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.

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