The Path Forward

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.

January 26, 7 p.m.

Land and People

A Conversation with Dolores Huerta & Luis Valdez

February 23, 7 p.m.

Erin Brockovich

Environmentalist & Consumer Rights Activist 

March 9, 7 p.m.

Michael Mann

Climate Scientist & Environmental Policy Expert

April 6, 7 p.m.

José Andrés

Chef, Restaurateur, Humanitarian, Disaster Relief Leader

Our Series Sponsor

Jean and Laurence W Bill Lane JrThe late Ambassador Laurence W. “Bill” Lane, Jr. and his wife Jean sponsored the Wallace Stegner Lectures from their inception in 1993. Jean passed away in 2017, but had established the Bill and Jean Lane Endowment to provide for their annual lead sponsorship of this beloved series. POST applauds Jean and Bill, whose unwavering support, energy and dedication enable us to bring you the lecture series again this year and into the future.

Speaker Sponsors



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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosari

Media Sponsor

Our History

Wallace Stegner Lectures - POSTSince 1993, POST has hosted the Wallace Stegner Lectures in tribute to Wallace Stegner (1909 – 1993), a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, environmental leader and longtime Peninsula resident. Stegner was an ardent conservationist and Stanford University English professor who worked to preserve the Peninsula land he captured in his writing.

A longtime friend of POST, Stegner helped launch the lectures and was slated to be our first host. Because he died before the series began, the lectures are named in his honor.

Buy a Ticket to the 2021 Wallace Stegner Lectures

We are excited to present our annual Wallace Stegner Lectures in a format you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home, which allows us to bring you these inspiring and important talks affordably.

This year, we’re keeping things simple with just one ticket for the whole season: The $30 ticket gives you access to all four 2021 lectures. (In previous years, tickets to each lecture cost $40, totaling $120 for all three lectures.) Please note, our first lecture with Dolores Huerta & Luis Valdez will be free and fully accessible to the community. Lecture subscribers do not need to sign up separately for this event. 

With the purchase of the $30, full-access ticket, you’ll receive a private viewing link that allows you to join us for each virtual lecture. You’ll also receive access to recordings of each event to watch at your convenience through April 30, 2021.

Ticket holders will receive advance emails from POST with full lecture access details and additional resources to help you prepare to fully enjoy and engage with each speaker.

  • Please note: The $30 ticket price is non-deductible. 
  • Donating to POST: Peninsula Open Space Trust has protected 80,000 acres of open space, farms and parkland throughout the Peninsula and South Bay since our founding in 1977. This work is not possible without the support of thousands of people who donate to POST each year. If you are inspired to donate along with your ticket purchase, you can do so in the form below.
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