Renowned Speakers on the Saroyan Stage


Dear Friends of SJV Town Hall,

In light of the continuing challenges posed by COVID-19, the Board of Directors of SJV Town Hall has determined that our best course to safeguard the health of all of our loyal audience members is to take a one-year hiatus and wait until the Fall 2021–Spring 2022 season to offer our scheduled slate of speakers.

In late Spring 2021, we will present the two speakers, Dr. Paul Hessburg and Jane Pauley, we postponed from our last season. Your tickets and guest tickets will still be honored at that time and we have a record of your purchase, should it be needed. Dates for these lectures will be announced on our website and Facebook page when they are finalized.

We thank you for your support and patience during these difficult times.



rescheduled date coming soon

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



rescheduling negotiations in process

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 21, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.

Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize winning historian, celebrates the songs that define the American experience in a patriotic presentation, showcasing historic songs recorded by country music star Tim McGraw.

Dr. Abraham


November 18, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.

Verghese, a physician, best-selling author, National Humanities Medal recipient, and Stanford professor, eloquently draws on history, literature, and medical experience to reveal why human touch and the patient’s story are vital to doctor-patient relationships.



January 20, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

Sartore, award winning National Geographic photographer, takes us on his worldwide adventures, camera in tow, to share his incredible experiences building a Photo Ark that documents 12,000 vanishing species.



February 10, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

Reichl, author, restaurant critic, editor, and chef, with a 50 year career in food, weaves a delectable tale of America’s food journey and shares life lessons from the kitchen.



March 17, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

Steves, a beloved PBS TV personality and travel writer, shows us how travel broadens our global perspective – all while having the time of our lives!



April 21, 2021 | 10:30 a.m.

Gupta, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, delivers a symphonic message about music as an instrument for healing, which will conclude with a special musical moment with Fresno Philharmonic Music Director Rei Hotoda.

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

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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