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 lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. with the exception of the annual “Special Event” which takes place in the evening.
* Tickets for the Temple Grandin event are no longer available online. A limited number of tickets will be available at the box office on the morning of the lecture.



October 18, 2017 | 10:30 a.m.

Former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, will discuss immigration reform via strengthening US-Mexico relations.



November 15, 2017 | 10:30 a.m.

Political cartoonist, “KAL” will discuss the importance of satire and freedom of expression and demonstrate the making of a political cartoon!



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

Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City, will share insights into the top-secret environment of the Manhattan Project and WWII America.



February 21, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.

Author, professor, and autistic spokesperson Temple Grandin will share her perspective that all humans exhibit a natural variation of thinking processes.



March 21, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.

Michael Pollan, author and journalist, will share his observations about the intersections of humans and nature close to home—in the garden, the farm and the table.



April 18th, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.

John Walsh will discuss his mission as an anti-crime activist and television host fighting on behalf of victims of crime.

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 Astronaut Scott Kelly: Lessons from a Year in Space. Wednesday, September 27, 2017. 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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