Renowned Speakers on the Saroyan Stage


Every year, San Joaquin Valley Town Hall strives to find the best speakers to inform, educate, and entertain! See this year’s list of speakers here. All regular lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. The annual “Special Event,” which is purchased separately from the season ticket, takes place in the evening. See below for additional information on how to purchase Special Event tickets.



October 17, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.

Egyptologist and archaeologist, Sarah Parcak will discuss the use of remote sensing to reveal archeological sites from outer space.



November 14, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.

Investigative journalist and author, David Epstein will address the roles of genetics and effort in athletic success.

Dr. John


January 23, 2019 | 10:30 a.m.

Dr. Medina will share insights into the complexities of the workings of the brain systems at various stages of life.



February 20, 2019 | 10:30 a.m.

Tech specialist David Pogue will predict ways in which disruptive technologies in our fast-changing world are likely to have a significant impact on society.



March 13, 2019 | 10:30 a.m.

Professor Suri will discuss the transformation of the office of the president in our American democracy from the founding times to the present day.



April 10, 2019 | 10:30 a.m.

The first female Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard will discuss the economic and leadership struggles of nations in the era of a rising Asia.

Please note:
due to unforeseen circumstances, a speaker may be subject to substitution.

Special Event

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

We present the annual Town Hall Special Event in the spirit of thanks to our generous community donors and sponsors.

Evening event seats are reserved and must be purchased exclusively through Ticket Master; please make ticket orders 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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Special Evening Event Tickets

Featured Lecture Sponsors

Generous Anonymous Patron

The Frances F. Ermoian Memorial Lecture

Annette & Bob Smittcamp

Educational Employees Credit Union

Sharon Hanley Lecture

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant

Bernice and Jack Woolf Lecture

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