing immediately after the lecture. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase. Admission is free.

In his newest book, Capra brings his considerable experience and insights to the questions that vex corporate leaders: the further evolution of global capitalism and the conditions necessary for developing a sustainable economy. Capra’s book makes useful connections between complexity theory, social networks, communities of practice, organizational learning and the emergence of novelty and design. Capra argues that advances in genetics and microbiology amount to a dramatic conceptual shift in the theory of evolution—from the neo-Darwinist emphasis on “chance and necessity” to a systems view that sees evolutionary change as a manifestation of life’s self-organization. He offers a cogent critique of genetic determinism and concludes that ideas and social structures make a difference.

The Friends of the Cal State L.A. Library is a not-for-profit volunteer organization established to contribute to the growth and excellence of the Library’s collections and to foster collaboration with the community by sharing the Library’s cultural and educational resources. The Friends support life-long learning through the development of library programs and resources. The Friends is comprised of members from the campus and surrounding communities who have joined together to promote public awareness of the Library and raise contributions for its continued development and sustained level of excellence.

Members of the Friends of the Cal State L.A. Library receive borrowing privileges, notices of special cultural events, advance notices of book sales, and special classes and seminars. For information about becoming a Friend of the Cal State L.A. Library, call (323) 343-3974, or write to the Friends of the Cal State L.A. Library, Office of the University Librarian, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, California, 90032-8300.

California State University, Los Angeles, is a comprehensive university at the heart of a major metropolitan city. The 175-acre hilltop campus is located five miles east of Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. Since 1947, Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally recognized scholars and artists, and more than 21,000 students with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. The CSU: A leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education.

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