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Ticketing is once again to be handled through Town Hall. You may purchase online with your credit card by using the Buy A Ticket tab on this website. You may also purchase by mailing a check made to SJV Town Hall to: Town Hall, P.O. Box 5149, Fresno, CA 93755-5149.


After much consideration, SJV Town Hall has decided we will no longer live stream our lectures. The governor’s orders around COVID have been rescinded, and public meetings are once again being held in person. We at town Hall have prided ourselves for 86 years in bringing renowned speakers for a face-to-face experience that is not replicated online. We promise to continue that wonderful in-person experience for our San Joaquin Valley community in our 87th season.

Amber Straughn, PhD

Astrophysicist, NASA, James Webb Space Telescope

Unfolding the Universe with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

October 18, 2023 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

A project team member and communications liaison for NASA, Dr. Straughn will display the latest jaw-dropping images received from the James Webb telescope and interpret the mysteries of newly revealed stars, black holes, and distant galaxies.

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Cedric Alexander, PsyD

Community Safety Commissioner of Minneapolis; Former Chief of Police in DeKalb County, Georgia

The Future of Public Safety in America

November 15, 2023 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

With 40 years in law enforcement and a doctorate in clinical psychology, Dr. Alexander is uniquely qualified to offer unifying solutions for fostering positive change in our communities. He will share his vision for creating safer cities across the United States.

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Cristina Mittermeier

Marine Biologist, Photographer

Putting a Human Face on Climate Change: A Photographic Journey

January 17, 2024 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Although she has dedicated her life to saving the world’s oceans, Cristina Mittermeier has also traveled to all the continents focusing on how climate change is impacting isolated communities. Her fascinating storytelling and striking award-winning photography will inspire and raise awareness of the vital relationships between human cultures and biodiversity.

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Geena Davis

Oscar-winning Actress

Thelma and Louise, 20 Years Later

February 21, 2024 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. Davis received her first Academy Award, for Best Supporting Actress, for her role as the offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist. She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance in Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise.

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Ken Duckworth, MD

Chief Medical Officer for National Alliance on Mental Illness

Mental Health: The Human Experience

March 20, 2024 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Dr. Duckworth advocates changing the way we talk about mental illness. Sharing both personal and professional experiences depicted in his ground-breaking book, You Are Not Alone, Dr. Duckworth will demonstrate how open conversations lead to positive outcomes, and will offer hope and wisdom related to the difficult topic of mental health.

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Alton Brown

Peabody Award-winning cook, author, filmmaker, TV Personality

Alton Brown Spins Philosophy, Food and Culture

April 17, 2024 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Alton Brown, TV personality and self-proclaimed foodie, cooks with the precision of a scientist, the passion of an artist and the playfulness of a kid. He is best known for creating the innovative show, “Good Eats.” He brings his signature irreverent humor to the discussion of what our food reveals about our culture.

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