Gregory OrfaleaGregory Orfalea, author of Journey to the Sun: Junipero Serra’s Dream and the Founding of California, will make a presentation at CSU Monterey Bay on April 3. The community is invited to this free event.

Combining biography, European history, knowledge of Catholic doctrine and anthropology, Journey to the Sun shows how one man changed the future of California and in so doing affected the future of the nation.

His presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the University Center conference room on Sixth Avenue at B Street. Reservations are requested, and can be made by calling 582-3890 or e-mailing While the lecture is free, visitors must purchase a parking permit from the machine on the lot.

Journey to the Sun book coverOrfalea was born and raised in Los Angeles, and educated at Georgetown University and the University of Alaska. He is the author of nine books, including the collection of essays, Angeleno Days, which Richard Rodriguez has called “delightful and wise.”

Currently he is directing the creation of the Center for California Studies at Westmont College, where he teaches creative nonfiction, the short story, the literature of California, and Middle Eastern émigré literature.

The presentation is sponsored by the CSUMB’s Division of Social, Behavioral and Global Studies.

Orfalea writes from his own spiritual heart and soars into the realm of poetry. . . His drama never lags.
– San Francisco Chronicle