Fall 2016

September 20 Nizar Ibraham, PhD.,  Lead author of a study on the creatures who lived 100 million years ago in North Africa and could swim

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous

October 4 Chef Roland Mesnier, Executive White House Chef, 1979-2004

All the Presidents’ Pastries

October 18 Rob Kapilow, Composer, conductor, author, NPR music commentator, along with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at Stanford University

Hayden and the Detective Novel: Does Music Have a Plot?

November 1 Mark D. Smith MD. MBA, Founder and CEO of California Health Care Foundation; Clinical faculty member, University of California, San Francisco

Making America’s Health Care Great (Again?)

November 15 Brigid Barton PhD., Professor Emerita, Art History, Santa Clara University; Lecturer, Stanford University Continuing Studies

Paris and Impressionism, the history of a new city and a new style; how Impressionist artists looked at Napolean III and Hausmann’s renovated Paris

December 6 Gary Griggs, Director of Marine Sciences, Distingished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

Climate Change and the California Coast


January 17 Marc Lapadula, Playwright, screenwriter, and award-winning film producer; lecturer at Yale University on screen writing since 1992

Four Films that Changed America