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Peninsula Open Space Trust has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of our 2020 Wallace Stegner Lecture Series including our events with Erin Brockovich on March 17 and José Andrés on April 21, due to the current COVID-19 shutdown and uncertainty over when it will be safe to resume large-scale public events.

For ticket holders, given the extraordinary circumstances, we hope that you would consider your ticket purchase a donation to POST. However, please read below for how to request a refund. Any tickets not refunded by April 21st will be considered a donation. Thank you for your understanding and support!

Wallace Stegner Lecture Subscribers – You would have received a communication from POST regarding your subscription. For any requests for donation acknowledgement letters or refunds, please reach us at [email protected].

Tickets Purchased through the MVCPA Website – If you would like a refund for your ticket, please contact the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 650-903-6000 or performingarts@mountainview.gov..

Voices for a Sustainable World

The Wallace Stegner Lectures feature writers, thinkers and activists who explore important issues related to land, nature and conservation. Our 2020 season, “Voices for a Sustainable World,” will feature four leaders who have helped individuals understand environmental issues in unique ways and inspired communities to take action. Proceeds fund POST’s work to protect open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all.

February 18, 8:00 PM

Kevin Fedarko & Peter McBride

National Geographic Explorers

March 17, 8:00 PM

Erin Brockovich (2021)

Environmentalist & Consumer Rights Activist 

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April 21, 8:00 PM

José Andrés (2021)

Chef, Restaurateur, Humanitarian

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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. Jean passed away in the fall of 2017, surrounded by her family. She established the Bill and Jean Lane Endowment to provide for their annual lead sponsorship of this beloved lecture 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.

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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 - 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 host the first lecture series in 1993. Because he died before the series began, the lectures were named in his honor.

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