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steve wozniakAn Evening with Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak
October 8, 2015 - 7:30 p.m. William Saroyan Theatre

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than 30 years, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of the Apple I and II. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America's leading innovators. In 2000, Wozniak was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and in 2001 he was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment.

Through the years, Wozniak's philanthropy has focused primarily on computer capabilities in schools, stressing hands-on learning and creativity. Specifi cally, Wozniak adopted a school district, providing students and teachers with donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment and teaching resources.

In this moderated question and answer special evening event, Mr. Wozniak will address a variety of topics including the founding of Apple, innovation and creativity, and the impact of education and technology on community.

jack hannahA Day with "Jungle Jack" Hanna
Jack Hanna
October 21, 2015 - 10:30 a.m. William Saroyan Theatre

Animal expert "Jungle Jack" Hanna is one of the most visible and respected ambassadors between the human and animal worlds. His hands-on approach and experience with wildlife have won him widespread acclaim as an author, television personality, and conservationist. He is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and is the author of 11 books. Hanna has made countless appearances on television shows including Good Morning America, Larry King Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

In our first daytime lecture of the season, Hanna will use his special window into the animal world to share his globetrotting experiences. He will highlight his presentation with a mix of video clips and inspirational stories that deal with issues of conservation, travel, and wildlife. Of course, he will bring some animal friends onstage too...

Sir Ken RobersonOut of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative
Sir Ken Robinson
November 18, 2015 - 10:30 a.m. William Saroyan Theatre

Sir Ken Robinson is recognized as one of the world's elite thinkers on creativity and innovation. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions including a 2003 knighthood for services to the arts. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.

Robinson's talk will focus on vital questions for education: Why is it essential to promote creativity? Why do so many adults think they're not creative? Most children are buzzing with ideas --what happens to them as they grow up? In exploring these questions, Robinson argues for radical changes in how we educate all students to meet the extraordinary challenges of living and working in the 21st century.

ann comptonUp Close and Very Personal
Ann Compton
January 20, 2016 - 10:30 a.m. William Saroyan Theatre

Ann Compton, a former White House correspondent for ABC News, retired in September 2014 after 41 years with the network. Compton was the first woman assigned to cover the White House on a full-time basis by a network television news organization, she was one of the youngest reporters to do so.

During her extraordinary career, Compton covered politics, elections and on Sept. 11, 2001, Compton was the only broadcast reporter aboard Air Force One during the dramatic hours when President Bush was unable to return to the nation's capital. Her years of television reporting have won her many major journalism awards. Compton will share her insights on the media, the presidency, and the changing role of journalism in the United States in the 21st century.

daniel nelsonWhiskey is for Drinkin', Water is for Fightin'
Daniel Nelson
February 17, 2016 - 10:30 a.m. William Saroyan Theatre

Daniel Nelson, executive director of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, is a longtime water expert in the Central Valley. Over the course of his 34-year career in California water,he has built coalitions, advanced solutions in the Delta and has advocated for statewide water solutions. The winner of numerous awards for water leadership and environmental stewardship,Nelson's work focuses on building collaborative partnerships on water issues in California.

Nelson, who recently won a Family Farm Alliance 2015 John W. Keys III Memorial Award, for his "dedication and capable advocacy" on behalf of farmers and ranchers in the Western United States, will speak on the history of the California water system, current challenges facing the system, and efforts to address water issues in the Central Valley in the coming years.

stephen protheroGod Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World
Stephen Prothero
March 16, 2016 - 10:30 a.m. William Saroyan Theatre

Stephen Prothero is a professor of religion at Boston University and a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of American History. He is the author of six books and countless articles. He is a frequent guest on NPR, and appears regularly on television news programs.

A specialist on religious traditions in the United States, Prothero argues that, although America is deeply religious, Americans know shockingly little about religion. He argues that without a grasp of religions, we are ill-equipped to understand world affairs or the motivations of political leaders.

In this lecture, Prothero provides a timely and indispensable guide to understanding the great religions. What makes each tick? What are the similarities between them? But more importantly, what are the differences?

admiral james stavridisBeyond the Horizon: 21st Century Global Security and Risk
Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)
April 20, 2016 - 10:30 a.m. William Saroyan Theatre

The longest-serving global combatant commander in recent American military history, James Stavridis is a "Renaissance Admiral" according to The New York Times. He led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He also served as Commander of the US Southern Command, from 2006 to 2009. Stavridis is widely recognized for his expertise in strategy, tactics, diplomacy, national security, and strategic communications. He has published six books and written over 150 articles.

James Stavridis is now the Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Drawing from his long career as a successful military leader, he will give an overview of risks, opportunities, and strategies for creating a secure nation, government, and business community in the 21st century.


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