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SJV Town Hall Past Speakers 1938-2015


Steve Wozniak: An Evening with Steve Wozniak
Jack Hanna: A Day with “Jungle Jack” Hanna
Sir Ken Robinson: Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative
Ann Compton: Up Close and Very Personal
Daniel Nelson: Whiskey is for Drinkin’, Water is for Fightin’
Stephen Prothero: God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World
Admiral James Stavridis: Beyond the Horizon: 21st Century Global Security and Risk


Billy Beane: Moneyball: Lessons for Life and Business from Baseball's Best General Manager
Robert Edsel: The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Theives, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Jerry Greenfield: Ice Cream, Social Responsibility and an Innovative Business Philosophy
Valerie Plame: Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House
Amy Cuddy: On Power and Influence
Robert Ballard: Underwater Adventures: Deep Sea Exploration
Man’s Inhumanity to Man ... The Last Hundred Years


Frank Abagnale: The Art of the Steal & Catch Me If You Can
Tim Egan:The Worst Hard Time: The Dust Bowl
Michael Sandel: What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets
Alexei Filippenko: Dark Energy and The Runaway Universe
Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight
Carl Bernstein: The System Can Work


Ben Vereen: Stepping' Out with Ben Vereen
Gloria Steinem: The Longest Revolution
Platon Antoniou: Powerful Portraits:An Intimate Look at Humanity
Richard Preston: Rock The Casbah
Robin Wright: Rock the Casbah
Robert Sapolsky: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
Robert Reich: The Next Economy and America's Future


Marvin Hamlisch: An Evening With Marvin Hamlisch
Jeffrey Toobin: The Supreme Nine: Black Robed Secrets
Andrew Ross Sorkin: The Politics of Too Big to Fail
Amy Chua: Babylon to Beijing: Risks and Rewards of Global Dominance
Scott Sampson: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life
Carlos Eire: Reflections of a Cuban Refugee
Ronan Tynan: Hitting the High Notes


Rick Steves: Lessons I've Learned Living Out of a Suitcase
Richard Rodriquez: A Vew from the Melting Pot
Elliot Engel: The Dickens Nobody Knows
Marin Alsop: A Morning with the Maestra
Daniel Kammen: Time for a Clean Energy & Low-Carbon Economy
Christopher Buckley: Puns, Pundits, and Politics: New England Style


Alan Russell: Exploring Medical Frontiers
Edward Diener: Happiness and Complete Wealth
David Brancaccio: Dissecting Economic Disaster
Robert Fitzpatrick: Passionate About the Arts
Juan Williams: A Powerful Mix: Money, Race & Age
Steve Coll: The Changing World of Terrorism


Bob Arnot: Danger in Darfur
Saroyan Panel: About Saroyan at the Saroyan
Ric Burns: Creating Dynamic Films
Roland Mesnier: The White House-Viewed from the White House Kitchen
Roland Fryer: Economic Incentives and Decisions
Jeff Greenfield: Politics and a New President


Michael Mandelbaum: China & India: The Burden of the Past, the Promise of the Future
Reza Aslan: Religion, Politics and Contemporary Culture of the Middle East
Josiah Bunting III: Leadership and the Liberal Arts
Bob Brier: The Murder of Tutankhamen
Christine Brennan: The View from the Press Box: Sports in 2008
Peggy Noonan: The White House and American Politics


Simon Winchester: A Crack in the Edge of the World
Marc Pachter: Gallery of Presidents
John Bravman: How Research and Technology Have Changed the Use of Materials
Robert Greenberg: Blues, Jazz, and Rock and Roll
Anthony Bourdain: A Cook's Tour:Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisine
Anna Quindlen: The Last Word


Bruce Feiler: Abraham: Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
Lynne Truss: Why is Everyone So Rude?
David Spiegel: Feeling and Healing:Stress,Support, and Cancer
Jan Crawford Greenberg :The Supreme Court: Poised for Change
Mark Arax:The Last Valley:The Heart of the California Paradox
Jon Meacham: Franklin and Winston:Leadership Lessons for Today


Eric Schlosser: Fast Food Nation
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe: Post Election California Analysis
MIchael York: Will and I
Michael McWilliams: Climate Changes in Perspective
John Allen Paulos: A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market
Ellen Goodman: The Political is (too) Personal


Jane Bryant Quinn: Your Money
Robert Greenberg: Music as a Mirror
Victor Davis Hanson: War Just Won't Go Away--the Current Conflict in a Classical Context
John McWhorter: The Power of Babel--Language is a Lava Lamp
Thomas Cahill : Fighting the Air Quality Battle
Joe Klein: Inside America with Joe Klein: 2004 Predidential Election


Meave Leakey: Our Earliest Ancestors
Frank Deford: The Importance of Sports
Channing Robertson: Biomedicine for the 21st Century
Martin Rosin: Our Valley at Risk
Elaine Pagels: Women in Early Christanity
David Brooksl: Culture and Politics in Post Cold War America


Paul Duke: Potomac Fever: 40 Years Covering Events from Washington
Jared Diamond: Life on Earth for the Last 13,000 Years
Joseph Sanchez: Spanish Roads in America
Lester Snow: New Approaches to Calfornia Water Management
Sylvia Earle: Dances with Dolphins
Brian Greene: Explaining the Elegant Universe


Charles Ogletree: Access to Technology
David Kennedy: Immigration
Scott Berg: Lindbergh
Michael Heyman: Museums in the New Millennium
Malcolm Gladwell: The Tipping Point
Max Frankel: Media Madness

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