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Who We Are

Our mission is to bring nationally and internationally renowned, thought-provoking speakers who inform, educate, and to 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 82nd year of service to the San Joaquin Valley.

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Dennis Miller

Comedian | Author

America, How Can We All Play Nice Again?

November 5, 2019 | 7:30pm | William Saroyan Theatre

Equal parts comedian and social commentator, Dennis’s scathing-yet-playful perspective reminds audiences not to take themselves (or anyone else for that matter) too seriously. He brings a pragmatic take on the world in these polarizing times.  Miller’s inventive and humorous presentation will teach us the art of how to disagree agreeably.

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Nick Buettner


Live Long and Happy – The Blue Zones

October 16, 2019 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Nick Buettner will discuss the secrets of the “Blue Zones”—communities where people routinely live to be 100.

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Jimmy Chin

National Geographic Photographer

World’s Greatest Climb – Free Solo in Yosemite

November 20, 2019 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Jimmy Chin—mountaineer, skier and National Geographic photographer—will discuss his Oscar winning 2018 film, Free Solo.

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General John F. Kelly

General John F. Kelly, USMC (Ret.) – Former White House Chief of Staff

Geopolitics – Our Future on the Global Stage

January 15, 2020 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

General Kelley will offer insight into the evolving geopolitical landscape around the world based upon his unique experiences.

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Rebecca Skloot

Science Writer

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

February 12, 2020 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Rebecca Skloot will illuminate the intersections of scientific progress and morality, bringing public attention to vital bioethical issues.

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Dr. Paul Hessburg

Forestry Scientist

Megafires: How Do You Want Your Smoke?

* Postponed

Dr. Hessburg will discuss the causes, impacts and implications of the mega-wildfires currently plaguing the western United States.

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Jane Pauley

Sunday Morning On Wednesday

* Postponed

Ms. Pauley will share stories from her life experiences including breaking into journalism, balancing career and family, living with bi-polar illness, and reinventing her career after the age of 65…

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Special Event

Please join us for our annual special evening event, featuring Dennis Miller: America, How Can We All Play Nice Again? Tuesday, November 5, 2019. 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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