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Renowned Speakers

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Who We Are

Our mission is to bring nationally and internationally renowned, thought-provoking speakers who inform, educate, and entertain our audience!

San Joaquin Valley Town Hall is a non-profit organization that is run by an all-volunteer board of directors.

Our daytime speaking events are held at the beautiful Saroyan Theatre.


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We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate our 84th year of service to the San Joaquin Valley.


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Salman Khan

Educator | Innovator

One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined

November 11, 2020 | 7:30pm | William Saroyan Theatre

Starting with tutorials posted on YouTube for his younger cousin, Khan has sparked a worldwide, educational phenomenon, inspiring teachers and students alike. Offering personalized instruction on topics ranging from preschool math to precalculus, English language to economics, students can accelerate their learning with a customized curriculum. Khan’s goal? Create a one world schoolhouse that opens the doors of education to all.

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Jon Meachum

American Historian, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

Songs of America: the Music that Made a Nation

October 21, 2020 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham celebrates the songs that define the American experience in a patriotic presentation showcasing historic songs recorded by country music star Tim McGraw. Based on their book ​Songs of America, Meacham illuminates the lyrics that have carried our country through times of struggle and celebration.

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Dr. Abraham Verghese

Physician, Best-selling Author, Professor

The Patient is the Story

November 18, 2019 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Dr. Verghese, a physician and Stanford Medical School professor, eloquently draws on history, literature, and medical experience to reveal why human touch and the patient’s story are vital to doctor-patient relationships. A National Humanities Medal recipient and author of the bestselling novel ​Cutting for Stone​, Verghese’s uniquely humanistic approach to medicine resonates with the patient in all of us.

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Joel Sartore

National Geographic Nature Photographer

From Noah to Now: The Photo Ark

January 20, 2020 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Award winning ​National Geographic​ photographer Joel Sartore takes us on his worldwide adventures, camera in tow, to share his incredible experiences developing the Photo Ark, a 25 year effort to document 12,000 vanishing species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries and build the single largest collection of animal studio portraits.

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Ruth Reichl

Food Writer, Restaurant Critic, Editor of Gourmet Magazine

A Nation of Foodies

February 10, 2020 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

New York Times’s ​first female restaurant critic, best selling author, and​ Gourmet’​s Editor-in-Chief Ruth Reichl weaves a delectable tale of America’s food journey and shares life lessons from the kitchen. Her fifty-year career in food, beginning as a chef trailblazing the farm-to-table movement, puts her at the forefront of America’s culinary revolution.

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Rick Steves

Travel Guru, Philanthropist, and Host of Rick Steves’ Europe on PBS

Travel Like A Local

March 17, 2021 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Steves, a beloved PBS TV personality and travel writer, shows us how travel broadens our global perspective – all while having the time of our lives!

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Vijay Gupta

Violinist, Genius Fellow, Humanitarian

Changing Lives, Note by Note

April 21, 2021 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Gupta will share his experience using music to heal, inspire and promote social connection and change for the homeless and forgotten people of our society.

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Special Event

Please join us for our annual special evening event, featuring Salman Khan: One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined. Tuesday, November 11, 2020. William Saroyan Theater. Lecture at 7:30pm. VIP reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Evening event ticket orders can not be processed by mail. Please purchase your reserved seats through the Ticketmaster link on our website (Ticketmaster fees apply). No additional fees will be charged if purchased in person at the Fresno Convention Center Box Office: 700 ”M“ Street, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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