|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