Sacramento Speakers Series announces its 2015-2016 lineup

Food activist-author Michael Pollan will appear for the Sacramento Speakers Series on Sept. 29.
Food activist-author Michael Pollan will appear for the Sacramento Speakers Series on Sept. 29.

Food activist-author Michael Pollan, celebrity TV anchor-journalist Jane Pauley, and retired four-star Army general Wesley Clark will headline the Sacramento Speaker Series’ 2015-16 program, which was announced Tuesday.

“For our 11th season, we’ve assembled a group of speakers who will talk on a number of topical issues that intersect with so many facets of what’s going on in Sacramento,” said Mitchell Ostwald, managing principal of the series. “For instance, Michael Pollan will be here during Farm To Fork Week. General Clark was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination who will appear during the beginning of the presidential primary cycle.”

The series brings top-tier professionals from the arts, sciences, politics, media and other fields to Sacramento to speak about their careers and issues of the day, and answer questions from the audience.

Each of the six events will start at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Community Center Theatre, 1301 L St., Sacramento. Subscriptions to the community lecture series are priced at four levels, from $210 to $450. For tickets and more information: (916) 388-1100,

Here’s the lineup:

Sept. 29: UC-Berkeley journalism professor Michael Pollan is the author of “The Omnivore's Dilemma,” “In Defense of Food,” “Food Rules,” “Cooked” and “The Pollan Family Table” cookbook.

Oct. 20: Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist and futurist credited with making the sciences comprehensible to the layperson. His latest book is “The Future of the Mind.”

Nov. 17: Jane Pauley is a contributor to “CBS News Sunday Morning” and author of “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.”

Jan. 19: Gen. Wesley Clark was the NATO Supreme Allied Commander and director for strategic plans and policy of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Feb. 16: Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five best-sellers, including “What the Dog Saw” and “David and Goliath,” and is a staff writer for New Yorker magazine.

April 5: Mark Kelly, is a retired U.S. Navy captain and NASA astronaut. His wife, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, survived a 2011 assassination attempt.

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