Fall/Winter 2023-2024


September 19 Thomas Berens,  Sales and Marketing Executive, turned avid outdoorsman

Hidden Gems Among Bay Area Parks

October 3 Ross King,  Internationally recognized authority on crucial episodes in the history of Renaissance art and architecture

Brunelleschi’s Dome

October 17 Barbara Rae-Venter,  Genetic genealogist, biologist, patent attorney; helped identify the Golden State Killer

Cracking Cold Cases with DNA: The Revolution of Genetic Genealogy

November 7 Michael Stehr,  A glorious walk through the museum with this fine artist, decorative painter and art historian

A Day at the Musée d’Orsay

November 21 David Greenberg,  A Baroque violinist weaves together the stories of classical violin and Scottish fiddle music

Bach Meets Cape Breton

December 5 Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez, historian of civil rights and social justice movements, is joined by photographer David Bacon

Bracero and Guestworker Programs:  A Look at Farm Labor

January 16, 2024 Garth Illingworth,  Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz; among the thinkers behind the telescope

Discoveries from the James Webb Telescope

Winter/Spring 2023


February 7 Rebecca Eisenberg, Santa Clara Valley Water Distric, Director: District 7

Toilet to Tap? The Surprising and Exciting Potential of Recycled Water in our Sustainable Future

February 21 Mohan Gurunathan, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Activist

The Earth on Your Plate:  How Diet Can Transform the Earth & Your Health

March 7 Frans Lanting, Award Winning Wildlife Photographer

Bay of Life:  From Wind to Whales

March 21 John W. Rick, Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Archaeology Center, Stanford

The Origins of Authority in Ancient Chavin de Huántar, Peru

April 4 Thomas Fingar, Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center Scholar

Update on China and US China Relations

April 18 Abbas Milani, Hamid & Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies, Stanford

A Feminist Democratic Movement in Iran

May 2 Larry Gerston, Political Science Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University; political Analyst on NBC Bay Area

Trumpism, Racism and the Decline of American Democracy

May 16 LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, California Superior Court Judge, Retired

My Life on the Bench — What Works, What’s Broken, How to Change It

June 6 Richard Kogan, Concert Pianist and Psychiatrist

West Side Story: The Mind and Music of Leonard Bernstein