Fall 2014

September 16 Martha Raddatz, ABC News Senior Global Affairs Correspondent

View from Washington

October 7 Hon. Karl Eikenberry, Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan and Lt. General, US Army; William J. Perry Fellow in International Security, Center for International Security and Cooperation; and faculty member, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University

The End of America’s Long War in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities

October 21 David Welch PhD, President, Infinera; Founder, Students Matter

Vergara v California: for a basically equal opportunity to a quality education

November 4 Susan Shillinglaw, PhD., Professor of English, San Jose State University; Scholar-in-Residence at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas; Author

75th Anniversary of “Grapes of Wrath”

November 18 Temple Grandin, PhD, Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University; Author; Autism Activist; Consultant to livestock industry

The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s

December 2 Annie Griffiths, Photographer; Author

Connect with Anybody, Anywhere: on the road with National Geographic

January 20 Betty Ann Boeving, MA, International Policy Studies, Stanford University, specializing in International Conflict Resolution; Founder, Executive Director, Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition

Get in the Game: Anti-Human Trafficking

Winter/Spring 2014


February 4 Christy Hanson, MPH, PhD, Hubert H. Humphrey Professor in International Studies, MacAlester College; Chief of Infectious Diseases Division for the Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition at the US AID

The Greatest Story Never Told: Global Public Health Investments Are Paying Off

February 18 Glen Fukushima, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; former Vice President of AirBus SAS; Chairman and Director, AirBus Japan KK

Japan’s Economies: Prospects and Pitfalls

March 4 Scott Summit, , Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Bespoke Innovacatons

How 3D Printing is Changing the World

March 18 Robert Wittman, Former FBI Special Agent; Founder, FBI Art Crime Team

True Tales from the FBI’s Real Indiana Jones

April 1 Neal Benezra, Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

SFMOMA on the Go

April 15 G. Willow Wilson, Author, Essayist

The Butterfly Mosque: Women in Islam; a Memoir about Life in Egypt

May 6 Robert Kuhn, Associate Director, UC Santa Cruz Genome Browser, Jack Baskin School of Engineering  Coalition

The Human Genome – What We Know and What We Want to Know

June 3 Tom Djelton, Global and Economic Correspondent for NPR

The News From Washington

Fall 2013

September 17 Maria Echaveste, Co-Founder of the Neuva Vista Group, San Francisco; former Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton

Growing Hispanic Influence? What Happens to Immigration Reform?

October 1 Dr. Michael Kirst, Ph.D, President of the California State Board of Education; also served from 1977-81; Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration, Stanford University 

State Policy to Implement Common Core Standards in Education: It Changes Almost Everything

October 15 Philip Yun, J.D., Executive Director and COO, Ploughshares Fund, San Francisco; former Pantech Scholar in Korean Studies at the Walter Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center, Stanford University

The North Korea Problem

November 5 Francine Segan, Food Historian, author of seven cookbooks including the latest, Pasta Modern, to be released in October 2013; frequent guest on television’s Food Network

Dolci: Italy’s Sweets

November 19 Bill Coleman,Chairman and CEO, Resilient Network Sytems; Partner, Alsop Louie Partners; a director of Business Executives for National Security; Trustee of Santa Clara University; previously was Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Cassatt, Inc. and Founder, Chairman, and CEO of BEA Systems

The Challenges of Cyber Security: National and Personal

December 3 Alan Hess, Architect, Historian; Architecture Critic for the San Jose Mercury News; author of 19 Books on modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-twentieth century; His latest book on Frank Lloyd Wright was published in October 2012

Historic Sprawl: A History of California Suburbia

January 21 Jill Carroll, Ph.D., Author, former Director of the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University; Founding Director of the Amazing Faith Project

The Challenges of Religious Tolerance

Lecture dates for the Morning Forum Winter/Spring 2014 series are:

February 4,18; March 4,18; April 1, 15; May 6,20; and June 3.

Winter/Spring 2013

February 5 Kobie Boykins, NASA Engineer

Exploring Mars: Explorers of the Red Planet

February 19 Dr. Michael Warren, Professor Emeritus, English Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz

Shakespeare Four Hundred Years On

March 5 Richard Rhodes, Prize-Winning Author

Hedy Lamarr-Inventor

March 19 Dr. Louise Pascale, Associate Professor and Director of Creative Arts Learning, Lesley University

Can You Stop the Birds from Singing? The Cultural Impact of Music Censorship in Afghanistan

April 2 Karen Tumulty, National Correspondent, The Washington Post

The View from the Washington, D.C. Beltway

April 16 Connie Wolf, Freidenrich Director, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

Art, Is It Worth It? What Makes Art Valuable?

May 7 Dr. Robert Levenson, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley

How Our Emotional Lives Mature: Changes and New Strengths

May 21 Janine Zacharia, Carlos Kelly McClatchy Visiting Lecturer, Stanford University

The United States, Israel and the Broader Middle East: Going Beyond the Headlines

June 4 Rex Ziak, Author and Historian

In Full View: The True Story of Lewis and Clark

Fall 2012

September 18 Nicholas de Monchaux, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, University of California Berkeley

Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo

October 2 Dr. Laura Carstensen, Professor of Psychology; Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor of Public Policy; Director, Stanford Center on Longevity 

A Long, Bright Future

October 16 Dr. Channing Robertson, Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor, School of Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering Emeritus, Stanford University

Forensic Science: An Oxymoron?

November 6 Steve Almond, Author and Journalist

Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

November 20 Pat Kaunert,Mark Twain impersonator

Mark Twain, Out West

December 4 Cypress String Quartet, Classical Musicians

Dvorak’s Voices

January 8 Dr. George Blumenthal, Chancellor, University of California, Santa Cruz

How Relevant is the University of California to the State?

January 15 Dr. A. David Lewis, Graphic Novelist, College Educator and Comics Studies Scholar,

Graven Images: Religion in Comics

Winter/Spring 2012

February 7

Dr. Stephen McKenna, Director of the Rehabilitation Trauma Center, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Advances in Stem Cell Research

February 21

Belva Davis, Journalist and Author 

Realizing Our Dreams in Turbulent Times

March 6

Dr. Andrew Robison, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 

If War Comes, What Art Should We Save

March 20

Djordje Padejski, John S. Knight Journalism Fellow, Stanford University 

From Eastern Europe to the United States: Why Investigative Journalism Matters in the Digital Age

April 3

Ekaterina Khmelnitskaya, Curator of Russian Porcelain and Ceramics, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Treasures from the Hermitage: The Story of Russian Porcelain

April 17

Mustafa Akyol, Turkish Political Commentator and Author

Islam Without Extremes

May 1

Lamplighters, Musical Theater Ensemble specializing in Gilbert and Sullivan 

Here’s a how-de-do: Celebrating 60 Years with the Lamplighters

May 15

Donald Johanson, Physical Anthropologist and Founder of the Institute of Human Origins 

Lucy’s Legacy: Our Evolutionary Journey

June 5

Karen Tumulty, National Political Correspondent for the Washington Post

Inside the Loop: The “Buzz” from Washington, D. C.

Fall 2011

September 20 Anne Thompson, NBC Environmental Affairs Correspondent

From 9/11 to Environmental Disasters: Our World at Risk

October 4 Abbas Milani, Ph.D., Director of Iranian Studies, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Democracy in Iran: Prospects and Problems

October 18 Seth Shostak, PhD, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute

When Will We Find Extraterrestrial Life?

November 1 Elliot Krane M.D., Professor of Anesthesia and Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine; Director of Pain Medicine at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Pain: A Symptom, A Disease, A Misery

November 15 Charles Bamforth, PhD., Professor of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis

Grape Versus Grain

December 6 Olivier Bernier, Historian, Lecturer, Author

Palaces of the Gods: the Glory of South India

Note: Ten o’ clock  Morning Forum Business Meeting

January 3 Alexander Field, PhD., Michel and Mary Orradre Professor of Economics, Santa Clara University

A Great Leap Forward: 1930s Depression and U.S. Economic Growth

January 17 Gerald F. Uelmen, J.D., Professor of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law

Proposals to Put California’s Death Penalty Law on the Ballot for November, 2012

Winter/Spring 2011

February 1 Mary Felstiner, PhD, Professor Emerita of History, San Francisco State University; Visiting Professor, Stanford University

Painting a Life! Charlotte Salomon in the Nazi Era

February 15 Tobias Wolff, Author, Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University

A Life in Words

March 1 David Whitman, Executive Director, Signature Programs, The Tech Museum of San Jose

The Tech Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity

March 15 Kavita Ramdas, Senior Advisor, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Fund for Women

It Ain’t What You Do, It’s the Way That You Do It

April 5 Kevin (KAL) Kallaugher, Editorial Cartoonist

Editorial Cartoons, Satire, and Freedom of Expression

April 19 Ceci Connolly, Senior Advisor, McKinsey Center for Health System Reform

Health Care in the Post-Reform Era – What it Means for You

May 3 Jonathan Turley, Legal Scholar, Professor, The George Washington School of Law

The Supreme Court

May 17 Martin Jay, PhD, Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics

June 7 Isabel Wilkerson, Journalist, International Affairs Expert

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Fall 2010

September 21 Cypress String Quartet  

Creativity amd Emotion in Music

October 5 Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, Curator of Meteorites at the Vatican Obsesrvatory

Are Asteroids Fluffy? What Meteorites Tell Us About How the Planets Were Formed

October 19 Anand Giriharadas, Author and Columnist

How the Developing World Has Opened a New Frontier of Innovation

November 2 Dan Schott, Resident Agent in Charge, San Jose, California Office, U.S. Secret Service

Overview of the Secret Service

November 16 T. J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

The Making of the Vanderbilt Dynasty: Commodore Vanderbilt’s Conquest of Nineteenth Century High Society

December 7 Jeff Hart, PhD, Naturalist

“Calinature” – History, Nature, and Culture in the Golden State

January 4 Patrick Hunt, PhD, Director, Stanford Alpine Archeology Project, 1994-2010; Visiting Fellow 2009-2010, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History

January 18 John Sanders, Special Collections Manager, Dudley Knox Library, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California

Up From the Ashes: Birth of the Hotel Del Monte Art Gallery

Winter/Spring 2010

February 2 Socheata Poeuv, Founder, Khmer Legacies, Director and Writer of Documentary “New Year Baby”

What Does It Take to Heal? One Woman’s Commitment to Celebrate Stories of Survival

February 16 Gary K. Hart, Former California State Senator, Former California Secretary of Education

The Future of California Public Education

March 2 Larry N. Gerston, PhD, Professor, San Jose State University

California Meltdown: Can This State Be Saved?

March 16 Gary F. Kurutz, Director, Special Collections Branch, California State Library

Unbridled Bibliomania: Treasures of the California State Library

April 6 William Ratliff, Research Fellow and Curator, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Chinese Policy in Latin America

April 20 Carey Perloff, Artistic Director, American Conservatory Theater

No More “Normal”: Challenges Facing Live Theater Today

May 4 Maria Stenzel, Award-Winning National Geographic Photographer

Antarctica: A Hot Spot for Climate Change

May 18 Andrew A. Galvan, Curator, Old Mission Dolores, San Francisco

Converting California: Indians and Missionaries

June 1 Robin Wright, Journalist, International Affairs Expert

Global Flashpoints: What’s Next?