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.
* Update

It is with regret that San Joaquin Valley Town Hall is postponing our final two lectures: Dr. Paul Hessberg, “How Do You Want Your Smoke” and Jane Pauley, “Sunday Morning on Wednesday.”

The San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Board has no choice but to postpone these lecture due to CDC instructions and the City of Fresno closing the Convention Center and Saroyan Theatre due to the COVID-19 virus. The closure will take effect immediately and continue through April 16, 2020.

The health and welfare of our audience is our primary concern, and the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus has made this decision imperative. We will be rescheduling both lecture once it is safe to do so. Your existing Dr. Paul Hessberg and Jane Pauley lecture tickets will be honored on the rescheduled dates.

Thank you for your understanding,

San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Board of Directors

Dr. Paul


* Postponed

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



* 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.



October 16, 2019 | 10:30 a.m.

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



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

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

Gen. John F.


January 15, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.

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



February 12, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.

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

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. 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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