2014-2015 Season

Alice Waters

Alice Waters

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Alice Waters is one of the most influential figures in the food world, a culinary pioneer. Her Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse, and her Edible Schoolyard program for teachers and kids embody her philosophy that good cooking must be based on locally produced and sustainable ingredients.

Robert Gates

Robert Gates

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Robert Gates former Secretary of Defense, a trusted advisor to eight U.S. Presidents over the past four and a half decades. The recent publication of his book DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War has once again stirred the national debate on the role of government and the need for a cohesive national strategy.

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Anderson Cooper, television journalist, author and CNN anchor. On his nightly show Anderson Cooper 360, he goes beyond the headlines, keeping politicians and policy-makers honest with his in-depth reporting and investigations.

Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Diana Nyad in the ‘70s, was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world, setting world records for circling Manhattan Island and crossing the 102 miles between the Bahamas and Florida. Last year, at the age of 64, she finally fulfilled her life-long dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida.

David Brooks

David Brooks

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

David Brooks is a New York Times columnist and a regular analyst on PBS’ NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered, Mr. Brooks has a gift for bringing audiences face-to-face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion.