The Town Hall South lecture series brings speakers from a wide range of fields to Upper St. Clair High School. Lectures are on Tuesday mornings at 10:10 in the high school theater. A luncheon option with a Q&A session is available immediately following each event at Upper St. Clair Country Club for an additional fee. Cost for the entire series (tickets are not sold individually) is $165. Purchase tickets at www.townhallsouth.org.
October 1 Lou Holtz is one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. As head coach at Notre Dame, Holtz took the Fighting Irish to a national championship. He has been a college football analyst for ESPN and CBS Sports.
November 5 Author Beth Macy discusses her most recent book, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America. The book is set against a landscape of job loss, corporate greed and stigma, along with the families and the first responders who are heroically fighting back. A longtime reporter who specializes in outsiders and underdogs, Macy has won more than a dozen national journalism awards.
December 3 Alan Zweibel is a member of the original Saturday Night Live writing staff. He has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, and TV Critics awards for his work in television, which includes Curb Your Enthusiasm, Monk, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (which he co-created and produced), and PBS’s Great Performances. He is an executive producer on Showtime’s documentary series Inside Comedy, and is writing a script for a Broadway musical version of Field of Dreams.
February 4, 2020 Vijay Gupta is a professional violinist with a background in neurobiology. He sees music as a transformative form of outreach that can change the lives of those afflicted with adverse circumstances, such as mental illness, homelessness, and addiction. Gupta is the founder of Street Symphony, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging underserved communities in Los Angeles through musical performance and dialogue. He was named a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.
March 17, 2020 Lynsey Addario is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who covers war zones across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. She photographs feature stories on humanitarian and human rights issues with a specific focus on women. Addario recently released Of Love and War, a book that includes a personally curated collection of her work and provides a compelling visual record of war, injustice, resilience, and humanity.