High School Lecture Series


Daniel Pink with Michael Krasny, Spring 2011

Since 2006, we have hosted the following speakers: 

  • Benjamin Ajak, co-author of They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky:  The True Story of Three Lost Boys From Sudan
  • Tamim Ansary, author of West of Kabul, East of New York; Destiny Disrupted
  • Reza Aslan, author of No god But God: the Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam; How to Stop A Cosmic War
  • Melba Pattillo Beals, author of Warriors Don't Cry:  A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High
  • Mark Brecke, filmmaker, photographer, Darfur Darfur
  • A Celebration of Courage: Women in Tanzania Program included Diane Raleigh, PhD., a clinical psychologist, Susan Rickert and Mary Ahlbach , who built schools in Tanzania, and Gloria Upchurch, a documentary photographer and executive director of A Global Connection.
  • Claire Cummings, author of Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds
  • Jared Duval, author of Next Generation Democracy:What the Open Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics, and Change
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and author of The Pluto Files: the Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet
  • Charles Emmerson,expert of geopolitics, author of The Future History of the Arctic
  • Kathy Evans, poet, author of Imagination Comes to Breakfast
  • Zlata Filipovic and Melanie Challenger, editors ofStolen Voices: Young People’s War Diaries From World War I to Iraq
  • Tim Flannery, Australian mammalogist, palaeontologist, and author of The Weather Makers
  • Paul Gilding, former CEO of Greenpeace International
  • Craig Holdrege, founder and director of The Nature Institute, author of Beyond Biotechnology
  • Ed Kashi, photographerCurse of the Black Gold: 50 years of Oil in the Niger Delta and Aging in America
  • Paul Lewis, a psychotherapist who has worked with adolescents in our local community for 20 years
  • Lewis Lapham, Editor of Lapham’s Quarterly, a magazine of history and ideas, in conversation with Michael Krasny, host of KQED's Forum
  • Anna Lappeauthor and the co-founder of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund.
  • Anchee Min, memoirist and novelist, author of Red AzaleaKatherineBecoming Madame MaoWild Ginger,Empress Orchid and The Last Empress, and Pearl of China.
  • Greg Mortenson, co-author of Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time
  • Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith, authors of Van Gogh:  A Life
  • Daniel Pink, author of Drive:  The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us in conversation with Michael Krasny, host of KQED's Forum
  • Robert Pinsky, poet and translator of The Inferno of Dante
  • Diana Reiss, Dolphin Scientist
  • Lisa See, novelist
  • Michael Shellenberger, coauthor of Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility
  • Joseph Stiglitz, Noble Prize-winning economist and author of Making Globalization Work
  • Eric Utne, founder of The Utne Reader
  • Rick Wartzman, author of Obscene in the Extreme: the Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath