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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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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

NBA legend | Author | Commentator

Leadership, In Life and On The Court

October 9, 2018 | 7:30pm | William Saroyan Theatre

An NBA legend on the court, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is also a “Renaissance Man” for our time. His most widely admired accomplishments are his six NBA championships and his still unmatched record as the all-time leading NBA scorer.

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Sarah Parcak

Archeologist | Egyptologist | Professor | Author | Innovator

Space Archaeologist

October 17, 2018 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

@indyfromspace is the twitter handle Dr. Sarah Parcak uses to communicate her Indiana Jones inspired passion for archaeology. An Egyptologist, she has pioneered the use of remote sensing from space to expose many previously unknown archaeological sites.

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David Epstein

Investigative Reporter in Medicine and Science | Author

The Sports Gene – Late Specialization

November 14, 2018 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

David Epstein is a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated and the author of the The New York Times best-seller, The Sports Gene, Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance.

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Dr. John Medina

Molecular Biologist | Brain Researcher | Professor | Author

Optimizing Brain Health Through Each Stage of Life

January 23, 2019 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Dr. John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist, researcher, professor and the author of ten books. His New York Times best-seller, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School has been celebrated as the standard handbook on understanding the brain and optimizing its performance.

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David Pogue

Technology Columnist | Author | T.V. Commentator | Blogger

Disruptive Technology: The Unrecognizable New World of Technology and Culture.

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

David Pogue got his start writing Macs for Dummies before becoming a long-time personal technology columnist for The New York Times. He has been at the forefront of new and emerging tech trends for nearly two decades.

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Jeremi Suri

Professor of Contemporary Politics and Foreign Policy | Author

The Evolution of The American Presidency

March 13, 2019 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

“We should research with monkish rigor, as we write (and lecture) with novelistic flair.” These words reflect Dr. Suri’s own personality and his approach to the study and understanding of the repercussions of historical trends on the modern world.

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Julia Gillard

former Prime Minister of Australia

Engagement in the Asian Century; Opportunity of Our Lifetime

April 10, 2019 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

The first female Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, began her political career as a university student leader.  At 37, she was elected to Parliament as a member of the Labor Party. In 2007 she became the first Deputy Prime Minister and in 2010, despite being in the minority, she was elected Prime Minister.

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Special Event

Please join us for our annual special evening event featuring NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Leadership, In Life and On The Court. Tuesday, October 9, 2018. 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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