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michio-kakuThe Future of the Mind
Dr. Michio Kaku
September 21, 2016 - 7:30 p.m. William Saroyan Theatre

Dr. Michio Kaku, the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York, is a Harvard graduate, a New York Times best-selling author, a theoretical physicist and popularizer of science. As a co-founder of string theory, Kaku's Ph.D. level textbooks are required reading at many of the world's leading physics laboratories.
Despite this prestigious background, Kaku brings science to the average listener on his  national weekly radio program, the largest nationally syndicated science radio show on commercial radio. He is well known from his many TV appearances on CBS, The Colbert Report, The Discovery Channel and many others. Kaku’s most recent book, The Future of the Mind –which hit #1 on the New York Best Seller list – describes the stunning breakthroughs being made in neuroscience, which are beginning to unravel the mysteries of the most complex object in the known universe: the human brain.
Kaku will bring his unique perspective on science and physics, and even business strategy, for an informative and entertaining lecture that includes his goal to complete Einstein’s dream of a “theory of everything.”

Tickets for this event are no longer available online.
Tickets will be available at the Saroyan Theatre Box Office on Wednesday, starting at 5:15pm.
CASH ONLY!
Theaters doors for lecture will open at 7:00pm. Lecture begins at 7:30pm

Unfortunately, students will not receive free admission to the Michio Kaku evening event.
Please email us at valleytownhall@gmail.com if you need to contact us.
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leon-panettaRemarks on Our Nation
Leon Panetta
October 19, 2016 - 10:30 a.m. William Saroyan Theatre

As Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama, Leon Panetta shares with audiences his candid insights on global politics and world affairs, U.S. intelligence, defense and cyber security strategies and the global economic challenges of the 21st Century.
The Monterey native, who co-directs the non-profit Panetta Institute for Public Policy based at CSU, Monterey Bay, is the recipient of numerous recent awards including: the California Teachers Association's "Friends of Education Award"; the Judicial Council of California's "Stanley Mosk Defender of Justice Award"; "The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award"; the "Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in Policy"; and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance's "William Oliver Baker Award."

Tickets for the evening event are no longer available for Sunday, October 16.


wes-mooreThe Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
Wes Moore
November 16, 2016 - 10:30 a.m. William Saroyan Theatre

Acclaimed author Wes Moore is a combat Army veteran, Rhodes Scholar and the founder of BridgeEDU. He has been an NBC news correspondent, hosted his own show on PBS and has been featured by USA Today, Time Magazine, People Magazine, Meet the Press, The Colbert Report, MSNBC and NPR.
Moore's first book, and the topic for his lecture, The Other Wes Moore, tells the tale of two kids with the same name living in the same decaying city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar and White House Fellow under Condoleezza Rice. The other is currently serving a life sentence for the killing of a police officer during an armed robbery. Moore will share his insights and stories of the people and networks that refused to let him fall into crime and drugs.


***The student section for the WES MOORE lecture on NOVEMBER 16 IS FULL.****

We are sorry that we can no longer accept student group reservations for this lecture. You must have a confirmed reservation and completed reservation form for entry to this event. There will be a limited number of tickets for individual students with valid student id’s at the box office.

**We expect to have a large audience for this event. Please arrive early as seating is available on first come first served basis.**
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adam-steltznerHow Curiosity Changed My Life: Mars Rover
Adam Steltzner
January 18, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. William Saroyan Theatre

Adam Steltzner, best known as the landing specialist and development manager for the Mars Rover, "Curiosity," was an aspiring rock star when he noticed, one night, that the constellation Orion had shifted from where it was hours before. That event sparked his curiosity to know everything about the laws governing the universe. He returned to school, earning a master's degree from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. By 35, Steltzner was an engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Steltzner will detail the development and landing of Curiosity, its current findings (including photos) and its future mission on Mars. He will also discuss the power of human curiosity and the importance of fostering a culture of collaborative innovation.


marc-lapadulaThe Four Films that Changed America
Marc Lapadula
February 15, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. William Saroyan Theatre

Marc Lapadula is uniquely qualified to bring the history of cinema to the Saroyan Theatre. His topic focuses on four films (The Jazz Singer, I Am A Fugitive From a Chain Gang, The Graduate and Jaws) that have had a profound impact on our culture. Lapadula highlights how these films brought social issues to light, changed laws, forwarded ideologies both good and bad, and altered the course of American history through their resounding impact on society.
A playwright and screenwriter, Lapadula is also an award-winning film producer and university lecturer in the Yale University Film Studies program. His stage plays have been produced world-wide. Lapadula has taught screenwriting, playwriting and film analysis courses at Johns Hopkins, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, and he led the Screenwriting Series at the Smithsonian Institution.


dave-barryThe Wit and Wisdom of Dave Barry
Dave Barry
March 15, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. William Saroyan Theatre

Dave Barry is an author and columnist who wrote a nationally syndicated column for more than 20 years. His humorous column appeared in more than 500 newspapers and Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1988. One of Barry's columns was largely responsible for the movement to observe International Talk Like a Pirate Day every year on September 19. This is probably his most enduring achievement.
Barry has written more than 30 books, including the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, Tricky Business and, most recently, Insane City. Two of Barry's books were the basis for the CBS sitcom Dave's World, which can probably still be seen on cable TV in certain underdeveloped nations. Barry lives in Miami with his family and a dog that is determined to urinate on every square inch of North America.


lisa-genovaStill Alice, Understanding Alzheimer's
Lisa Genova
April 5, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. William Saroyan Theatre

Lisa Genova, a New York Times best-selling author and speaker, is often called the "Oliver Sacks of fiction." Genova graduated as valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and then earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University. Genova is best-known, however, as the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, and Inside the O'Briens. Still Alice was made into an award-winning film in 2014 starring Julianne Moore as Alice.
Still Alice, the story of a woman who documents her struggle with her family, her profession and herself as she develops Alzheimer's disease, spent 59 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, won the 2008 Bronte Prize and the 2011 Bexley Book of the Year, and was nominated for the 2010 Indies Choice Debut Book of the Year by the American Booksellers Association.


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