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Drawing Inspiration from Nature

The Wallace Stegner Lectures feature writers, thinkers and activists who explore important issues related to land, nature and conservation. This year’s theme is Drawing Inspiration from Nature. Whether it is a casual walk outside, an endurance challenge or inspiration for a passion like photography or native plants, the natural world inspires creativity, problem solving, physical well being and peace of mind. Join us to learn how the natural world has inspired the work of these three amazing thinkers and doers. Proceeds fund POST’s work to protect open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley.

All lectures are held at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.



January 31, 8:00 PM
Jimmy Chin Photographer

Jimmy Chin

National Geographic photographer, extreme athlete, award winning film maker.

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February 21, 8:00 PM
Gary Snyder Poet

Gary Snyder

Beat generation poet, essayist, environmental activist and thinker.

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March 21, 8:00 PM
Mark Bittman Journalist

Mark Bittman

Journalist, author and former New York Times columnist on policy and the environment.

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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. POST applauds Jean, whose unwavering support, energy and dedication enable us to bring you the lecture series again this year in honor of Bill’s memory.

Thank you, Jean!

Speaker Sponsors

Sand Hill Global Advisors

Noble & Lorraine Hancock

Chris & Carol Espinosa



GoPro Sponsor Wallace Stegner Lectures

Our History

Wallace Stegner Lectures - POSTBegun by POST in 1993, the Wallace Stegner Lectures pay 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 host the first lecture series in 1993. Because he died before the series began, the lectures were named in his honor. Learn About Last Year’s Series

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