Almanac

Arts & Entertainment - February 16, 2011

Stegner lecture series opens Tuesday

The Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) opens its 18th annual Wallace Stegner lecture series with "The Story of Stuff," a talk by Annie Leonard at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Ms. Leonard's talk and animated film short about America's obsession with things examines the damaging effects of consumerism and outlines vision for a better approach.

Named one of Time magazine's Environmental Heroes in 2008, Ms. Leonard spent 20 years investigating factories and dumps around the world to better understand the full circle of production and disposal, including health risks at each stage.

Other speakers on this year's roster are author Richard Preston discussing life in the high canopy of California's ancient redwood trees on April 4 and National Geographic explorer Jonathan Waterman talking about demands on the Colorado River on May 2. For select subscribers there is also a bonus lecture by organic farmer Kristin Kimball on March 23.

POST's lecture series is named in honor of the late Wallace Stegner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Stanford University professor, and ardent protector of the West's lands. For the past 17 years, Jean and the late Bill Lane have sponsored the POST lecture series. Ms. Lane is continuing the tradition in memory of Mr. Lane.

Media sponsorship is provided by Embarcadero Media, which owns the Almanac and other community newspapers and websites.

Series subscriptions are available for $325, $175 and $75 per person. For more information, call POST at 854-7696, ext. 316. Single tickets are $22 and may be ordered by calling the box office at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 903-6000.

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