Winter/Spring 2002

January 3 Dr. Walter M. Bortz,
Clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University, co-chairman of the American Medical Association’s Task Force on Aging.

Topic: Dare to Be 100: Redefining Human Aging.

January 15 Wendy Wasserstein,
Playwright, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist.

Topic: Reminiscences about my Life in the Theater.

January 29 Haynes Johnson,
Journalist, author, television commentator on PBS Washington Week in Review and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Newly published book: The Best of Times: America in the Clinton Years.

Topic: Challenges of the New Millennium: Where Do We Go From Here?

February 19 Jay A. Levy, M.D.,
Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, and Research Associate at UCSF’s Cancer Research Institute. 1983 co-discoverer of the AIDS virus now called HIV.

Topic: The Economic and Social Impact of HIV/AIDS: How Science Responds to this Devastating Epidemic.

March 5 Orville Schell,
Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley. Author, China expert, scholar and journalist.

Topic: Today’s Media and How It is Affected by the International Crisis.

March 19 Joanne Levy,
Historian, researcher of women of the Gold Rush, author. Winner of 1999 and 2001 WILLA award, Best Historical Fiction.

Topic: Women Were Forty-Niners.

April 2 Seth Lerer,
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Stanford University. Winner of Hoagland Prize for Undergraduate Teaching.

Topic: Is Comedy Still Possible? An Historical Perspective.

April 16 Marco Barricelli,
Artistic Associate, American Conservatory Theatre.Conservatory actor, director, and teacher.

Topic: An Actor’s Life in the American Theatre.

May 7 Scott Kirby,
Pianist/composer. Premier ragtime artist and musical director for the two largest Ragtime music festivals in the country.

Topic: A Century of Ragtime: Historical and Musical Narrative.

May 21 Paul Erdman,
Economist, author. Contributor to New York Times, the Washington Post, London’s Financial Times MarketWatch, and Bloomberg magazine.

Topic: The Economy: The Future Looks Bright!

June 4 Walid Kazeeha,
Professor of Political Science, American University of Cairo. Specialty: Politics of the Arab East, Egypt, and the Gulf region.

Topic: Political and Cultural Role of the Muslim Religion in the Middle East