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Peninsula Open Space Trust: The Wallace Stegner Lectures

January 26, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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One event on February 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm

One event on March 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm

One event on April 6, 2021 at 7:00 pm

| $30

The Wallace Stegner Lectures feature writers, thinkers and activists who explore important issues related to land, nature and conservation. Our 2021 season, “The Path Forward,” features leaders who offer perspectives on how we as a community can address the myriad social and environmental issues we’re confronting today. This is the first time we’ve offered the Wallace Stegner Lectures in an online format, and we’re excited to lead you through an inspiring journey of communal learning. Proceeds fund POST’s work to protect open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all.

Dolores Huerta & Luis Valdez

Date: 7 p.m., January 26, 2021


Join Peninsula Open Space Trust and our partners the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Puente and Latino Outdoors in welcoming American civil rights leader and United Farmworkers cofounder Dolores Huerta for a conversation with founder of El Teatro Campesino and renowned American playwright Luis Valdez.

In this special talk, Dolores and Luis will reflect on their long history in the Santa Clara Valley, their work in the struggles for social and environmental justice, and perspectives on relationships between history, land and people in California. The conversation will be moderated by Jose Gonzalez, Founder of Latino Outdoors.

This event is hosted as part of POST’s Wallace Stegner Lectures, featuring writers, thinkers and activists who explore important issues related to land, nature and conservation. While this talk will be provided as a free event to the community, please click here to subscribe to our additional lectures. Lectures subscribers do not need to signup separately for this event.  

Erin Brockovich — Environmental Activist

Date: 7 p.m., February 23, 2021


While working as a file clerk at a Los Angeles law firm in 1992, Erin Brockovich uncovered documents that ultimately led to more than 600 residents of Hinkley, California, filing a lawsuit against utility giant PG&E. Since then, Erin has worked on a host of a environmental issues across the country.

Immortalized in the 2000 film, Erin Brockovich has never stopped her consumer advocacy efforts since she began her work in the 90’s. She has been involved in dozens of legal cases and campaigns over the past three decades including a variety of groundwater contamination issues, oil and natural gas pollution, fracking, and pharmaceuticals.

Erin is a believer in the power of people. She will share inspiring stories of how bringing people together to address environmental issues can have an enormous impact.

“Be informed, ask questions, band together with your community, and fight at the local level. And make sure you take your local elections as seriously as the national ones.”

—Erin Brockovich

Michael Mann — Climate Scientist and Author

Date: 7 p.m., March 9, 2021

Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC). Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA’s outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002.
Dr. Mann is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and five books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate ChangeThe Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front LinesThe Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy and The Tantrum that Saved the World. Forthcoming in early 2021 is The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet.

“Although scientific revolutions in how we see the world do occur, the bulk of our scientific understanding comes from the cumulative impact of numerous incremental studies that together paint an increasingly coherent picture of how nature works.”

—Michael E. Mann

José Andrés — Chef, Restaurateur, Humanitarian

Date: 7 p.m., April 6, 2021

José Andrés is a Michelin-starred, James Beard Award-winning Spanish-American chef. He is the author of three cookbooks and the New York Times best-selling book We Fed an Island, which describes how Andrés and his team cooked for hundreds of thousands of hungry Americans in Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Andrés advocates for sustainability in the restaurant industry and his line of restaurants includes many that are focused on serving sustainably grown and  harvested foods.
His newest book, Vegetables Unleashed, describes how the home cook can approach preparing vegetables in fresh and surprising ways that help to reduce food waste and reduce our carbon footprint. He will appear in conversation with a local Peninsula food personality to discuss his recent work.

“The business of feeding people is the most amazing business in the world.”

—José Andrés


January 26, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Penninsula Open Space Trust


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