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Modern Voices in Conservation

The Wallace Stegner Lectures feature writers, thinkers and activists who explore important issues related to land, nature and conservation. Our 2018 season “Modern Voices of Conservation” features three speakers with unique life experiences and perspectives. 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 30, 8:00 PM

Bill Bryson

Best-Selling Author, Humorist, Scientist.

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February 13, 8:00 PM

Gina McCarthy

Environmental Expert, Former EPA Administrator, Professor.

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March 20, 8:00 PM

Winona LaDuke

Environmental Activist, Economist, Writer.

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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.

UPDATE: Jean passed away at home this fall, surrounded by her family. She established the Bill and Jean Lane Endowment to provide for their annual lead sponsorship of this beloved lecture series.

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A special thank you to Fenwick & West for providing space for our annual subscriber reception.

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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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