Winter/Spring 2024


February 6 Rob Nichols, President and CEO, American Bankers Association

Policy Landscape for America’s Banks

February 20 Philip Taubman, Lecturer, Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation; author; 30-year career with the New York Times

How George Shultz Ended the Cold War

March 5 Caroline Winterer, Department Chair, professor of history at Stanford University

When Weather Changed the Course of History

March 19 Dave Barry, Longtime syndicated humor columnist for the Miami Herald; author; Pulitzer Prize winner; guitarist in an all-author rock band

A Morning with Dave Barry

April 2 Eli Saslow, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; author; New York Times staff writer

Rising out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist

April 16 Sarah Parcak, Archaeologist; Egyptologist; professor of anthropology, University of Alabama; uses satellite imagery to identify potential archaeological sites

Tales from the “Indiana Jones” of Space

May 7 Roberto d’Alimonte, Dean, professor of political schience, Luiss-Guido Carli University in Rome; journalist, commentator on American/European politics

Is It Still the American Century?

May 21 Kirk O. Hanson, Seminal thinker in the field of business ethics; professor, Stanford University and Santa Clara University; Executive Director Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

The Ethics of Artificial  Intelligence

June 4 Richard Kogan, Practicing concert pianist  and psychiatrist

Ragtime:  The Mind and Music of Scott Joplin

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